Our Speakers

The following people have spoken or trained for the CIJ, either at one of our summer schools or at the courses and public talks we hold throughout the year.

Alastair Dant is the lead interactive technologist with Guardian News and Media.


Since joining the Guardian, Alastair has played games with the UK budget, created one of Steve Jobs’ favourite iPad apps and visualised the Wikileaks war logs.


In the last year, he assembled a small, interdisciplinary team, led an award-winning academic collaboration and instigated the Miso Project – open-source software for developing interactive content.

Alex Plough is a data journalist at the Thomson Reuters Foundation where he covers corruption, human rights and environmental issues. He has a background in data-driven investigative reporting and worked on the award winning Iraq War Logs for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.



Andrew Bousfield writes for Private Eye in cases involving whistleblowers.


He wrote a special investigation with Dr Phil Hammond on NHS whistleblowers entitled 'Shoot the Messenger: How NHS Whistleblowers are Silenced and Sacked' in July 2011 for Private Eye, which was runner up for the 2012 Martha Gellhorn Award.



Andrew Jennings has worked for Sunday Times Insight, World In Action, BBC Panorama, CBS Sixty Minutes and a host of other UK and foreign networks and publications.


He has published five books, translated into 15 languages, in subjects ranging from corruption at Scotland Yard, to racketeering at the IOC and FIFA. He has reported from Beirut, Palermo, Nicaragua, Chechnya and other places long bombed and forgotten.
Currently he is the only reporter in the world banned by FIFA president Sepp Blatter and lectures at universities from Toronto to Otago about corruption, how to obtain confidential documents and then report their contents with a joyous heart. You can read his stories on his website: Transparency in Sport

Arjen Kamphuis is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gendo.

He studied Science & Policy at Utrecht University and worked for IBM and Twynstra Gudde as IT architect, trainer and IT strategy advisor. Since late 2001 Arjen is working independently and advises clients on the strategic impact of new technological developments.
In addition to information technology, Arjen also works on scenario planning and strategic assessments of emerging technologies such as bio- and nanotechnology. With clients he investigates their social, economic and geo-political impacts.


Arnaud Dressen. Prior to co‐founding Honkytonk Films in 2007, Arnaud worked with award‐winning  producer and journalist Patrice Barrat on several international documentary productions with broadcasters such as NYT Television, CBC Canada, or ITVS and participated in pionnering the agency's early experiments in participatory journalism.
At Honkytonk Films, Arnaud has been leading the company original approach to webdocumentaries, gathering both journalists, photographers and creative coders to explore new narrative formats to cover current affairs and environmental issues.
Based on this experience, he designed Klynt as a creative tool to edit interactive stories. It is now used by hundreds of journalists and NGOs across Europe.

Aron Pilhofer is the Associate Managing Editor for Digital Strategy at The New York Times. In this role, he will help guide the newsroom's approach to social media, technology and the development of new products.
He will serve as the newsroom's main ambassador to technology and product, helping to shape the newsroom's interests in The Times’s new suite of paid products.
Pilhofer also heads the Interactive News desk, a team that combines technology and journalism. The team builds and manages the organisation's social media presence and creates rich, data-driven news applications to enhance The New York Times's reporting online.


Brendan Montague is a co-founder and executive director of Request Initiative.


He is an investigative journalist with more than a decade of experience having worked for The Sunday Times, The Mail on Sunday and The Daily Mail. Brendan is described by The Times as a “Freedom of Information expert”. 


Caelainn Barr is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist, who has worked with the BBC, Financial Times, the Guardian and Al Jazeera.


She headed up the European data research team at the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism on a joint investigation with the FT into European structural funds.

The team produced the first and only centralised fund database to reveal the abuse of tax-payers’ money by the Mafia, multinational corporations and property developers. The results were published by the Financial Times and aired by BBC Radio 4 and Al Jazeera.

She has also used data analysis to uncover the misuse of expenses by the European Commission and human rights abuses in Ethiopia. She now works as a data journalist at the Irish Times. 


Charles ‘Chuck’ Lewis has founded four non-profit enterprises in Washington, including the Center for Public Integrity.

A national investigative journalist since 1977, Lewis left a successful career at ABC News and the CBS programme 60 Minutes to begin the Center for Public Integrity from his home. Under his leadership, the Center published roughly 300 investigative reports, including 14 books, from 1989 through 2004, and has been honoured more than 30 times by national journalism organisations.
Lewis also founded the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the world’s first global website devoted to international exposes.
In 2005, Lewis co-founded Global Integrity, and has also served as founding president of the Fund for Independence in Journalism in Washington.  He has been a consultant on access to information issues to the Carter Center in Atlanta, a Ferris Professor at Princeton University, and a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University.


Charlotte Harris is a partner in Mishcon Private.


She is a highly regarded media law specialist, with extensive experience across areas such as pre and post publication advice, injunctions, defamation, privacy, harassment and unlawful interceptions into the telephones and correspondence of those in the public eye.

Her client base includes MPs, celebrities, PRs, sports agents, sportspeople and individuals subject to media attention. Charlotte has been fundamental in the exposure of the phone hacking scandal and has spent four years pursuing hacking claims. She continues to act for many clients and high-profile victims in relation to this issue. Notable cases include Max Clifford v NGN and Glenn Mulcaire, Donald v N'tuli (C of A) and Perroncel v NGN.
Charlotte joined the Firm in March 2011 from JMW where she was Head of Media.

She regularly contributes to the national debate on media law, for example on Question Time, Newsnight and the Today Programme. Charlotte contributes to the various Select Committees in respect of media standards and privacy during this time of development of the law in this area.

Chris Blackhurst is editor of The Independent and group editorial director of The Independent and Evening Standard.


He joined the paper in July 2011. Previously, he was city editor of the Evening Standard for nine years. A journalist since 1984, his previous posts include: deputy editor at the Independent and Independent on Sunday and Daily Express, and Westminster correspondent for the Independent.


He has written for Management Today for the past 15 years and has contributed to numerous other magazines and publications, as well as appearing regularly on TV and radio and making public speeches. He has received several awards from the British Press Awards and the London Press Club as well as TSB Financial Journalist of the Year. Most recently he received the London Press Club award for Business Journalist of the Year, 2011.


Twice married, he has five children and lives in Kingston. He enjoys playing tennis and golf, watching football and rugby, and going to the cinema and theatre.



Craig Shaw is a British freelance journalist, based in Brighton.  He recently worked for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the global “Offshore Leaks” investigation which helped to lift the veil on the secretive world of tax havens.  His reports have been published in leading international news media such as the Guardian, Sunday Times, Sydney Morning Herald, L’Espresso and Private Eye.  He also assisted in providing security advice for the Centre of Investigative Journalism’s Whistleblowers UK project, aimed at protecting sources and whistle-blowers.  

Cynthia O'Murchu is an investigative reporter at the Financial Times where she uses her data and public records research skills to produce stories across a variety of beats.


She was part of the team that produced "Europe's Hidden Billions", an investigative series uncovering how Europe’s second largest subsidy is spent.




Damien Spleeters is a freelance journalist from Belgium. He is covering armed conflicts, and investigating the proliferation of Belgian small arms
and the activities of Belgian arms brokers. 
More informaion about Damien: http://about.me/damienspleeters and about his work: http://damspleet.com


David Donald is the data editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington.


One of the leading trainers in database journalism and digital reporting, David's interests include financial, housing and healthcare analysis and new tools for data analysis.


Prior to joining the Center in 2008, he served as training director at Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting for five years.


He focuses on data analysis to uncover fraud and governmental abuse. His stories have won three Batten Awards and two Hammet Awards for ethical and courageous journalism.


David Leigh was the Guardian’s investigations editor until April 2013. He is currently the Anthony Sampson professor of reporting at City University, London, a trustee of the university’s centre for investigative journalism, and a member of the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. He has helped jail Conservative cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken; defeated a superinjunction from toxic waste dumpers Trafigura; exposed billion-pound secret payments by arms giant BAE, (which was fined $300m as a result); published leaks of Wikileaks cables; and exposed the ownership of secret  offshore  companies in tax havens. 


Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984.  GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes.  The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today.  Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.

Duncan Campbell is a Scottish born investigative journalist specialising in security, surveillance and data journalism.  For over three decades, he has produced and researched in-depth reports for television, print and online media.  His award-winning work into topics including government secrecy, corporate crime and medical fraud has earned critical acclaim and seen him clash with the establishment.  He has published on a wide range of subjects in the likes of the New Statesman, Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Independent and Mail on Sunday.
He was the Data Journalism Manager on the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’s “Offshore Leaks” expose. (see duncancampbell.org)

Ed Swires-Hennessy is a Chartered Statistician with a degree in Economics and Statistics.


He is the author of A Guide to Presenting Data  published by the Local Government Data Unit – Wales. For over 20 years he was the general editor of statistical publications at the then Welsh Office. He developed an interest in the presentation of statistics on the web and has become an institution in terms of his reviews.

In 2003 he was awarded the inaugural JH West medal by the Royal Statistical Society for ‘outstanding contribution and influence on the dissemination of official statistics, notably his contribution to the development of electronic dissemination of statistics in Wales, his longstanding commitment to the teaching of official statisticians nationally and internationally, and his international advisory role on the usability of statistical websites’. Ed’s blog: http://surfingwithed.wordpress.com/

Elena Egawhary studied to be a human rights lawyer and ended up as an investigative journalist.


Whilst working as a legal reporter, she won a bursary from the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation to study for an MSc in Financial Regulation and Corporate and Financial Crime at the London School of Economics.


Elena’s writing has been published in the Guardian, The New Statesman and the Independent. She teaches data journalism, and believes the most effective investigative journalism combines many skills (it’s not just data crunching). She is grateful to the brave people who choose to speak out, without whom there would be no story.



Francesca Panetta is multimedia special projects editor at the Guardian. Before joining in December 2006, she worked at BBC Radio 3 and 4. Specialising in feature-making, she's picked up awards from the New York Festivals, Sony Radio Academy Awards, Webby Awards and the Radio Production Awards.

Gavin Millar QC is founder member of the leading human rights practice, Doughty Street Chambers.


He is a practising barrister and a part-time judge. He specialises in media law, representing media organisations and journalists.


He is the co-author of Media Law and Human Rights. He has appeared in a number of high-profile cases resisting applications for source and document disclosure and contempt of court.


Gavin Sheridan is the co-founder of thestory.ie

thestory.ie is a blog dedicated to obtaining and sharing documents and data obtained
through FOI and scraping.


The blog is an experiment in tactical FOI requests, seeking to push the boundaries of access to information in



Ian Cobain has been a journalist for 30 years and is currently an investigative reporter with the Guardian.


His inquiries into the UK's involvement in rendition and torture since 9/11 have won a number of major awards, including the Martha Gellhorn Prize, the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism, and a human rights award from Liberty.


He has also won a number of Amnesty International media awards. His book, Cruel Britannia, A Secret History of Torture, won the Debut Political Book of the Year award at the 2013 political book awards.

Ian Hislop is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has been editor of Private Eye since 1986.


He has a working knowledge of defamation and privacy law, although his record in the courts suggests he is not an expert. He is probably best known for his role as a regular team captain on the BBC show Have I Got News for You.


He has been a columnist for The Listener and The Sunday Telegraph, and television critic for The Spectator. He has written and presented documentaries for television and radio about various subjects including the History of Tax, female Hymn Writers, Dr Beeching, Victorian Philanthropists and most recently The Stiff Upper Lip.


Ian has received numerous awards, including a BAFTA Award for Have I Got News for You in 1991; Editors’ Editor, British Society of Magazine Editors in 1991; Magazine of the Year, What the Papers Say in 1991; Editor of the Year, British Society of Magazine Editors, in 1998; Channel 4 Political Awards, for Political Satire in 2004; and a Channel 4 Political Award, for Political Comedy in 2006, a Liberty Human Rights Award for Private Eye in 2011 and Trip Advisors Travellers’ Choice in 2012.

Ioan Grillo is an investigative journalist covering organized crime and drugs in Latin America.
Grillo has been based in Mexico since 2000 working for media including Time Magazine, CNN, the Sunday Telegraph, Reuters, the Houston Chronicle, PBS NewsHour, the Associated Press, Al Jazeera English and many others. Grillo's first book El Narco: The Bloody Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels was a finalist at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, longlisted for the Orwell Prize and a BBC Radio 4 book of the week. 
Grillo specializes in covering Mexico's drug cartels, which have morphed from their origins as peasant smugglers to clandestine armies wielding Kalashnikovs, grenades and car bombs and left tens of thousands of corpses. He has also covered the other major issues of Latin America, including the government of Hugo Chavez, the earthquake in Haiti and coup in Honduras. 

Jean Francois Tanda is a leading investigative journalist in Switzerlald, editor of Handelszeitung, a weekly Swiss business newspaper.


He specialises in investigating economic crimes, corruption and money laundering. He is known internationally for stories about corruption in FIFA and involvement with the BBC Panorama and would go the extra mile to gain firsthand account of the facts.



Jeff Katz started his working life as a copy boy at The New York Times.


Following service in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, he worked on a variety of publications in the UK and US, eventually becoming deputy editor of an English provincial newspaper.


In 1987 he was invited to join the American investigation company Kroll Associates in London and in 1995 was appointed the company's Director of European Operations. He left Kroll in 1998 and became Chief Executive of the Bishop Group, overseeing investigations around the world.



Jennifer LaFleur is the director for computer-assisted reporting at ProPublica.


She was previously the computer-assisted reporting editor for The Dallas Morning News, where she worked on the investigative team.


She has directed CAR at the San Jose Mercury News and at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and was Investigative Reporters and Editors' (IRE) first training director.

She has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. Jennifer is the co-author of IRE's Mapping for Stories: A Computer-Assisted Reporting Guide.


Jim Nichol is a Solicitor Advocate known for his miscarriage of justice and civil liberties cases

He frequently works with investigative journalists and was responsible with the late Paul Foot for the investigation that led to the quashing of the convictions of the Bridgewater 4. He now represents the families of the miners killed at Marikana, seeking justice at the Marikana Commission.

John Christensen directs the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led network which leads global efforts to tackle tax havens.  Trained as a forensic investigator and economist, he has worked in many countries around the world, including secrecy jurisdictions, where he worked in offshore financial services with Touche Ross & Co.  For 11 years he was economic adviser to the government of the British Channel Island of Jersey.  In the past ten years he has become what the Guardian has described as “the unlikely figurehead of a worldwide campaign against tax avoidance.”

John Pilger is a world-renowned journalist, author and documentary filmmaker who has twice been named journalist of the year.


Among a number of other awards, he has been International Reporter of the Year and winner of the UN Association Media Peace Prize. He made his name as foreign correspondent and a front-line war reporter, most notably from the conflicts in Vietnam, Cambodia and East Timor.


Over decades he has made more than 60 campaigning documentaries for ITV, which have won Academy Awards in Britain and the United States. His latest book, Freedom Next Time, and feature-length film, The War On Democracy, were released in 2007.



Jonathan Stoneman spent 20 years in the BBC working mainly on reports on the Balkans, before becoming Head of World Service Training in 2002.


He has been a freelancer since 2010, and has been teaching about data and datajournalism for most of that time, in and around the BBC College of Journalism.



Julian Assange is an activist, journalist, and the editor of WikiLeaks.

Australian by birth, he has lived, worked and been, arrested, bugged, censored and unsuccessfully sued in many countries, including China, Iran, Australia, the US and the UK.
He is the winner of the 2009 Amnesty International media award (New Media) for exposing extra-judicial assassinations, and the 2008 Economist Index on Censorship award. He studied physics and medicine.

Katerina Cizek is an Emmy-winning documentary-maker working across many media platforms.


Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. Currently, she is the director of the National Film Board of Canada's HIGHRISE project and for five years, she was the NFB’s Filmmaker-in-Residence (2008 Webby Award). Her previous award-winning films include Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (2002, co-directed with Peter Wintonick). Her documentaries have instigated criminal investigations, changed UN policies, and have screened as evidence at the International Criminal Tribunal. Cizek teaches and presents around the world about her innovative approach to the documentary genre.

Kathryn Torney is senior reporter at The Detail, an investigative news website in Belfast.

After graduating from University College Dublin, she started her journalism career as a graduate trainee with the Belfast Telegraph in 1996. She was appointed the newspaper’s education correspondent in 1999 and held this post until the end of 2010.
She has a special interest in data journalism and Freedom of Information. She has won several awards for her journalism including being shortlisted and receiving an honourary mention in the international Data Journalism Awards 2012 for her work on ambulance response times in Northern Ireland.
Kathryn attended the CIJ’s Data Journalism Bootcamp in October 2011 which was led by David Donald.

Lowell Bergman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and TV producer.


He is the founder of the Center of Investigative Reporting, America’s oldest non-profit investigative news organisation, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Group, which was formed in 1976 as response to the slaying of an Arizona journalist.


For more than 35 years Lowell Bergman has worked in print and television, first in the alternative press at the San Diego Free Press, which became the San Diego Street Journal, then at ABC News and, finally, at CBS, where he was a producer for the television programme, 60 Minutes, for 16 years. The story of his investigation of the tobacco industry for 60 minutes was chronicled in the Academy Award nominated feature film ‘The Insider’.


In 2006 he was named the ‘David and Reva Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting’ at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he is the Director of the Investigative Reporting Programme.


He continues to teach at the journalism school, while also working as a correspondent for The New York Times and as a producer/correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, integrating graduate students into the research and reporting.



French investigative journalist, Luc is co-director and executive producer of Premières Lignes, a French independent television news agency, producing investigative documentaries for the major French networks and international distribution.


He has produced numerous stories on the pharmaceutical industry, including the controversy surrounding the availability of generic anti-HIV/Aids drugs in developing countries and the dangers of antidepressants. He has covered and investigated the war in Kosovo and Iraq and specialises in investigative documentaries on spin doctors working for politicians or major corporations


Lucas Amin, is co-founder and operation's director of Request Initiative. 


He graduated with a first class honours BA in media and communications at Goldsmiths College in 2010.


Since working for Request Initiative he has received training from the Campaign for Freedom of Information, PA consulting and the Guardian’s Masterclass in Investigative Journalism delivered by FoIA author Heather Brooke and the newspaper’s Special Projects Editor, Paul Lewis.



Luuk Sengers is an investigative environment reporter and journalism lecturer.


Together with Mark Lee Hunter he teaches the story-based inquiry method to reporters in newsrooms and at international conferences and summer schools.


Luuk worked for 16 years as a full-time reporter at national newspapers and magazines in The Netherlands (including NRC Handelsblad, business magazine Quote and the weekly Intermediair), before becoming an independent reporter and lecturer. He was on the board of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists (VVOJ) for eight years and is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

Mark Lee Hunter is an adjunct professor and senior research fellow at INSEAD, based in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre.  


He is the only person to have won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the world's leading organisation in the field, both for his investigative reports and for his research on journalism.


He is the author of over 100 investigative reports and six books, including (along with Luuke Sengers) The Hidden Scenario, the first in a series of handbooks for investigative journalists. The book was published by the CIJ with the support from the Reva and David Logan Foundation. 


He is also a partner at Story-Based Inquiry Associates.

Mark Schapiro has been a long-time correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting specializing in international environmental stories. His work appears in magazines such as Harpers, The Atlantic, Yale 360 and Mother Jones and on television, including public television newsmagazine shows FRONTLINE/World, PBS NewsHour and KQED (San Francisco. He is currently writing a book (publication 2014) on the global struggle over assigning a price to carbon. His previous book, EXPOSED: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power revealed the health and economic implications for the United States of the tightening of environmental standards by the European Union. He has received numerous awards, including a Sigma Delta Chi from the Society of Professional Journalists, a DuPont, an Emmy and a Kurt Schork Award for International reporting. 

Mark Willians-Thomas is a former police detective turned investigative journalist and TV presenter. Mark is the journalist behind ITV Expose: The other side of Jimmy Saville.


As an award winning investigative reporter he has worked on programmes for ITV Exposure, ITV Tonight and BBC Newsnight. He is the presenter of the ITV series 'On the Run'.


In his previous career with the police serivce, Mark specialised in major crime and child protection, he has also covered and been an advisor in high-profile crimes over the past five years, including the death of Baby Peter, the murder of Joanna Yates, the Nursery Paedophile investigation and the Ipswich serial killer Steve Wright.


Martin Tomkinson is a veteran investigative financial journalist and corporate researcher.


From 2000-2004 he did the financial research for the Mail on Sunday’s Rich List and from 2005 to date he has worked on the Sunday Times' Rich List.


He has written for all the UK’s major newspapers. He started 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.


Matt Fowler is a freelance application developer and programmer. He currently works for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists as part of the #offshoreleaks data team.  He wrote the code for an online searchable database that allowed dozens of journalists all over the world to access 260GB of leaked offshore records.  He is also a key member of the sister project, the public Offshore Database.  Matt will be explaining his role in the project and how programmers can help journalists understand and use big data. 

Melanie McFadyean teaches part time in the journalism department at City University.


She has written or co written four books variously on Northern ireland, Margaret Thatcher, drugs and a book of short stories.She worked as an agony aunt at Just Seventeen magazine for three years in the early 1980s, at the Guardian on features for five years and has since freelanced with pieces for The Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times, Marie Claire, Elle, the LRB, Granta and many others.


She did several interviews for the CIJ Whistleblower project. She regularly does interviews for The Oldie, with people minimum age 70. She has also worked in TV and radio and recently completed a novel (and has no idea what will become of it.)


Michael Rogers is a researcher and software developer working on secure communication tools for activists and journalists. He holds a PhD in computer science from UCL.

Miles Goslett has been a freelance journalist since 2010. Previously he was a news reporter on the Mail on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph. He began in journalism working on the Londoner's Diary column of the Evening Standard. In May 2013 he was awarded the Scoop of the Year award by the London Press Club for revealing that the BBC suppressed an investigation into Jimmy Savile's sex abuse by two of its own journalists. Seven national newspapers had turned down this story before The Oldie magazine, edited by Richard Ingrams, published it.

The Oldie Magazine's article.
Miles Goslet's piece in The Spectator about his attempts to publish the story. 

Natalia Viana is a founder and director of Publica, Brazil's first non-profit investigative journalism centre.


She was a partner of WikiLeaks in Brazil, coordinating the release of the US embassy cables and has collaborated with various domestic and international media outlets including: Pacifica Network, PBS (US), the BBC, the Guardian, the Independent (UK), Folha de S√£o Paulo, O Globo, and Carta Capital (Brazil).


She was an assistant producer for investigative documentaries and is the author of three books about current-day political assassinations and old-time censorship and repression during the military regime. In 2005, she won the Vladimir Herzog Award for Human Rights Reporting and in 2011 the Woman Press Award for online reporting.

Neil Smith served over 10 years as a police officer in a major UK police force and time spent working as a counter-fraud specialist for a government department. 
He then worked as a fraud investigator for insurance companies. For the last 10 years Neil has worked as a full time investigative researcher for clients who range from from insurance companies to law enforcement agencies.
For the last eight years he has taught many hundreds of investigators, mostly from law enforcement, in the art of using the internet as an investigative tool. These courses have taken him all around the UK and Europe.

P. Sainath is the Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu, India.


He has won over 35 global and national awards for his reporting (but has turned down others). His reporting on hunger, migrations, distress and farmer suicides, has played a key role in the development of public policy and government programmes in rural areas.


Since 2001, an exhibition of his photographs -Visible Work, Invisible Women: Women and Work in Rural India - has toured India and beyond. We hope to have this exhibition at the summer school.


Paul Cheston is the courts correspondent of the London Evening Standard.
He covered his first court case for the Diss Express and, after training on the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, came to Fleet Street to work for the Press Association in 1982.
He joined the short-lived London Daily News in 1987 and was in court on the final day of the Jeffrey Archer libel trial when owner Robert Maxwell closed the paper down.
After brief work for the Daily Star and Sunday Express he joined the Evening Standard as a general news reporter. He was appointed courts correspondent in 1993 and is co-author of Brothers in Blood published in 1994 and Court Scenes (2010) 

Paul Connew is the former editor of the Sunday Mirror 


During his career Paul has served as editor of the Sunday Mirror, deputy editor of the Daily Mirror as well as the News of the World and head of the US Bureau of Mirror Group Newspapers.


He is an award winning foreign correpsondent who is now widely known as a media commentator, used by the BBC, Sky, Al-Jazeera, CNN and Australian/Canadian/US & Russian broadcasters. He now also works as a PR adviser to various corporate, celebrity & charity clients.


After submitting written testimony to the Leveson Inquiry, he co-authored the book 'After Leveson' - a collection of views from both sides in the Leveson debate.

Labour MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, Paul is a member of the House of Commons Culture and served on the Media and Sport Select Committee since 2005.


He was recently an instigator of a report on 'Press Standards, Privacy and Libel' and parliamentary questions over Trafigura and super-injunctions.


He was the City Editor at The Observer from 1997 to 2001 and prior to this, worked for The Independent on Sunday and Reuters. He has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Paul Francis is political editor of The KM Group, Kent’s leading media company, where he is responsible for political coverage of the county at local and national level.


He is an award-winning journalist and has been named Kent Journalist of The Year three times. He was also named as weekly newspaper reporter of the year in the national Regional Press Awards in 2011.


He is acknowledged as a leading writer on local government affairs and as an expert in Freedom of Information. He has worked for the KM Group since 1995 and began his career in local newspapers in north London. He has written for The Guardian, Sunday Times and various local government magazines during his career.


He writes a regular blog for the KM Group and lectures on public affairs at the Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent. He is a member of the NCTJ’s Public Affairs board.

Paul Lashmar is an investigative journalist who has worked in TV, radio and print for three decades.


He is also a TV producer, author and lecturer. He is the acting head of journalism at Brunel University where he is launching the innovative MA in Campaigning and Journalism.


Since entering journalism in 1978 he has been on the staff of The Observer(1978-89), Granada TV's World in Action current affairs series (1989-1992) and the Independent (1998-2001). Paul covered the War on Terror for theIndependent on Sunday from 2001-2008. He was awarded 'Reporter of the Year' in the 1986 UK Press Awards.

Paul Lewis is Special Projects Editor for the Guardian, managing teams of journalists working on a range of investigations.


He recently led Reading the Riots, a major research project into the causes and consequences of the England riots, in collaboration with the London School of Economics. Paul lectures across Europe about the use of social media in journalism and teaches a masterclass in investigative reporting. You can watch his TED talk Crowdsourcing the News.


In 2012 he was nominated for both Reporter of the Year and the Orwell Prize for Journalism. He was named Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards 2010 and won the 2009 Bevins Prize for outstanding investigative journalism. He previously worked at the Washington Post as the Stern Fellow.

Paul May chaired the London-based campaign for the Birmingham Six from 1985 until the men’s release in 1991.


He has chaired successful campaigns for other wrongly convicted prisoners including Judith Ward, the Bridgewater Four, the East Ham Two and Danny McNamee (whose case was the first to be referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission).


From 2006, he led the campaign for Sam Hallam who was freed by the Court of Appeal in May 2012.  

Paul Myers joined the BBC in 1995 as a news information researcher.


After moving to the corporation's training division in 1999, he coined the term "blended learning" and developed unique approaches to training and research methodology.


Having worked with computers since 1976, Paul has successfully introduced many technical tools into the world of journalism. He has also helped shape BBC editorial policy on internet research..


Away from training, he has produced online chatrooms, presented items for Watchdog and Click Online and has provided assistance to Panorama, Radio Five Live and many other news, current affairs and consumer programmes.

Dr Phil Hammond is a GP, writer, broadcaster and possibly the only comedian to appear at a public inquiry.

As Private Eye’s medical correspondent he broke the story of the Bristol heart scandal in 1992, which lead to the largest public inquiry in British history seven years later.
In 2009, he broke allegations of serious errors in pathology reporting in Bristol, which lead to an inquiry in just seven days.
Hammond still works part time as a GP and lecturer, but is better known for his TV work: he has survived Ruby Wax, Have I Got News For You, The News Quiz, The Now Show, and being reported to the General Medical Council by William Hague’s Press Secretary. He was also the only doctor to appear for the prosecution on Channel 4’s Doctors on Trial. He presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC2, exposing wide variations in care across the NHS and co-wrote the sitcom, Doctors and Nurses, broadcast on BBC1 in 2004. 
Dr Phil Hammond and Andrew Bousfield's special report in the Private Eye 'Shoot the Messenger: How NHS Whistleblowers are Silenced and Sacked' was nominated for the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Prize which is given in honour of one of the 20th century’s greatest reporters and is awarded to a journalist ‘whose work has penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth that exposes establishment propaganda, or “official drivel”, as Martha Gellhorn called it’.
You can watch Dr Phil Hammond's talk at the 2012 summer school here

Pieter Jooste has been a medical practitioner for the past 25 years.


He has been fortunate to sufficiently explore the diverse branches of medicine, psychiatry and surgery, to enable him to perform minor surgery and offer psychotherapy on almost a daily basis for many years.


In 1987 his duties took him to the frontline in the Angolan war. This and the subsequent treatment of soldiers, police and civilians either exposed through being recipients or perpetrators of psychological trauma, kindled a lasting interest.


In 2006 in the UK, he was introduced to Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which proved the holy grail in the management of complex and severe psychological trauma by addressing primitive, reflexive and inappropriate survival responses through midbrain stimulation. Besides continuing to see traumatised individuals, he is also involved with assisting them in their quest for legal remedies.


Raj Bairoliya is a well known forensic accountant and has been teaching "How to Read Company Accounts" at CIJ  for over 10 years. He also holds a number of intensive weekend courses for CIJ. He frequently assists journalists and broadcasters 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 failures over this period. He is retained by law firms as well as law enforcement and regulatory agencies.  
In 2000 he set up an independent specialist forensic accounting firm, Forensic Accounting LLP. This firm, having grown to be the biggest independent forensic firm in the UK, was acquired by a US listed firm in 2008. He left in August 2012 after serving his tie-in period and after completing his non-compete, is once again an independent forensic accountant and is the managing director of Expert Forensic Accountants Limited.

Richard Brooks is a reporter with Private Eye magazine, writing mainly for the In the Back section.


In 2008 he won the Paul Foot award for work on a privatisation scandal at Britain's international development fund, CDC.He is a former tax inspector and has exposed tax avoidance at some of Britain's biggest companies, including the Vodafone scheme that sparked the UK Uncut protests.


He was a member of the Guardian's Tax Gap team in 2009 and also co-authored a report with ActionAid on tax avoidance in the developing world by British brewing company SABMiller.Richard recently wrote a book on Britain's tax avoidance epidemic and the government's complicity in it, The Great Tax Robbery.

Richard Orange is managing director of Orchard News Bureau Ltd, (ONB) a media consultancy company specialising in local government/police authority affairs and media law.


He is a senior lecturer at the Lincoln School of Journalism, an external examiner at the Cardiff School of Journalism and a visiting lecturer at the Nottingham Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism. He has worked for a variety of regional and national newspapers and magazines.


Rob Evans has won awards for his work both on corruption scandals and for promoting freedom of information.


He has been a journalist with the Guardian newspaper since 1999 where he uses freedom of information laws to get stories for the paper.


His book - Gassed, British Chemical Warfare Experiments on Humans at Porton Down - was published in 2000. He has worked for the Financial Times, the Sunday Telegraph and has also worked on television documentaries.


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


Robert Palmer is a policy analyst and campaigner working to curb the role that the financial system plays in facilitating corruption and entrenching poverty in the developing world.


Robert investigates major banks which have done business with corrupt politicians and develops practical policy solutions to prevent such abuses of the financial system. Recently he exposed which financial institutions were managing the assets of the $65bn Libyan Investment Authority.


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. He 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 Gainsbury works on the investigations team at the Financial Times.


She has a background in UK public policy and has specialised on the NHS. She does crunch data, but believes so-called 'data journalism' should be seen as a routine day part of the news reporter’s set of skills – along with making contacts and interviewing people.

Seymour M. Hersh is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. His journalism and publishing awards include a Pulitzer Prize, five George Polk Awards, two National Magazine Awards, and more than a dozen other prizes for investigative reporting. As a staff writer of The New Yorker, Hersh won a National Magazine Award for Public Interest for his 2003 articles “Lunch with the Chairman,” “Selective Intelligence,” and “The Stovepipe.” In 2004, Hersh exposed the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in a series of pieces in the magazine; in 2005, he again received a National Magazine Award for Public Interest, an Overseas Press Club award, the National Press Foundation’s Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism award, and his fifth George Polk Award, making him that award’s most honored laureate.

Sheila Coronel is director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University in New York.


She began her reporting career during the dying days of the Marcos dictatorship. She was on the staff of or the Philippine Panorama and later joined the Manila Times; she also wrote for the Manila Chronicle. In 1989, Coronel co-founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism  to promote investigative reporting and groundbreaking reporting on major social issues, including the military, poverty, and corruption.


She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including “Coups, Cults and Cannibals, The Rule-makers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress,” and “Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines”. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 2003.

Simon Rogers is editor of the guardian.co.uk/data, www.twitter.com/datastore, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them.


He is also a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets. He was closely involved in the Guardian's exercise to crowdsource 450,000 MP expenses records and the organisation's coverage of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wikileaks war logs.


He has edited two Guardian books and, in 2010, received a special commendation from the Royal Statistical Society in its awards for journalistic excellence.


His Factfile UK series of supplements won a silver at the Malofiej 2011 infographics award and the Datablog won the Newspaper Awards prize for Best Use of New Media, 2011. In 2011, Simon was named Best UK Internet Journalist by the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University.


Phillip Knightley is an award-winning journalist, distinguished author and visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.


He was born in Australia but in 1954 moved to Britain where he has spent most of his working life. He was a special correspondent for The Sunday Times (1965-85) and one of the leaders of its Insight Investigative Team. He was British Press Awards Journalist of the Year (1980 and 1988) – one of only two journalists to have won it twice.


He is the author of ten non-fiction books including The First Casualty (on war reporting and propaganda), which has been published in eight languages.


He has lectured on journalism, law, war and espionage at the City University London, Manchester University, the University of Duesseldorf, Penn State, UCLA, Stanford, the Inner Temple, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and at the RMA Sandhurst.


He was on the management committee of The Society of Authors, London, for six years and is the European representative of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington.


He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2005 for services to journalism and as an author. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Sydney University and the City University, London. He is currently Visiting Professor of Journalism at Lincoln University, England.


Journalist and author, Stephen Grey is the former editor of the Insight Team and foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times.


He continues to write for the Sunday Times, and also contributes to the New York Times, the Times, and the Guardian. He has reported for Channel 4’s Dispatches, BBC Newsnight and Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.


He has previously worked as the home affairs correspondent for the Daily Express, as well as presenter/reporter for BBC Radio Four’s File on Four and a consultant to CBS 60 Minutes and ABC News, New York.


In 2000, as the Sunday Times’ Europe Correspondent, he helped found a team of international journalists whose investigations into the European Commission led to the unprecedented resignation of all its members. He is best known for his world exclusive revelations about the CIA’s rendition programme – in which Stephen tracked the CIA’s secret airline across the world as it carried prisoners to Middle Eastern countries, where torture is routine.


He is the author of two books: Ghost Plane (2006), about the CIA programme, and the just-released Operation Snakebite (2009), an investigation into the war in Helmand, Afghanistan. In 2007, Ghost Plane was awarded the Overseas Press Club of America’s Joe and Laurie Dine award for best international reporting on human rights in any medium.


In 2006 he was shortlisted for the Paul Foot award for investigative and campaigning journalism. He won the 2005 Amnesty International ‘Best periodical article’ award for America’s Gulag, which was also voted runner up ‘Story of the Year’ by the Foreign Press Association in 2004.


His five-part Sunday Times Insight investigation into background to the September 11 attacks was a finalist in the “outstanding international investigative journalism” award from the Center for Public Integrity in 2002. In 1999, he was a member of British Press Awards “Team of the Year” from the Sunday Times for coverage of the Kosovo war.


Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist.


In her latest book Stolen Harvest she tracks the impact of global, corporate agriculture on small farmers, the environment and the quality of the food we eat. Before becoming an activist she was one of India’s leading physicists

Paul Moreira is a French investigative reporter and founder of Premières Lignes, a French independent television news agency producing investigative documentaries for French networks and international distribution.


His investigative documentary "Iraq, a Nation’s Agony", received awards including best documentary at Monte Carlo's International Television Festival.

In 2009, he produced and directed "Afghanistan: on the Dollar Trail", the documentary received best investigative award at the FIGRA international film festival and was broadcast on networks in Europe, USA, Australia and Japan.

Kathryn Bolkovac is a former police investigator from Nebraska who served as an international police task force human rights investigator in Bosnia.


She cooperated with Human Rights Watch to expose the misconduct and human rights abuses committed against young girls, forced into prostitution and used as sex slaves by US military contractors such as DynCorp and other UN-related police and international organisations.


She is the author of The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice and a film based on her experiences, The Whistleblower, staring Rachel Weisz was released in 2010. And can read the documents from Kathryn's Employee Tribunal.

Kristinn Hrafnsson is the spokesperson for WikiLeaks.


He is an experienced, three time award winning investigative television reporter who, along with his entire crew, was sacked from Icelandic television for exposing the secret connections between the Kaupthing Bank and leading businessmen.


Active in training journalists in Iceland, Kristinn has spoken in a hundred venues in Europe, South America, and Australia.

Ted Jeory. After nine years of working as an accountant for American bankers, Russian oligarchs and Hong Kong Chinese telecoms tycoons, Ted Jeory decided he could make more money in journalism.
He was never that good with numbers, clearly.
He retrained at Harlow Journalism College in 2003, and then spent two years on the East Anglian Daily Times before joining his local paper the East London Advertiser where he was deputy editor until 2008. After winning the Press Gazette weeklies Reporter of the Year in 2008, he traded down and joined the Sunday Express full time where he is now Home Affairs Editor.
However, he retained his obsession with Tower Hamlets politics by running the Trial by Jeory blog in his spare time. One reader amazed by the revelations there described it as “the Sopranos but with curry”. In February 2013, Ted was nominated for the Private Eye/Guardian Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism. His was the first blog to be shortlisted for the award.


Wojtek Bogusz is a digital security consultant, providing training and advice to human rights activists on how to increase the privacy and freedom of communication in repressive environments.


He currently works for the Dublin-based Front Line, an international foundation for the protection of human rights defenders. He is the co-author and project leader of Security in a Box - a toolkit of software and guides for improving computer security and privacy.