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    Some of the world's best speakers and trainers are coming to the CIJ Summer Conference. #CIJSummer

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    28-30 June 2018
    Goldsmiths, University of London

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Teachers and Speakers

Over the years the CIJ has invited some of the biggest names in investigative journalism to speak and train at our summer schools, courses and talks. This page gives some biographical information about the people teaching and speaking at this year's #CIJSummer. This page will be updated regularly.  

Adam Cantwell-Corn works as a waiter. Since graduating in 2012, he has done a raft of other precarious jobs, and gained (mostly unpaid) human rights law experience.

Adam turned down law school in 2014 to co-found The Bristol Cable; a start-up media co-operative created, owned and produced by people in the city. Through dozens of free workshops and events plus multimedia and print publications, The Bristol Cable has worked hard to cultivate contacts and engage communities online, in print and on the streets.

Can this present a real and direct alternative to redefine journalism and public accountability on the local level and beyond?


Alex Campbell is the deputy UK investigations editor for BuzzFeed News, and has been with BuzzFeed's investigative reporting unit since its inception, working out of both New York and London. His work has exposed lengthy prison sentences for domestic violence victims, failures in police rape investigations, and jail terms for truant teens and people too poor to pay their traffic tickets. In 2014 he won a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Before joining BuzzFeed he was an investigative reporter for The Indianapolis Star.

Allan Harraden is the company director of Oztex Services. He is a specialist in covert filming techniques and has over 25 years' experience working with specialist cameras.

Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. In addition to teaching, his work is focused on new business models, digital transformation and innovation in news. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was executive editor, digital, and interim chief digital officer at the Guardian in London. There, he led the Guardian's 200-person product and technology teams as well as heading visual journalism — including pictures, graphics, interactive and data journalism. Before coming to the Guardian, Aron was associate managing editor for digital strategy and editor of interactive news at The New York Times. He also was a reporter at Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware, headed data journalism at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington and trained staff at the Investigative Reporters and Editors. Outside the newsroom, Aron co-founded two news-related start-ups: DocumentCloud.org and Hacks & Hackers.

Caelainn Barr is a reporter on the data projects team at the Guardian.

When working for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, she used data analysis to uncover the misuse of expenses by the European Commission and human rights abuses in Ethiopia. She has also worked at the Wall Street Journal, the Irish Times and Bloomberg.

She is a graduate of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School in New York.

Clare Wilson is an award-winning medical reporter at New Scientist, the world’s leading science and technology magazine and website. She has been a writer and editor at the magazine for 15 years. Before that, she wrote for a doctor's weekly newspaper called Hospital Doctor, and a newsletter for the pharmaceutical industry, called Scrip. At New Scientist, Clare reports on everything life-science-related, from Ageing to Zika. Her exploits include watching brain surgery close-up, having her pain threshold tested while lying in a brain scanner and a trip in the European Space Agency’s vomit comet.

Crina Boroş is an investigative journalist reporting on HSBC leaks, UK and offshore money-laundering, Afghan victims’ compensation, women’s rights, EU lobbying, workers’ abuse, civil service transparency and accountability. She specialises in data journalism / CAR, cross-border, freedom of information and undercover reporting. She has produced front-page headline-generating features, statistical analysis and watchdog reporting. She is a CAR trainer and member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).


Ehsan Masood is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for 2017/18 where he is investigating the impact of the McCarthy purge on US academics and universities. Ehsan has written widely on science and higher education policy around the world and has also made documentary programmes for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. His most recent outing was a programme called Science: Right or Left, which explored why centre-right audiences are losing trust in the scientific consensus. From 2009-2017 Ehsan was the Editor of the science policy magazine, Research Fortnight and before that worked as a writer and editor on the staff of Nature and New Scientist. He is the author of a number of books, most recently The Great Invention (Pegasus, 2016) which tells the story of how GDP became the world’s economic indicator of choice. 

Florian Ramseger is a Tableau product specialist; he helps people see and understand their data using Tableau Public. He has a background in economics, statistics and data visualisation. Prior to joining Tableau, he worked for international organisations and in academia.

Hal Hodson is technology correspondent at The Economist. Previously, he worked at New Scientist for three years in Boston and one year in London. At New Scientist, Hal wrote about internet policy and economics, robotics, artificial intelligence, infrastructure and biotechnology. He has reported from abroad, including Bolivia, Mexico, South Korea and Finland. Hal graduated in 2010 from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in astrophysics.

Hazel Healy joined New Internationalist magazine as a co-editor in 2011. She's worked as a journalist for the past 10 years, specialising in international stories on social justice themes - such as land grabs, climate change and life after Ebola - for outlets including the BBC, LA Times, Agencia EFE and the Guardian.

Ivan Oransky is an MD, although he doesn’t have quite enough psychiatric training to diagnose why someone would leave medicine for journalism. A cofounder of Retraction Watch, a blog about scientific retractions, Ivan is also distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. He has held positions at MedPage Today, Reuters Health, Scientific American, The Scientist, and the sadly defunct Praxis Post.

Jane Bradley is an investigations correspondent at BuzzFeed News with nine years experience in digital and broadcast journalism. She began her career on the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme before becoming one of the BBC's youngest senior broadcast journalists and going on to work as a producer for Panorama. She has also freelanced for Channel 4 Dispatches, PBS Frontline, The New York Times
An award-winning journalist with a strong track record of agenda-setting scoops, Jane unmasked the identities of two of the world’s most wanted ISIS executioners the ‘Beatles’, revealed that hundreds of Britain’s homeless slaves are being exploited by trafficking gangs in the UK and exposed suspected money laundering by the Conservative Party’s biggest corporate donor. 

Jenna Corderoy is a journalist at Finance Uncovered, a global reporting and training project focused on illicit finance, helping journalists to investigate tax abuse, money laundering and corruption. She also advises MySociety developers on the design of a new toolkit, WhatDoTheyKnow Pro, that helps journalists submit freedom of information requests. Previously, she was an information law researcher for Request Initiative, sending Freedom of Information, and Environmental Information Regulation requests on behalf of NGOs. Jenna has written and researched for VICE News, and is the co-author of the Centre for Investigative Journalism's handbook DPA without the Lawyer, a guide on how to make Subject Access Requests.   


John Christensen trained as a forensic investigator and economist.  He has worked in offshore finance, and for 11 years was economic adviser to the government of Jersey. Since 2004 he has directed the work of the Tax Justice Network and has become what the Guardian has described as “the unlikely figurehead of a worldwide campaign against tax avoidance.”

Jonathan Stoneman worked for the BBC for 20 years as researcher, producer, reporter, editor and finally head of training for the World Service. Specialising mainly in central and eastern Europe, Jonathan reported for the World Service from virtually every country of the former Warsaw Pact in the 1990s, before moving on to run the Macedonian and then the Croatian language services. Since 2010 Jonathan has worked as a freelance trainer – mostly with data and the Open Data Movement. Tracking the use of open data and learning new techniques to make the most of it has become something between a hobby and an obsession.  

Justin Walford is the former legal manager for The Daily Express and The Sunday Express newspapers. He works now as an editorial lawyer on The Sun.

Karrie Kehoe wrangles data at the RTÉ Investigations Unit. Before RTÉ she worked at The Times, The Sunday Times, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Karrie has used data analysis to investigate compensation payments in Afghanistan, court judgements in Ireland and waste and corruption in the public sector.

Kevin McConway retired in 2016 after teaching and researching in statistics for many years at the Open University. He was academic adviser to the BBC Radio Four programme More or Less for eleven years, and has worked with journalists and press officers in other contexts, including through the Science Media Centre where he is now a member of the Advisory Committee. He enjoys talking about statistics in the media, particularly statistics about health or the environment, to pretty well any audience who will have him.
Leila Haddou is data journalist for the Times and the Sunday Times. She formerly worked for the Financial Times investigations team exposing corporate fiddles to dump pensions, the dark side of China’s corporate embrace in Cambodia, and in-depth business profiles of political heavyweights including Philip Hammond. She previously worked for the Guardian covering offshore tax leaks, corporate land banking and issues surrounding social justice. She has an avid interest in the use of technology for data-led investigations.

Lucas Amin is a journalist and consultant who cofounded the public-interest information-law organisation Request Initiative. He has published two handbooks with the CIJ and submitted more than a thousand Freedom of Information Act requests in eight jurisdictions. He now works on investigations for NGOs and writes for the Guardian.

Luuk Sengers is a freelance investigative data journalist, currently working for the Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. He also teaches at universities and in news rooms: investigative project management, interviewing and data journalism (Excel, SQL and R). Luuk trained and advised campaigners of nonprofits like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. Together with Mark Lee Hunter he developed the critically acclaimed Story-Based Inquiry method. Luuk has worked as a staff economy reporter for several national newspapers and magazines and was a board member of the Dutch-Flemish association of investigative journalists, the VVOJ. He co-authored five books about investigative reporting, two of them Logan handbooks for the CIJ. His recent investigations looked into the effects of big businesses on climate change and pollution. www.luuksengers.nl

Maria Cheng has been the Associated Press’ Europe medical writer since 2006. In recent years, she has focused on investigative work, including covering the World Health Organization’s botched responses to outbreaks of Ebola and yellow fever and an examination of poor medical practices at the Vatican’s children’s hospital. Cheng and colleagues have twice won the best investigative journalism award from the Association of British Science Writers. She is a native of Canada and a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

Mark Lee Hunter is the principal author of Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists (UNESCO 2009), the most widely-distributed reference work in the history of the profession. He and Luuk Sengers are the founding members of Story-Based Inquiry Associates. At INSEAD, the global business school where he is an adjunct professor, he co-founded The Stakeholder Media Project. This year the project published the free e-book Power is Everywhere: How stakeholder-driven media build the future of watchdog news. Hunter is among the founding members of the MEPs Project, which this year revealed the 'ghost offices' of the European Parliament. He is the author of over 100 other investigative reports and nine books, including (along with Luuk Sengers) The Hidden Scenario and The Story Tells the Facts, as well as scholarly research on media development. He is the only person to have won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. for both for his investigative reports and for his research on journalism. He has also won the H.L. Mencken, Clarion, National Headliners, Society of Professional Journalists and EFMD awards for features and research.

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. He started work with Private Eye in 1972 and has worked as a freelance since 1981. He is the author of two books, Nothing to Declare: The Political Corruptions of John Poulson (with Michael Gillard) and The Pornbrokers: The Rise of the Soho Sex Barons.


Matthew Caruana Galizia is a journalist and software engineer. With two other ICIJ employees he founded ICIJ's Data & Research Unit in 2014 and was a lead engineer on six major investigations: Offshore Leaks, Swiss Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks, Fatal Extraction, Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. The Unit's core work on the Panama Papers, which supported the investigations of hundreds of journalists worldwide, led to ICIJ winning the Pulitzer prize for explanatory reporting in 2017. He left the organisation in 2018 to continue working on the case around the assassination of his mother, Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Max Harlow is a senior newsroom developer at the Financial Times. He has previously worked on investigations at the Guardian and at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He co-runs Journocoders, a group for journalists who want to develop technical skills for use in their reporting.

Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo.She is regional editor for OCCRP focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijan's and Montenegro's ruling elites, the €1.2 billion arms trade between Europe and Gulf fueling conflicts in the Middle East, and ties between organized crime, government and business in Montenegro. She collaborated with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on a project involving tobacco smuggling, the US$ 4 billion black market in endangered bluefin tuna, Swiss Leaks and Panama Papers. She is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award and the European Press Prize

Natasha Loder is The Economist's Health-care correspondent. She covers medical science, the pharmaceutical industry and technology. Between 2011 and 2014 she worked as a foreign correspondent in Chicago, covering the Midwest, American education and agriculture. She has worked at the paper for 18 years, and spent over a decade as the Science and technology correspondent. She has won a wide range of awards for her work, including the Science Commentator of the Year and Science Feature Writer of the year from the Association of British Science Writers. Her work frequently appears on the cover of The Economist. In her spare time she draws cartoons.   

Nick Mathiason joined the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in 2011 as a reporter. He has reported extensively on party political funding, the financial lobby, commodities, asset recovery and the supply of affordable housing. He has been nominated five times for major newspaper awards.
Nick has presented packages for BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight and regularly appears on television and radio. He previously worked at the Observer, the Guardian and the Big Issue. Nick is also director of the Illicit Finance Journalism Programme – a training and mentoring project aimed at increasing the reporting of tax abuse and corruption stories in the media.

Omar Mohammed is better known under the pseudonym Mosul Eye, is a history student who has written and catalogued on his blog the atrocities of the Islamic State in the Iraqi city of Mosul. For almost two years, he secretly documented life in his city, talking to people on the streets, to shopkeepers and to ISIS soldiers, witnessing public executions and everyday violence. He informed the world how extremism was changing the face of Mosul, writing its present, erasing its past and putting at risk the future of all its inhabitants. No one, not even his mother, knew what Omar was doing. In 2015, he left Iraq and, passing through Turkey, fled to Europe where he is today and from where he continues his work of historical reconstruction following the liberation of Mosul
In November 2017 he revealed his identity publicly for the first time in an interview with The Associated Press, in which he renewed his commitment to help rebuild his city.

Paul Bradshaw runs the MA in Data Journalism and MA in Multiplatform and Mibile Journalism at Birmingham City University and also works as a consulting data journalist with the BBC England Data Unit. A journalist, writer and trainer, he has worked with news organisations including The Guardian, Telegraph, Mirror, Der Tagesspiegel and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He publishes the Online Journalism Blog, is the co-founder of the award-winning investigative journalism network HelpMeInvestigate.com, and has been listed on both Journalism.co.uk's list of leading innovators in media, and the US Poynter Institute's list of the 35 most influential people in social media. In 2016 he won the CNN MultiChoice award for an investigation into player trafficking in Nigeria.

Paul's books include Finding Stories in Spreadsheets, Scraping for Journalists, The Data Journalism Heist, Snapchat for Journalists and the Online Journalism Handbook.

Paul Radu is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard and of visual investigative scenarios visualisation software vis.occrp.org. He is a co-founder of the RISE Project, a platform for investigative reporters and hackers in Romania. He has held a number of fellowships including the 2008 Knight International Journalism fellowship with the International Center for Journalists as well as a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. He is the recipient of numerous awards including in 2004, the Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, in 2007, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the 2011 the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and a 2015 European Press Prize. Paul is a board member for the Global Investigative Journalism Network. Paul has also worked on the Panama Papers and the Russian Laundromat.

Paul Samrai has been filming undercover using Allan Harraden's covert cameras for the last 20 years. Working for the BBC, Channel Four, Channel Five, ITV, Sky, The Sun, Sunday Times, Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday. He will be happy to pass on secrets of the trade and will teach through role playing, as well as discussing how to deal with the psychological aspects of going undercover. 


Peter Geoghegan is an Irish writer and journalist based in Glasgow. He is co-director of The Ferret, a co-operative investigative journalism online project based in Scotland. Since launching in 2015, the Ferret has published dozens of stories including lengthy investigations into subjects such as fracking, asylum and domestic violence that were subsequently picked up by broadcast and print media. The Ferret was shortlisted for a British journalism award last year and has several hundred paying subscribers. Peter is also an assistant producer at Firecrest Films making investigative TV, predominantly for Channel 4's Dispatches strand, and the author of a number of books including The People's Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again (shortlisted for Saltire Society prize in 2015).
Rachel Hamada is a freelance journalist based in Edinburgh specialising in social justice and human rights, with a particular interest in Africa and neo-colonialism. She has won awards in the UK and Tanzania for human rights reporting and digital innovation.
She has worked for Scottish political magazine Holyrood as assistant editor and for the Economist Group and Scotsman Publications, as well as This is Africa. She also works part-time for a Scottish human rights organisation. Rachel is a journalist director at The Ferret.
Raj Bairoliya is a well-known forensic accountant and has been teaching How to Read Company Accounts at the CIJ for over 10 years. Raj also holds a number of intensive weekend courses for the CIJ, as well as frequently helping journalists and broadcasters to decipher the accounting/business aspect of their stories.
Raj has specialised in forensic accounting investigations for nearly 25 years and has investigated many of the high-profile accounting failures over this period. He is retained by law firms as well as law enforcement and regulatory agencies. In 2000, he set up Forensic Accounting LLP, an independent specialist forensic accounting firm. The firm, having grown to be the biggest independent forensic firm in the UK, was acquired by a US-listed firm in 2008. Raj left in August 2012 and he is once again an independent forensic accountant and the managing director of Expert Forensic Accountants Limited. He also runs Dawai Dost, a charitable pharmaceutical project in India. 
Rana Ayyub is a prominent independent Indian journalist and writer. In a decade long career in political and investigative  journalism Rana worked in with various publications including Tehelka. Among her many achievements, her breakthrough investigation sent the first serving Home Minister of India behind bars. She also reported on the anti-Muslim pogrom of Gujarat, a province in India in 2002, extra judicial killings by the state, insurgency and authored an international bestseller titled Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up which exposes the complicity of two strongmen in India, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.
Rana Ayyub was awarded the Sanskriti award for integrity and excellence in journalism by the former President of India among many other laurels. Her investigation on extra judicial murders by the state was listed as the twenty biggest investigations of all time across the globe by Outlook magazine. In November 2017, she was honoured with the Global Shining Light award in Johannesburg.
Rana is this year's Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecturer. 

Richard Holmes is an investigative reporter at BuzzFeed News. He started his career freelancing for Vice and The Independent before joining the investigations team at BuzzFeed under Heidi Blake as an editorial assistant.
He has reported on corruption within UK prisons, revealed the identities of two of the world’s most wanted ISIS executioners the ‘Beatles’, exposed how RBS systematically crushed British businesses for profit and reported on suspected money laundering by the Conservative Party’s biggest corporate donor.

Robert Miller is the business night editor at The Times.  He is a former co-presenter for BBC Radio Five Live's Wake Up to Money programme and previously a presenter for Telegraph TV and Telegraph Talk. He was senior business correspondent at The Daily Telegraph, Associate Editor of Sunday Business, City editor-in-chief of The Daily Express and banking correspondent at The Times. Previously he was personal finance correspondent at The Observer.
Robert was also a former adviser to the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) Foresight Panel on business, a member of Lautro, the old unit trust and life office regulator and pension fund trustee at News International.

Roddy Mansfield produces investigations for Sky News and has been using covert cameras since 1994. He has secretly filmed the rescue of a kidnapped bride in Pakistan, exposed illegal exports of electronic waste to West Africa and purchased machine guns from underworld armourers.
His investigations have convicted computer hackers, immigration fraudsters, gun dealers and internet predators. Roddy is interested in the ways journalists are applying new technology to obtain evidence for their investigations.
He was previously a video activist with the alternative news service Undercurrents, which provided support to NGOs working on social justice and environment issues.

Sally Adee is an award-winning science and technology writer and editor. She was a technology features and news editor at New Scientist for seven years, writing and commissioning articles about medical technology, artificial intelligence, and the Venn diagram of the human mind and the machines we create. Before that she was on the microchips beat at IEEE Spectrum magazine in New York. She has received awards from the National Press Club and BT, and has reported from China, DARPA headquarters, and the Estonian cloud. In her spare time Sally writes speculative fiction and nonfiction at The Last Word on Nothing, an independent science blog dubbed a “must follow” by Wired. She is also supposedly working on a book.
Shaun Lintern is a UK-based health journalist specialising in investigations related to the NHS and specifically patient safety and workforce at the independent Health Service Journal. Shaun was instrumental in helping families and patients expose poor car at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust hospital and campaigned for a public inquiry which reported its findings in 2013. In 2016 he exposed leaked WhatsApp messages from the British Medical Association’s junior doctors committee at the height of their dispute with government and his investigations led to the resignations of the health ombudsman and her deputy.

Sid Ryan is a media-coordinator with The Bristol Cable and Freedom of Information Act specialist. Starting out at the non-profit Request Initiative, sending requests on behalf of charities and NGOs, he progressed to joining the Centre for Investigative Journalism on the Bertha Foundation Fellowship Programme. Over that period, he investigated widespread fire safety defects in Private Finance Initiative hospitals and co-founded the pressure group People vs PFI to campaign for a resolution to a failed policy that most people seem to have forgotten about. Representing himself, he has brought three cases to the Information Rights Tribunal, trying to expand journalists reach into the inner workings of failing private sector contractors.

Sophie Sparkes is a data analyst at Tableau with the Tableau Public team. She helps European journalists and bloggers visualise their data to tell insightful stories. She has a background in analytics and government. You can see some of her personal data visualisation work on her Tableau public profile.
Tom Warren is an investigations correspondent at BuzzFeed News. Since joining in 2015, Tom revealed systemic failings at the National Crime Agency and told the inside story of one of the world's dirtiest banks, FBME. He also worked on stories exposing 14 deaths on British soil with clear connections to the Kremlin, and an award winning report on how RBS routinely crushed British firms for its own gain. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, Tom won New Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards and worked at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism


Victoria Gill is a science correspondent at BBC News, working across TV, radio and online, where she’s covered stories from the world’s most powerful rocket to microplastic pollution in waterways. This year, Victoria won the AAAS Kavli science journalism award for her radio documentary on the remarkable world of post-menopausal killer whales. She worked in science journalism for more than a decade and prior to joining the BBC, for Chemistry World magazine, where she was highly commended in the new journalist of the year awards for her work investigating the nvironmental implications of deep sea mining and the science behind cosmetic companies’ anti-ageing claims.