The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Summer Conference

28–29 June 2023

‘Fisayo Soyombo

‘Fisayo Soyombo is best known for his undercover work tracking corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system, such as spending five days in a police cell as a suspect and eight as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison.

Adeolu Adekola

Adeolu joined the CIJ to manage its Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI). The initiative has reached beneficiaries in 53 countries (across Africa, Asia and the Americas), with reported successes that have included making communities more climate-resilient, and reducing the vulnerabilities of local populations to climate change.

Akintunde Babatunde

Akintunde is a Programme Manager with extensive experience in international development, public policy, civic technology, climate change, and media innovation. He is the Director of Programs at the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) and the OCRI regional coordinator for Anglophone Africa.

Antonia Cundy

Antonia Cundy is a multi award-winning special investigations reporter at the Financial Times, focused on exposing abuses of power. Before joining the FT in 2022, Antonia worked as a freelance foreign correspondent and investigative reporter.

Arun Karki

Based in Nepal, Arun is a leading data journalist, trainer and the founder of the Center for Data Journalism Nepal (CDJN). Since 2020, he has spearheaded various data-driven reporting projects, including COVID-19 data reporting and climate investigations, employing open-source intelligence.

Basant Pratap Singh

Basant Pratap Singh is an investigative journalist based in Far-Western Nepal, with 17 years' experience in the field. He has built a reputation for himself as a reporter covering pressing issues related to the environment, climate change, human rights, gender, and social affairs, as well as good governance in remote and rural parts of Western Nepal.

Basia Cummings

Basia Cummings is an editor and partner at Tortoise, an audio-first newsroom based in London. She is the host of the weekly investigative show, the Slow Newscast,; executive editor of numerous investigative podcast series including Sweet Bobby, Hoaxed and Hidden Homicides (shortlisted for the 2022 Orwell Prize); and reporter of Pig Iron and Left to Die, which won the 2021 Foreign Press Award for best podcast.

Carmen Aguilar García

Carmen Aguilar García is an award-winning journalist, currently part of The Guardian Data Project team. Before joining the Guardian, she was the first data journalist at Sky News, working on a wide range of topics to find data stories, and covering the Covid pandemic.

Chris Masters

Chris Masters worked as an investigative reporter on ABC TV's Four Corners program from 1983-2010, and was responsible for many nation-shaping reports, including The Big League in 1983, which triggered the NSW Street Royal Commission, and the Moonlight State report on police corruption in Queensland which prompted the Fitzgerald Inquiry.

Claire Provost

Claire Provost is a senior investigative journalist and co-author of Silent Coup: How Corporations Overthrew Democracy (Bloomsbury Academic 2023), with Matt Kennard, which is the product of research they started while fellows at the CIJ in 2014-2016.

Dan Neidle

Dan Neidle spent almost 25 years as a tax lawyer, and was head of tax at the London office of one of the largest law firms in the world. During his career, Dan advised corporates, governments, regulators, central banks and NGOs on tax and tax policy.

Dean Kirby

Dean Kirby is the award-winning Investigations Correspondent of the i newspaper in London. His recent awards include the Medical Journalists’ Association News Story of the Year for an investigation into Britain's PPE supply chain chaos during the Covid pandemic.

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.

Dr Tobi Oluwatola

Dr Tobi Oluwatola is the Executive Director of the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, a west African media innovation think tank. Prior to CJID, he worked in many policy and business consulting roles across four continents, including at the World Bank, FCDO, GIZ, RAND Corporation and KPMG.

Ed Davey

Ed Davey is a Special Correspondent for Climate Accountability at the Associated Press, working to hold corporations and politicians to account for their contribution to global warming. He specialises in investigative and environmental journalism.

Elena Loginova

Elena Loginova joined OCCRP in 2017 as an investigative reporter. She has been a team member on the Paradise Papers, FinCEN Files, and Pandora Papers projects. Elena also worked as a filmmaker for Slidstvo.Info, an OCCRP member centre in Ukraine.

Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi

Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi is a freelance multimedia investigative journalist, passionate about environmental and climate justice. She specialises in fact-checking, data journalism and OSINT and is an alumna of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network of the Reuters Institute of Journalism.

Emma Youle

Emma Youle is an award-winning investigative journalist who has worked for regional newspapers and for HuffPost UK as a special correspondent. She has undertaken investigative reporting into the coronavirus pandemic, the housing crisis, historic child abuse, the Grenfell disaster, the contaminated blood scandal, and won the Private Eye Paul Foot Award in 2017 for her […]

Gabriel Geiger

Gabriel Geiger is an investigative journalist at Lighthouse Reports – an award-winning pioneer of collaborative journalism – where he specialises in surveillance and algorithmic accountability reporting.

Gavin Millar KC

Gavin Millar KC is a specialist barrister in all areas of media law. He often represents media outlets, journalists and politicians in both civil and criminal proceedings. He represented the Telegraph Media Group at the Leveson Inquiry and in 2013 advised the Guardian on its coverage of Edward Snowden’s disclosures.

Gesbeen Mohammad

Gesbeen (Gesh) Mohammad is a BAFTA and Emmy-winning journalist and documentary producer and director. She started off as an intern at the Centre for Investigative Journalism in 2015. Since then she has been making documentaries for major UK broadcasters, such as ITV, the BBC, and Channel 4 as well as PBS’s FRONTLINE in the US.

Gianluca Liva

Gianluca Liva is an Italian science journalist and science communicator. He is one of the founders of RADAR Magazine, the website of an Italian collective of science, investigative and environmental journalists and photographers.

Gill Phillips

Gill Phillips is a lawyer who works as an editorial legal consultant for a number of NGOs and not-for-profits, advising on a range of content-related matters including defamation, privacy, contempt of court and reporting restrictions.

Harlo Holmes

Harlo Holmes is the Director of Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She strives to help individual journalists in various media organisations become confident and effective in securing their communications within their newsrooms, with their sources, and with the public at large.

Harriet Agerholm

Harriet Agerholm is a data journalist at the BBC data team and has a special interest in social affairs, mainly working on housing and health stories. She uses programming language R for data analysis and visualisation, but dabbles in Python too.

Helena Bengtsson

Helena Bengtsson is the data journalism editor at Gota Media, a regional publishing company in the south of Sweden with 13 local titles. She previously worked as the data journalism editor at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster, for 27 years and has also served as Editor, Data Projects of the Guardian UK between 2014-2017.

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.

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 successful FOIA challenges at tribunal.

Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman is a freelance trainer specialising in data journalism. He has been working with data since 2010. Before that he worked at the BBC – as a reporter, producer, editor of output in Macedonian and Croatian, and finally as head of training at BBC World Service.

José María Irujo

José María Irujo is Editor-in-Chief of Investigation at El País. He specialises in investigating ETA terrorism and jihadist groups. For his investigations he has won numerous national and international awards, including the Ortega y Gasset and the King of Spain Award for Journalism.

Josie Stewart

Josie Stewart is Director of Transparency International Defence and Security. She has previously worked for and with governments, multilateral institutions, development agencies, militaries, law enforcement agencies, civil society, and the private sector, in policy and delivery roles supporting effective and accountable governance.

Libby Rogers

Libby Rogers is a data scientist specialising in spatial data, automation and dealing with tricky data sets using R and Python. She also provides training, support and tools for the BBC data team. She has a particular interest in health and cost of living.

Lina Yassin

A Sudanese climate journalism and development consultant, Lina has experience working on climate change communications and journalism projects across the MENA region. She worked for 5 years as the Operations Manager at Climate Tracker where she implemented a series of journalism fellowships and training on climate change and climate policy across different countries.

Louis Goddard

Louis Goddard is co-founder of Data Desk, an investigative consultancy focused on climate and the commodities industry. He previously worked for The Times and Global Witness, where he produced data-driven investigations, including as part of a high-impact campaign against Russian fossil fuel exports.

Lucas Amin

Lucas Amin is a reporter on openDemocracy’s investigations team. He has used information law for more than a decade and co-authored CIJ handbooks on Freedom of Information and EIRs. He was part of the team — led by longtime friend Jenna Corderoy — whose work on FOIA won a British Journalism Award 2022 and also […]

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 the co-developer of Story-Based Inquiry.

Madison Marriage

Madison Marriage is the Financial Times’ special investigations editor. She leads a team of reporters investigating misconduct and abuse of power across business, politics, housing, education and beyond.

Maeve McClenaghan

Maeve McClenaghan is an award-winning investigative journalist and founder of the critically-acclaimed podcast The Tip Off. Formerly at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Maeve now works as investigations correspondent at the Guardian.

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.

Matt Kennard 

Matt Kennard is co-founder and chief investigator at Declassified UK, a news outlet investigating British foreign policy. He was a fellow at the CIJ in 2014-2016. He has worked as a staff writer for the Financial Times in Washington, DC, New York, and London.

Max Harlow

Max Harlow works on the visual and data journalism team at the Financial Times, focusing on investigations. He also runs Journocoders, a group for journalists to develop technical skills for use in their reporting.

Michèle Ebongue

Michèle Ebongue is an investigative journalist, data journalist, fact-checker, blogger, and Head of News Desk at Data Cameroon. Michelle started as a radio journalist, but with time moved to print.

Nick McKenzie

Nick McKenzie is an acclaimed Australian investigative journalist, working primarily for Melbourne newspaper The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He’s also presented major investigations for the ABC's Four Corners program, 60 Minutes and the Australian Financial Review.

Olga Rudenko

Olga Rudenko is the chief editor of the Kyiv Independent, an award-winning English language media start-up launched in November 2021 by the former editorial team of the Kyiv Post where she was the deputy chief editor.

Patricia Devlin

Patricia Devlin is an award-winning crime and investigative journalist from Northern Ireland. Over the last 16 years she has covered organised crime and paramilitary activity which has resulted in serious threats to her life.

Paul Caruana Galizia

Paul Caruana Galizia became a reporter at Tortoise after his mother Daphne was assassinated and since then has won several journalism awards and, with his two brothers, a Magnitsky Human Rights Award and an Anderson-Lucas-Norman Award for tax justice.

Paul Morgan-Bentley

Paul Morgan-Bentley is head of investigations at The Times and specialises in undercover work and in-depth reporting. He has won The Cudlipp Award for campaigning journalism at the UK Press Awards, a Future of Media Award for his investigative reporting, and is among the writers who have been shortlisted the most times for British Journalism Awards.

Paul Myers

The BBC’s top online sleuth Paul Myers is one of Europe's leading open-source intelligence specialists and a very popular and engaging speaker. He has been working at the sharp edge of online research for nearly twenty years.

Raj Bairoliya

Raj Bairoliya is a well-known expert forensic accountant and has been teaching Understanding Company Accounts at the CIJ for 15 years. Raj frequently helps journalists and broadcasters to decipher the accounting/business aspects of a story.

Sam Leon

Sam Leon is co-founder of Data Desk, an investigative consultancy focused on climate and the commodities industry. He previously worked at Global Witness where he ran their digital investigations unit.

Sechaba Mokhethi

Sechaba Mokhethi is an investigative journalist and founding partner of MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism in Lesotho. He started out as a political writer for Public Eye, a local newspaper in Lesotho.

Stefania Spezzati

Stefania Spezzati is an award-winning reporter covering European banking at Reuters. Based in London, she chronicles all things finance, breaks news and digs deep into the world's biggest banks. Prior to joining Reuters, Stefania spent about a decade at Bloomberg News.

Will Dahlgreen

Will Dahlgreen is a senior data journalist in the BBC’s data team with an interest in investigations and financial crime. In recent years he has worked on international investigations, such as the Pandora Papers and Uber Files, and domestic investigations on property ownership and company secrecy.