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

Laura Ranca

Laura Ranca works with the RISE Project (, a community of investigative journalists, programmers, graphic artists and activists from Romania who investigate cross-border corruption and organized crime, and develop advanced data research and visualization tools.

Laura coordinates the development of Visual Investigative Scenarios, a data visualization platform designed to assist investigative journalists, activists and others in mapping complex business or crime networks (

Her current work also includes training journalists and activists on data visualization and a research project on media ownership in Moldova.

Previously, Laura has worked as a public communications officer with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo and as a researcher with the Center for Media and Communications Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Dragana Babovic

Dragana Babovic is a journalist for the Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti.  Since 2003, she has covered stories about corruption, organized crime, conflict of interest and nepotism.

In 2009, Babovic won an award for her investigative reports on corruption given by the Media Institute as part of the campaign ‘Society without Corruption.’ She is also part of the investigative programme ‘Under the Scope’ that is conducted by Vijesti and the weekly Monitor, along with MANS.

Last year, Babovic participated in a project funded by USAID called Good Governance Activity in Montenegro.  She also conducted research on a series of investigative pieces pertaining to the efficiency of juridical work.

Babovic lives in Podgorica and is a lawyer by vocation.

Mark Schoofs

Mark Schoofs is a senior editor at ProPublica. Before coming to ProPublica in 2011, he had worked for more than 11 years at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a foreign correspondent and an investigative reporter for Page One.

Schoofs played a key role in investigations ranging from abuse and fraud in Medicare to the international methamphetamine trade. He contributed to the Journal’s coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. Prior to the Journal, Schoofs was a staff writer at The Village Voice, where he won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his eight-part series on AIDS in Africa. He has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Esquire, Out, and many other publications. He teaches journalism at Yale University and holds two U.S. patents.

Luigi Rinella

Luigi Rinella was born on February 13, 1968, and graduated in law from Bari (Apulia) University in 1991. He joined the Italian National Police in 1995 and worked in Milan as the chief of a section (100 people) of the ‘Volanti’ patrol unit. After that, he went on to direct the investigative section of the unit.

In 2000, after being transferred to central directorate for criminal police in Rome, he was appointed chief of the transnational crime Organisation section of the central operational service of the Italian National Police. In 2004, he was appointed chief of the narcotics section of the central service.

In September 2004, he was appointed liaison officer for the Italian National Police in Washington D.C. in the United States.

In February 2008, he was assigned to the Squadra Mobile (criminal investigative squad) of the Questura of Milan as deputy chief and chief of the narcotics section.

In October 2011, he was promoted and assigned to the Questura of Bari as chief of the Squadra Mobile.

Gordana Igric

Gordana Igric is BIRN’s Regional Director.  She began her career as a journalist in Belgrade in 1981.

Gordana reported from Bosnia and Kosovo during the wars that followed the dissolution of former Yugoslavia and returned there to research and document war crimes.

She has received several journalism awards such as the 1998 Overseas Press Club (USA) Award for Human Rights Reporting and a Human Rights Watch, HRW, award in the same year for her research into war crimes in Foca, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

She was Balkan project manager at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting, IWPR, from 1999 until August 2005 during which time IWPR’s Balkan reporting received numerous press awards and media citations.

She is the founder of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, and currently serves as the Regional Network Director.

Randall Joyce

Randall Joyce has been a producer at CBS News for 25 years and has been working overseas since 1995

His work has ranged from hard news stories and war reporting for the CBS Evening News to longer investigative pieces for prime-time broadcasts such as 60 Minutes II and Public Eye.

He has won numerous awards for his work including the DuPont Silver Baton, an Emmy Award, an Overseas Press Club Award for Human rights reporting, a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News and three RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards.

He is currently based in Belgrade but travels extensively, with his most recent work largely focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Sasa Mirkovic

Sasa Mirkovic is one of the founders of Radio B92, one of the first independent broadcasters in Serbia, which began production in 1989

Between 1989 and 2003 he worked as music editor, director of programmes and general manager of Radio Television B92.

He served as president of B92′ s board of directors and a member of the board from 2003  until 2007.

Since 2007 Mirkovic has been the president of Trust B92 Ltd. (the biggest shareholder in B92) and the broadcaster’s director for external communications.

Sasa Mirkovic was one of the founders of ANEM (the association of independent electronic media) in 1993.

Since 2006 he has been the president of ANEM.

Sasa Mirkovic graduated from the law faculty at the University of Belgrade. He was born in 1967.