Pavla Holcova

Pavla Holcova is the founder of the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism, where she has investigated numerous cases concerning Serbian organised crime figures, Macedonian secret service investments in Prague, money laundering, and offshore companies.

She is a co-recipient of the Global Shining Light Award, which honours investigative journalism in developing and transitioning countries, and an EU Award for Investigative Journalism.

Holcova works closely with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting project on various international projects and investigations.

Before founding the Czech Center, she worked for six years at the People in Need humanitarian and human rights organisation as head of the Cuban section, and for Europe’s largest developer of open source tools for news media, Sourcefabric.

Matthew Caruana Galizia

Matthew Caruana Galizia is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and software engineer.

He worked at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for five years, where he co-founded the organisation’s Data and Research Unit in 2014 and was a lead engineer on six major investigations: Offshore Leaks, Swiss Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks, Fatal Extraction, Panama Papers, and Paradise Papers.

Caruana Galizia left the ICIJ in 2018 to continue working on the case around the assassination of his mother, Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist who was killed by a car bomb near her home in Malta in October 2017.

Susanne Reber

Susanne Reber is an award-winning veteran investigative editor, author and executive producer.

She has a knack for innovation and specialises in assembling and managing strong collaborative teams to investigate, create and tell stories on multiple mediums.

She is the co-founder of Reveal and the former executive editor of the Peabody award-winning national investigative radio programme and podcast.

Prior to founding her own consulting practice, Reber worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting, CIR, where she held various senior editorial roles, including Director of Digital Media, responsible for all content in film, audio and digital.

Her investigative projects have garnered her three Peabody Awards, an Emmy and a DuPont award among many others, and were showcased in national and international film festivals.

In 2013, she co-created Reveal to showcase investigative narrative stories, taking the programme from idea to reality. The pilot episode won the team a Peabody award. In 2015, after the programme’s team was fully staffed, Reber moved into the role of Executive Editor, recruiting, cultivating and managing partner relationships. This work took her all over the country and the world.

Prior to joining CIR in 2012, Reber formed and led NPR’s first Investigations Unit, which won multiple Peabody Awards, a Polk award, a Robert F. Kennedy Award and numerous others during her tenure.

Before moving to the US, Reber spent 23 years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., where she held various editorial leadership roles, including deputy managing editor of National Radio News and executive producer of CBC’s Michener Award-winning Investigative Unit from 2003 to 2009.

Reber is the co-author of Starlight Tour: The Last Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild, and is currently working on a new release of the book with Random House.

Reber also co-wrote and produced Faint Hope, a five-part, non-fiction audio docu-drama that was broadcast nationally and based on the suspicious death of Laurence Stocking. (CBC Radio Drama)

Reber graduated from the University of London with a bachelor’s degree in German and French language and literature. She earned her graduate diploma in broadcast journalism from City, University of London. Reber is based in Washington DC and splits her time between the US, Canada, and Switzerland.

Christiaan Triebert

Christiaan Triebert is a conflict researcher with Bellingcat, a multi-award winning collective that uses online open source information to investigate armed conflicts and corruption.

Among a wide variety of topics, Triebert has especially focused on investigating airstrikes in the Middle East, also in his capacity as geolocation expert for monitoring organisation Airwars.

His digital reconstruction of the Turkish coup d’état attempt won the Innovation Award of the European Press Prize.

Triebert aims to spread Bellingcat’s techniques and tools by giving worldwide digital forensics workshops, including in Iraq, Ukraine, and Colombia.

He holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Security & Development from King’s College London, and two undergraduate degrees (International Relations, Political Philosophy) from the University of Groningen. Triebert conducted fieldwork in Syria and Iraq, among other countries.

What can journalists and regular citizens do to investigate governments and armed groups who don’t or hardly provide any information about incidents, bombings, tortures or corruption?

A growing number of citizens are pursuing facts themselves.

Bellingcat, an international investigative collective, uses online open source information in combination with digital tools to uncover the facts themselves.

How do they work, and which tools and methods do they use?

In his first presentation, Christiaan Triebert will give a unique insight into Bellingcat, thereby discussing a wide variety of cases showing how the group investigates incidents like the downing of Flight MH17, the failed coup attempt in Turkey, and fact-checking military claims with regards to airstrikes in the Middle East.

Henk van Ess

Henk van Ess is obsessed by finding news in data. 

European media houses, like Axel Springer and Persgroep love his literal and lateral thinking and hire Henk on a regular basis to spill his secrets.

He rarely appears at public conferences, so this is your chance to find out the best tricks in internet research.

Henk is a member of the investigation team at Bellingcat.

Anuška Delić

Anuška Delić, is an investigative and data journalist with Slovenia’s main daily newspaper Delo.

She has investigated a variety of issues from asbestos on state-owned train infrastructure and abuses of election campaign law, to Slovenia’s own anabolic steroid king Mihael Karner.

At the end of 2011 she uncovered that leaders of the Slovenian branch of worldwide neo-Nazi organization Blood&Honor were actively involved in the ranks of leading right-wing party. As a direct consequence of her articles, Delić was charged with publishing classified information, charges that were dramatically dropped by state prosecutors minutes before judgement. Subsequently, the Slovenian government changed the article of Criminal Code relating to publication of state secrets.

In 2015 she started The MEPs Project. She gathered journalists representing all 28 EU Member States who filed requests for access to documents of the European Parliament that show how Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) spend the professional allowances they receive on top of their paychecks. Journalists were refused access, and thus filed complaints against the European Parliament with the European Court of Justice. Cases are pending. The group launched its first investigation in May 2017, which revealed how some MEPs abused their allowance, and includes a search facility for readers to check the filings of their local MEP.

In 2015 and 2016 Delić – also a partner of OCCRP – worked on ICIJ’s Panama Papers investigation which brought her and more than ten colleagues at Delo the highest journalistic award in Slovenia: the Slovene Association of Journalists’ Watchdog Award for Extraordinary Achievements.

Twitter: @007_delic

Drew Sullivan

Drew Sullivan is a journalist and media development specialist who has worked for almost a decade in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

He founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 and served as its editor and first director before the center became an independent, locally run organisation.

He is the advising editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program, an organisation he founded together with a consortium of centers, media outlets and reporters from a dozen countries.

He founded the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programmess in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

He was a reporter or editor on work that won the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting, the first ever Global Shining Light Award, The Tom Renner Award for crime reporting, the Overseas Press Club award and many other prizes.

He worked as an investigative reporter for the Tennessean newspaper in Nashville and for the Special Assignment Team of the Associated Press in New York. He has served on the board of directors for Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting.

He has a degree in Aerospace Engineering and worked for six years on the Space Shuttle project for Rockwell Space Systems. He spent one year as a professional stand-up comedian.

Alexenia Dimitrova

Alexenia Dimitrova is special correspondent for the 2nd largest daily in Bulgaria, 24 Hours. She has more than 25 years experience in journalism and has published more than 4,000  articles in 40 media outlets in Bulgaria, USA, Russia, Croatia and Britain

Her favorite topics are secret archives of the Cold War era, shadow affairs and corruption, money laundering, suspicious ownership and property. Recently she has also been acitive in finding separated families from all over the World and reuniting them.
Since 1998 she has sent about 700 FOIA requests to 10 US institutions to ask for declassification of documents from the Cold War Era. In parallel she continues her work in the Bulgarian Secret Archives from the same time.

Alexenia has just finished her fourth book based on using the FOIA. She is the author of 3 other books: ‘The Iron Fist’ (2005, London – in English), ‘The War of the Spies’ (2005), and ‘The King’s Secret Files’ (2009), which became bestsellers in Bulgaria.

She is trainer on investigative journalism and access to information certified by South East European Network for Professionalization of the Media (SEENPM). Since 2003 she has been training mid career journalists in Bulgaria and around the World.

Alexenia is a visiting lecturer in investigative journalism at Sofia University, and a researcher and team member for various international media projects.

She was also was the local trainer on investigative journalism in a 3 year project run by BBC preceding the implementation of the media Self-regulation and the Code of Ethics in Bulgaria.
Between 2005 and 2009 she was  a member of the Bulgarian Press Complaint Commission.

In November 2004 she received the most prestigious Award for investigative journalism in Bulgaria, having been nominated for the same Award for 2003. In 2006 she received the Golden Key Award – for using FOIAs both in Bulgaria and the USA.

Dimitrova has 2 university degrees from Sofia University and post graduate fellowships  in the World Press Institute – Minneapolis, in the University of Missouri, the University of Minneapolis (USA), Reuters (UK), Archus School of Journalism (Denmark), and the European Center for Journalism (Maastricht).

She has addressed seminars and other events of investigative journalism in Bulgaria, Switzerland, Denmark, Croatia, Netherlands, Moldova, Armenia, Slovenia, Germany, Bosnia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Canada, Turkey, Norway and Poland.
She is a member of Union of Bulgarian Journalists, the Investigative Journalists Association – Bulgaria, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the South East European Media Organization (SEEMO).

Catalin Prisacariu

Catalin Prisacariu has been a journalist since 2000. He started as a reporter for a local weekly, then moved, still as a reporter, to a daily paper based in Iasi (the “capital” city of the Moldova region in eastern Romania), called “Ziarul de Iasi”

Between 2004 and 2005, he wrote investigative stories for a weekly paper also based in Iasi. The paper, “Ieseanul”, is part of a national network owned by the media group Media Pro.

In 2005, Prisacariu became a investigative reporter for the national daily “Evenimentul Zilei”, based in Bucharest and owned by the Swiss media group Ringier. He moved to the national weekly “Academia Catavencu” in 2006 as head of the investigative department. “Academia Catavencu” is owned by businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vintu, who also owns several papers, two radio stations and a TV station.

In March 2010, Prisacariu decided to resign because of the owner’s repeated acts of censorship; he then started, together with several colleagues from “Academia Catavencu”, a new weekly paper. He is now a deputy editor-in-chief for this new national weekly, “Kamikaze”.

Catalin Prisacariu is a member of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism (, a non-governmental organization established by investigative journalists. Prisacariu is involved in many projects run by the centre, covering stories about human trafficking, corruption, organized crime, and other topics.

Prisacariu has also worked for papers and TV stations based in other European countries (Financial Times, ARD, ZDF, Television Suisse Romande).