The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Summer Conference

5–8 July 2021

André Vasconcelos

André Vasconcelos is a conservation ecologist who joined Trase in 2018. He works in Trase's impact team, analysing and interpreting Trase data for key audiences in Brazil, Europe and China. Prior to joining Trase, he worked on conservation related issues for over ten years, including planning and implementing strategic conservation plans for timber and paper certification, and providing support for large businesses and smallholders to comply with certification requirements, including High Conservation Value Areas assessments.

Bart Libaut

Bart Libaut is a freelance open source investigator and trainer, with a special interest in environment(al crime), human rights, arms and conflict issues. He has almost two decades of experience in technical and environmental research, and some of his work includes the Arctic and the oil industry, supply chain research, and maritime monitoring and analysis.

Cristiane Fontes

Cristiane Fontes (Krika) is a journalist who worked for media vehicles and environmental NGOs in Brazil and then moved into programme management. In the last two years, she was involved with the strategic planning of various organisations, such as Fundação Roberto Marinho, Fundo (Funbio), Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS), Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade, Fundo Brasil de Direitos Humanos, as a consultant.

Dale Maharidge

Dale Maharidge is the author of non-fiction Pulitzer Prize-winning And Their Children After Them, and eleven other books. Among them is Journey to Nowhere/The Saga of the New Underclass, which inspired Bruce Springsteen to write the song “Youngstown.” His most recent book is Fucked At Birth/ Recalibrating the American Dream.

Dr Mark Lee Hunter

Dr Mark Lee Hunter is a founding member of The Global Investigative Journalism Network, the principal author of Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists (UNESCO 2009) and the recipient of many awards for his reporting.

Dylan Kennedy

Dylan Kennedy has over two decades of expertise in the United Kingdom’s leading international Law Enforcement Agencies, Global Correspondent Banking Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Investigations, and Global Express Courier Logistics sectors.

Erick Kabendera

Erick Kabendera is a freelance investigative journalist based in Tanzania who writes for international and regional publications. He has covered a wide range of topics since 2004 but currently focuses on politics, extractive industries and transnational organised crime.

Georg Neumann

Georg Neumann heads communications at the Open Contracting Partnership. Previously, he led on digital and strategic communications at the Inter-American Development Bank and at Transparency International.

James Harkin

James Harkin is the director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism. He 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.

Jan Strozyk

Jan Strozyk joined OCCRP in 2021 as data editor. He works closely with both the editorial and the data team, coordinating data analysis and supporting investigations and cross-border projects. Prior to joining OCCRP, Jan was a reporter with the German public news broadcaster NDR, where he worked on the Luxembourg Leaks, the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers, FinCen Files and other investigations.

Jane Lytvynenko

Jane Lytvynenko is a senior reporter at BuzzFeed News where she focuses on disinformation and online investigations. Her work has focused on the rise of conspiracy theories, hyperpartisan news, cryptocurrency scams, and extremism globally.

Jenna Corderoy

Jenna Corderoy is a reporter for openDemocracy’s investigations team. She specialises in obtaining documents under the Freedom of Information Act, and has brought several (and successful) FOI challenges at the tribunal.

Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman is a freelance trainer. He previously worked for BBC World Service for many years, as a reporter, producer, later as editor and finally as Head of World Service Training at Bush House.

Lou Del Bello

Lou Del Bello Lou is a climate and energy journalist who has been based in India for the past three and a half years. During two lockdowns, she wrote about what it feels like to be lonely in front of slow and sudden global crises, she covered the rollout of India's contact tracing app and the impacts of air pollution on the spread of Covid-19.

Luuk Sengers

Luuk Sengers is an experienced teacher and investigative journalist. He lectures at universities and in newsrooms and writes data-driven stories for the leading Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. He is also co-developer of Story-Based Inquiry.

Martin Tomkinson

Martin Tomkinson is a veteran investigative financial journalist and corporate researcher. He was a financial researcher for The Mail on Sunday‘s ‘Rich List’ from 2000-2004 and has worked on The Sunday Times‘ ‘Rich List’ since 2005. Martin has written for all the UK’s major newspapers.

Mary O’Hara

Mary O’Hara is an award-winning journalist, author and producer. Her journalism appears in publications including the Guardian and Mosaic Science. She is the author of two books: The Shame Game: Overturning the toxic poverty narrative (2020) & Austerity Bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK (2014) and is founder of the multi-platform anti-poverty initiative, Project Twist-It.

Michela Wrong

Michela Wrong has spent nearly three decades writing about Africa, first as a Reuters correspondent based in Cote d'Ivoire and former Zaire, and then as the Financial Times Africa correspondent, based in Kenya.

Natasha Loder

Natasha Loder is the health policy editor at The Economist. She has worked there for over 20 years in a range of reporting roles mostly in science, technology, and medicine. Between 2011 and 2015 she was based in Chicago and covered politics, education, and American life.

Nick Mathiason

Nick Mathiason has been a business and finance journalist for 30 years and has broken a sizable number of impactful stories that gained international prominence. Subjects investigated include developing countries access to medicine, vulture funds, labour issues and the growth of private equity.

Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee is the Chief Impact Officer at OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies in the world. OpenCorporates’ core mission is to promote global corporate transparency by making the world’s company data open to all, shining a light on the existence, ownership and activities of entities, and the people connected with them – particularly to tackle the use of companies for corruption, money laundering and other anti-social purposes.

Roman Badanin

Roman Badanin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Proekt, a non-profit investigative media organisation based in Russia. Previously, he worked at Dozhd, RBC, and the Russian edition of Forbes magazine as editor-in-chief.

Roman Dobrokhotov

Roman Dobrokhotov is founder and editor-in-chief of The Insider. Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a PhD in political science, he started working as a journalist in 2005.

Roman Shleynov

Roman Shleynov is an author at iStories (Important Stories), a new investigative outlet in Russia, founded by the some of the country's leading investigative journalists. He is also OCCRP's regional editor for Russia.

Ron Nixon

Ron Nixon is global investigations editor at the Associated Press where he oversees the news agency’s investigative unit. Nixon received the inaugural 2021 News Leader of the Year award from the News Leaders Association.

Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell is a journalist and editor with two decades of international experience. She has been a foreign correspondent for Reuters and The Independent in East Africa, the Middle East and Asia, including covering the fall of Kabul in the Afghan war and the U.S.

Sarah Esther Maslin

Sarah Esther Maslin joined The Economist in 2017. In 2018 she moved to São Paulo to become The Economist‘s Brazil correspondent. Previously, she was a freelance journalist based in Central America.

Shadab Nazmi

Shadab Nazmi is a Data Journalist with BBC South Asia bureau. He works with six Indian & four South Asian language services, analysing elections and data-led investigations. He is an award-winning journalist and has been the recipient of multiple fellowships including MJ Bear Fellowship in New Orleans in 2019 and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Fellowship in 2018 in Woods Hole, Boston.

Sheila Coronel

Sheila Coronel is director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Stabile professor of professional practice at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism . She began her reporting career in the Philippines and was co-founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.

Supriya Sharma

Supriya Sharma is the Executive Editor of, an independent digital news organisation in India known for its investigative reportage and explanatory journalism. She has previously worked with NDTV and The Times of India and reported widely on politics, conflict and development in the country.

Wa Lone

Wa Lone is a journalist, currently working for Reuters in Toronto bureau, Canada. He has covered a range of in-depth stories in Myanmar, including land grabs by the military and the murder of prominent lawyer Ko Ni, as well as uncovering evidence of killings by soldiers in the country’s northeast.