The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Summer Conference

29–30 June 2022

Aamna Mohdin

Aamna Mohdin is The Guardian’s Community Affairs Correspondent, where she covers race and inequality.

Alexandra Topping

Alexandra Topping is a senior national news reporter at The Guardian. For more than a decade she has reported on violence against women and girls, as well as wider societal issues related to sex and gender such as childcare, shared parenting and workplace and economic inequality.

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.

Anna Babinets

Anna Babinets is the Editor-in-Chief of investigative agency based Kyiv, Ukraine. She is a Regional Editor of Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). She specialises in discovering high scale corruption, money laundering schemes and crime.

Anton Bidziura

Anton Bidziura is International Business Development Officer at YouControl, a Ukrainian company which develops and provides analytical systems for compliance, market analysis, financial monitoring, business intelligence and investigations.

Becky Gardiner

Becky Gardiner worked as a journalist for 25 years on national newspapers and magazines. She was at the Guardian from 1998, when she joined as Women’s Editor, until 2015. She held a number of senior editorial positions there, including, most recently, Comment Editor.

Benjamin Strick

Benjamin Strick is a digital investigator and is the Director of Investigations for both the Centre for Information Resilience and Myanmar Witness. Ben was previously an open source investigator with BBC Africa Eye, is a Bellingcat contributor and co-founder of Ocelli Project.

C. Orange

Orange is a Newcastle-born Digital Technologist with specialisms in Privacy and Security. Currently working at Reckon Digital, Orange supports and assists NGOs, Investigative Journalists and in digital forensics.

Chi Chi Izundu

Chi Chi Izundu started her journalistic career at the age of 17 as a regular columnist for Girl About Town magazine. A few years later she joined BBC London 94.9 as a researcher, before graduating to become a producer working on the Saturday Sport show, the Jon Gaunt show, Drive, Vanessa Feltz and other programmes.

Chris Mullin

Chris Mullin is a journalist and has been an MP for 23 years; a minister in three departments; Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee 1997-9 and 2001-3; and author of three widely acclaimed volumes of diaries, two of which were BBC Books of the Week, and four novels the best known of which, A Very British Coup, was made into a successful television series.

Damian Kahya

Damian Kahya is Editor of Unearthed, Greenpeace’s investigative journalism team. Before joining Greenpeace he worked at the BBC both in the UK at the Business unit and overseas in Bolivia. He has also worked for Prospect and the New Statesman.

Daniel Balint-Kurti

Daniel Balint-Kurti is an investigative journalist specialised in reporting on corruption, for outlets including OCCRP, Private Eye and Africa Confidential. Before going freelance in 2020, he was Head of Investigations at Global Witness, and has a background as a reporter and editor at The Times, AP and Reuters.

Daniel De Simone

Daniel De Simone works for BBC News in London, where he researches stories involving injustice, crime, and terrorism. He also conducts investigations for programmes such as Panorama and Newsnight. Daniel was educated at Goldsmiths College.

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.

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell is a freelance journalist. He was the crime correspondent of the Guardian, the chairman of the Crime Reporters’ Association and has previously worked for LBC Radio, Time Out and City Limits magazines, and Robert Maxwell’s London Daily News.

Emilia Șercan

Emilia Șercan is a Romanian investigative journalist, author and senior lecturer at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Science within the University of Bucharest. She has spent the last seven years uncovering dozens of plagiarism cases in doctoral dissertations of top Romanian politicians and high officials in the judiciary, law enforcement, military and intelligence community.

Eva Danzi

Eva Danzi is a researcher at the Tax Justice Network and is part of the core research team for the Financial Secrecy Index and Corporate Tax Haven Index. She is based in Rome, Italy. She has previously worked for Tax Justice Network Africa and the Financial Transparency Coalition, and she contributes to the work of Tax Justice Italy.

Fabio Natali

Fabio Natali is a London-based information security advisor, software architect, and consultant. His interests lie at the intersection of technology, ethics, and politics. As an information security consultant, he has worked with and provided support to investigative journalists, activists, and human rights organisations, from the UK and abroad.

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.

Hannah Al-Othman

Hannah Al-Othman is a News Reporter at the Sunday Times, based in Manchester, where she has broken stories including the murder of Kenyan woman Agnes Wanjiru by a British soldier. Previously she was a Political Correspondent for BuzzFeed News, based in Westminster, and has worked online and in print for regional and national newspapers.

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.

Jane Bradley

Jane Bradley is the UK investigative correspondent for The New York Times. She is a Pulitzer and three-time Orwell Prize finalist and is based in London, where she focuses on uncovering abuses of power, financial crime and corruption, and social injustices.

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.

Jessica Brice

Jessica Brice is a senior investigative journalist for Bloomberg News and a fellow at the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting who has been writing about Latin America for more than 15 years, including five years as Bloomberg News’ Brazil Bureau Chief.

Jolene Tan

Jolene Tan is an experienced communications professional and novelist (two books and counting) who joined Trase in 2021. She leads Trase’s communications work. Before joining Trase, Jolene worked for a decade on research and policy communications in Singapore, with a particular focus on equalities and human rights.

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.

Julian Newman

Julian Newman has worked for the London-based NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) since 1997. EIA was established in 1984 to investigate, expose, and campaign against environmental crimes. He joined the organisation as an Investigator, and during his time at EIA he has carried out field investigations into a range of environmental crimes, including illegal logging, smuggling of ozone-depleting chemicals and hazardous waste, as well as illicit trade in ivory and tiger parts.

Leigh Baldwin

Leigh Baldwin is the editor of the non-profit investigative journalism organisation SourceMaterial. He was previously a corruption investigator for Global Witness and a reporter for Bloomberg News.

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.

Madeleine Ngeunga

Madeleine Ngeunga is a Cameroonian data journalist specialising in environment and human rights. Currently a fellow at the Pulitzer Center's Rainforest Investigation Network and editor of InfoCongo, Madeleine combines fieldwork and satellite data analysis to produce in-depth articles.

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.

Meera Jatav

Meera Jatav is a feminist-journalist based in Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh, India. She is the co-founder of the award-winning, grassroots feminist media organisation Khabar Lahariya and served as its Chief Editor from 2005 to 2019.

Nompumelelo Mtsweni

Nompumelelo Mtsweni works with data and other multimedia elements to produce meaningful stories and tools that aim to drive positive impacts in society. At Oxpeckers she works as a data wrangler and trainer, focusing on environmental crime data for the #WildEye tool.

Oliver Bullough

Oliver Bullough is an award-winning journalist and author, whose most recent book is Butler to the World. His articles appear in the Guardian, the Sunday Times, GQ magazine and elsewhere. He also writes a weekly Oligarchy Newsletter for Coda Story.

Pamela Duncan

Pamela Duncan is the editor of the Guardian’s Data Project team, an occasional award-winning journalist (#humblebrag) and a self-confessed data nerd. She can usually be found at her desk poring over spreadsheets and using her coding skills - usually a combination of scraping, regex and pandas/Python - to build and analyse datasets to produce high quality and exclusive data stories.

Priyanka Kotamraju

Priyanka Kotamraju is pursuing a doctorate degree at the Department of Sociology in the University of Cambridge on the Gates Cambridge international scholarship. She is the co-author of The Murderer, the Monarch and the Fakir - a new investigation into Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination (October 2021, HarperCollins India).

Roxanne Joseph

Roxanne Joseph is a data journalist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her focus is on environmental crimes. She manages several Oxpeckers tools, #WildEye and #PowerTracker, and has trained journalists in Africa, Europe and Asia to map, track and report on wildlife, green energy and other environmental crimes.

Ruth Evans

Ruth Evans started her career on ‘File on 4’, exposing a kidney trafficking gang in Pakistan and the abuse of children at Aston Hall psychiatric hospital. She has made several investigative documentaries for BBC Three, including False Hope: Alternative Cancer Cures, and Under the Skin: The Botched Beauty Business.

Solomon Hughes

Solomon Hughes has worked as an investigative journalist for over 25 years, mostly for Private Eye magazine. His work – which often focusses on where money meets politics - has also appeared in the Guardian, Observer, Independent and other newspapers.

Tom Bristow

Tom Bristow has been a journalist for 12 years and spent the last six years establishing an award-winning investigations team at one of the largest regional publishers in the UK. The Archant Investigations Unit focuses on holding local power to account, including councils, health authorities, the police and businesses.

Tom Sanderson

Tom Sanderson is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism. He joined the CIJ in 2014 as Training Coordinator and now oversees all aspects of the CIJ’s training provision and leads on the development of funded projects and initiatives.

Veronika Boyko

Veronika Boyko is social direction chief at YouControl, a Ukrainian IT-company that creates solutions based on open data. Skilled in open data analytics, social media marketing, she organised trainings and taught more than 1700 journalists in Ukraine and abroad how to use analytical instruments in investigations.