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Meet the 18th IACC YJ Team

Ryan Patch, USA

Ryan Patch, USA

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Yolaan Begbie, South Africa

Yolaan Begbie, South Africa

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Stephanie Burnett, USA/Hong Hong

Stephanie Burnett, USA/Hong Hong

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Natalia Sedletska, Ukraine

Natalia Sedletska, Ukraine

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Laura Dixon, United Kingdom

Laura Dixon, United Kingdom

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Manuel Medina, Mexico

Manuel Medina, Mexico

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Maurice Oniang’o, Kenya

Maurice Oniang’o, Kenya

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Selase Kove-Seyram

Selase Kove-Seyram

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Andrea Arzaba

Andrea Arzaba

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Sally Hayden

Sally Hayden

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Elnura (Elle) Alkanova

Elnura (Elle) Alkanova

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Leonie Kijewski

Leonie Kijewski

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Brahim Karim

Brahim Karim

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Solomon Goshu

Solomon Goshu

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María Luz Nóchez

María Luz Nóchez

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Julius Bizimungu

Julius Bizimungu

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Linus Unah

Linus Unah

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Amanda Sperber

Amanda Sperber

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Banjo Damilola

Banjo Damilola

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Kaforo Moke Olivier

Kaforo Moke Olivier

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Ouakaltio Aboubacar OUATTARA

Ouakaltio Aboubacar OUATTARA

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Gift Olivia Samuel

Gift Olivia Samuel

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Kwazi Dlamini

Kwazi Dlamini

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Nicholas Bamulanzeki

Nicholas Bamulanzeki

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Talita Corrêa

Talita Corrêa

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Anne Sofie Hoffmann Schrøder

Anne Sofie Hoffmann Schrøder

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Egas Jossai

Egas Jossai

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Mohamed Jallali

Mohamed Jallali

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Wilfredo Miranda Aburto

Wilfredo Miranda Aburto

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Faten Jebai

Faten Jebai

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Delfin Mocache Massoko

Delfin Mocache Massoko

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Elena Loginova

Elena Loginova

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Manasseh Azure Awuni

Manasseh Azure Awuni

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Patrick Egwu

Patrick Egwu

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Anrike Visser

Anrike Visser

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Young Journalists Alumni

Anna Day, USA

Anna Day, USA

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Hélder Xavier, Mozambique

Hélder Xavier, Mozambique

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Bolanle Omisore, USA

Bolanle Omisore, USA

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David Klaubert, Germany

David Klaubert, Germany

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Jessica Weiss, USA based in Argentina

Jessica Weiss, USA based in Argentina

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Fadima Sy, Senegal

Fadima Sy, Senegal

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Nicky Rehbock, South Africa

Nicky Rehbock, South Africa

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Ryan Hicks, Canada

Ryan Hicks, Canada

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Pushkal Shivam, India

Pushkal Shivam, India

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Maria Paula Brito, Peru

Maria Paula Brito, Peru

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Sama Anfous, Palestine

Sama Anfous, Palestine

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Hafawa Rebhi, Tunisia

Hafawa Rebhi, Tunisia

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Yinka Adeparusi, Nigeria

Yinka Adeparusi, Nigeria

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Parker Mah, Canada

Parker Mah, Canada

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Virginie Ngyuen, Egypt

Virginie Ngyuen, Egypt

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Domas Burkauskas, Lithuania

Domas Burkauskas, Lithuania

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Abby Ellis, USA

Abby Ellis, USA

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Wandiswa Ntengento, South Africa

Wandiswa Ntengento, South Africa

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Luigi Serenelli, Italy/Germany

Luigi Serenelli, Italy/Germany

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Ayee Macaraig, Philippines

Ayee Macaraig, Philippines

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Ahmad Al-Bazz, Palestine

Ahmad Al-Bazz, Palestine

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Maria Martin Delgado, Brazil

Maria Martin Delgado, Brazil

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Stefania Rousselle, France/USA

Stefania Rousselle, France/USA

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Sun Narin, Cambodia

Sun Narin, Cambodia

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Ghazala Irshad, Egypt

Ghazala Irshad, Egypt

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Grace Li, Hong Kong

Grace Li, Hong Kong

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Nikita Kuzmin, Russia

Nikita Kuzmin, Russia

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Lucia He, Argentina

Lucia He, Argentina

Rajneesh Bhandari, Nepal

Rajneesh Bhandari, Nepal

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Jimmy Chalk, USA

Jimmy Chalk, USA

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Jihye Lee, South Korea

Jihye Lee, South Korea

Andrew Ochieng, Kenya

Andrew Ochieng, Kenya

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Kateryna Kapliuk, Ukraine

Kateryna Kapliuk, Ukraine

Mauro Pimentel, Brazil

Mauro Pimentel, Brazil

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Munza Mushtaq, Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq, Sri Lanka

Pedro Noel, Brazil

Pedro Noel, Brazil

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Kamilia Lahrichi, Morocco

Kamilia Lahrichi, Morocco

Kait Bolongaro, Canada

Kait Bolongaro, Canada

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Stephanie Anderson, Australia

Stephanie Anderson, Australia

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Ryan Patch, USA

Ryan Patch, USA

Ryan Patch is a film writer, director, and producer based in New York City and Washington, DC.

Ryan’s documentary work includes such diverse projects as directing Back From the Brink, a film about an indigenous people’s recovery from alcoholism, editing & producing the feature music documentary The Sea In Betweenand numerous other short communication projects.

He is the owner of Storytellers Ink, a production services company, and co-founder of Bitter River Film & Media, a production company dedicated to emerging forms of narrative.

Follow Ryan on Twitter at @d_ryan_patch.

Yolaan Begbie, South Africa

Yolaan Begbie, South Africa

Yolaan Aguemon is a South African journalist currently based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. She started her career as an on-air news reporter for eNCA, South Africa’s first 24-hour news channel, and was most recently the Head of Content at Africa.com. Yolaan holds a masters degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree in Journalism from Stellenbosch University, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Film and Media Studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is also a CNN Journalism (CJF) and Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) Fellow.

Stephanie Burnett, USA/Hong Hong

Stephanie Burnett, USA/Hong Hong

Stephanie Burnett is an American multimedia journalist based in Hong Kong, and currently Duty Editor with Storyful news agency. She has written and produced videos for TIME.com and has freelanced for the South China Morning Post. Stephanie was previously Country Profiles Editor for Transparency International in Berlin and has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

Natalia Sedletska, Ukraine

Natalia Sedletska, Ukraine

Natalie Sedletska – a leading Ukrainian journalist with a vast experience in investigations of the corruption schemes of the Ukrainian public officials. In summer 2014, she founded a resonance investigative TV programme called “Schemes. Corruption in details” with the support of the American Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which since then is regularly broadcasted by the Ukrainian First TV channel (Ukrainian public broadcaster). In 2016, she received Oleksandr Kryvenko award, the most prestigious award in the Ukrainian journalism. She was also on the list of the young Ukrainian leaders “Top 30 Under 30” formed by the Ukrainian English language outlet «Kyiv Post». In 2015 Natalie went undercover as part of a British Channel 4 television documentary, “From Russia With Cash,” about corrupt deals fueling London’s property boom. Natalie is part of the famous YanukovychLeaks project which was awarded the Global Shining Light Award in Norway in 2015 and The M100 Sanssouci Media Award in Potsdam in 2014.

Laura Dixon, United Kingdom

Laura Dixon, United Kingdom

Laura Dixon is a freelance journalist based in Bogotá, Colombia. She has been published by The Times, News Deeply, Vice, and The Atlantic, among others. She is currently working on a series of stories about Colombia after the peace deal with the left-wing FARC guerilla group thanks to a grant from the Pulitzer Centre. She has previously received fellowships from the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Financial Times, and the CSIS’s transatlantic media award to travel along the US-Mexico border.

Manuel Medina, Mexico

Manuel Medina, Mexico

Sports journalist, currently living on the border between the United States and Mexico, Manuel R. Medina has regrettably seen his country being devoured by a corrupt system that has not only eaten some of the government but also common citizens. He wants to help change that.

With a background as reporter for media outlets such as SanDiegoRed.com, El Mexicano, MedioTiempo.com, Uniradio; as press officer for the Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente football squad, basketball team Tijuana Zonkeys; and currently working for both FIFA and Concacaf, football’s biggest entities; Medina has been trained as a multiplatform journalist who doesn’t hesitate to use everything at his disposal to transmit an idea.

And because of this experience, he wants to increase his field of knowledge of social problems, like corruption, which is very common in Latin American countries.

He feels the responsibility, as a journalist, to show people that a corrupt system can be broken and citizens can break free from the injustices imposed by this structure; free of political bias because of his background on the sports field, Manuel R. Medina is hopeful the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2012 will give him the skills needed to succeed on this very difficult task.

He is currently building a technology based media outlet called TJ Sports, where fans will be able to support their local sports heroes, with videos, articles and television shows, without the need to look around the Web for them. Plus this will allow him to get more social causes out to sports fanatics of his region, thanks to the exposure and reach sports have on his country.

Follow Manuel on Twitter at @manuelmedina.

Maurice Oniang’o, Kenya

Maurice Oniang’o, Kenya

Maurice is a Freelance Multimedia Journalist and Documentary Filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has produced documentaries for Television programs such as Project Green, NTV Wild, Giving Nature a Voice and Tazama. He has also produced content for Al Jazeera (AJ+), Africa.com, 100Reporters and J4T.

He has a keen interest on stories about accountability, human rights, environment, corruption and governance. Maurice has won various awards including: Environmental Reporter of the year TV- AJEA 2015, Thomson Foundation Young Journalist of the Year (FPA-London), among others.

He is currently working on various in-depth documentary projects and he is also an ongoing National Geographic Explorer

Selase Kove-Seyram

Selase Kove-Seyram

Selase Kove-Seyram is a digital content producer and freelance journalist based in Ghana.
In journalism, he specializes in the production of investigative current affairs documentaries, many of which involve secret filming and dogged investigations in different environments. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, ZAM magazine, the Caravan (India), Uptown magazine (USA), Al Jazeera, BBC, CBS (New York), Quartz, 100Reporters among others.

As a YJ, his collaborative report on Migration with a cross-continental team was nominated for the One World Media Awards in 2018. He also reported on Fairtrade with a team across two continents.

Interests: Human rights, anti-corruption, technology and digital media, public policy and African affairs.

Twitter: @selasekove

Andrea Arzaba

Andrea Arzaba

Andrea Arzaba is a Mexican journalist and media consultant. As an independent journalist, she covers social justice and human mobility issues. She has published her articles in various media outlets including Proceso, Animal Politico, National Geographic Traveler, Global Voices Online, Huff Post, among many others. She is the founder of several media projects including an online magazine on gender issues called The SunFlower Post and Georgetown University’s Student Blog: Transformaciones. Andrea is currently a Justice Travel Fellow.

Andrea is a fluent Spanish, English, Portuguese and French speaker. She holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University.

Follow Andrea on Twitter at @andrea_arzaba and visit her website: www.arzaba.com 

Sally Hayden

Sally Hayden

Sally Hayden is a freelance journalist currently focused on migration, conflict, and humanitarian crises. She comes from Ireland, and reports across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This year, she won first prize at the European Migration Media Awards, and was a finalist for the Amnesty International, Frontline Club, Kurt Schork, and One World Media Awards. She is currently a member of Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Award Committee. 

Elnura (Elle) Alkanova

Elnura (Elle) Alkanova

Elle is a well known journalist in Kyrgyzstan with large scale investigative reports and Assistant Professor at American University of Central Asia. She had recently revealed the secret ties between the Kyrgyz President’s office with unknown Czech company which was awarded with $1 billion governmental contract without public tenders to establish energy facilities in Kyrgyzstan.

Elle had rich history with local and regional problematic stories; in 2017, she investigated an airplane crash with smuggled cargo in Bishkek’s airport, which was the reason behind the lawsuit by President Almazbek Atambaev against her media org Azattyk Media (RFE/RL in KG) in order to influence the editorial line not to go further with the story. Later Elle published the story which revealed the interests of kyrgyz ex-Prime minister Sapar Isakov to the land privatisation near State Residency. This report became a reason of big resistance between journalist and Prime minister. With Isakov’s hand Finance police charged Alkanova up to 5 years in prison for allegedly disclosure of bank secrecy, but after 5 months General Prosecutor dropped all charges. The story has ended with Prime minister’s imprisonment.

She was awarded the “Report of the Year” prize by Institute for War and Peace Reporting, “Breakthrough of the Year” by Committee for Freedom of Speech.

E mail: [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ealkanova
Skype: ellealkanova

Leonie Kijewski

Leonie Kijewski

Leonie Kijewski is a German freelance journalist based in Cambodia. Her stories have been published with Al Jazeera, Nikkei Asian Review, Southeast Asia Globe, New Naratif, and others. She covers politics and social justice, with a particular focus on women’s and migrants’ rights. Previously, Leonie worked for the Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia’s biggest English language newspaper. Her stories include investigations on corruption in the Ministry of Interior, and male politicians stealing female candidates’ places on the parties’ election ballot lists.

Brahim Karim

Brahim Karim

Brahim Karim is a Freelance Broadcast journalist living in Casablanca-Morocco. His principal mission is to prepare episodes for the bimonthly famous program 45 MINUTES produced by CONNEXION MEDIA for first Moroccan state channel Al Aoula.

Brahim regularly contributes with the editorial team in preparation of tens of episodes about wide range of topics, (education, health, transports, unemployment..) since 2015. In three years we won two NATIONAL PRESS PRIZES.

Brahim also has interviewed important people (Moroccan ministers, US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, CEOs of huge firms (LG in South Korea, Centrale Danone Morocco, Valencia Juices).

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Journalism institute (IFJ) in Casablanca, Mobile Journalism Training Certificate from Al-Jazeera Média Center.

During his studies he worked for Magharebia Production and produced three documentaries for Al-Jazeera Documentary Channel and is involved in the project “Towards Enforcement of Africa’s Commitments Against Corruption [TEACAKE]” with Transparency Morocco.

Solomon Goshu

Solomon Goshu

Solomon Goshu is currently a Public Policy Advisor at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Ethiopia, and freelance journalist at the Ethiopian Reporter. Until recently, he was a Senior Editor at the Ethiopian Reporter, one of the leading private newspapers in Ethiopia. He has more than 8 years’ experience in journalism and is known for his in depth feature articles on domestic and regional political and legal affairs.  He has written extensively on issues related to corruption, and is an active member of Transparency Ethiopia. Solomon is a lawyer by training with a Master’s degree in public and constitutional law; he holds a bachelor degree in journalism. He is also a part time lecturer at the School of law, Addis Ababa University. He is interested in engaging in discussion and debates on policies and strategies related to regional integration and enthusiastic about building a wide range of network and relationships with experts and professionals.

María Luz Nóchez

María Luz Nóchez

María Luz Nóchez is a Salvadoran based journalist specialized in Arts and culture, LGBTQ+ community and violence against women. Has a Bachelor in Communication Sciences and has taken short courses organized by the Foundation for New Journalism (FNPI), including the Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism (2016); and by El Faro. She is also an International Journalist Programme 2018 Alumni.

On 2017, Nóchez won the Latin American Prize for Investigative Journalism for the article “Why Do 90% of Child Rapes Go Unpunished?”, granted by the Institute for Press and Society and Transparency International.

Julius Bizimungu

Julius Bizimungu

Julius Bizimungu is a young Rwandan Business Journalist with keen interest in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), Finance and other money matters. He works for The New Times Publications Ltd, Rwanda’s leading daily English Newspaper.

He is an ardent Internet of Things (IoT) and latest technologies reporter, having studied a course in IoT at King’s College London. He analyses and interprets technology and business trends and digital media as part of his daily work. He is also a Global Investigative Journalism Fellow.

He has extensively covered entrepreneurship, trade and business related stories in different countries, including Nigeria, Rwanda, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya, among other countries. Bizimungu has also interviewed various leading political and business leaders.

Linus Unah

Linus Unah

Linus Unah is a Nigerian journalist based in Lagos. His work has been published in several outlets including The Guardian, Al Jazeera, National Public Radio, IRIN News, The Christian Science Monitor and FT’s This Is Africa, among others. He writes about global health, conflict, technology, agriculture and development.

In 2017 Linus and four others won the Hostwriter Pitch Prize with a project on global gentrification which beat 120 other contestants.

Amanda Sperber

Amanda Sperber

Amanda Sperber is an East Africa based freelance foreign correspondent with bases in Nairobi and Mogadishu. She is a 2018 IWMF Fellow and 2018 Truman Fellow. Her 2016 coverage from Sudan’s rebel-held Blue Nile region was shortlisted for an Amnesty International Media Award. Amanda writes dispatches and features online and in print for Agence France Presse, the Atlantic, the Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, Marie Claire, Roads and Kingdoms and VICE, among numerous other publications. The ACLU, Congressional Research Service, Council on Foreign Relations, Freedom House and various UN agencies cite her expert reporting.

Banjo Damilola

Banjo Damilola

Banjo Damilola is an investigative journalist with Nigeria’s leading citizen journalism news website. She is passionate about improving the standard of education in Nigeria hence uses journalism as a tool to expose the decadence in the education sector. Banjo believes that every child should have access to quality education. Her investigations have been published across Nigerian news platforms. Banjo has a Bachelor degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan.

Kaforo Moke Olivier

Kaforo Moke Olivier

I am Kaforo Moke Olivier. Bachelor in Communication from the University of Kinshasa (2006). I am a journalist since 2007 in the newspaper Le Potentiel published in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of
the Congo). I am responsible for the Economy desk. I am a consultant in some other local media as well as some non-governmental organizations in the country. Concerned about the issue of governance, the fight against corruption is my battle horse.

Ouakaltio Aboubacar OUATTARA

Ouakaltio Aboubacar OUATTARA

I am a journalist at ‘Journal d’Abidjan’, the first weekly bi-media (website and paper) in Côte d’Ivoire. I am also freelancing with Afrique magazine. I have experiences in investigative journalism and I am really interested in political as well as economic questions of my country and West Africa. I received the National Prize in the framework of an investigation I did about statelessness. I am moreover consultant for many international Medias. I participated to a training program on investigative journalism on extractive industry organized by the Thomason Reuters Foundation. I have overall eight years’ experience in the journalism field.

Gift Olivia Samuel

Gift Olivia Samuel

Gift Olivia Samuel is a Nigerian Journalist with The Sight News(www.thesightnews.com), an Online Newspaper based in Abuja.

Before joining The Sight News, she worked with Per Second News Online based in the US as a journalist and interviewer and has also interned with DAAR Communications PLC, owners of AIT and Raypower based in Nigeria.She obtained a Bachelor in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and has spent most of her professional years working on the online platform.

Gift is very much interested in issues bothering on good governance, quality education as well as the fight against corruption.

Also, she is passionate about helping young children build their self confidence to maximize their potentials.

She is an avid reader, a motivational speaker and a scrabble lover.

Follow Gift on Twitter at @giftsamuel18

Kwazi Dlamini

Kwazi Dlamini

Kwazi Dlamini is a young South African journalist working for Corruption Watch, a chapter of TI in South Africa.  I write about corruption mostly in the public sector, I bring what happens in the dark to light and speak for those who cant speak for themselves.  At the beginning of my journalism career I have always been fascinated by tackling socio-economic issues in the country and corruption became my main focus.  I hold a National Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor Degree of Technology in the same field from Durban University of Technology in South Africa.

Nicholas Bamulanzeki

Nicholas Bamulanzeki

Nicholas is a photojournalist with The Observer Newspaper who does documentary , events and has a vast experience . As photojournalist, a writer and blogger, he has covered major and historical events around Uganda and the continent, many of which have been in the areas of health, sports,conflict and development. Nicholas holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with a bias in photojournalism. He has previously done freelance work for a European news website called Equal times and a number of NGO’s.
He emerged the 2nd Runner Up in the UPPA Awards 2017 (in the category of news Photographic Award). He has also taught photo journalism a Makerere university in 2016 and photography at Heritage International school . A highly motivated individual, he is a team player with the ability to adapt to change; flexible and ambitious

Talita Corrêa

Talita Corrêa

Brazilian writer and journalist with specialization in human rights, Talita is currently studying in the Master’s Program International Education at Ludwigsburg University (Germany). She worked for Globo (biggest communication company in Latin America) and she was part of the team awarded the second place in the XXIX Human Rights Journalism Prize, denouncing cases of omission and corruption in Rio de Janeiro state. Talita has also worked on awarded projects related to brazilian public policies, is co-founder and editor of the Women’s Observatory, an institution dedicated to women’s rights, and she has written for international media such as VICE magazine.

Anne Sofie Hoffmann Schrøder

Anne Sofie Hoffmann Schrøder

Anne Sofie is a Danish writer and digital storyteller dedicated to projects about freedom of speech, identity, nationalism, migration, gender and corruption in Latin America, Russia and Europe.
Her work has been published in Deutsche Welle, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, EuroNews, Welt-Sichten, Politiken, Hong Kong Broadcast TV, O Globo – and the world’s first slum reporting news agency in Brazil, Agência de Notícias das Favelas.
Since 2011 she has reported on social injustice in Latin America, including corruption in Brazil, women’s rights, indigenous peoples and migration in Central America, as well as the murder of the Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres
She is a fellow of the German International Journalists’ Program, IJP, as well as the program “Reporters in the Field”, currently investigating disinformation campaigns prior to the EU elections 2019 with a cross-border team.
In 2017, she received the EYMD award for excellence in media production from the European Parliament for her work about hybrid warfare and media literacy in the Baltic states, and she has interviewed the former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.
Follow Anne Sofie on Instagram and Twitter at @anseskywalker

Egas Jossai

Egas Jossai

Egas Jossai is a journalist and researcher from Mozambique, who is currently working in the public health center, in the research on the implementation of the African union convention on the prevention and fight against corruption.
Has a degree in public administration.
He holds a degree in investigative, data, electoral journalism from IREX Mozambique.
He is currently writing articles on the stage of corruption in Mozambique.

Mohamed Jallali

Mohamed Jallali

Mohamed Jallali is a Tunisian journalist, working with the tunisian watchdog organization “I WATCH-organisation” as an investigative journalist since October 2016. He is doing articles, investigative reporting and data journalism that track the misuse in public service, the illicit finance and conflict of interest.
He has a bachelor degree in print journalism, and participated in many trainings on investigative journalism, multimedia storytelling and the tools to follow the illicit money with ARIJ organization (arab reporters for investigative journalism) and thomson reuters foundation.
He has a couple of investigative reporting published in print or electronic Tunisian newspaper.

Wilfredo Miranda Aburto

Wilfredo Miranda Aburto

Wilfredo Miranda Aburto is a Nicaraguan journalist. He is a reporter in the independent publication “Confidencial” and the television program “Esta Semana”. He is a correspondent for Univision Noticias in Managua. He has specialized in the coverage of human rights, indigenous peoples and political issues. His journalistic investigations have won different awards nationally and internationally. His reports have been published in international newspapers, such as El Faro, Nomad, Fusion, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post among others.

Faten Jebai

Faten Jebai

Faten Jebai is a freelance Video & Photojournalist based in Beirut, Lebanon. Her recent work focuses on refugee crisis in the Middle East and has been broadcasted on Deutsche Welle TV as well as other international media outlets.
Faten trains on the topics of Video Journalism and Visual Storytelling in the Arab region. She also implements workshops on the topic of Mobile Journalism as a tool of empowerment in marginalized areas.

Delfin Mocache Massoko

Delfin Mocache Massoko

Delfin Mocache Massoko is director of Diario Rombe, an online media platform based in Valencia, Spain. This activist was a key witness in the court hearing that convicted the Vice president of Equatorial Guinea in Paris in October 2017. Since its foundation, Diario Rombe has published the most important leaks on corruption in Equatorial Guinea, denouncing ongoing corruption that is not visible for most of the international community as well as the poverty that this create in his country. He has been consistently calling for asset recovery and repatriation. Delfin Mocache is considered one of the most relevant anti-corruption investigative journalist of his country.

Elena Loginova

Elena Loginova

Elena Loginova is a reporter for OCCRP. She was part of the cross border investigative teams for the Russian and Azerbaijani Laundromats and the Panama and Paradise Papers. She was also a co-author of “Killing Pavel” documentary.

Manasseh Azure Awuni

Manasseh Azure Awuni

Manasseh Azure Awuni is an award-winning investigative journalist and writer with the Multimedia Group in Ghana. In 2011, he was adjudged Ghana’s most promising young journalist and the overall best journalist in 2012. His work has uncovered high level corruption in government leading to jailing of some officials engaged in corruption, cancellation of government contracts and retrieval of millions of dollars. In 2018, Manasseh was adjudged the overall best journalist in the West African Media Excellence award after his investigative documentary won him the best reporter in the anti-corruption category of the West Africa Media Excellence Award. That investigation led to the cancellation of a shady $74 million contract awarded to a waste management company in Ghana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism and a master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Ghana.

Patrick Egwu

Patrick Egwu

Patrick Egwu is an award-winning freelance investigative journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa where he is currently an Open Society Foundation fellow on Investigative Reporting at the University of the Witwatersrand. Patrick has more than five years of journalism experience covering conflict, migration, global health, education, climate change, corruption and other development issues in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa, featuring in publications such as Foreign Policy, NPR, African Arguments, This is Africa, Christian Century, Ozy, Ripples Nigeria, International Centre for Investigative Reporting and elsewhere.

Anrike Visser

Anrike Visser

In 2018, Anrike founded Global Ground Media, an online publication for investigative journalism in Asia. Global Ground Media works with 20 journalists and photographers across Asia on underreported issues. Previously, Anrike worked for four years at the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) as a financial crime investigator. She’s also trained researchers and journalists in investigative techniques at seven Myanmar media organisations and worked with grantees of Deutsche Welle Akademie and International Media Support on financial sustainability.

Anna Day, USA

Anna Day, USA

Anna Therese Day is an award-winning journalist and social media researcher. She was a 2013 Fulbright Fellow, a 2012 United Nations Press Fellow, and was named one of Google Zeitgeist’s top 30 Great Young Minds in 2011. Day is a regular contributor to The New York Times Women in the World. Her coverage focuses on US foreign policy, women’s issues, and youth organizing and has been featured in CNN, Al Jazeera, VICE, and numerous print publications. You can follow her work on Twitter , Instagram , or Facebook

Hélder Xavier, Mozambique

Hélder Xavier, Mozambique

Hélder Xavier is a young journalist from Mozambique. Since 2009 he has worked for @Verdade, a weekly newspaper with an estimated print readership of 600.000 (Verdade means “truth” in Portuguese, Mozambique’s official language). A graduate of Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, where he studies Journalism, he has special interest in investigative journalism, citizen participation in the media and the democratization of access to information. He attended the Citizen Media Summit 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, organised by Global Voices; the International Anti-Corruption Conference organised by Transparency International, and the Power Reporting – The African Investigative Journalism Conference, organised by Wits University. Hélder seeks to contribute to a better society; free of the corruption that is evident every day in his country, Mozambique, especially in publics institutions.

Bolanle Omisore, USA

Bolanle Omisore, USA

Bolanle Omisore is a Lagos, Nigeria based journalist and has contributed to a number of publications from National Geographic.com to The Africapitalist magazine to NPR. She covers international energy and business news from the African continent. She is also a 2013 McCloy Fellow, and a 2011 International Reporting Fellow for the International Center for Journalists. Before attending graduate journalism school at New York University, she worked with both The New York Times and ABC News. A native of Tampa, Florida, she is a graduate of Howard University.

Follow Bolanle on Twitter at @venerableladyb.

David Klaubert, Germany

David Klaubert, Germany

David Klaubert is working as a political editor at the German newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, currently based in Frankfurt, Germany. He writes about social issues and is especially interested in Portuguese-speaking countries such as Brazil and Angola. His career as a journalist began on a freelance basis, working for different newspapers, magazines and websites in Germany. At the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt David Klaubert studied Journalism, Political and Latin American Studies. Traveling to South America and Africa he improved his language skills and now speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, some French and some Swahili.

Follow David on Twitter at @KlaubertD.

Jessica Weiss, USA based in Argentina

Jessica Weiss, USA based in Argentina

Jessica Weiss is a bilingual independent writer and journalist based in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Associated Press and Fast Company Magazine. She is a frequent contributor to the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet), where she provides international journalists with tips and tools to report effectively. She is a 2011 graduate of Georgetown University’s Masters Program in Journalism, where she focused on multimedia storytelling and narrative nonfiction.

Follow Jessica on Twitter at @jessweiss1.

Fadima Sy, Senegal

Fadima Sy, Senegal

Fadima Sy is a Senegalese journalist working for the municipal radio of Dakar. She obtained a bachelor in information and communication from the ISSIC. Fadima likes working on the ground and is interested in issues related to politics, good governance and the fight against corruption. This passion stems from her participation in an investigative journalism training organised by Forum Civil in 2010, as part of the DGT Programme (Democracy, Governance Transparency). The goal of the Dakar’s municipal radio is to observe political life and the actions of the city hall of Dakar, a goal which she shares.

Follow Fadima on Twitter at @SyFadima.

Nicky Rehbock, South Africa

Nicky Rehbock, South Africa

Nicky Rehbock is a South African journalist and editor formerly based in Johannesburg. Having worked for the civil society organisation Corruption Watch, which was launched in South Africa at the beginning of 2012, Nicky is now Online Communications Officer at Transparency International. Nicky’s print and online writing career has taken her from agriculture, to energy trends, to nation-branding and now, to corruption. Her knack of soaking up vast reams of information and communicating the important bits in a compelling, meaningful way has seen her doing work in a number of South African newsrooms for various publications. She has also been involved in training rural teachers across South Africa on how to write and publish articles online.

Her interest in making information accessible to diverse audiences and telling them why they should support action on certain issues drives her work at Transparency International.

Ryan Hicks, Canada

Ryan Hicks, Canada

Currently reporting for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) out of Winnipeg, Canada, Ryan is a cutting-edge storyteller who reports across all platforms (television, radio, digital, and social media).
His passion lies in telling original stories, breaking news, and going wherever they take him. He’s reported from around the world and across Canada. He was also a producer for Canada’s most-watched political television program, CBC’s Power and Politics with Evan Solomon. He is as comfortable reporting from a major, international city, as he is from a fishing boat off the shores of Atlantic Canada. Whether it is in Rwanda’s sprawling backcountry, the center of Rio de Janeiro, or the potato drills of Prince Edward Island, Ryan focuses on the heart of stories and telling them in innovative and creative ways.
Follow Ryan on Twitter at @ryhicks.

Pushkal Shivam, India

Pushkal Shivam, India

Pushkal Shivam is a freelance journalist based in India. He is training as a researcher in the field of Development Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He has worked with organizations such as the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability. His writings have appeared in The Times of India, The Hindu and The Economic and Political Weekly, in addition to different online platforms. Youth Journalism International, a non-profit based in the U.S., named him as the Student Journalist of the Year in 2012 in a contest open to young journalists worldwide.

Maria Paula Brito, Peru

Maria Paula Brito, Peru

Paula is a Peruvian journalist passionate about human rights and investigative journalism. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science in Peru and obtained a master’s in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. Driven to cover corruption, human rights violations, religious conflicts and ethnic disputes Paula’s next journalism endeavor will take her to Cambodia where she will be reporting for the Cambodia Daily.

Paula has published articles related to the environmental impact of the extractive industry, indigenous rights and social conflicts in Peru, she has worked with CONNECTAS an investigative journalism initiative in the Americas, at the Peruvian Press Council delving into issues of media ethics, and most recently at NPR’s D.C. headquarters where she built skills in radio production that she’ll take with her to South East Asia.

Follow Paula on Twitter at @paulabritor.

Sama Anfous, Palestine

Sama Anfous, Palestine

Lacking equal human rights in my community and living in a conflict region were my major reasons to study Journalism and Communication in Birzeit University, followed by a program certificate at the Edward Murrow College of Communication in the US.

I am an optimistic and energized person and so continuously strive to promote social development. I’ve attended several international programs that taught me about culture diversity and strengthened my social participation.

I always had a passion to give a voice to voiceless people and so I created my own blog where I report about Palestinian daily-life stories. Through this blog I aim to promote change and defy stereotypes in my community.

Hafawa Rebhi, Tunisia

Hafawa Rebhi, Tunisia

Hafawa Rebhi is an independant trilingual journalist. In her native Tunisia, the transition following the fall of the dictatorship in January 2011 has been hectic and intense offering her the opportunity to closely follow the ongoing important unfolding affairs of her society . Hafawa’s stories have reflected a palthora of socio-economic and political issues such as claims for economic rights, struggles for a fair sharing of resources, migration, the transitional justice process , the drafting of a new constitution and the efforts to reform crucial sectors like media, secruity , health and the judiciary. Hafawa covered these stories while writing for L’Economiste Maghrébin, le Maghreb Hebdo, Assafir Al Arabi, Nawaat and the IACC blog.

Hafawa’s total immersion in the complex reality of her country has often been enriched by travels abroad. Whether it was about covering the IACC in Brazil in 2012 , taking part in the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio in 2013, covering the anticipated elections in Luxembourg in 2013, participating in Thomson Reuters Foudation program in London or joining NRGI’s trainees in Lebanon, Hafawa tried her best to export the Tunisian experience and to import the best practices of modern journalism.

Hafawa is currently focusing on reporting governance in the hydrocarbon sector. She aspires to specialize in extractive industries. She is a fluent English, Arabic, French and Italian speaker. When she is not working on a new story, she reads History magazines or Poetry collections.

Follow Hafawa on Twitter at  @Hafawa_Rebhi

Yinka Adeparusi, Nigeria

Yinka Adeparusi, Nigeria

Yinka Adeparusi is an international award-winning photojournalist with National Mirror newspaper in Lagos, one of the most widely read newpapers in Nigeria. Before joining National Mirror, he has interned with The Punch and NewAge newspapers as a reporter and photojournalist.

A graduate of Lagos State University School of Communication where he bagged double honours in Photojournalism and Cinematography, he is a multiple award winner whose works expose the ills of his immediate environment and society at large, with a special lens for recording the ‘why’ frames. His work centers majorly around human rights abuse and social exclusion, and with special attention on the rights of children.

Follow Yinka on Twitter at @yinkaadeparusi.

Parker Mah, Canada

Parker Mah, Canada

Photographer, journalist and radio show host, Parker Mah has worked freelance in multimedia since 2002, both in Canada and abroad. He has collaborated with a diverse range of media- and community-based organizations including BushRadio (Cape Town), VOICE (Dhaka), Tactical Technology Collective (Berlin), Life Stories Montreal, l’Institut du Nouveau Monde, CitizenShift / Parole Citoyenne, Alternatives, CKUT Radio, and Crossroads International. Alternative media, the democratisation of access to technology, and arts-based social activism are favourite topics. He is based in Montreal and is currently touring a feature-length documentary about the identity of young Chinese in Quebec.

Follow Parker on Twitter at @thought_cast or online at eyedea.ca

Virginie Ngyuen, Egypt

Virginie Ngyuen, Egypt

Virginie Ngyuen is a photojournalist currently based in Cairo where she is a regular contributer to the studio HansLucas and contributor for Agence France Presse (AFP). A graduate in Journalism at IHECS (Institute of High Studies of Social Communications in Brussels), she has also spent time at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in order to develop here skills in the field of photojournalism.

In August 2011, she co-founded the Collective HUMA to emphasizes social issues and explore a more humanist photography.

Follow Virginie on Twitter at @vynguyenhoang.

Domas Burkauskas, Lithuania

Domas Burkauskas, Lithuania

Domas is a freelance journalist, media project manager and university tutor from Lithuania. Domas as been working in various TV projects for more than 10 years, mainly focusing on social and economical issues.. He’s been hosting shows and doing social and economical stories for Lithuanian national television. Currently, he moved to another national-wide Lietuvos Rytas television where he works as an editor and hosts morning and midday news shows. Apart from his native Lithuanian, Domas also speaks English, Russian and German language. His stories have won EuroMedia award “For The Best TV Story” in 2010 and 2011. Domas also works as an expert in creative communication, tutor in Lithuanian schools and has aTV & Film projects course in Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.

Abby Ellis, USA

Abby Ellis, USA

Abby Ellis is a reporter and documentary filmmaker based in New York City, where she covers surveillance, climate change, systematic failures and corruption across a wide-range of platforms. Her latest work can be seen on the documentary series VICE on HBO.

In our culture of secrecy and over-classification it is important that journalists be the signal in the noise, to hold those in power accountable by effectively engaging all demographics of the population.”

Wandiswa Ntengento, South Africa

Wandiswa Ntengento, South Africa

Wandiswa Ntengento is a journalist based in South Africa. Ntengento has experience in broadcast, print and online journalism. She is currently at BBC News in Johannesburg. Prior to her move to Johannesburg, she worked as a freelance reporter and radio news anchor where she covered human interest stories. Early this year, she spent two weeks reporting in Uganda with the International Women’s Media Foundation. In 2014 she was voted Journalist of The Month by the International Journalists Network and spent a year as a fellow for Rhodes University’s Future Journalist Program. She is an alumni of two Thomson Reuters Foundation courses.

“Africa’s development has for decades been paralysed by corruption. It is my daily mandate as a journalist to hold those in power accountable for their actions and to enforce transparency through my reporting.”

Luigi Serenelli, Italy/Germany

Luigi Serenelli, Italy/Germany

Luigi is a Berlin-based reporter and features writer with a background in foreign policy. His recent focus has been on immigration to Germany and Europe.

He has produce a video report on Islam in Berlin and a photo essay on highly-qualified Syrian refugees. His multimedia work includes stories of suburban tensions in Milan and social engagement in Scampia, a stronghold of the Neapolitan mafia. He works in Italian, English and German.

“I report on corruption to unveil the unlawful privileges of few and to push for equal access to private or public services for all.”

Ayee Macaraig, Philippines

Ayee Macaraig, Philippines

Ayee Macaraig is a Filipino multimedia reporter and anchor with the news website Rappler.com based in Manila. She covers politics, governance and international affairs in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

A journalist for 7 years, Ayee has reported on corruption controversies in the Philippines, media freedom in Myanmar, elections in Indonesia, the United Nations in New York, and the golden jubilee of Singapore.

She was a fellow of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance and the prestigious Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists, and was executive producer at the ABS-CBN News Channel. Ayee is passionate about free speech, women’s empowerment, and accountable governance.

Follow Ayee on Twitter at @ayeemacaraig.

Ahmad Al-Bazz, Palestine

Ahmad Al-Bazz, Palestine

I am a Palestinian journalist living in the Occupied Palestine. I graduated from the Faculty for Media at An-Najah National University in Nablus city in 2014, where I specialized in TV broadcasting. I have an excellent experience as a photojournalist. I’m a member of Activestills photographic collective (www.Activestills.org) since 2012. We are a group of activist photographers living in Palestine/Israel. We view ourselves as part of the struggle against all forms of oppression, racism, and violations of the basic right to freedom.

My work focuses on the daily life of the Palestinian population under the Israeli military occupation in the Palestinian villages and cities. My work has been shown in many local exhibitions and various international exhibitions across Europe, the US, and the Middle East.

Maria Martin Delgado, Brazil

Maria Martin Delgado, Brazil

María is a Spanish journalist who started her career at El País, the main newspaper in her country, until the economic crisis there swept her to Brazil. Interested in human rights and international affairs, she is currently based in São Paulo, where she first worked for Folha de São Paulo and a wide range of Spanish and Mexican media. Currently she is web editor of El País Brasil, the Portuguese edition of the global newspaper. Maria speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and is currently working on perfecting her English.

Follow Maria in twitter @MariaMartinD

Stefania Rousselle, France/USA

Stefania Rousselle, France/USA

Stefania Rousselle is a French-American, award-winning freelance journalist, film director and director of photography, based in Paris, France. In 2013, she was named honoree in News and Politics by the Webby Awards for her reporting on sex trafficking in Spain. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, PBS/Frontline, Time.com, Global Post, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Elle, France Télévisions among others. She was a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and holds a MA in history from the Université Paris-Sorbonne.

“Why do I do this? So that the system stops exploiting the most vulnerable.”

Sun Narin, Cambodia

Sun Narin, Cambodia

Sun Narin, works as the editor-in-chief for Voice of Democracy (VOD), which is a multimedia platform including radio and online news. VOD mainly focuses on political stories and issues related to good governance and democracy. His reporting mainly focuses on political conflicts, political analysis and persistent issues including corruption, land grabbing and human rights violation. In addition to this, Sun also works part-time for the Wall Street Journal, where he reports about issues of international interest including political situation and protest, human right violations, garment sector, Khmer Rouge, land concession and ASEAN.

“Reporting corruption means contribution to poverty reduction”

Ghazala Irshad, Egypt

Ghazala Irshad, Egypt

Ghazala Irshad is a freelance journalist who has most recently worked as Social Media Manager for The GroundTruth Project foreign correspondence outlet, and for the UAE-produced, social media-driven travel show Peeta Planet. Previously, she was based in Egypt covering the Arab Spring while completing her Master’s in TV & Digital Journalism at the American University in Cairo. Her work has appeared in Gawker, CNN, The Cairo Review of Foreign Affairs, World Policy Institute, and Roads and Kingdoms, among others. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Grace Li, Hong Kong

Grace Li, Hong Kong

A trained multimedia journalist, Grace Li was with Reuters for more than three years where she wrote about a wide range of topics from China’s social issues to Hong Kong’s biggest graft case. Grace currently works as an investigator who is engaged in projects to help reduce corruption in Asia.

Grace earned her Bachelor’s degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. During school years she worked for BBC and ABC News in Hong Kong, as well as China’s national media and the Olympic Committee in Beijing.

Nikita Kuzmin, Russia

Nikita Kuzmin, Russia

Since 2009 I have been working in the newspaper and in the online media. Kaliningrad (Russia) regional newspaper “Dvornik” (Janitor) is closely connected to Kaliningrad news and analytics online media RUGRAD.EU. It focuses on the politics and economics mainly in regional aspects. For the moment I am contributing editor both at “Dvornik” and RUGRAD.EU.

I have obtained degree in Political and Social Sciences in I. Kant State University (Kaliningrad, Russia) in 2007. Also I studied in Turku University (Finland) – European and Baltic Sea Region Studies Programme (2005) and History and Politics of European Integration (2009).

Lucia He, Argentina

Lucia He, Argentina

Rajneesh Bhandari, Nepal

Rajneesh Bhandari, Nepal

Rajneesh Bhandari is an independent multimedia journalist based in Nepal with nine years of journalism experience. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Yahoo News, AFP, Asia Calling, IPSTV, Headlines Today, [email protected] and Kantipur Television. He has also contributed to PBS, BBC and other local and regional media outlets.
He has also worked as the Multimedia Editor of European Journalism Center’s ThinkBrigade.org, an international online website with reporters in countries around the world. In June 2012 he produced Living with Autism, probably the first iPad Book from Nepal. He was awarded Kantipur Television’s Journalist of the Year 2011 for his investigative stories.

He has done Masters degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Tribhuwan University, Nepal and post-graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from Konrad Adenauer Asian College of Journalism, Philippines.

He is the co-ordinator of Media Gufa, an experiential event where journalists report news stories using social media while isolated in a room for 72 hrs. He also manages ruraltvnepal.com, a website that promotes rural storytelling.

Follow Rajneesh on Twitter at @rajneeshb.

Jimmy Chalk, USA

Jimmy Chalk, USA

Jimmy Chalk is a visual journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, ESPN, CBSNews, GlobalPost and Al-Jazeera and is a founding member of the New York City arts collective and production company Nomadique.

Follow Jimmy on Twitter at @JimmyChalk.

Jihye Lee, South Korea

Jihye Lee, South Korea

Andrew Ochieng, Kenya

Andrew Ochieng, Kenya

Andrew is a Kenyan journalist working with NTV, one of the biggest television stations in East Africa owned by the Nation Media Group. He’s been a TV reporter for five years now, having previously worked with Kiss TV and Citizen TV, also in Kenya.

After graduating from the United States International University-Africa with a BA in Journalism, he completed his Masters degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi in 2012.

With a gift for writing and telling human interest stories that affect the ordinary person and environment and and wildlife stories, Andrew is passionate about enlightening African youth, to know their rights and issues that affect them.

Andrew speaks fluent English and Swahili and quite a bit of French and Spanish. He’s also an avid reader and actor.

Follow Andrew on Twitter at @apochieng.

Kateryna Kapliuk, Ukraine

Kateryna Kapliuk, Ukraine

Mauro Pimentel, Brazil

Mauro Pimentel, Brazil

Mauro Pimentel is a freelance Brazilian photojournalist and filmmaker based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among my clients are AP, AFP, Folha de S. Paulo, Estadão, El País, El Mundo, Huffington Post, Vozerio, Veja, 5W, Mongabay and UOL. In these years of photojournalism, I’ve been to Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, South Africa, United States, Panama and Cuba. Worked between 2012 and 2014 at Terra Networks news desk in Rio de Janeiro.

Munza Mushtaq, Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq, Sri Lanka

Pedro Noel, Brazil

Pedro Noel, Brazil

Pedro Noel, Brazilian, lives in the intersection between ethically oriented investigative journalism and human-rights, technological circumvention tools and human sciences. Graduated in philosophy at University of Salamanca, Spain, he is co-founder and editor at the Associated Whistleblowing Press, a non-profit based in Belgium, where he took part in more than 45 publications, based on leaked information, denouncing wrongdoing, abuse and human rights violations in Iceland, Spain, Ecuador and Mexico. Since 2011, Noel trained more than 100 investigative journalists worldwide on how to digitally protect their reporting and sources. He is currently an “Orlando Sierra” fellow at the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at IACHR.

Kamilia Lahrichi, Morocco

Kamilia Lahrichi, Morocco

Kait Bolongaro, Canada

Kait Bolongaro, Canada

Kait Bolongaro is a freelance reporter currently based in Europe. A journalist for the past six years, her work has been published by Al-Jazeera English, BBC, The Guardian, NPR, VICE and the Middle East Eye. She covers politics, science, business, human rights and the environment from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. In 2016, her coverage of Down Syndrome received an award for science reporting from the World Health Summit and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Kait was also a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation reporting on politics and civic engagement in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Stephanie Anderson, Australia

Stephanie Anderson, Australia

Stephanie Anderson is a television, radio and online journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, working in the Melbourne newsroom. She joined the ABC as a cadet journalist in 2012, after working for regional news media. Stephanie received a graduate diploma from RMIT University in 2009, and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne with majors in French and Journalism. Throughout her career she has covered breaking news stories and generated original stories.

“Exposing corruption and holding authorities to account is one of the most important functions of the fourth estate.”