These are the speakers at GIJC-2008

Who are the speakers at GIJC-2008? What have they done before? Read our speaker bios!

Jan Gunnar Furuly, 08.09.2008 21:40

Brigitte Alfter, born 1966 in Germany, freelance journalist based in Brussels and Copenhagen. Brigitte is the manager and one of the co-funders of the Danish Scoop project, supporting investigative journalism, and she is the editor of the European freedom of information site She was the Brussels-correspondent for the Danish daily newspaper from 2004-2008 and is a co-founder of Brigitte has covered European affairs and EU-matters for years, she uses freedom of information legislation as a journalistic tool and conducts training on the subject. She is knowledgeable in European affairs, in media and minority issues. A board member of the Danish Association for Investigative Journalism since 2002, she is the chairperson of FUJ’s International Committee.

Isioma Daniel is a Nigerian journalist (born 1981) currently working at the regional paper Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway. In 2002 she made a comment in a newspaper article which connected the participants of the Miss World beauty pageant to the prophet Mohammed. The article sparked major religious riots and caused a fatwa to be issued on her life. In the fury which erupted, more than 200 people were killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians, the newspaper's offices were burned down, and thousands were left homeless and destitute. A fatwa issued by authorities in the northern Nigerian state Zamfara, urged Nigerian Muslims to kill Isioma Daniel for writing the article. Isioma Daniel came to Norway as a UNHCR refugee in January 2003, and was granted asylum in Stavanger. She has a BA in Journalism and Politics from the University of Central Lancashire (UK).  

Robert Fisk is a British journalist and is Middle East correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent. He has spent around 30 years living and reporting in the Middle East. Described by the New York Times as "probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain", he has over thirty years of experience in international reporting, dating from 1970s Belfast and Portugal's 1974 Carnation Revolution, the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War, and encompassing the 1979 Iranian revolution, the 1980-88 Iran–Iraq War, 1991 Persian Gulf War, and 2003 Invasion of Iraq. He is the world's most-decorated foreign correspondent,having received numerous awards including the British Press Awards' International Journalist of the Year award seven times. Fisk speaks good vernacular Arabic, and is one of the few Western journalists to have interviewed Osama bin Laden (three times between 1994 and 1997). (Source: Wikipedia).

Helena Bengtsson is database editor for the News and Current Affairs department at Sveriges Television, the national broadcasting company in Sweden. Since 1994, she has served as a researcher, assistant producer and projects editor at the company. During 2006-07 she worked as database editor at The Center for Public Integrity, based in Washington, D.C.

Massood Qiam was born in Kabul, a city where he has called home for all his 25 years. After graduating from high school, Qiam managed to gain acceptance at Kabul's most prestigious learning institution – Kabul University's Faculty of Medicine.  He has since abandoned his studies to join the radio station Arman FM in 2003 on a part time basis to work on the news desk. He soon developed a reputation as a fearless reporter unafraid of reporting on facts many were unwilling to touch. When TOLO TV was launched in 2004 Qiam was asked to assist in the development of current affairs and news formats. Qiam and his team developed the 6.30 Report which has since become Afghanistan's most well regarded current affairs program, reporting on the rise of fundamentalism, suicide bombings, looting of public properties, corruption, Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Tommy Kaas has a background in print journalism. He was a co-founder of FCJ, the Organisation for Computer-Assisted Reporting, and the Danish International Centre for Analytical Reporting (Dicar). From 2002-2006 he worked full time for Dicar. With Nils Mulvad he now runs "Kaas & Mulvad - Research and analysis". He has trained reporters and researchers in Denmark and several other countries.

Asra Q. Nomani, born in Bombay India, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal for 15 years, is the author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.” Starting in August 2007, she will be a visiting scholar in the practice of journalism at Georgetown University, leading the Pearl Project, a faculty-student investigation into the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. She currently lives in Morgantown, W.V., with her son Shibli. In September 2006, she co-founded with other Muslim women an organization, Muslims for Peace, dedicated to standing for peace ( Starting August 2007, she will be a visiting professor in the practice of journalism at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. There, she will lead a faculty-student project, the Pearl Project, aimed at answering questions, including: Who really killed Pearl? Why did they kill? What are the underlying politics of the event? And what lessons can we draw for society from this tragic intersection of cultures?

Giannina Segnini is deputy managing editor, daily La Nación, San José, Costa Rica. Under her coordination, the Investigation Unit of the paper disclosed the corruption cases that sent Costa Rican former Presidents Rafael Angel Calderon-Fournier and Miguel Angel Rodríguez-Echeverría – also former Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General – to jail. In her career, she has won three times the National Journalism Award Jorge Vargas Gene, awarded by the Association of Journalists of Costa Rica, and international honors such as the Ortega y Gasset Prize, awarded by the daily El País, Spain; the award to the Best Journalistic Investigation of a Corruption Case by Transparency International for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is currently a professor of Investigation Journalism at the University of Costa Rica.

Evan Wright is the author of "Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War". This award winning best-seller is an account of a Marine platoon in combat on the front lines of the war in Iraq. Wright is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine and has also written features for Time Asia magazine, ESPN magazine, New York magazine, the LA Weekly and Men’s Journal, as well as Op-Ed pieces for the New York Times. In March, 2005, Generation Kill received the PEN USA award for best nonfiction book and the J.Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Exceptional Works of Nonfiction. The book is now turned into a new HBO TV-series by David Simon. Wright has also been the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Wallace Greene Award from the Marine Corps Heritage Society and the National Magazine Award for Excellence in Reporting. Wright has been a guest on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Dennis Miller Show. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from Vassar College with a degree in medieval history and lives in Los Angeles, California. 
John Bones is political reporter at the largest Norwegian daily Verdens Gang (VG). He is the Computer Assisted Reporting specialist in the newspaper, and he has been working with CAR skills since 2002. Earlier he has been news desk manager.

Joachim Dyfvermark, Sven Bergman and Fredrik Laurin, also referred to as "Trojkan", are investigative reporters/producers for the current affairs show ”Uppdrag granskning” on Swedish Public Broadcasting, SVT. They work together in a team that in 2005 was rewarded with a number of awards including ”Stora Journalistpriset” (Swedish equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize) for a series on the deportation of two Egyptians, Ahmed Agiza and Muhammed Al Zery, who  were taken from Sweden to Egypt in a covert operation by US agents. A story that caused a major uproar in Sweden, drew international attention and was one of the first to shed light on what  was to be known as "Extraordinary Rendition". The team also received several awards, among them a second "Stora Journalistpriset", for their 2007 report on the bribery in the sale of the Swedish jet-fighter Gripen to the Czech republic, Hungary and South Africa.

Kavita Joshi is a documentary filmmaker and media trainer based in India, whose recent fims have focused on women's struggles for justice and human rights. Her documentary 'Tales from the Margins' is an independent work that has screened at leading film festivals in 30 cities across the world, and has won international awards including the Jury Prize for Best Film on Human Right at Docudays Ukraine, and the Jury's Special Mention at the Medias Nord Sud Geneva. Her other projects have been broadcast by NRK Norway; Doordarshan (India's national broadcaster); and the 'Why Democracy' project of STEPS International in which 40 broadcasters worldwide had participated. Kavita is associated with the anti-censorship movement by filmmakers across India; and a Trustee of the India Chapter of IAWRT. more info:

Sherry Jones, author of "The Jewel of Medina" and its sequel, "A'isha and Ali," has been a journalist for 28 years, both as a staff reporter at daily and weekly newspapers in the US and as a freelance writer. Random House decided in May this year to "indefinitely postpone" publication of her books because of fears of violent reprisal from radical Muslims. Jones is a special correspondent for BNA, Inc., an international news agency in the Washington, D.C. area, and she also writes for Women's e-News in New York.

Tore Sandberg is a former news reporter who turned into Norway's most famous private investigator. He has uncovered 7 miscarriages of justice and received many awards and honours’ for his investigations. As he has many years of experience from being a crime reporter he often says that many more journalist should learn to do their own investigation and not only follow the agenda of the officials. He reported on some of the cases many years ago he later solved as a private investigator. The most famous miscarriage of justice Sandberg uncovered was the case of an disabled man Fritz Moen who served 19 years in prison for two murders.

Stephen Grey is a UK based journalist, writing mainly about national security issues. A former editor of the Sunday Times' investigations unit, the Insight Team, he continues to contribute to the Sunday Times, as well contributing recently to the New York Times, Guardian, Times, Independent, Newsweek, the Atlantic Monthly. He has reported for BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio Four and World Service.  He has reported from India and Pakistan, and Afghanistan under the Taliban.  He has worked on investigations that exposed corruption in the European Commission. In the summer of 2003, Stephen began investigating reports of the CIA's secret system of renditions (transfer of terror suspects to foreign jails, where many faced torture). In May 2004 in the New Statesman and then in November 2004 in the Sunday Times, he broke the world exclusive story of the flight logs and secret fleet of aircraft used by the CIA for rendition.   His book on the CIA rendition program, Ghost Plane, was published in October 2006.

Margot Williams is the database research editor at The New York Times. She moved to the Times in 2004 after 14 years at The Washington Post and previous positions at the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal and Time Warner. Williams is the co-author (with Nora Paul) of Great Scouts! Cyberguides for Subject Searching on the Web.

Meri Jordanovska is a journalist since 2002, presently in the daily newspaper "Nova Makedonija" in Skopje, Macedonia. Most of the time she has worked in daily newspapers, oriented on investigative journalism. Two years ago Jordanovska was awarded for best journalist in the daily newspaper “Vreme” and she was nominated for the best investigative story by the Association of journalist of Macedonia.

Drew Sullivan is the founder and former director of the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina and currently serves as the editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.  He founded Journalism Development Group in 2004 with a group of veteran journalists to help improve investigative reporting in the developing world.  He is a former investigative reporter for the Tennessean in Nashville and served as News Data Editor for the Associated Press's Special Assignment Team.

Tormod Strand is a television-reporter in NRK, the public broadcaster in Norway where he has worked since 1990. He has made several documentaries for NRK. Last year he won the SKUP price for his work on cluster-weapons. He works alone, as a VJ. He won the VJ price in NRK in 2005.  

Hans-Martin Tillack works as a reporter in the Berlin office of Stern magazine, one of the three big German weekly magazines. He studied Sociology and Political Science in Marburg and West-Berlin before becoming a staff writer with the left of centre Berlin daily Tageszeitung in 1988. From 1992 he covered national German politics in Bonn first for Tagezeitung and since 1993 for Stern. 1999 to 2004 he was the EU correspondent for Stern in Brussels, Belgium. For his reporting on the European Union he received the Leipzig Media Prize in 2005.

Yelena Larionova is a journalist from Murmansk, Russia, and one of the organisers and project coordinator of the journalists network Barents Press International. She also works in Polyarnaya Pravda, a regional newspaper in Murmansk,  and as a freelancer for the norwegian broadcaster NRK.  Larionova have taken part in several investigations in Russia together with Nordic colleagues. In May 2008 Larionova was awarded with Gerd Bucerius prize by ZEIT-Stiftung (Germany) and The Freedom of Expressions Foundations (Norway).

Matti Stenrosen, born 1962, reporter for the daily newspaper Kristianstadsbladet in Kristianstad, Sweden. Matti has worked three years specificly with investigative reporting for the newspaper, but is now covering local government. Former chair and now member of the board of the Swedish organization for investigative journalism, Grävande Journalister, responsible for international cooperation.

Sam Olukoya holds a first degree in Journalism from the University of Lagos and a Masters in Environmental Science from Edinburgh University. He has extensively the environmental problems caused by oil exploitation in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region since 1990. He has won several professional awards both locally and internationally. He lives in Lagos and report for the African Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation.  Together with an American producer he is about completing a feature length documentary film on the Niger Delta region titled “The Naked Option.” The film reveals how local women in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta use “stripping naked”, a serious cultural taboo, to fight environmental and cultural ruin by the world’s most powerful corporate giants.

Lieven Desmet is a journalist for business news magazine Trends in Brussels, Belgium, since 2000. During the years Trends have assembled a unique form of data, that provides input for a wide variety of analyses, enabling Trends to come up regularly with interesting rankings, including the 200 largest growers in the small, medium and large enterprise categories in each province. This is what we called the Trends Gazelles. Trends, started the initiative in 2002 and nominates every year a series of companies based on growth criteria like turnover, staff, and cashflow.

Line Halvorsen is an independent documentary film maker who has worked as a director and editor on more than 20 documentaries and travel series for Norwegian and International television since 1997. Many of these have focused on human rights issues. Her most recent films are the award winning ”A Stone’s Throw Away” about three Palestinian teenagers living under Israeli  occupation and ”USA vs Al-Arian” which follows the case of professor Sami Al-Arian, a computer engineer and Palestinian activist arrested in the US and charged with funding a terrorist group.

Charles Lewis is executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and the president of the Fund for Independence in Journalism in Washington, D.C. He founded and for 15 years was executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, and in 1997, he founded the Center’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. He is the co-author of five books, including the bestseller, The Buying of the President, 2004. From 1977 to 1988 he did investigative reporting at ABC News and as a producer for CBS News 60 Minutes. In 1998 Lewis was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN USA First Amendment award in 2004. 

Henrik Kaufholz, 62. Readers' Editor at Politiken, Copenhagen. Since 2003 active in the Danish management of Scoop, where he is responsible for Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. He is also part of the team establishing Scoop-Caucasus in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Mail: [email protected]

Harun Najafizada, 27, MA in international Journalism from City University of London (2004-2005). He has worked as a regional reporter in the northern Afghanistan for more than six years, mostly with the BBC Persian Service.

Sandra Bartlett was the co-chair of the Toronto Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2007.   Sandra is a CBC Radio National Reporter in the Investigative Unit. She has covered stories ranging from police use of Tasers to hospital infections to aviation safety and scams in the goods and services tax system that saw crooks get away with millions. Many of these stories have been recognized with national and international awards in investigative journalism. 

Sami Sillanpää is China correspondent for Finnish daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Sillanpää has lived and worked in Beiijng since 2003 covering Chinese political, economical and social issues. Sillanpää was nominated for Bonnier Journalism Prize 2008 for his investigative report “Year of a Dog” on the life of a Chinese democracy activist. Earlier this year Sillanpää published a book on clash of Chinese and Western life styles.

Deborah Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize– winning journalist, currently a visiting professor at the University of Maryland College of Journalism and president of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Deborah Nelson joined forces with military historian Nick Turse to investigate an extraordinary archive: the largest compilation of records on Vietnam-era war crimes ever to surface. In the book “The War Behind Me” Deborah Nelson goes beyond the documents and talks with many of those who were involved, both accusers and accused.
Allan Harraden, UK, started working with ITN in 1980 with minicams and covert equipment. He has worked worldwide in designing and installing camera systems onto boats, planes, trains and helicopters and has worked alongside the Armed Forces. He has been involved in numerous award winning Television Productions.

Rana Samir al-Sabbagh is executive director for Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), the first Arab network offering media support for investigative journalists and editors in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and now Egypt (

Liv Inger Somby is a Saami journalist from Kárášjohka/Karasjok, Norway. She is TV and radio journalist and has worked in Norway, Sweden and Russia. Somby is now working as senior advisor for Gáldu, The Resource Centre for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and  has the responsibility to cover and publish indigenous news on internet.  

Jodi Rave is a national reporter and columnist who covers Native American issues for 58 newspapers in 22 states for Lee Enterprises newspapers. Rave started working out of the Missoulian newspaper in Missoula, Mont., after completing a 2004 Nieman fellowship at Harvard University. She won the 2002 Thomas C. Sorensen Award for distinguished Nebraska journalism for the Broken Trust series, written when she was assigned to Lee's Journal Star in Lincoln, Neb.

Igor Kudrik (1974) was the head of Norwegian environmental NGO Bellona's office in Murmansk, Russia, from 1994 till 1996. Moved to Bellona office in Oslo. Has been working with nuclear safety issues in Russia and Bellona web development. Editor-in-chief for Bellona's English and Russian web pages. Co-authored a number of Bellonas reports on radiation and nuclear safety issues in Russia.

Alexander Nikitin, Chairman of the board Environmental Right Centre Bellona (ECR Bellona) in St. Petersburg. Nikitin is a graduate of the Leningrad Naval Academy, where he obtained a degree in nuclear engineering. He served onboard nuclear submarines as chief nuclear engineer; and later as chief inspector at the Nuclear Safety Inspection of the Ministry of Defence in Russia. He co-authored a number of Bellona reports on nuclear safety in Russia. 

Jevgenij Kirillov a Saami journalist from Lujavvri (Lovozero), North-West Russia.  He works at the Kola Sami Radio at the Kola peninsula. As well, he’s producing TV reportages for Sami News (Oddasat), which is broadcasted in Norway, Sweden and Finland. 

Michael Gillard has written for the Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times, Financial Times,the Guardian and Private Eye magazine as well as being involved in producing documentaries for BBC radio and Channel 4 television, most recently on the links between business and Russian organised crime; tax avoidance by multinationals and donations to British political parties.

Sarah Wykes is a senior campaigner for Global Witness in UK. During a trip to Angola in 2007 she was arrested on charges of spying while investigating corruption in the oil-industry. Wykes holds a Ph.d in Hispanic studies and have also worked for Amnesty International and Oxfam.  
Jens Weinreich is the sports  editor of Berliner Zeitung, is an investigative journalist and author. In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious “Waechterpreis” for his investigative journalism which led to the discovery of the financial scandals during the Leipzig bid for the Olympic Games 2012. He has written several books: "Das Milliardenspiel-Fußball, Geld und Medien",  "Der olympische Sumpf - die Machenschaften des IOC", “Operation 2012” and “Korruption im Sport”.  He has also made documentary films like "Deutsche Doping Republik", "Der Herr der Ringe", and in cooperation with Denmark and Sweden  “The Untouchable”. 

Vinod Raja works through a collective called Grass Roots Media, making films that focus on Livelihoods, Environment and Human rights. He graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India-FTII with a specialization in Cinematogrphy. He has photographed numerous documentaries,awareness shorts and commercials shown across all major TV channels and International  film festivals. In 1996 he tread into the forests of Nagarahole, Southern India with activists and a lawyer to investigate on the construction of a hotel in the core area  of the National park, the interactions with the local indigenous people resulted in the making of his first film "The bee, the bear and the kuruba". Over the last four years he has journeyed across the mountains of the eastern Ghats to film the stuggles of the ADIVASIS or indigenous people against the terror of the mining companies.

Stefano Valentino is a Brussels-based freelance reporter covering both EU issues through his own newswire and global issues through field reporting worldwide. His contributes to the major Italian newspapers such as il Sole 24 Ore, il Giornale, Panorama, Famiglia cristiana, il Venerdì (La Repubblica) as well as to some foreign media. Currently, his specialization is enquiring on the geopolitical conflicts involving business globalisation and human rights. In 2006 he was awarded with the Citigroup "Exellency in Financial Journalism". He is currently setting up a multilingual freelance reporting service,, open to new associates.

Tom Heinemann, 48 has been working as an independent investigative journalist – and with his own production company - for more than 17 years. 1995-2004 he was an editorial member of the DR Documentary-group and Tom Heinemann has produced more than 20 radio-documentaries for National Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR). In June 2006 he produced a documentary for National Danish Television (DR1) on the production and manufacturing of cotton in India.
Together with the Norwegian filmmaker, Erling Borgen, Tom Heinemann created Flip the Coin, a series of three documentaries about the backside of globalization:

Khin Maung Win, born 1966. As a student activist participated in nationwide democracy uprising in August 1988, and left Burma for Thai-Burma border after military coup in September the same year. He worked with students organization based on Thai-Burma border since then. He was assigned to work for Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) when it was set up in Oslo in 1992 from Thai-Burma border. He completed his Masters Degree in Human Rights in Bangkok before moving  to DVB's Headquarters in Oslo when he was appointed to the position of Deputy Executive Director.

Minna Knus-Galán graduated from the University of Navarre, Spain (1987-92) with a Master´s degree in journalism. Since 1992 she has worked as a reporter and a hostess of several current affairs programmes at the Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE. During her career at the YLE, she has also worked as a newsreporter on international affairs, she has done several TV-documentaries and 2004-2008 she was a reporter and a hostess on the investigative TV-programme called Spotlight, where she received 3 journalist prizes, one of them for the programme “Corruption and millions” about the Finnish corruption scandal in Costa Rica. At the moment, she presents a weekly live debate programme called A-talk.

Kristin Aalen works as a journalist and film critic in Stavanger Aftenblad, Stavanger, Norway. She has during the last year been investigating 9.11 conspiracy theories in her daily newspaper. Aalen worked for 14 years in Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Radio P2 on a variety of ethical issues. She has made television documentaries for NRK on genetic engineering, torture and medical research dilemmas.  

Roman Shleynov is investigations section editor for Novaya Gazeta, Moscow, Russia, since 2006. Graduated from Moscow State Teachers' Training University in the faculty of biochemistry and from the International University in Moscow in journalism. Awards from the Russian Union of Journalists for investigative reporting and reporting on corruption. Moscow Mayor Prize for journalism in 2002 and together with Yuriy Sheckochikhin (Novaya Gazeta deputy editor-in-chief) - the Artem Borovik special prize for the investigation into the case of smuggling and money laundering in 2006.
David E. Kaplan is director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a network of nearly 100 reporters in 50 countries, sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity. He served previously as chief investigative correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, a U.S.-based newsweekly with a circulation of two million. Kaplan has reported from two dozen countries and his stories have won or shared more than 15 awards, including honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the American Bar Association, and the Overseas Press Club. Among his books are Yakuza, on the Japanese mafia, and Fires of the Dragon, on the murder of journalist Henry Liu. Kaplan has trained more than a thousand journalists worldwide in his workshops on investigative reporting; he currently teaches in the graduate journalism program at Georgetown University.

Dario Novalic, 44, started as a journalist on radio in 1984, has done documentaries on among other things alternative medicine and UN-troops. Was reporting on the war in 92-95. Editor of the Bosnian magazine START.

Mustafa Mustafic, 66, documentary film-maker from Bosnia. Has done cinematography on over 60 short/dramas/documentaries with directors like Danis Tanovic (No Mans Land ) Alen Drljevic and Jasmila Zbanic (Grbavica).

Loretta Tofani, a free-lance writer, is a veteran American journalist, based in Ogden, Utah. She worked for nine years as a staff writer for The Washington Post and 14 years as a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.  From 1992 to 1996,she was The Philadelphia Inquirer's Asia correspondent, based in Beijing. In 1983, she won a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for her series on men getting gang raped in a local jail while awaiting trial. Her latest investigative project, "American Imports, Chinese Deaths," won this year's gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors, as well as the Michael Kelly award by the Atlantic Media Company and the Sigma Delta Chi national award for investigative reporting.  She earned her bachelor's degree from Fordham University in New York City and her master's in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.

Murali Krishnan is currently the National Affairs Ediutor with Indo-Asian News Service, a New Delhi-based news agency where he investigates security issues and corruption. 19 years ago Murali began his career with The Statesman and on his way to IANS has worked in the country's two leading news magazines, India Today and Outlook and newspapers including the Indian Express, The Sunday Observer, The Telegraph and Gemini, a London-based news service. In addition, he is also a correspondent for Deutsche Welle, Germany's National broadcaster and a regular contributor for Radio Australia's Connect Asia and BBC's Up All Night.  Murali has focused closely on corruption in Indian cricket which became 2000's biggest international sports story. It was at Outlook, where as part of an investigative team, Krishnan worked closely for four years on the nexus between bookies, cricketers, and administrators. Outlook named four Indian cricketers in the scandal and called for a formal investigation.

David Cay Johnston won a Pulitzer Prize for his innovative coverage of tax policy in The New York Times. He is the author of Free Lunch and Perfectly Legal, two best-selling books on how the American middle class subsidies the rich. Perfectly Legal won a medal as Book of the Year from Investigative Reporters & Editors in 2004. After 40 years of investigative reporting, David retired from daily journalism this year. He now writes a column for Tax Notes magazine, is working on his next book - titled The Fine Print - and next year will become a professor of law and business at Syracuse University in New York.

Geoff Kay founded Argent Associates, a training and consulting firm in 1983. Before that he was with the Liverpool and Essex police eventually becoming Chief Inspector and later a staff director of the Police College, Bramshill. As Head of Leadership and Management Training at Barclays Bank International, he devised an anti-fraud interview training course which was the originator to Argent's Investigation Interviewing Skills Courses.  He is trained in and taught methods of lie detection in written and verbal statements and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Palagummi Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu, is the 2007 winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia's most prestigious prize, for Journalism Literature and Creative Communications Arts. He was given the award for his "passionate commitment as a journalist to restore the rural poor to India's national consciousness." He was the first reporter in the world to win Amnesty International's Global Human Rights Journalism Prize in 2000. He has also won the FAO's Boerma Prize (the foremost award for development journalism) in 2000; the Harry Chapin Media Award in New York, 2006; and was the first print media journalist to win the "Inspiration Award" at the Global Visions Film Festival in Edmonton, Canada. In a 28-year career as a journalist, Sainath has won over 35 global and national awards for his reporting. His book  "Everybody Loves a Good Drought"  (Penguin India)  remained the No.1 (non-fiction) bestseller by an Indian author for years. From August to December this year, Sainath will be visiting professor at the Graduate School of Journalism in the University of California, Berkeley.

Valentin Thurn has since 1990 worked as director of TV documentaries with the German channels ARD and ZDF, the French-German channel Arte and others. He has won various national and international Journalism and Film Awards such as Prix Leonardo, Green Vision and Oekomedia. Nominated for the German TV Award 2006.

David B. Smallman is a U.S. lawyer based in New York City where his practice includes media law, publishing, intellectual property, litigation, and complex insurance coverage disputes. He is currently representing former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, in a First Amendment battle to overturn censorship by the Bush Administration of public domain information, and his work is described in the introduction to Wilson's memoir, FAIR GAME. (Wilson v. McConnell, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Cir.; He has been outside counsel to IRE and NICAR for the past fourteen years, and is a contributing legal editor of The IRE Journal.

Irene Jay Liu is currently a staff writer in the Capitol Bureau of the Albany Times Union, USA. She is also a correspondent with Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, California. Her work has been featured in the Albany Times Union, Columbia Journalism Review, Center for Public Integrity, New York Post, GT Weekly,, KQED Public Radio, and National Public Radio.

David Ritsher is currently the Production Coordinator/Editor for Frontline/World. He has extensive experience in documentary production and editing. He was editor of “Lawless Sea,” a documentary about the 2002 sinking of the oil tanker Prestige off the coast of Spain, which aired on Frontline/World in 2004. Recent documentaries include Lou Harrison: A World of Music, GunShots, and numerous documentaries and segments for Frontline, Fronline/World, and NOVA, among others. Ritsher was Associate Producer, Production Manager and AVID Consultant for Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was Dropped, a 1995 Peter Jennings Special Report for ABC News, which won the Peabody Award and Overseas Press Club Award for Outstanding Journalism.
Olav Skaaning Andersen, born 1965. Head of current affaires ("Deadline" and "Orientering"), DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation). Former reporter, documentary filmmaker and Head of sport, DR. Former Sportseditor at Ekstra Bladet.

Niels Christian Jung, born 1970. Investigative reporter and documentary filmmmaker at DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation). Former reporter at Ekstra Bladet. Sportsjournalist of the year 2007.

Tim Large is deputy editor of Reuters AlertNet (, the global humanitarian news website run by Reuters Foundation. He recently oversaw development of AlertNet for Journalists, a toolkit for reporters covering wars, natural disasters and health emergencies, and is now setting up an “Emergency News Agency” to get life-saving information to survivors of natural disasters. He has worked previously as a Reuters correspondent in Tokyo, a staff writer on a major Japanese daily and news editor of a popular science website. He is also a passionate photojournalist. 

Nicky Hager is New Zealand's best known investigative reporter. His four books include his 1996 expose of the Echelon intelligence system and an investigation of modern political campaigning called The Hollow Men, based on 1000s of leaked conservative party papers. He lectures on investigative research techniques and his published stories this year include War on Terror intelligence operations, corporate political campaigning and uncovering private investigators infiltrating protest groups.

Jean-Philippe Ceppi is a producer for the investigative program « Temps Présent », a leading television magazine on the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (TSR). « Temps Présent » was born in 1969 and is also to be seen on the French speaking international satellite channel TV5. Born in 1962, Jean-Philippe Ceppi studied History, Philosophy and journalism and he is holding an MBA. He started his career in investigative journalism in Switzerland, specializing in intelligence, military and crime stories. He was then posted for several years in Africa (1989-1997): Harare, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Most recently, Jean-Philippe Ceppi has been investigating the emerging phenomena of private military / security companies. He realised and produced « Warriors for Hire », shot in Irak, which got several international awards. In 2008, he broke a national story revealing how a private security company mandated by the food giant Nestlé spied on NGO’s. Ceppi is the founder of the Swiss Investigative Reporters Network. He is married with two children.

Vivienne Walt is a seasoned foreign correspondent, reporting widely for Time Magazine since 2003, from Iraq, Europe, and most recently the embattled Niger Delta and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She spent nearly two years reporting from Iraq before and after the US invasion, twice narrowly avoiding rocket attacks in Baghdad, and once a bullet that lodged in her car seat. Her interviews have spanned the extremes of humanity: from heads of state, international diplomats, CEOs, and Hollywood stars; to street prostitutes in Asia, jailed criminals, Muslim insurgents, and guerrilla fighters. She has reported from Iran several times since 2000, focusing on internal cultural battles and the government's growing defiance against the West. This past year, she has written from Iran and Africa about China's mounting economic and military power, and its implications for Western interests. She has written widely in the Middle East, and in Asia, she has reported from China, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand. She was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for her reports from Africa.
Pia Thordsen, journalist at TV2 Syd, Denmark. Board Member of The Danish Association for investigative Journalism (FUJ) since 2000, Board Member of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), since 2005.

Rodney Pinder is Director of the International News Safety Institute, a Brussels-based organisation dedicated to the safety of journalists and other news media personnel working in areas of danger of all kinds. Pinder, 64, is a former senior foreign correspondent and news executive for Reuters. He retired in 2002 after four years as global Editor of Reuters Television News and 37 years covering international affairs in three hemispheres.

Sonu Madhavan, photojournalist, (33), during the last five years entirely has been working with global journalism and education of NGO’s in India. Repeatedly he has been used as a fixer for foreign media companies to deliver footage and interviews locally in India. Sonu Madhavan has developed and exhibit works about uran mining in India and has received awards for his work. Photo-journalism is a relative new discipline in India and Sonu Madhavan is among the pioneers in this area.

Margo Smit  studied journalism in the United States. In 1989 she began working as a news and features reporter for a Dutch commercial TV station RTL4 and later as a political correspondent.  In 1997, Margo transferred to KRO Reporter, an investigative television documentary series on Dutch public TV. She has investigated the Dutch monarchy, nuclear safety, accounting transparency at multinationals, Islam, and the tobacco industry.  Margo Smit chairs the Dutch-Flemish association of investigative journalists VVOJ, and teaches investigative journalism on TV, with the emphasis on visualisation of investigative reporting at various journalism schools in the Netherlands and Flanders.

Susanne Reber was co-chair of the Toronto Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2007.  Susanne is an investigative journalist with CBC News Investigative team. This past year, she's led projects on Censorship, Workplace Safety and Canadian citizens losing their citizenship due to quirks of the law and government bureaucracy. Susanne also led the Prescribed to Death team, investigating adverse drug reactions among Canada's seniors. She was instrumental in motivating her team over a period of more than five years to secure the CADRIS database through Canada's Access to Information laws and then to make the database records public to all Canadians on as part of the Faint Warning series on drug reactions in children. Susanne co-authored the non-fiction book Starlight Tour, the last lonely night of Neil Stonechild", (Random House) looking into the freezing death of an aboriginal teenager and the police practice of dropping off native men at the outskirts of town in frigid temperatures.  The book was named a finalist for The Governor General's award in Non-fiction, the Arthur Ellis Crime writer's award and the Writers Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing. She also co-wrote and produced Faint Hope, a five-part CBC radio dramatization of an investigation into the life and suspicious death of prison activist Laurence Stocking.

John Nicol has been a member of five different investigative teams, mainly at the CBC and Maclean's magazine. He has twice been part of teams nominated for Michener Awards for Public Service journalism, is a National Newspaper Award nominee, and winner of several national and provincial awards for investigative and enterprise work. He's the author of a book examining the impact of the automobile on Canadian life called The All Red Route, which retraces the first attempt to drive a car across Canada in 1912.

Gavin MacFadyen is the Director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism ( and Visiting Professor, City University, London.   Gavin has been the senior producer-director of more than 40 World in Action programmes, Channel 4 Dispatches, BBC Fine Cut, 24 Hours, Panorama, The Money Programme, Multi Cultural Birmingham, and PBS Frontline, from 1970 to the present.  Gavin has been jailed in three countries, shot at in four, and filmed & video'd in about 30 countries.

Andrew Jennings has been chasing bad men around the world for three decades.  The 1980s was spent pondering the relationship between London's top gangster and the city's top detective, making a one-hour documentary the BBC will still not show. He quit and with Paul Greengrass remade it for the BBC's biggest rival.  He spent a decade investigating the International Olympic Committee, revealing - with moving pictures - that the IOC's president was once a jackbooting Franco fascist got him a 5-day jail sentence in Switzerland because they just couldn¹t believe it was true. Currently Andrew is the only reporter in the world banned from FIFA president  Sepp Blatter's press conferences. He thinks this is because of his unique archive of confidential FIFA documents demonstrating the chasm between the organisation's stated ideals and a leadership entranced by contract kickbacks, industrial-scale ticket rackets, racism and the occasional burst of anti-Semitism. His new book about FIFA is in 12 languages, despite an attempt in Switzerland to have it banned globally. At other times Andrew has been terrified by artillery in Beirut, charmed by the Sandinistas and disgusted by Utah polygamists.

Mrs. Alexenia Dimitrova is a special correspondent in the investigations unit of 24 Hours Daily, a Bulgarian newspaper. She has more than 23 years experience in journalism. Her favorite topics are Cold War era archives, corruption and money laundering. Her book “The Iron Fist - Inside the Bulgarian and American secret archives” was published in March 2005. Her second book, “The War of the Spies – Investigations in Bulgarian and American Secret Archives” was published in Bulgarian in November 2005.

Ides Debruyne is cofounder of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Research Journalists (VVOJ) and the Belgian Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism. He is committee member of the VVOJ and director of The Pascal Decroos Fund. He is the founder of "de Vlaamse Scriptieprijs" (promotes science communication) and "de Vlaamse Scriptiebank" (promotes open acces), (promotes access to information) and (online reflectionroom of the Flemish media). Ides Debruyne is lector at Ghent University (Belgium). He also delivers lectures on research journalism at several Flemish colleges and universities. At this moment he is one of the co-organizers of the European Investigative Journalism Conference 2008 in Brussels.

Stefan Candea has been an investigative journalist for the newspaper Evenimentul Zilei and has worked for the Romanian department of Deutsche Welle in Germany. He is a co-founder and vice-president of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism. With colleagues from the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism, Stefan Candea launched the first investigative TV show in Romania (Reporteri Incognito), using hidden camera techniques, on the channel Prima TV. Stefan has an interest in organized crime, international and military and secret services.

Lowell Bergman is a producer/correspondent for the PBS documentary series "Frontline". Mr. Bergman also teaches a seminar dedicated to investigative reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.  Lowell Bergman's career spans more than 35 years, beginning in the late 1960s as a freelance investigative reporter. He was a cofounder of the Center for Investigative Reporting and an editor of Rolling Stone.
He has worked at ABC News,  "20/20" and,  CBS News  "60 Minutes," where over the course of 14 years he produced more than 50 stories about organized crime, international arms and drug trafficking, terrorism, and corporate crime. The story of his investigation of the tobacco industry for 60 Minutes was chronicled in the Academy Award nominated feature film "The Insider".

Siri Gedde-Dahl is a reporter in Aftenposten’s business section. She has earlier worked for NTB (the national wire agency) and other newspapers. She won the SKUP-Prize in 2005, and a SKUP-diploma in 2002. She is co-author of the book Corruption in Norway (2008).

Anne Hafstad is a journalist and medical reporter in Aftenposten. Hafstad has a PhD in preventive medicine. She won the SKUP-Prize, in 2000 and 2005, and a SKUP-diploma in 2002. She is also the author of a book about health journalism (2005), and co-author of the book Corruption in Norway (2008).

Alf Endre Magnussen is a researcher/news librarian at Aftenposten, Norway. He is a computer assisted reporting specialist in the newspaper, and has earlier won the Norwegian investigating prize, the SKUP-Prize, in 1999 and 2005. He is co-author of the book Corruption in Norway (2008).

Louise Flanagan lives in South Africa and is a senior reporter at the daily newspaper The Star in Johannesburg. Louise worked for the ”alternative” press during the apartheid years in South Africa, researched state-sponsored hit squads and won the Ruth First Award for Courageous Journalism in 1995. She later worked for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Daily Dispatch newspaper in East London. 

Luuk Sengers (42) is a freelance investigative reporter and journalism lecturer. He worked as an editor at Dutch newspapers and national magazines and as a part-time journalism teacher for sixteen years, before he started his own production company in 2005. Luuk is co-founder of the first European investigative reporters network (IRENE) and secretary of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Reporters (VVOJ).

Brett Horner is deputy news editor in the Daily Dispatch. Started his journalism career in Sunday Times in Cape Town, and worked in East London in the Eastern Cape when the Daily Dispatch asked him to join the ranks in 2006. There he became part of the extensive team that exposed the alarming number of stillbirths at the Frere Hospital, a story that has been awarded, lead to the dismissal of the deputy health minister in South Africa and result in fundamental changes at East London's most important hospital. Horner is 32 years old and currently studying towards a degree in Languages and Litterature.

Nils Mulvad, born 1955, is partner in Kaas & Mulvad ( and assistant professor at The Danish School of Journalism. Until end 2006 he was executive director of the Danish International Center for Analytical Reporting, Dicar. With Jack Thurston from UK-based EU Transparency he in 2005 co-founded the European network on getting data out on beneficiaries of agricultural subsidies now published on
November 2006 he was awarded European Journalist of the Year for this work and his work on access to data. In April 2007 he received the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award on Freedom of Information. With IRE-director Brant Houston he was the main responsible for the two first Global Investigative Journalism Conferences in 2001 and 2003 in Copenhagen and was co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, Mulvad has worked as a trainer in Computer-Assisted Reporting in Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, South-East Europe and Bangladesh.

Preben Aavitsland is the director of Division of Infectious Disease Control, at the National Institute of Public Health in Norway. He is an MD, and is responsible for the emergency preparedness and prevention of infection diseases. Dr. Aavitsland has been in charge of the investigation of several infectious outbreaks in Norway including handling the media pressure.

Stanimir Vaglenov works for "24 chasa" daily - the second biggest in Bulgaria. In September 2003 he published the first Bulgarian book with journalistic investigations. In April 2007 he founded Bulgarian Investigative Journalism Center

Raj Bairoliya is chartered accountant and managing director of FTI Forensic Accounting, one of the leading City firms specialising in this type of investigation. The company is retained by law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

Isaac Mao born 1972 is one of China’s pioneer bloggers, advisor to Global Voices Online and co-founder of Social Brain Foundation as well as and a co-organizer of the Chinese Blogger Conference (2005 in Shanghai, 2006 in Hangzhou). He is an advocate for grass root journalism and a venture capitalist. He divides his time between research, social works, business and technology.
Philip Lote, born, 1972  is a British-Norwegian and a Foreign Correspondent with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK.  He has worked on Asia since 1994. He has worked on long and short term assignments in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan since 2001 and has provided extensive coverage from conflict and disaster areas. Between 2003 and 2007 he was NRK’s Asia correspondent based in Beijing. Philip has just recently finished a short documentary on the Beijing Olympics. It was filmed and edited while the Olympics were still running and aired on NRK on the 21st of August three days before the closing ceremony.  
Dr. Yao Xiaoling was researcher at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) before she came to Norway.  Her academic interest is Chinese development and democratisation. Now she works at Center for Development and Environment, Oslo University for a research project on the press freedom in China during Beijing Olympic Games. 

David Banisar is Director of the Freedom of Information Project of Privacy International in London. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Law, University of Leeds. He has served as an advisor and consultant to numerous organisations including the UN Development Programme, Representative on Freedom of the Media for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Justice Canada, the Open Society Institute, Article XIX and Consumers International. He has worked in the field of information policy for seventeen years and is the author of books, studies, and articles on freedom of information, freedom of expression and privacy.

Mark Hunter is the only person to have won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors for both his journalism and his research on journalism. His other journalism awards include the H.L. Mencken Free Press Award for work on government abuses, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for research on journalism, and the National Headliners and Clarion Awards for a series showing how an obscure US law created a population of handicapped children who were subsequently cut from welfare rolls. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics and elsewhere. Hunter is a founding member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, an associate professor at the Institut Fran¬ćais de Presse of the Université de Paris and an adjunct professor at INSEAD.

Kjersti Knudssøn was born in Bergen, Norway in 1968. She has studied journalism for television at the University of Volda, Norway. Since 1993 she has worked for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation first as a journalist and later news editor. Since 2002 Kjersti has worked in the documentary department producing several investigative documentaries. The topics range from cancer treatment, pyramid schemes, to the dawn of a new nuclear era. 

Synnøve Bakke was born in Bergen, Norway in 1968. She has a BA from the Polytechnic of Central London in Photography, Film and Video. Since 1992 she has worked for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in Bergen and Trondheim. Synnøve has worked as a production manager and production coordinator for many years and has only recently switched to the journalistic profession.

Tommy Kaas has a background in print journalism. He was a co-founder of FCJ, the Organisation for Computer-Assisted Reporting, and the Danish International Centre for Analytical Reporting (Dicar). From 2002-2006 he worked full time for Dicar. With Nils Mulvad he now runs "Kaas & Mulvad - Research and analysis". He has trained reporters and researchers in Denmark and several other countries.

Tuomo Pietiiläinen works as a reporter for Finland's largest daily Helsingin Sanomat. He among many other investigative projects analyzed the network of former STASI informants in Finland, and revealed how telecom operator Sonera tried to trace journalists' phone calls. For this he won the Bonnier's Big Journalistic Award 2003 together with Anssi Miettinen. He studied communication and political science at Tampere University. He became a Master of Social Sciences 1993.

Paul Myers joined the BBC in 1995 as a news information researcher. After joining 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 & Click Online and has provided assistance to Panorama, Radio Five Live and many other news, current affairs and consumer programmes.

Paul Cristian Radu, co-founded the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism (RCIJ). He is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. In 2002 Paul was a Milena Jesenska Press fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria, where he researched transnational organized crime groups. He has investigated trafficking in the Balkans as well as the ties between various organized crime groups and the mining and energy sector in Romania. He won a 2004 Knight International Press Fellowship Award and was the coordinator of a cross-border investigative project that won the 2007 Global Shining Light award.

Sunday Dare is a prize winning former general editor of Nigeria's weekly newsmagazines, The News and Tempo. Some of his reports drew the wrath of Nigeria's military dictators, including a nationwide manhunt for him, which he has described in his memoir, Guerilla Journalism: Dispatches from the Underground. He is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism, ICIJ for about a decade. Dare studied Journalism at the New York University, New York and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Currently he is the head of Voice of America’s Hausa Service, which produces three 30-minute programs for broadcast each day to a region that has one of the single largest Muslim populations in Africa. He is also currently working to establish a Nigerian Center for Investigative Journalism. A member of U.S.-based Investigative Reporters and Editors, for years Dare has trained journalists in Nigeria about investigative reporting. Dare is also the publisher of a new investigative monthly magazine called New Digest International. Dare is a board member of the Investigative Reporting Workshop Advisory Board at the school of Communication, American University, USA. 

Charles Lewis is executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and the president of the Fund for Independence in Journalism in Washington, D.C. He founded and for 15 years was executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, and in 1997, he founded the Center’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. He is the co-author of five books, including the bestseller, The Buying of the President, 2004. From 1977 to 1988 he did investigative reporting at ABC News and as a producer for CBS News 60 Minutes. In 1998 Lewis was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN USA First Amendment award in 2004.

Lars Weisæth (67); Professor of Psychiatry (psychotraumatology) at the Medical Faculty, University of Oslo. Senior Research Supervisor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies.
Leader of psychiatric team that evaluated the mental health of the Kuwaiti population in 1991 after the first Gulf War.  Member of mental health team that evaluated and made recommendations to the Health Ministry in Serbia, December 1991.  Similar activity for Croatia, January 1992. Consultant for evaluation and disaster risk and AIDS problems in South Africa, 1991. Consultant for the UN Compensation Committee after the first Gulf War. Member of the Eitinger Commission and co-author of the Eitinger Report on War Pension Laws (1988). 

Harald Henden (47) is a photojournalist in Verdens Gang (VG), the largest paper in Norway. He has covered wars, crises and catastrophes since the Gulf-war in 1991.  His pictures has won several Norwegian and International prizes. In 2004 he received the Norwegian award for outstanding journalism.
Fredrik Græsvik (41) is a Foreign Correspondent in TV2, the leading commercial TV-company in Norway. He has specialised on the situation in the Middle-East, and has covered wars, crises and catastrophes since the war in Rwanda in 1994.

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development (IPRD) in London ( He teaches International Relations at the University of Sussex, and postgraduate courses in Globalization and Empire at Brunel University's Politics & History Unit. His research on international terrorism was used by the 9/11 Commission, and in 2005 he gave expert testimony in US Congress.

Ståle de Lange Kofoed (42) is an associate director at the Norwegian Institute of Journalism where he works with online research, information management and investigative methods. In addition he closely follows developments inside the use cell phones as a journalistic tool. He has previously as a reporter for TV2's consumer affairs programme, Norwegian online paper VG Nett and the Norwegian News Agency (NTB).

André Verløy (36) is an associate director at the Norwegian Institute of Journalism where he works with online research, information management and investigative methods. He also teaches seminars on how to use various international archives. Previously he has worked for the Norwegian Foundation for Investigative Journalism (SKUP) and as a researcher for Norwegian Broadcasting Corp.'s news division and investigative unit. Prior to that he was an investigative reporter for The Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C.
Espen Andersen (34) works as researcher and web producer for the investigative documentary programme “Brennpunkt” at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Espen is constantly seeking new ways of employing computer technology in the journalistic workflow. Currently, he is finishing a database presentation including 11.000 Norwegian politicians and their business affiliates. Espen has several years of experience from the local press.
Jennifer LaFleur is director of computer-assisted reporting for ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom producing journalism in the public interest. She formerly was the computer-assisted reporting editor for The Dallas Morning News. She has held similar positions at the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first national training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. She is co-author of a book on computer-assisted reporting and has won several awards. She is on the board of directors for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
Trond Sundnes is a finance reporter with the Norwegian Business Daily (Dagens Næringsliv). He has written several investigative stories based on research with CAR-tools the recent years, and has trained journalists in Norway and abroad in computer assisted reporting. Trond has ha background from various national and local newspapers, and worked for two years as a correspondent in Berlin.He won the Norwegian price for investigative journalism (Skup-prisen) in 2001. 

Paul Cristian Radu works through the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism (RCIJ). From June to December 2001, Radu joined the investigative projects team at the San Antonio Express-News as an Alfred Friendly fellow. In 2002 he was a Milena Jesenska Press fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria, where he researched transnational organized crime groups. In the past few years, Radu uncovered the trafficking of human beings in the Balkans as well as the ties between various organized crime groups and the mining and energy sector in Romania. He won a 2004 Knight International Press Fellowship Award and was the coordinator of a cross-border investigative project that won the 2007 Global Shining Light award. Radu was a 2007-2008 Rosalynn Carter Fellow For Mental Health Journalism and he is  currently a Knight International Journalism fellow.  He trains investigative journalists and assists investigative projects investigative journalism trainer and investigative projects across Central and Eastern Europe and in South East Asia.

Bill Buzenberg is executive director of the Center for Public Integrity. He has been a journalist and news executive at newspapers and in public radio for more than 35 years. Most recently, as senior vice president of news at American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio. He also began Public Insight Journalism, an innovative use of technology to draw knowledge from the audience. Buzenberg was vice president of news and information at National Public Radio from 1990 to 1997. 

Valentin Thurn is an independent director of documentaries for German and international TV channels. Various national and international Journalism and Film Awards such as Prix Leonardo, Green Vision and Oekomedia. The documentary about Zacarias Moussaoui ("I Am Al Qaeda") was nominated for the German TV Award 2006. Other films include: "Not with my daughter!" about Female Genital Circumcision in Europe. "Killer Germs" about bacteria resistant to antibiotics spreading in hospitals. "Where Have All The Children Gone?" Why is Europe's population shrinking? "The Lord Of The Wolves" about a biologist investigating the hidden life of a wolf pack in Romania. "My Father Wants To Kill Me" about so-called honor killings in migrant families in Germany and France. Co-Founder of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ). More info:


More names to follow!