Andrew Feinstein

Andrew Feinstein is the Executive Director, a role he previously performed with Corruption Watch UK from its inception. Andrew is a former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament from South Africa. In Parliament, he served on the Finance Committee, chaired the Committee’s sub-committee that drafted the Public Finance Management Act, was Deputy Chair of the country’s Audit Commission and the ranking ANC member on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. He resigned in protest at the ANC and government’s refusal to allow an unfettered investigation into massive corruption in a $10 billion arms deal. His first book, the best-selling After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa’s Uncertain Future reveals details of this deal and its impact on South Africa’s young democracy. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, which was short-listed for the Alan Paton Prize for Non-Fiction. Andrew worked with director Johan Grimonprez and producers Louverture Films to create an award-winning feature documentary of the same title. Andrew was named amongst the 100 most influential people in the world working in armed violence reduction by Action On Armed Violence (AOAV). Along with two colleagues, Paul Holden and Hennie van Vuuren, he was an anti-corruption champion and whistle-blower of the year in 2015 in relation to the South African arms deal’. Andrew was an Open Society Institute Fellow. He appears regularly in a range of global print and broadcast media, and has contributed chapters on arms trade issues for a number of volumes. He serves on the Advisory Board of The Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF), and Lighthouse Reports, an NGO promoting investigative journalism, including on the global arms trade.