Andrew Feinstein is a South African writer and campaigner based in the UK.
He was a facilitator in the constitutional negotiations process that led to the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, when he was elected an ANC Member of Parliament. He served as an MP for more than seven years – on Parliament’s Finance committee, serving as Deputy Chair of the country’s Audit Commission and as the ranking ANC member on the key financial oversight body, the Public Accounts Committee. He resigned in protest when the Public Accounts Committee was prohibited from investigating a massive arms deal involving several European companies that was tainted by allegations of high-level corruption.
Feinstein subsequently worked as a senior manager with the South African investment bank, Investec, in London, while writing his first book After the Party: A Personal and Political Journey Inside the ANC. The book was a bestseller in South Africa before being published internationally in early 2009. Feinstein left Investec when the book was published in order to carry on writing and campaigning.
His critically acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, was first published by Penguin and Farrar, Straus & Giroux in late 2011. It has already been published in seven different editions around the world, with more forthcoming, including a Chinese translation. A full-length documentary film based on the book was released to critical acclaim in 2016.
Andrew co-authored, along with Paul Holden and Barnaby Pace, the lead article in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) 2011 Yearbook, and he and Paul Holden co-authored a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Organised Crime.
He appears regularly in a range of print and broadcast media. These include, most often, the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Sky, NPR, Democracy Now, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Mail & Guardian and Die Zeit.