1. Teachers and Speakers

    Teachers and Speakers

    Find out who who'll be speaking and teaching at this year's CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School.

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  2. About the Conference

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    Next CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference will take place 2-4 July 2015 at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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    Detailed information about what you can expect at the 2014 CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School.



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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 this year.

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.

Anne-Lise Bouyer is the COO of Journalism++, an agency for data-driven storytelling. After studying computer engineering, she worked for 3 years as a project manager in a web agency and for OWNI.fr. She's specialised in user experience and committed to applying her skills to innovative journalism. Her technical expertise and her marketing and customer management skills enable her to have a 360-degree vision of all Journalism++ projects.


Arjen Kamphuis is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gendo (http://www.gendo.nl/en/blog/arjen) since 2005. Previously He worked for IBM as IT architect, trainer and IT strategy advisor. As CTO of Gendo he advises several national governments, non-profits and Fortune-500 companies on technology-policy. Since 2009 Arjen has been training journalists, politicians, lawyers, human rights workers and whistleblowers to defend their communications and data from government or corporate intrusions or manipulation.


Aron Pilhofer is the former Associate Managing Editor for Digital Strategy at The New York Times. Currently working as The Guardian's first Executive Editor of Digital, he is responsible for developing and executing the newsroom's approach to technology, new products, analytics and social media. Aron also heads the Interactive News desk, a 40-person team he founded more than seven years ago to blend journalism and technology in new and innovative ways. The work of the Interactive News desk has been consistently recognised as among the most innovative and forward-looking in the industry. Aron also co-founded two news-related startups: DocumentCloud.org and Hacks & Hackers.


Brendan Montague is a co-founder and Executive Director of Request Initiative.


Brendan 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”. 


Christopher Hird is the Managing Editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, based at City University, London. After working in the finance sector for four years, Christopher became a journalist, in which capacity his jobs included Deputy Editor of the New Statesman and Editor of Insight on The Sunday Times. After leaving The Sunday Times, he worked as a television reporter and producer for more than twenty years before founding the documentary company Dartmouth Films in 2008. Christopher is also a trustee of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, The Wincott Foundation, The Grierson Trust and One World Media.

Clare Sambrook is a freelance investigative journalist and Co-Editor at OurKingdom (the UK arm of openDemocracy), where she runs the Shine a Light project. A former financial reporter, Clare co-founded End Child Detention Now, and won the Paul Foot Award and the Bevins Prize for outstanding investigative journalism in 2010. Her first novel, Hide & Seek, published in thirteen languages, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

Clare's website



Crina Boroş spent two years at CIJ, editing spreadsheets, browsing public records, consulting lawyers, learning the loopholes in the Data Protection Act and managing a team of interns. She integrated CIJ's Computer-Assisted Reporting and Freedom of Information training, as well as dedicated mentorship from Gavin MacFadyen and David Donald into her freelance work and developed a portfolio of successful investigations with Newsnight, Radio4, Exaro, OffshoreAlert and The Black Sea. She also received a Journalim Fund grant for cross-border reporting. Crina currently leads data and FOIA-driven projects at Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the world's largest news agency. She also coaches and trains CAR for CIJ and other good people.

Cynthia O'Murchu is an investigative reporter for The Financial Times. She was part of the team that produced Europe's Hidden Billions in conjuction with The Bureau for Investigative Journalism. The project created a database tracking every penny distributed through the EU's Structural Funds to date.

Dana Priest is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Washington Post whose work focuses on intelligence and counterterrorism. In her 28 years at the paper, she has worked on the Metro, Foreign and National staffs. Dana covered the Pentagon for six years and the intelligence agencies for five. She is the author of numerous award-winning series, including The Proconsuls: A Four Star Foreign Policy?; The CIA’s Secret War; The Other Walter Reed, Careless Detention: Medical Care in Immigration Prisons and Top Secret America, and has written two best-selling books, The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military and Top Secret America: The Rise of the National Security State.


David Donald is Data Journalist in Residence in the School of Communication and Data Editor in the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, where he organises the data journalism teaching and leads the data analysis for IRW’s investigations.  

Previously, Donald was Data Editor at the Center for Public Integrity and served as Training Director for Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.

His work ranges from investigations into the top sub-prime lenders behind the financial meltdown to the under-reporting of campus sexual assaults to the fraudulent billing practices of doctors and hospitals in the US.

His work has been honoured with the Philip Meyer Award, the IRE Renner Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.


Eliot Higgins, pseudonym Brown Moses (from the Frank Zappa song), is an English blogger and online researcher. His Brown Moses Blog, which studies open source information from sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, has become a key source of information for journalists worldwide on the weapons being used in the Syrian civil war. Some of the videos uncovered and documented by Brown Moses include the use of cluster bombs in 2012, which the Syrian government denied using, the use of so-called "barrel bombs", which the Russians denied existed, otherwise unknown details of the 21 August 2013 Sarin gas attack, and the proliferation of Croatian-made weapons, a story later picked up by The New York Times.  Higgins has also worked with a number of NGOs, including Google Ideas, Human Rights Watch, Action on Armed Violence, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and the Carter Center.


Guy Lynn is an award-winning British investigative reporter for the BBC. He has won three Royal Television Society Reporter of the Year Awards, three BBC Ruby Television Awards and an Amnesty International Media Award for reporting on human rights. Guy currently oversees hard-hitting TV investigations at BBC London TV and is also a contributing author of Investigative Journalism, Dead or Alive published by Abramis. He regularly runs courses and seminars for journalists both within and outside the BBC focusing on investigative techniques, particularly secret filming and undercover work. Guy's work has resulted in the jailing of criminals and the changing of UK law. His recent exposé of estate agents blocking black tenants from seeing homes won “Best Exclusive/Investigation” at the 2014 BBC Ruby Television Awards and the CIRCOM Prize for “Investigative Journalism”.

Hanène Zbiss started her career 12 years ago as an economic journalist. After the Tunisian Revolution Hanène became a specialist on political affairs.


She is one of the first investigative journalists in Tunisia, and in 2012, her work was recognised with an award from Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). Hanène is also an activist for the freedom of the press with the National Union of Tunisian Journalists. She holds a master’s degree in Media Science and Technologies from the Mediterranean School for Advanced Studies, University of Pavia (Italy).


Israel Mirsky is a technologist and entrepreneur with a passion for protecting the role of journalism in free society. He also serves as Global Managing Director of Performance and Social Solutions at Annalect Group, a leading data focused advertising firm on Madison Avenue. Israel is using his technical and strategic expertise to help journalism evolve and meet today's evolving challenges, through founding Uncoverage, a platform for the public to help journalists make news.

Uncoverage is designed for the public to help journalists make serious news happen. Users can support journalists or topics on an ongoing basis, making news happen on the topics they care about. Journalists can use our rich profiles and offsite fundraising technologies as persuasive byline links, enabling journalists to collect subscribing supporters for their work wherever their journalism travels across the Web.


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 is a data journalist with the Thomson Reuters Foundation where she works on corruption, women’s rights and humanitarian investigations. In times long past she was a technology journalist in Ireland and a pharmaceutical researcher for an MIT-startup.

A former intern at the Centre for Investigative Journalism she works with databases and is a novice at programming.


Lena Thiele is a creative director and writer who has designed and produced media in the format of films, online, mobile and games since 2003. Lena has worked on international cross-media productions in the fields of documentary and fiction since 2010 and co-founded a Berlin-based games studio in 2008. Her interactive web documentary (WebDoc) Farewell Comrades! Interactive, has been awarded the 2012 Focal International Award and nominated for international awards including the Deutsch-Französischer Journalistenpeis and PrixEuropa. 
In 2012 Lena Thiele joined the Berlin-based studio for digital media, Miiqo Studios UG. In addition she works as a lecturer and trainer at international programs and universities like the International Film School Cologne, Torino Film Lab, NetLab, iDOCS or HFF MÜNCHEN and as consultant for the media industry.
Lena holds a Master of Arts Degree from the Berlin University of the Arts. Over the last years she was juror for the International Digital Emmy Award (Non-Fiction Category).

Luuk Sengers is an investigative reporter and journalism lecturer. With Mark Lee Hunter he developed Story-Based Inquiry, an efficient and systematic way of doing investigations. The pair has written several investigative handbooks together and trains students and professionals in all parts the world. Luuk has worked 16 years as economics reporter for Dutch newspapers and magazines. He is currently participating in a cross-boarder group of independent journalists investigating European environmental issues.

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 has also won H.L. Mencken, Clarion, National Headliners, SDX and EFMD awards for features and research.
He is the author of over 100 investigative reports and nine books, including (along with Luuke Sengers) The Hidden Scenario and The Story Tells the Facts, published by the CIJ with the support from the Reva and David Logan Foundation.

Mark is also a partner at Story-Based Inquiry.

Mark Watts is the Editor-in-Chief of the investigative website Exaro. He is a journalist, author and television presenter, as well as being the co-founder of the FOIA Centre, which specialises in research using ‘open-access’ laws, such as the Freedom of Information Act.

Mark ran the investigations unit at Sunday Business, and has worked as a reporter on several national newspapers, including The Sunday Times, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Telegraph, and Sunday Express. He also worked on Grenada Television's World in Action and other current-affairs television programmes. Mark’s book, The Fleet Street Sewer Rat, published in 2005, exposed some of the ‘dark arts’ of British newspapers years before the phone-hacking scandal brought down the News of the World.

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 of 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.


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 University College London.

Miranda McLachlan is a lecturer in journalism, new media and politics - and the new convenor of Goldsmiths' MA/MSc Digital Journalism, which is jointly run by the Media and Computing departments. Miranda has worked for print/online news groups and broadcasters for over 20 years, most recently working as a journalist/news editor for The Times in 2006-12. She has also written for The Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Daily Express, Wall Street Journal and Australian Financial Review. Miranda specialises in international business, legal and political investigations.


Murray Dick is a lecturer on multi-platform journalism at Brunel University, London. He was previously Information Officer at the CIJ and prior to this was a trainer in online research at the BBC.

His reseearch interests concern the application of online tools in journalism, which spans; advanced online search and newsgathering, forensic online search, writing for the web, social media, multimedia, information design and management and SEO.


Natalie Sedletska is an investigative journalist in Ukraine who is fulfilling her Fellowship with RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Language Service. Natalie is investigator and coordinator of the YanukovychLeaks initiative.

From 2012-2013, Natalie produced and anchored Tender News, a hard-hitting programme on corruption and public procurement on Kyiv’s TVi channel.  From 2009-2012 she was a special correspondent for another investigative programme on TVi.  She began working as a journalist in 2005, covering Ukrainian parliament, politics, social and youth issues for several television and online outlets. Sedletska has won top awards for her reporting. She is a member of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community and the Stop Censorship journalism movement in Ukraine. She has a master's degree from the Institute of Journalism at Kyiv National University.

Radio Svoboda

Nick Davies is an investigative journalist, writer and documentary maker.

He has made documentaries for ITV's World in Action and written numerous books on the subject of politics and journalism, including Flat Earth News, which attracted considerable controversy as an exposé of journalistic malpractice in the UK and across the globe. As a reporter for the Guardian, Davies was responsible for uncovering the News of the World phone hacking affair, including the July 2011 revelations of hacking into the mobile phone voicemail of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

Nils Hanson is the Editor-in-Chief of Uppdrag Granskning (Mission Investigate) at the public service television company Swedish Television (SVT). The investigative one-hour television programme is aired primetime once a week, 45 times a year. Nils, a former investigative reporter, has 36 people working with him to produce the show. The programme makes stories with great impact on Swedish society and has also won a series of international awards since it started in 2001, including The Daniel Pearl Award last year for "Outstanding International Reporting".

Nils regularly teaches investigative methods at conferences for investigative journalism in Sweden and abroad and has written a book on the subject.


Oleg Khomenok is a Senior Media Advisor of Internews Network, co-ordinator of SCOOP project in Ukraine, and has 20 years of experience in journalism, media education, and managing investigative reporting and media support projects in the post-Soviet media environment. Oleg has eight years of experience working as a reporter investigating political campaigns and ethnic minority issues in the Crimea.

He has been involved in establishing SCOOP activities in Ukraine and Belarus since 2003, and has extensive experience consulting, coordinating and networking investigative reporters. Oleg is also a co-founder of the Crimean Information and Press Center and Regional Press Development Institute, two Ukrainian NGOs membering the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). During the past decade Oleg helped teach investigative journalism techniques and strategies for investigative reporters in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova and other countries of Caucasus and Central Asia.

Oleg's blog

Paul Askew is the director at Speaking Data. His work involves providing consultancy services in strategy, performance and data analysis.

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. Paul joined the short-lived London Daily News in 1987 and was reporting 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 two books, Brothers in Blood and Court Scenes.

Paul Francis is the 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.


Paul 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, The 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 Public Affairs board.

Paul's blog

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 after serving his tie-in period after completing his non-compete. He is once again an independent forensic accountant and is the Managing Director of Expert Forensic Accountants Limited.
Robert Miller is the Business News Night Editor at The Times and broadcaster for BBC Radio Five Live's Wake Up to Money programme. He is a former presenter for Telegraph TV and Telegraph Talk. He was also Senior Business Correspondent at The Daily Telegraph, Associate Editor of Sunday Business, City Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Express and Banking Correspondent of The Times. Previously he was Personal Finance Correspondent at The Observer.
Robert is 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.


Sandra Gaudenzi started her career as a television producer and then moved into interactive television, to finally specialise in the field of digital interactive narrative. She taught Interactive Media Theory at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) for thirteen years and is now Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England. She co-convenes the i-Docs conference and is Creative Director of its website. Sandra also mentors projects, organises trainings, curates conferences, blogs, and researches and runs a meet-up in London about factual interactive narrative.


Sarah Harrison is a journalist, legal researcher and WikiLeaks section editor. She works with the WikiLeaks Legal Defense and is Julian Assange's closest advisor.

Simon White is a research statistician for the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit. His work primarily focuses on developing Bayesian methodology for application to medical research.

Ted Jeory is a former accountant who spent nine years working for the Russians, Americans and the Chinese before deciding he wanted a less eclectic career as a journalist. He is a former Deputy Editor of The East London Advertiser where he was the Press Gazette Reporter of the Year in 2008. At The Sunday Express he has been Whi