Africa is very profitable for Heineken, but the world’s number two brewing company uses highly controversial business practices and got involved in structural malpractice on this continent, ranging from wide-spread sexual abuse of promotion women to alleged complicity in crimes against humanity, including genocide. Investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen reveals all this in Heineken in Africa, for which he won the Dutch equivalent of the Pulitzer.
Olivier van Beemen is an investigative journalist from Amsterdam, focusing on Africa. His book Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed (2019) was originally published in Dutch and has been translated in English, French and Italian. Earlier in his career, Van Beemen was correspondent in France for several leading Dutch and Belgian news media. He currently publishes in newspapers such as Le Monde and NRC Handelsblad.