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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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    22-24 June 2017
    Goldsmiths, University of London

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    Detailed information about what you can expect at the 2016 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 this year.This page will be updated regularly. #CIJSummer

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 with Airwars as a full time researcher. 

Alastair Reid is a social media journalist at 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 PA 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.

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.

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

She has used data analysis to uncover the misuse of expenses by the European Commission and human rights abuses in Ethiopia at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. 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.

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 specialised in data journalism / CAR, cross-border, Freedom of Information and undercover reporting. She produced front-page headlines-generating features, statistical analysis and watchdog reporting. 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, 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 is research on 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, where he helps people see and understand their data using Tableau Public. He has a background in economics, statistics and data visualization. Prior to joining Tableau he has worked for international organisations and in academia.

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Helena Bengtsson is Editor, Data Projects at the Guardian in London, UK. 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, D.C. 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.

Jasper Jackson has been a media and tech journalist since starting his career in 2009, covering the way in which digital disruption has challenged established organisations and opened up new opportunities.
Most recently he has been the assistant media editor at the Guardian, overseeing and writing extensive coverage of the UK and international media industries, with a particular focus on new models and strategies for adapting to change and how journalism has evolved to take advantage of digital structures and new technology.

Jenna Corderoyis 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 FOI requests and Environmental Information Regulations 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 serious propaganda and 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.

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 at World Service. Specialising mainly in central and eastern Europe, Jonathan reported for 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 an obsession and a hobby.  
Joseph O'Leary is Full Fact’s Senior Factchecker. He specialises on data and the presentation of statistics. He has been a factchecker at Full Fact since 2011; he produced our internal graphs style guide which has contributed to GSS guidance; and he leads our 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. 

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 program specialist with the investigative journalism portfolio of the Independent Journalism Program at Open Society Foundation in London. Before joining the program 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 organized crime, and develop advanced data research and visualization tools. 

Leila Haddou is a freelance investigative and data journalist currently working at the Financial Times. She has previously worked for the Guardian covering offshore tax leaks, corporate land banking and issues surrounding social justice. She continues to explore how technology can be used by journalists to assist with 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 FOIA requests in eight jurisdictions. He now does investigations for NGOs and writes in the Guardian.

Luuk Sengers 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 datajournalism and interview techniques.

Luuk is a visiting lecturer at several J-schools and universities. Previously, he worked sixteen years as an economy reporter at major Dutch newspapers and magazines, like 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 including The Hidden Scenario and The Story Tells the Facts.

Mariia Zhdanova is a social media and audience engagmenet editor at StopFake. The project is focused on debunking Kremlin's propaganda, focusing on verification and fact-checking of the stories about current issues in Ukraine. The project was launched in 2014 and became a pioneer in this field. Mariia's expertise involved social media as a journalistic tool for search, verification and promotion. She has over 5 years of experience working in media (Football TV Channel, Ukraine TV Channel, Hromadske International, Vogue UA). In 2014 she worked as a community manager for Storyful at Open Elections Ukraine project. She is also a guest lecturer of the New Media course at Mohyla School of Journalism in Ukraine.  

Mark Lee Hunter 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. This year he is teaching at universities and  organisations on four continents. At INSEAD, a global business school where he is an adjunct professor, he co-founded The Stakeholder Media Project. He is the author of over 100 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 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.


Michelle Ye Hee Lee is a reporter on The Washington Post Fact Checker, where she has been since November 2014. Her fact-checking is focused on the Trump administration, Congress and other national U.S. political issues. Previously, Michelle was an investigative reporter at The Arizona Republic in Arizona, 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 nonprofit 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 Burma, 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 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 concept and of Visual investigative Scenarios visualization software vis.occrp.org. He is also a co-founder of 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 with the Global Investigative Journalism Network. Paul was working 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 role playing as well as 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 factchecks, including corrections requests, FOIA 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 factchecking organisation, on how to achieve impact with factchecks. She is also responsible for Full Fact’s interventions into patterns of inaccuracy – this can range from submissions to select committees or referring a case to the UK Statistics Authority to working with statisticians in government departments to improve a specific statistical release. 
Rachel Hamada is a freelance journalist based in Edinburgh specialising in social justice and human rights, with a particular interest in Africa and neocolonialism. 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 of 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 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. He also runs Dawai Dost, a charitable pharmaceutical project in India. 
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.

Sid Ryan is a Bertha Fellow of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, specialising in Freedom of Information Law and the Private Finance Initiative. After a degree in biochemistry and a Masters in investigative journalism, he spent a year working for Request Initiative, a community interest company which performed FOI-based research on behalf of NGOs and charities. Currently Sid is working on a long-running investigation into PFI in the NHS, arguing for the right to information all the way through the Information Commissioner and into the courts. He also supports the People vs PFI campaign in an advisory capacity and has a interest in developing online crowd-research tools.

Silkie Carlo is a Policy Officer at Liberty, specialising in technology and surveillance. Since joining Liberty in November 2015, she has focused on the Investigatory Powers Bill, contributing to their legal, policy and technical analysis and promoting surveillance powers that are human rights compliant.
Previously, Silkie provided technical training to journalists and lawyers at risk and worked for Edward Snowden’s official defence fund. Our handbook, Information Security for Journalists, which Silkie co-authored, can be accessed here.

Sophie Sparkes is a Data Analyst at Tableau with the Tableau Public team. She helps European journalists and bloggers visualize their data to tell insightful stories. She has a background in analytics and government. You can see some of her personal data visualization work on her Tableau Public Profile.
Vivienne Francis is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Journalism at 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.