German Filkov

German Filkov is an analyst and researcher in anticorruption and institutional transparency and has trained more than 250 journalists in investigative journalism and corruption reporting. 

He spent 12 years as a TV business journalist and news editor where he reported daily on important socio-economic changes in Macedonia for the highest rated TV station in the country.  He now uses his wealth of experience in media for civil society work.  Filkov has conducted extensive research that addresses measures to be taken by central and local governments to reduce corruption. He also regularly participates in designing anti-corruption initiatives and strategies.  Due to his expertise, Filkov has been invited to a number of regional and international workshops and conferences, to train leaders and organizations in good governance, anti-corruption methodology, and journalism.  In 2002-2003, he held the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship as a visiting scholar at the Missouri School of Journalism.  In 2005, he co-founded the Center for Civil Communications, one of the leading anticorruption NGOs in the country.

Stevan Dojcinovic

Stevan Dojcinovic is an investigative reporter based in Belgrade who works for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Serbia (CINS). 

He specializes in investigating links between organized crime and Balkan businessmen, privatisation deals, money laundering, private security agencies and the gambling industry. He also teaches journalists how to collect and analyse business data and property records.

Dojcinovic interviewed Zoran Copic, one of the key figures in the Balkan crime underworld while he was hiding in Bosnia from Serbian authorities. He has also investigated the role of the Balkan mafia in international cocaine smuggling. His stories have been published and quoted in various media all over the Balkans.

Dojcinovic won Jug Grizelj award for investigative journalism from 2012, the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, the National Award for Investigative Reporting in 2011 and 2012, third award of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence in 2011 and ICFJ fellowship in 2012.

Remzi Lani

Lani spent nine years (1983-1992) as chief editor of ‘Zeri i Rinise’ newspaper, followed by three years (1992 1995) as media coordinator at the Soros Foundation

A graduate of Tirana University, Faculty of Philosophy. Lani was also a correspondent for the Spanish newspaper ‘El Mundo’ between 1991   1993; and for ‘Zeri’ newspaper, in Pristina, between 1993 and 1995.

Lani currently works as the Executive Director of the Albanian Media Institute and is also editor of the Alternative Information Network in Tirana, the first President of the South East Network of Media Centers and Media Institutes, which brings together 17 organisations in SEE and is a founding member of the first Human Rights Group in Albania (The Forum for Human Rights).

She has written widely on Balkan affairs for local and international newspapers and magazines such as: ‘El Mundo’  Madrid, ‘The Guardian’   London, Quimera   Barcelona, The International Spectator   Rome, Futuribili  Trieste, Fokus   Skopje, Nasha Borba   Belgrade, Vreme Belgrade, Oslobodjenie   Sarajevo, Monitor   Podgorica, War Report   London, and Transition-Prague.

Lani has worked with the Aspen Institute, Berlin, the Istituto Affari Internationali-Rome, CESPI-Rome, the Center for International and Strategic Studies- Washington, the Carter Center- Atlanta, and the Hellenic Foundation-Athens on a range of Balkans related projects and has participated in numerous conferences, seminars and post graduate qualification courses in Albania, the USA, Greece, France, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Italy, England, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland and Turkey.

She is co author of the books ‘My Albania   Ground Zero’   New York, 1992 and ‘Masters of Humanist Philosophy’, Tirana, 2000.

Paul Bradshaw

Paul Bradshaw is a visiting professor in online journalism at City University London and Course Leader of the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University, which he established in 2009.

He has a background in magazine and website management, has contributed to a number of books about journalism and the internet and speaks about the subjects in the media regularly both in the UK and internationally. 

Paul is best known as the publisher of the Online Journalism Blog, described by UK Press Gazette as one of the country’s “most influential journalism blogs” and by the Telegraph’s Shane Richmond as “The UK’s Jeff Jarvis”. He is also the founder of the investigative journalism crowdsourcing site Help Me Investigate, which was shortlisted in 2010 for Multimedia Publisher of the Year. 

In 2008 Paul was ranked the UK’s 4th ‘most visible person on the internet’ by NowPublic, and in 2009 ranked 36th in the ‘Birmingham Power 50’. In 2010 he was listed on both’s list of leading innovators in media, and the US Poynter Institute’s list of the 35 most influential people in social media. In 2011 he has been ranked the UK’s 9th most influential UK journalist on Twitter by PeerIndex.

Paul’s ‘Model for the 21st Century Newsroom’ and ‘BASIC Principles of Online Journalism’ series have formed the basis for newsroom operations and journalism education around the world, where they have been translated into a number of languages. 

In addition to teaching and writing, Paul acts as a consultant and trainer to a number of organisations on social media and data journalism.

You can find him on Twitter @paulbradshaw.

Samra Luckin

Unique range of experiences in media development, public relations, journalism, media professional development, promotion of media rights and freedoms, advertising, educational campaigns, media monitoring

Experience in working with media, journalists, political parties and governments, international organizations and NGOs. A total of 23 years in different organizations working in sales, media, communications and advertising.

Present duties:

Director: Managing all segments and activities of the PR/ advertising agency BORAM, which also supports an informal network of radio stations. Also, supervising both TV documentary and  commercial production in BORAM as well as organization of different conferences and events.  Developing media strategy for educational campaigns.

Managing different campaigns of public interest:  European Commission, EUFOR Branding Campaign, US Defense Ministry Anti-terrorism campaign, EUPM, OSCE, OHR, UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, BBI Bank, UNHCR, The US Embassy, Dutch Embassy, TEPD, BBC, H. La Roche, German Institute for Cultural Relations- Ifa,.

Duties also include: strategic planning, business planning, purchase of media time, market analysis, tactical planning, projections of future developments, as well as public relations strategy, communication plans …Coordinator: Stability Pact Media Working Group for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

Team Leader for EU Awareness Programme in BiH. Was responsible for project management; provided the overall strategic communications advices to the DEI and ECD, contributed to the development of a project strategy paper and articulated a corresponding annual work plan; focused on the media aspects of the work to be performed under the contract, identified the best key messages and their relevance to the targeted audiences, ensured the selection of adequate communication channels to reach the targeted audiences.

Worked on a monitoring component and measured the impact of all activities undertaken; was responsible for all the media relations aspects of the project.

Together with other experts supervised all the TV production aspects of the EU Awareness campaign, and ensured the material produced would effectively be broadcast by the partner TV channels, in relevant programmes and formats in order to reach important audiences; acted as an Executive Producer of TV debates and quizzes, was in charge of the relations with print media to ensure sustained coverage of the EU integration process, through story alerts and good background material as well as press inserts; organised the media training sessions and defined their content, acted as presenter at the PR trainings, organized brunches for journalists, was responsible for the organization of 9 May events on behalf of the Project, as well as for the organization of round tables throughout the country.

President, International Advertising/Media Association for BiH; Representative of BiH in South East Europe Media Organization; former Chairwoman, Stability Pact Media Working Group for BiH; member, Board of Directors ABC; member, Board of Directors Balkan Youth Foundation

Worked as a lecturer on Freedom of Access to Information Law, Defamation Law and self regulation of print media

Vladan Joler

Vladan Joler is Associate Professor and Chair of New Media Department at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Joler is also the director of the SHARE Foundation. Share Foundation, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting the rights of Internet citizens and promoting positive values of openness, decentralization, free access and exchange of knowledge, information and technology. The activities of Share Foundation are supported by cooperation and friendship with a wide network of various institutions, individuals and organizations.

Mar Cabra

Mar Cabra, Spain, is the head of the Data & Research Unit, which produces the organization’s key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. She has been an ICIJ staff member since 2011, and is also a member of the network.

Mar fell in love with data while being a Fulbright scholar and fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University in 2009/2010. Since then, she’s promoted data journalism in her native Spain, co-creating the first ever masters degree on investigative reporting, data journalism and visualization and the national data journalism conference, which gathers more than 500 people every year.

She previously worked in television (BBC, CCN+ and laSexta Noticias) and her work has been featured in the International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, PBS, El País, El Mundo or El Confidencial, among others. In 2012 she received the Spanish Larra Award to the country’s most promising journalist under 30. (PGP public key).

Zeljko Ivanovic

Zeljko Ivanovic is a Montenergian journalist and managing editor, co-founder and co-owner of Vijesti, the first independent daily newspaper in Montenegro, since 1997

Currently, he works on the editorial policy of the newspaper, management and human resources policy and oversight of the editoral team and is responsible for developing and coordinating the editorial and commercial side of Vijesti publishing.

Zeljko also was manging director of Monitor, the leading and only independent current affairs weekly news magazine covering Montenegrin and regional politics, from 1990 till 1997. He was editor-in-chief of Alternative Informative Network, a network of journalists and media people from all over the former Yugoslavia that covered events during the wars in the former Yugoslavia.

He also worked as an editorial assistant for NIN in Montenegro and he, along with his friend founded KRUG the first political magazine in Montenegro. The magazine covered issues related to civil society and the wars in the
former Yugoslavia, with a strong anti-war slant.

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