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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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    Details about what to expect at the 2017 CIJ Investigative Journalism Summer Conference.



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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.  

Abdulwahab Tahhan is a researcher at Airwars. Abdulwahab was raised in Aleppo, Syria. In 2016, with the assistance of the Refugee Journalism Project, Abdulwahab became an intern with Airwars — a body that monitors and assesses civilian casualties from international airstrikes. He now works for Airwars as a full-time researcher. 

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?


Alastair Reid is a social media journalist at the Press Association, the UK's oldest news agency, specialising in finding and verifying newsworthy material on social media for news organisations across the UK. Before this he was managing editor at First Draft, a non-profit organisation aiming to raise skills and awareness in social newsgathering, digital verification, journalistic ethics and investigating online misinformation.

Alice Ross is a reporter at the Guardian. She formerly worked at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, specialising in investigating national security issues and drone warfare. 

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.

Anabel Hernández is an award winning Mexican investigative journalist and author, whose work focuses on corruption and the narco trade in Mexico. After the publication of her book Los Señores del Narco in 2010 (published in English under the title Narcoland) she received death threats from the officials and drug barons she investigated. Anabel Hernández will be delivering the inaugural Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecture. You will be able to buy her books Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers (in co-authorship with Roberto Saviano) and The Sorrows of Mexico by Lydia Cacho, Anabel Hernández, Juan Villoro et al.

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.

Chris Woods is an investigative journalist and leader of the Airwars project. A conflict specialist, he worked for the BBC’s Newsnight and Panorama as a senior producer for many years. Chris also set up and ran the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s award-winning Drones Project. His book, Sudden Justice charts the history of armed drone use in Iraq and elsewhere since 9/11.  

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).


Dr Yemisi Akinbobola is an award-winning journalist, academic and media entrepreneur. She is the founder and publisher of IQ4News, and a freelance writer for the United Nations Africa Renewal magazine. She is also a visiting lecturer and researcher in media and journalism at Birmingham City University, with an interest in digital journalism and African feminism. For her doctoral thesis, she conducted a comparative analysis of the relationship between the media and the state in Nigeria and South Africa. She has also worked in the charity sector where she has several years’ experience in communication management.

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.

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.

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Helena Bengtsson is the editor, data projects at the Guardian in London. She previously worked as the database editor at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. In 2006 and 2007, she was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC. In 2010, she was awarded the Stora Journalistpriset (Great Journalism Award) for Valpejl.se, a website profiling every candidate in that season’s Swedish elections.

Henk van Ess is obsessed by finding news in data.  European media houses, like Axel Springer, Persgroep, the European Broadcasting Union and Schibsted love his literal and lateral thinking and hire Henk on a regular basis to spill his secrets. He rarely appears at public conferences, so this is your chance to find out the best tricks in internet research. Henk is a member of the investigation team at Bellingcat.

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.   

Jessikka Aro is a Bonnier Award winning investigative reporter with the Finnish Broadcasting Company's social media project Yle Kioski. Aro became the target of hate speech while revealing pro-Kremlin social media trolls in her series of articles. Aro is currently writing an investigative book about Russia's information warfare.
Jodi Upton is a Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism Professor at the Newhouse School. Before that she was a senior database editor at USA Today. She and her team worked on data-driven coverage of topics including veterans' administration hospitals, new economy jobs, mass killings and college football coaches' salaries.
Upton and her team won numerous awards, including Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Philip Meyer Awards, Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, a World Media Summit Innovation Award, Best of USA Today Awards and the Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education.
Upton was previously an investigative/data reporter for The Detroit News, and worked as a freelancer for Agence France-Presse and other publications. She is a regular speaker with IRE.

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.  
Joseph O'Leary is Full Fact’s senior factchecker. He specialises in data and the presentation of statistics. He has been a factchecker at Full Fact since 2011 and produced their internal graphs style guide which, in turn, contributed to GSS guidance. He leads Full Fact's consulting work in this field, which has included controlling the production of all graphs for Sky News’s 2014 party conference coverage. He represents Full Fact at events and on the media, including briefing the Jeremy Vine show and speaking at the Government Statistical Service Presentation and Dissemination Conference. 

Joseph Trevithick is a freelance 'punk' journalist for @thewarzonewire and War is Boring. He is a historian and military analyst. 

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.

Laura Ranca is a programme specialist with the investigative journalism portfolio of the Independent Journalism Programme at the Open Society Foundation in London. Before joining the programme in early 2016, she worked as a researcher and reporter with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and with RISE Project, a community of investigative journalists, programmers, graphic artists and activists from Romania who investigate cross-border corruption and organised crime, and develop advanced data research and visualisation tools. 
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 an investigative journalist, researcher and educator. Together with Mark Lee Hunter and with the support of UNESCO he developed the internationally acclaimed Story-Based Inquiry Method, a systematic and efficient way of doing investigations. His other fields of expertise are data journalism and interview techniques.

Luuk is a visiting lecturer at several journalism schools and universities. Previously, he worked for 16 years as an economics reporter at major Dutch newspapers and magazines: NRC Handelsblad, Quote and Intermediair. He has been a board member of the association of investigative journalists in The Netherlands and Belgium, the VVOJ.

He co-authored and edited the book Onderzoeksjournalistiek: Researchproces van Idee tot Verhaal (Lannoo Campus, 2009). With Hunter, he wrote several practical handbooks about investigative journalism and a curriculum for universities, including The Hidden Scenario and The Story Tells the Facts.

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.


Max Harlow is a software developer who has worked with journalists on investigations at the Guardian and at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Currently he works with geographical data at Ordnance Survey and co-organises Journocoders, a meet-up for journalists interested in code.
Michelle Ye Hee Lee is a reporter on The Washington Post's Fact Checker, where she has been since November 2014. Her fact-checking is focused on the Trump administration, Congress and other national US political issues. Previously, Michelle was an investigative reporter at The Arizona Republic, covering public money, regulatory loopholes, and state and local politics. Outside of the newsroom, she is senior vice president of Asian American Journalists Association, a non-profit that works to train and develop journalists of diversity. 

Natalia Antelava is a journalist, a co-founder and editor-in-chief of Coda Story, an award-winning, New York based single subject news platform. Originally from Tbilisi, Georgia she started her journalism career freelancing in West Africa before becoming BBC’s resident correspondent first in the Caucasus, then Central Asia, Middle East, Washington DC and most recently India. She has reported undercover from Myanmar, Yemen and Uzbekistan and her investigations into human rights abuses in Central Asia, Iraq and the United States have won her numerous awards, including an Emmy nomination. Natalia has most recently reported for the BBC on the war in eastern Ukraine and has also written for the Guardian, Forbes magazine and the New Yorker among others.

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.

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).
Phoebe Arnold is head of communications and impact at Full Fact. She manages the follow up work that emerges from individual fact checks, including corrections requests, freedom of information requests, parliamentary work and publicity. She managed Full Fact’s submission to the BBC Trust’s Impartiality Review, and has delivered training to Chequeado, Argentina's fact checking organisation, on how to achieve impact with fact checks. She is responsible for Full Fact’s interventions into patterns of inaccuracy, ranging from submissions to select committees or referring a case to the UK Statistics Authority to working with statisticians in government departments to improve specific statistical releases. 
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. 
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.

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.

Timothy Sawa is an investigative producer at CBC News. 

Vivienne Francis is the course leader for the BA (Hons) Journalism at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Prior to joining academia, she spent a decade at the BBC in Current Affairs and Documentaries. Vivienne combines lecturing with project managing collaborative initiatives with external partners.