Andrew Feinstein is a writer and campaigner based in the UK. After serving as a facilitator in the constitutional negotiations that led to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, he was elected as an ANC Member of Parliament. For more than seven years, Mr. Feinstein served on Parliament’s Finance committee, 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 from Parliament when the ANC undermined an investigation into a $6bn arms deal tainted by allegations of high-level corruption.
Mr. Feinstein worked as a senior manager at investment bank, Investec, in London while writing his first book, After the Party: A Personal and Political Journey Inside the ANC. He also wrote, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, and has been featured by the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Sky, NPR, Democracy Now, The Guardian, The New York Times, and Die Zeit.
According to Mr. Feinstein:
As a writer and campaigner on the global arms trade I feel that information about the build up of weapons and military equipment in countries or regions where tensions exist, can be a very useful tool in predicting and, therefore, preventing mass atrocities.
I am the son of a Holocaust survivor and a great believer that every person should be treated equally regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexuality or wealth. Genocide and mass atrocities are the most extreme manifestation of hatred towards others, and should, therefore, be prevented at all costs.
Mr. Feinstein served as an instructor at AIPR’s Lemkin seminar in November 2012, Global edition.