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

Ruth Rosenberg

Ruth Rosenberg is an independent consultant and advisor on a wide range of human trafficking issues, providing management for implementation of projects, advising government policy, undertaking research, evaluations and assessments and designing and giving training courses.  

Ruth has conducted training for a wide range of audiences including law enforcement, social workers, policy makers and others. Ruth is the author of a number of reports including Promising Approaches – Addressing Child Trafficking in Europe and Eurasia, Trafficking of Adult Men in the Europe and Eurasia Region, Best Practices for Programming to Protect and Assist Victims of Trafficking in Europe and Eurasia, Best Practices for Programming to Prevent Trafficking in Human Beings in Europe and Eurasia, Shelter Assessment for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Miranda Patrucic

Miranda Patrucic is a leading investigative reporter and regional editor with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and the lead investigator with Investigative Dashboard.

She is also an international speaker who has trained investigative reporters, anti-corruption groups and police in dozens of countries around the world. She was the lead reporter on projects exposing alliances between government, business and organized crime in Montenegro as well as crime and corruption involving the First Bank of Montenegro that uncovered the massive misuse of public funds. She was part of a team that reported on how the Bosnian government bought an apartment for the prime minister, which led to his indictment and resignation in 2009. She was the lead reporter on a joint project with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on tobacco smuggling in Montenegro that uncovered many of that country’s prime minister’s hidden assets. She also worked on ICIJ’s project Looting the Seas, uncovering a $4 billion black market in endangered bluefin tuna. Both projects won IRE’s Tom Renner award for crime reporting. She also worked on OCCRP’s Offshore Crime, Inc. series that won the Daniel Pearl Award. As a specialist in tracking people and companies, Patrucic has worked with reporters from the Middle East, Europe, US, Canada, Latin America and Australia.

Stephen Grey

Stephen Grey is an award-winning investigative journalist and author best known for revealing details of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program. Grey is an independent writer based in London where he conducts research and works on newspaper articles, radio and TV broadcasts and as Reuters special correspondent in its global enterprise team.

Grey has covered several national security issues and has reported extensively from Iraq and Afghanistan.  His research in Afghanistan analyzes the conflict from the perspectives of NATO and the Afghan military and civilians.

In the summer of 2003, Grey began investigating reports of the CIA’s secret system of extraordinary rendition, where terror suspects were transferred to foreign jails where many were tortured.  After discovering a method to track the movements of the CIA planes allegedly used for rendition, he published the flight logs of these jets in the Sunday Times in November 2004.  He later contributed to several front-page articles in the New York Times about rendition and security issues, as well as to Newsweek, CBS 60 Minutes, Le Monde Diplomatique, and BBC Radio 4’s ‘File on Four’. He also presented documentaries on the CIA’s rendition program for Channel 4’s Dispatches Program and PBS Frontline World.

In 2005, he received the Amnesty International UK Media Award for best article in a periodical. In 2006, he received the Joe and Laurie Dine award for Best International Reporting in any medium pertaining to human rights from the Overseas Press Club of America.

He is the author of Operation Snakebite: The Explosive True Story of an Afghan Desert Siege and Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program. More at http://www.stephengrey.com.