Misha Glenny is an adept and highly sought-after keynote speaker. A former Digital Security Journalist of the Year, he is an author and award-winning investigative journalist with a rich background in organised crime, cyber security, geopolitics, criminology and broadcasting. He illuminates and informs with a uniquely engaging presentational style.
Misha has spoken twice at TED global and is requested internationally to speak at a wide range of corporate functions and events. As a trained actor, his keynote speeches are full of life, passion, experience and a dose of intelligent humour. Popular after dinner and keynote speech topics include:
Cyber Security is Made Out of People
When it comes to protecting your business from cyber threats, expensive digital security systems are only part of the solution. You can build a digital fortress, but you can’t stop your employees accidentally or intentionally letting the bad guys in through the front door.
Based on his interviews with criminal hackers and intelligence agents, Misha Glenny reveals the jaw-dropping social engineering that is employed with great success by many modern ‘hackers’, explains how you can safeguard your business against it, and demonstrates why these techniques are at the centre of a monumental battle between the US, Europe, Russia and China
In a talk that is alternately funny and frightening, Misha exposes cyber threats to businesses while arguing that high-tech digital solutions are only part of the solution. Every member of an organisation, from top to bottom, needs to understand their role in maintaining good cyber hygiene. Clear and engaging internal communication is the key to cyber health.
The Real McMafia — The Rise of Global Organised Crime
HSBC, Barclays, Deutsche Bank... an increasing number of the world’s leading financial institutions have fallen foul of criminals looking to turn their filthy lucre into nice clean cash. But how do they do it? Using clips from his TV Show McMafia, Misha Glenny will reveal staggering details about how organised crime went global, how some of the most spectacular money launderers duped the banks, and what dangers lie in wait for the financial world if this problem is not taken seriously.
From the Russian Mafia to the Latin American drug cartels, Misha explains how the extraordinary growth of global organised crime - which began in the early 1990s - was triggered by the liberalisation of money markets and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. His keynotes include some jaw-dropping anecdotes gathered from talking not just to intelligence and law enforcement officials, but to the criminals themselves.
Geopolitics - How The Hell Did We Get Here And Where Are We Going?
After forty years of travelling the world and speaking to many of the main players - from Clinton to Putin, from Milosevic to Boris Johnson - Misha Glenny is in a unique position to explain what has really been going on in the world over the past three decades and, most importantly, to predict what risks the future may hold and how we may go about navigating them.
Although most widely-known for his work on global organised crime, Misha has been consulting governments on policy issues and writing detailed modern history for even longer. Is Russia China's friend or competitor? Beyond the headlines, Misha can explain to you why Donald Trump won’t criticise Vladimir Putin. He will also tell you how the Russian President is gently nudging his US counterpart into escalating America’s trade war with China. He will reveal why Germany always seeks closer relations with Russia than other EU countries and why that is bad news for Britain.
If you have ever wondered why odd things happen in the world, Misha Glenny will have already looked behind the teeth and smiles of the photo opportunity to explain what really lies behind the grin.
If you are interested in learning about the Americas, Western and Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, Turkey and the Middle East or Chinese foreign policy, Misha will offer you an eye-opening talk that will always be surprising and illuminating.