Sheila Coronel

Director and Professor of Professional Practice at Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism

Sheila began her reporting career in 1982, when she joined the staff of Philippine Panorama, a widely read magazine. As Ferdinand Marcos gradually lost political power, Sheila reported on human rights abuses, the growing democratic movement, and the election of Corazon Aquino as president. She later joined the staff of The Manila Times as a political reporter, and also wrote special reports for The Manila Chronicle. As a stringer for The New York Times and the Guardian (London), she covered seven attempted coups d’etat against the Aquino government.

In 1989, Sheila and her colleagues founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) to promote investigative reporting. The PCIJ trains journalists in investigative skills, and has provided an environment for in-depth, groundbreaking reporting. The Center has investigated and reported on major social issues including the military, poverty, and corruption. Under Sheila’s leadership, the Center became the premier investigative reporting institution in the Philippines and Asia.

Sheila is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including “Coups, Cults & Cannibals,” a collection of reportage; “The Rulemakers: How the wealthy and well-born dominate Congress;” and “Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.”  She has received numerous awards and widespread recognition of her work.

She received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of the Philippines, and a masters in political sociology from the London School of Economics

Jeta Xharra

Jeta Xharra is the BIRN Kosovo Director and presenter and editor of the television debate show “Life in Kosova”, a program that has for the last five years pushed out the boundaries of debate, opening up taboo subjects that Kosovo society previously shied away from discussing. It has become the most watched current affairs program in Kosovo.

Xharra entered journalism as a fixer/field producer during the war for BBC News and Channel 4 in 1998 and later became the manager of the BBC Kosova Bureau. During the NATO campaign in 1999, she worked for BBC News in Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo.

She completed an MA in War Studies at King’s College London (2000), and gained an MA in Screenwriting from the London College of Printing with distinction (2002).

While completing her studies in the UK, Jeta Xharra worked part time as Assistant Editor for the Newsgathering Planning Team in the BBC World Service news in London and for Institute for War and Peace Reporting.

Xharra has written for international publications, including The Independent, The Economist, Sunday Telegraph and Janes Intelligence Review.

In the UK, Xharra worked for the Foreign News Planning Desk at the BBC World Service, returned to Kosovo in 2003 where she became one of the founders of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.

Ognian Zlatev

Ognian Zlatev was born on 6.3.1963 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated from the Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski and holds an M.A. in Classical Philology with specializations in Ancient Greek Culture and Bulgarian Language and Literature

Mr. Zlatev has completed a number of trainings and has obtained qualifications in political communication, media relations, journalism training, international PR, European Union communications, election campaigning, and media development.

He currently works as Managing Director of the Media Development Center in Bulgaria. The organisation was established in 1998 to promote the development of independent media in Bulgaria, to foster media capacity building and to boost networking and cross-border cooperation in Southeast Europe.

He is a founding member and board member of the South East European Network for Professionalization of the Media (SEENPM), which currently includes fifteen media centers and institutes from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia. From 2002 to 2004 he was the president of the organization.

Ognian Zlatev also works as an external communications and public outreach consultant for the World Bank Office in Bulgaria and as a media expert for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and UNESCO.

He has been a lecturer at the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Albanian Media Institute in Tirana and Media Plan Institute in Sarajevo, as well as a speaker at numerous international conferences in Southeast Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

He has worked as director of Information Centres for the Open Society Institute in Sofia,  manager of the BBC Centre in Bulgaria and an exchange officer at the British Council office in Bulgaria.

Ognian Zlatev is a board member of the National Council for Journalism Ethics of Bulgaria. He sits on the steering committee of the Global Forum for Media Development and on the Board of SEENPM. He is a member of the selection committee of the annual Robert Schumann Award of the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria and of the Dr. Erhard Busek SEEMO Award for Better Understanding.

Besar Likmeta

Besar Likmeta is the editor for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, in Albania.Since 2003 he has worked as a journalist for various print publications, electronic media and television

He started his career reporting for the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville, Florida.

He moved to Albania in 2005 where he has been a features editor for the Tirana Times, a world news editor for the 24 hour news channel, TV Ora News, and since 2007 as BIRN Albania editor.

He has also contributed stories to various publications such as The Christian Science Monitor, Global Post, Transitions Online and World Politics Review.

In 2009 Likmeta received the CEI/SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism and in 2010 was runner up to the Global Shining Light Award, presented at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Geneva.

Marcus Lindemann

Marcus Lindemann is an executive producer and journalist from Germany that is responsible for TV reports mainly broadcast on ZDF, Europe’s largest TV station.

Since 1998, he has trained journalists to use the Internet, while he has been “online” since before the Internet launched by writing reports via a 2400-baud modem for a local newspaper after he finished school.

He teaches at universities and trains journalists from different departments and media to more efficiently use the Internet.  He also trains abroad in Asia and Africa.  Lindemann has written manuals and published research for the last decade that explores how to best use the Internet in investigative journalism.  He was also a speaker at the 2011 Global Investigative Conference in Kiev, Ukraine where he presented strategies for conducting online research and how to create online profiles for individuals.

Lindemann has a background in TV journalism and political economy. At the age of 17, he began to work for a local newspaper while still in school and ultimately obtained a Master’s degree from the UK.  He later became involved in television production.  

Due to his international involvement and training, Lindemann bridges the gap between what journalists do online everyday and what is feasible if they more effectively use the Internet. 

You can find him on Twitter: @MarcusLindemann.

Paul Radu

Paul Radu (@IDashboard) is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting  Project and a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept

He has held a number of fellowships, including the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship in 2001, the Milena Jesenska Press Fellowship in 2002, the Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2007,  the 2008 Knight International Journalism fellowship with the International Center for Journalists as well as a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in 2004, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in 2007 and the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting in 2011.

Don Ray

Don Ray is a multi-media producer, writer, author, journalist and lecturer. He began his television journalism career as a researcher with the investigative news team Unit 4 at KNBC-TV, now NBC4, in Burbank, California in 1978.

In 1980 he worked as a news writer, insert producer and assignment editor there before moving to the Phoenix-area public broadcast station, KAET-TV, in Tempe, Arizona, as a producer/director/reporter for the programs “Arizona Weekly” and “Horizon”.

In 1981, he wrote and produced “Close-up Buscaglia,” and conducted an in-depth, one-on-one interview with the popular educator and author, Leo Buscaglia. Ray returned to Los Angeles in 1982 where he was a news writer for KNXT-TV, now KCBS-TV, in Hollywood.

The following year, Ray produced investigative segments for KCAL-TV in Hollywood. In 1987, Ray returned to KCBS-TV as an investigative producer for the investigative news team Channel 2 Investigations, where he won top writing and investigative reporting awards.

In 1989 Ray opened an independent production company, ENG Productions, where he provided investigative research, writing, videography and production assistance for all of the major networks.

Ray broke the story with KNBC-TV of the child molestation investigation by police of rock star Michael Jackson in 1993. In 1995, Ray produced television segments for “The Crusaders” and “Inside Edition.” Ray was a segment producer with Dateline NBC’s two-hour special on Michael Jackson in 2004. Also that year, he conducted many of the on-camera interviews for the documentary “One Six Right” (2004).

Currently, Ray is producing independent documentaries.

Paul Myers

Paul joined the BBC in 1995 as a news information researcher. This followed an earlier career in computers and internet experience dating back to the 1970’s.


As the internet grew in significance, Paul was able to blend his technical knowledge of the medium with the realities of his work in the BBC. As a result, he was able to devise many groundbreaking techniques and strategies that continue to shape the way journalists conduct online research and investigation.

Paul heads up BBC Academy’s Investigative Hub project. This sees him work within program teams, solving issues related to investigation whilst sharing vital new skills with those he works with. Paul will source experts in diverse fields as required.

He also manages and delivers training related to various related areas such as online research, business research, due diligence, people research, data journalism and analysis, reporting of statistics, social media investigation, digital security, saving and verifying evidence, digital photography, web design and image production.

Paul’s techniques have helped his colleagues develop creative approaches to research , conduct their investigations securely and have lead many journalists to information they would never have otherwise been able to find.

He has worked with leading programmes like Panorama, Watchdog, national news bulletins, BBC Online, local & national radio and the World Service. He is also a regular blogger on the BBC College of Journalism website.

He has also helped train personnel from The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Financial Tine, Channel 4, CNN, the World Bank and the UNDP.

Away from his training & consultancy work, Paul does a lot of Photography and is building up a large library of stock photos. Enquire for details.

David Leigh


David Leigh is one of Britain’s best-known investigative journalists. He is currently the Professor of Reporting at the journalism school of City University, London, and from 2000 – 2013, was also Investigations Editor of the Guardian newspaper.

He is one of the founder members of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists a non-profit reporters’ group headquartered in Washington DC. The ICIJ recently received worldwide prominence for its exposure of the secret ownership of thousands of offshore companies, now the subject of an unprecedented tax evasion investigation by authorities in the US, UK and Australia.

His previous work included a key role in the analysis and publication in 2010 of leaked US military and diplomatic data from Wikileaks, which also caused worldwide uproar. Other cross-border collaborations he has handled in recent years included the exposure of toxic waste-dumping in Africa by the oil traders Trafigura, and a pioneering series documenting tax avoidance by large multi-national companies.

He has won numerous awards in a 40-year career which has spanned Britain’s most famous TV programmes and newspapers. A government minister, Jonathan Aitken, went to jail as a result of a film Leigh made about his arms dealing,  for the British TV series “World in Action”. Britain’s biggest arms company, BAe Systems, was fined in excess of $300m by the US department of justice, following a 7-year campaign by Leigh in the “Guardian” to expose its network of corrupt payments all over the world.

His books include “Wikileaks: inside Julian Assange’s war on secrecy”; “High Time”, a biography of international cannabis smuggler Howard Marks; and “The Wilson Plot”, a study of misconduct by Western intelligence agencies.