An award-winning investigative journalist, broadcaster, and one of the two founders of the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica. In 2010/2011, Spriņģe was a Fulbright/Humphrey scholar and spent a year at the University of Maryland, working as an intern in The Washington Post and The Center for Public Integrity. Spriņģe is a member of two international investigative journalism networks - ICIJ and OCCRP. She has been giving lectures for different audiences on topics such as media literacy, misinformation, fact-checking and investigative journalism.
Dr. Mark Lee Hunter is a founding member of The Global Investigative Journalism Network and the principal author of Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists (UNESCO 2009). He has trained thousands of journalists to manage and write investigations.
Altogether, he has taught in 40 countries on five continents. He has been based in France since 1982.
Hunter's journalism earned him IRE, SDX, National Headliners, Clarion and H.L. Mencken Free Press Awards. His documentary on France’s alcohol lobby, Liquorgate (Arte), was selected for the FIPA international festival. His investigative books include a case-cracking inquiry into a murder that implicated the top ranks of the Paris art world and government and an inquiry into France’s extreme right party, the National Front, that included sitting on its education council as a declared observer. His articles have been published by Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Le Monde Diplomatique, and many others.
Latvian journalist and filmmaker who has been working in various Latvian media outlets since 1995 as political reporter, European correspondent and investigative editor. After a burnout and brief flirtation with and idea that work in the European Commission would be suited for her, she returned to journalism in 2014 and since then leads Baltic Center of Investigative Journalism "Re:Baltica".
An investigative journalist based in Tallinn, Estonia. He has extensively covered issues relating to money laundering, corruption and sanctions evading as well as topics related to national security, espionage and propaganda. Roonemaa is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. His investigations have been published also in OCCRP, The Daily Beast, Newlines Magazine and several publications across Europe. He has been awarded the "Journalist of the Year" title in Estonia two years in a row. This year he also won the national Bonnier investigative journalism award. Roonemaa works for Ekspress Meedia (publications Delfi Estonia, Eesti Ekspress, Eesti Päevaleht).
Emelie is an investigative reporter at the Swedish Radio, specialising in digital research. Her investigations often revolve around important issues for those not commonly represented in the media, such as children and youths. Her investigative documentary series “Gamer” was awarded the Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism in 2020. She has also disclosed stories like VAT frauds suspected of funding terrorism, illegal treatment restrictions within the public health care system, and the police’s flawed investigative measures on online matters.
Paul Radu (@IDashboard) is a co-founder and co-executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project www.occrp.org a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept https://id.occrp.org/ and a co-founder of RISE Project www.riseproject.ro a platform for investigative reporters and hackers in Romania. He has held a number of fellowships, including the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship, the Milena Jesenska Press Fellowship, the Rosalyn Carter Fellowship, the Knight International Journalism fellowship as well as a Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. He is the recipient of numerous awards including in the Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, the Sigma Award for Data Journalism, an IJ4EU Award, a European Press Prize and others. Paul is an Ashoka Global fellow and a board member with the Global Investigative Journalism Network gijn.org and other organizations. He is also a jury member with a few journalistic awards.
Paul was working the Panama and Pandora Papers, the Pegasus Project and the Russian, Azerbaijani and the Troika Laundromat and he coined the term "laundromat" to define TOR-like large scale money laundering operations.
The Editor-in-Chief of Slidstvo.Info investigative agency based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Also a Regional Editor of OCCRP
As a journalist, Anna specializes in discovering high-scale corruption, money laundering schemes and crimes. She is part of the Panama Papers team –several stories about the Ukrainian president`s Petro Poroshenko offshore companies were written by her. One of the authors of the Killing Pavel documentary - about the murder of a famous journalist in Kyiv. The documentary got DIG Award (Italy) and IRE Medal (USA) in 2018.
From the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Anna and Slidstvo.Info focus on covering war crimes, reportages from the fields (Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities), researching and identifying Russian militaries in Ukraine.
Luuk is an independent investigative journalist and university lecturer. For the leading Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer he writes about the influence of corporate power on our environment and climate. He also teaches research skills, data journalism and interview techniques to professionals and students in newsrooms and at universities in the Netherlands and abroad.
Luke is a regular speaker at IRE, GIJC, CIJ and Data Harvest conferences, the world's leading forums for best practices in investigative journalism.
In 2009 he co-authored "Story-Based Inquiry. A Manual for Investigative Journalists". Since then, he has trained thousands of professionals and students on five continents in investigative skills and data journalism and ( co-) written several manuals and curricula on investigative journalism. His most recent works are "The Hidden Scenario. A handbook for investigative journalists" (2021) and a curriculum for Unesco (2021).
Pavel Merzlikin runs the special reports department of Meduza — the largest independent Russian publication. It is the media in exile that operates from Riga, Latvia. In April 2021, Russian authorities labelled Meduza as a ‘foreign agent,’ and in March 2022 blocked the website. Both actions were made to destroy the newsroom. However, Meduza keeps resisting. Also, it managed to save the majority of its audience due to its diverse and technologically advanced infrastructure. Merzlikin has worked as a special correspondent editor, news editor and feature editor. Now he's working with special correspondents, investigators and other editors as deputy editor-in-chief. Please read the English version of Meduza here — https://meduza.io/en
Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, Vlad is a staff reporter for Kyiv Post and regional editor for OCCRP. He reported from the frontline of the Kyiv barricades, and was a leader in the famous YanukovychLeaks campaign to make thousands of the former Ukraine President’s rescued documents available online. He worked on OCCRP’s Offshore Crime Inc. and Proxy Platform projects; the latter was shortlisted for the European Press Prize and the Outstanding International Reporting award. With OCCRP he investigated cigarette smuggling in the Ukraine-EU border area in Tobacco Roads, and participated in ICIJ’s Tobacco Underground, subsequently awarded the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Tom Renner Award, the Overseas Press Club of America Award, and the Online Journalism Award for best web coverage of international affairs.
Manisha is an award-winning investigative journalist & documentary filmmaker, specialising in combining open-source intelligence (OSINT) techniques with fieldwork to expose human rights abuses in conflict and war. She is notable for her investigations exposing war crimes. She works for the BBC, producing
international investigations that have been broadcast to over 300 million
worldwide. Manisha is a Forbes Under 30 media honouree and serves as a judge
for the International Emmy® Awards. She was named Journalist of the Year 2022 by One Young World. She is completing a PhD in political economy, on the future
of investigative journalism and the impact of OSINT, from the University of
Westminster. Follow her on Twitter @manisha_bot.
Ilya Ber is the founder and editor-in-chief for the fact-checking project Provereno.media. He is also a lecturer at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Ilya is the author of the course “Information search and verification in the modern media environment”.
Ilya Ber graduated from the Russian State University of Humanities. He worked for 15 years as a TV editor for Russian quiz shows, ten years as editor-in-chief for “How To A Millionaire”). At the same time, Ilya worked in journalism for the BBC Russian Service, RIA Novosti, and other media outlets. In 2020 he was an author and presenter in fact-checking once a week on Proven on the international RTVI TV channel.
Jakub is a Chairman of Media Development Foundation, a hub that works with journalists, newsrooms, civil society and public officials in Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe to help build stronger civil societies in post-authoritarian and low press freedom states by training journalists, promoting high ethic and professional standards, and supporting the development of a sustainable business ecosystem. Jakub is a former journalist who has written for New Eastern Europe, the Financial Times and the Economist. In 2013-2014 he served as CEO of the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s leading English-language publication, during which time it became the first Ukrainian recipient of the University of Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Following an MBA at INSEAD, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey in London in 2015-2018 focusing on digital strategy and transformation.
Axel Gordh Humlesjö is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning investigative reporter at the Swedish public broadcaster - SVT.
He specializes in organized crime, corruption and digital research. In 2018 he led a international group of reporters in an investigation of the murder of two UN experts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His latest project exposed systematic money laundering from Russia through Swedbank, Scandinavia's largest bank.
- USA - Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, Best broadcast 2019.
- USA - International Emmy Award, Current Affairs 2019.
- SWEDEN - Swedish Journalism Award, Best investigation, 2019.
- EUROPE - Prix Europa, Best investigative documentary, 2019.
Based in Sarajevo, Miranda Patrucic is an award winning investigative reporter and regional editor for OCCRP focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijani, Montenegrin and Central Asian ruling elites. 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 and Paradise 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. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption, money laundering and how to follow the money.
Nils Hanson is the new programme director of the Investigative Reporting Summer School. He is an award-winning investigative editor and reporter. For 14 years, until 2018, Nils was an executive producer for Mission Investigate, Swedish Television (SVT). He has more than 30 years of experience and has covered around 500 investigations. During the last two years of his leadership, the program won ten international awards. One story, with him as an editor, Deceptive Diplomacy - Cover-up by the UN, won in 2019 both the IRE and Emmy Awards. His handbook on investigative journalism has become a classic in Sweden. Today he continues working as a freelancing editor and reporter besides doing lectures on investigative journalism in Sweden and many other countries.
Based in Vilnius, Lithuania, Šarūnas Černiauskas joined OCCRP in 2015 and is a regional editor for the Baltics. He leads Siena.lt, the first Lithuanian non-profit organization dedicated entirely to investigative reporting, and an OCCRP member center. He has contributed to numerous investigations, including the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers. He was a key contributor to the Troika Laundromat investigation, which won the Sigma Data Journalism Award in 2020.
With an international team, he also investigated misuse of EU funds by members of the European Parliament and was shortlisted for the European Press Prize in 2017. Šarūnas has received several national awards and became the first laureate of the Investigative Journalism Prize established by the Vilnius University, awarded for his efforts to revive investigative journalism in Lithuania.
Linda Larsson Kakuli is a data journalist and researcher at the investigative program “Uppdrag Granskning” at SVT – Swedish Television. She has worked for SVT since 1998, mainly at the news department as a researcher and editor. In recent years she has worked on several international investigations into tax evasion and money laundering. In 2019 she was on the team that revealed suspected money laundering in one of Sweden’s largest banks, Swedbank – an investigation that was rewarded with both “Kristallen” (the Swedish TV award) and the Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism. Linda also lectures in research methodology and data journalism.