Who we are

Who we are


James Harkin is a journalist who covers social change and political conflict and whose work appears in Vanity Fair, Harper’s, GQ, The Smithsonian, Prospect and The Guardian. A former director of talks at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), he once taught politics at Oxford University, and was associate producer on Adam Curtis’s two BBC series The Trap and All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace. For the last five years he’s been reporting on the Syrian conflict from all sides. His last book, Hunting Season, an investigative account of the rise of the Islamic State group and its campaign of kidnapping journalists, was published in November 2015 by Little, Brown in the UK and Hachette in the US

Deputy Director

Tom Sanderson first studied International Relations winning the Michael Cunningham Memorial Prize for his dissertation. He then worked in educational development at City University London while completing his postgraduate studies in Human Rights and International Politics. Outside of this work he spent several years volunteering as part of the coordinating team for a citizen's campaign against the detention of child immigrants. ​Following an extended internship at the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva, he joined the Centre for Investigative Journalism to manage training provision and to develop projects. His recent projects have focused on supporting new models of community and non-profit journalism with investigative training. He is a member of the Detention Forum NGO association and sits on the Legal Action Committee of the Global Legal Action Network.

Operations Manager

Sami Aknine has over 10 years' experience in managing operations and international projects for Euromoney Institutional Investor, a FTSE 250 publishing group, as well as experience in setting up operations systems and processes for Collectively, a non-profit digital media channel and collaboration platform focused on accelerating the shift to sustainable ways of living.

Events and Marketing Manager

Marina Calland started off as a journalist in Ukraine, writing about cultural events. Having spent a year in an American high school as a MUSKIE scholar, her English language and journalistic skills made her become a fixer and local producer for TVE, BBC World and RAI2, who were filming documentaries in Ukraine. She specialised in social issues, environment and human trafficking. After a year doing MA in International Journalism at City, University of London as a Chevening scholar, she did various journalistic and non-journalistic jobs for London information agencies, luxury travel magazines and even a stint as a Marketing and PR director for a luxury car and bike show in Moscow. She worked as an events manager at the Frontline Club in London before joining the CIJ in 2009. She's been living and breathing #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference ever since.

Programme Manager

Juliet Ferguson manages the Access to Tools programme. She is a former journalist who has worked for the Telegraph and the BBC, starting out with BBC World Service radio and ending up on the BBC’s investigative programme, Panorama. She works part-time for the CIJ, sharing her days with Investigate Europe.

Logan Curator/Producer

Jake Charles Rees is a curator and researcher. His curatorial practice investigates how technological accelerationism continues to change society at an unprecedented pace. To this end he runs a series of events called "DEFRAG" in association with Somerset House Studios. These experimental talks bring together artists, activists and professionals from across a range of sectors, with the aim of making sense of the increasingly fragmented and polarised world around us. He has previously worked as a curator and futures researcher for an internationally renowned speculative design and futures studio Superflux. Here he worked with governments, private sector firms, and humanitarian organisations including the United Nations Development Programme, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to develop futures and critique new technologies. Jake holds both a BA and MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.