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Bheki Makhubu has been a journalist for 27 years, and is a columnist and Editor-in-Chief of The Nation, considered the sole independent newspaper in Swaziland. He was jailed in March 2014 on charges of contempt of court following the publication of articles criticising the judicial system. He was released in July of this year. In 1999 he was arrested and charged with criminal defamation for publishing an article critical of King Mswati’s continued picking of women at the annual Reed Dance ceremony. Charges were, however, later dropped.


Cheryl W. Thompson is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post and an associate professor of journalism at George Washington University. Since coming to The Post in 1997, she has covered immigration, criminal justice and the White House during President Obama’s first term. Her most recent investigative stories include a series on police officers killed in the U.S. by guns. Ms. Thompson’s work has won a Pulitzer Prize (shared), an Emmy and two National Association of Black Journalists awards.


David Crawford is a Senior Reporter at the German investigative newsroom  CORRECT!V. He received the “Business Journalist of the Year Award” for his coverage of the Siemens bribery scandal. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Daniel Pearl Award for his research on the dismantling of democracy in Russia. This year, he received the Grimme Online Award and the German-French Journalism Prize for his investigation into the downing of Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.


Edouard Perrin is a French investigative journalist. In a 2012 investigation in conjunction with the BBC, Perrin revealed for the first time details of secret agreements between the Luxembourg tax authorities and multinational corporations that allowed companies to drastically reduce their tax bills. Perrin was awarded the Louise Weiss prize for European Journalism for his part in the investigation.


Hamadou Tidiane Sy is a seasoned Senegalese journalist who has in the past worked for major international l news organizations, including the English service of RFI, the AFP, the BBC, etc. Tidiane is the founder and editor of the award winning Ouestaf News, a news platform that has recently been part of major investigative projects such as the “Swissleaks” and “Fatal extractions” projects. Tidiane is recognized as a “social innovator” by the Ashoka and Knight Foundations in the field of  “News and Knowledge”. He is also the founder of a Journalism, Communication and Digital Media School in Dakar.


John-Allan Namu is a Special Projects Editor and an investigative journalist, heading a team of the country’s best Television investigative journalists.  His area of focus is largely in long-form investigative and in-depth reporting on current affairs topics. He has researched extrajudicial executions and other human rights abuses in Kenya’s current war on terrorism and the mechanics around which Kenya’s last general election result did not reflect the actual vote. He has done this for the past 10 years, before which he did general news features and  Business reporting.


Jonathan Calvert is the current Editor of the Insight investigations team at The Sunday Times in the UK, a position he has held for more than nine years. Calvert has had a hand in exposing many of the scandals and cover-ups to happen over the last few years, including the recent investigation into corruption involved in Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup.


John Christensen directs the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led network which leads global efforts to tackle tax havens.  Trained as a forensic investigator and economist, he has worked in many countries around the world, including a period of working in offshore financial services with Touche Ross & Co. His research on small islands and offshore finance has been widely published in books and academic journals, and John has taken part in many films, television documentaries and radio programmes.


Jorge Luis Sierra is a  Knight International Journalism Fellow working at the intersection of investigative journalism, technology and digital security. As a Knight Fellow he leads the development of digital tools for cyber security for investigative reporters and an investigative reporting project on crime and corruption in Mexico and Central America. He is an award-winning Mexican investigative reporter and editor. Based in Washington, D.C. he reports on Latino issues and a range of conflict-related topics such as drug trafficking, organized crime, counterinsurgency and gangs.

Rob Rose is the deputy editor at the Financial Mail. He has won a number of awards including the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism and the Global Investigative Journalism Network’s Shining Light award. In 2011, he was a Nieman fellow to Harvard.


Raj Bairoliya is a fellow at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has assisted the Serious Fraud Office, in particular in its investigations into the BCCI Bank and for many years he ran his own Forensic accounting LLP. He teaches regularly at the Centre for investigative journalism summer school in London.


Tobore Ovuorie is a dogged multiple-award winning investigative journalist. She mainly investigates human rights abuses, corruption, health and regulatory failures. Currently, she is a senior investigative reporter with Premium Times. She is a member, Board of Trustees of Media Initiative Against Human trafficking and Women Rights Abuse, a not to profit organization based in Nigeria and volunteers her time and resources on gender and human trafficking related issues.


Will Fitzgibbon is a reporter and the Africa Coordinator with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a non-profit news organization based in Washington DC. Will’s recent work includes the ICIJ project “SwissLeaks,” a global investigation into alleged wrongdoing by one of the world’s largest banks and some of its clients, and “Fatal Extraction,” a regional investigation in partnership with 12 African news outlets that revealed the controversies involving some Australian mining companies in Africa. Will previously worked at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) in the UK.