Katarina Djokic

Katarina Djokic has worked as a researcher at the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy since 2012. 

She has a degree in journalism from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, and obtained her M.A. degree in political science at the University of Freiburg.

In 2013, she spent five months as an intern in the German Bundestag as part of the International Parliamentary Scholarship programme.

Her fields of research include defence integrity, parliamentary oversight of security actors, and public opinion on security issues.

Meirion Jones

Meirion Jones is a BBC TV producer who last year won the London Press Awards Scoop of the Year for his part in the investigation which revealed that British celebrity Jimmy Savile, was a paedophile.

Also in 2013 following another of Meirion’s investigations Jim McCormick was jailed for 10 years for selling $85 million worth of bogus bomb detectors to Baghdad – and probably causing the deaths of 1,000 Iraqis. Meirion’s Newsnight reports on oil trader Trafigura’s illegal dumping of toxic waste in Africa won the Daniel Pearl International Award for Investigative Journalism in 2010. A series of films on Vulture Funds led to these extortionate law suits being banned in Britain. Meirion has investigated everything from the fixing of the 2000 US election, to how Britain helped Israel get the atom bomb, from corrupt politicians to fake cures for AIDS. He has also made films in Bosnia, Kosovo and Montenegro. He currently works for BBC Panorama. 

James B. Mintz

Adjunct Professor at Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

Jim Mintz has been an adjunct professor of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School for the past three years.  Jim is president of the Mintz Group, a research and investigative firm, and has spent 30 years conducting investigations worldwide. He helped pioneer the use of sophisticated resources by law firms in the 1970s as an in-house investigator at a Washington, D.C. law firm.

In 1980, Newsweek said of their unique in-house group: “What sets [them] apart – and a few others around the nation – is their ability to take comprehensive looks at complicated situations and make sense out of them.”  His articles include “Harassment 101: How to Handle Complaints” for the Wall Street Journal, “Strategies for Managing Complex Corporate Investigations” for the Practicing Law Institute and “Background Checking on Board Candidates” for Directors & Boards.

Two of Jim’s notable recent assignments:

  1. He was chief investigator for the Connecticut legislative committee that considered the impeachment of Governor John Rowland. Jim testified for days at televised hearings, during one of which Rowland resigned.
  2. Jim also worked on behalf of New York City on the issue of how handguns are distributed, sold and get into the hands of criminals.

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is Washington DC Correspondent for the Guardian.

He has won eleven major journalism prizes, and was most recently awarded the prestigious Reporter of the Year Prize at the British Press Awards in 2014 and the European Press Prize in 2013. He is the co-author of ‘Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police’ and has presented TV documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and Al-Jazeera.

In his previous role as Special Projects Editor, Paul ran high-profile investigations and led led Reading the Riots, the landmark research study into the causes and consequences of the England riots. He is currently co-writing a book on the riots. He lectures across Europe about the use of social media in journalism and teaches a masterclass in investigative reporting.

Paul joined the Guardian as a trainee is 2005 after studying at Cambridge University and Harvard University. He lives in Washington. You can watch his 2010 TED talk here.

Gavin Sheridan

Gavin Sheridan is the founder at Vizlegal, a legal research & analytics platform.

Sheridan is the former Director of Innovation at Storyful, which was sold to News Corp in 2013. At Storyful he developed the methodologies for UGC discovery and verification that drove the newsroom, and was responsible for the development of event detection, recommendation and content discovery software. He is also an access to information (FOIA) specialist/trainer and an investigative/data journalist.

Faik Ispahiu

Faik Ispahiu has been involved in multi-media production and media development since graduating from the University of Pristina where he studied TV, film and theatre direction.

He has worked for a number of organisations, including the IREX Kosovo media programme, the public relations office of the ministry of communities, and helped to launch the TV station Kohavision.

He is the current director of Internews Kosova, which is a member of Internews International.

Ispahiu is also one of the founders and a manager of the International theatre festival Kosova InFest – the main theatre event in Kosovo.

Ispahiu is TV director and executive producer of the BIRN-organised debates Life in Kosovo.

Dragana Nikolic Solomon

Dragana Nikolic Solomon is the Head of the Media Department (2007 – present) at the OSCE Mission to Serbia where she serves as senior adviser to the Head of Mission on media issues, communicates OSCE media policy to Serbian Government, media and NGOs, as well as briefing the international community on the media environment

She also advises on the drafting of the new media legislation and provides expert counsel to legislators, the international community and governmental agencies regarding current legislation and its compliance with international standards.

Ms. Nikolic develops and manages projects, including capacity building for Serbian journalists to increase the quality of reporting, with special emphasis on South and South West Serbia.

Her extensive background includes being Serbia editor and director for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network BIRN, as well as Balkans assistant editor for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting.


Jelena Drakulic – Petrovic

Jelena Drakulic-Petrovic, general manager of the largest media publishing house in Serbia, Ringier d.o.o

Graduated from Faculty of Philology, Belgrade University in 2001. Have been at Ringier since 2004, started from Marketing, through Business development and Publishing management till becoming general manager of all Ringier activities in Serbia in 2008. Previous working expertise in sales and FMCG.


Helen Darbishire

Helen Darbishire, Executive Director of Access Info Europe, is a human rights professional specialising in access to information, freedom of expression and media freedom

Helen has extensive experience of working to promote the right to information globally, including by assisting drafting and promoting implementation of access to information laws in Europe, Latin America, and Africa.

She is a founder and current chair of the Freedom of Information Advocates Network.

Helen’s human rights experience spans 20 years. She has worked with Article 19 (London and Paris, 1989-1998) and the Open Society Institute (Budapest and New York, 1999-2005) and as a consultant with inter-governmental organisations (including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and the World Bank).

She has published and lectured widely on freedom of expression, access to information, human rights and democratisation. She holds a degree in History and Philosophy of Science (Psychology and Philosophy) from the University of Durham, in the UK. She speaks English, French and Spanish. Helen is based in Madrid, Spain.


Eric Nalder

Eric Nalder has received two Pulitzer Prizes, one for national reporting in 1990 and another for investigative reporting in 1997. 

He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer in public service in 1992. He has published one book, Tankers Full of Trouble, which won the Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for 1994. He has taught interviewing and investigative reporting workshops in five countries, each year adding new techniques learned from journalists, cops, FBI agents, lawyers, social workers and other practitioners. Retired in January and working on another book, he was a journalist for 42 years, last serving as national investigative reporter for the Hearst Newspapers chain (Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, etc). Always based in the Seattle area, his stories have exposed corruption in politics, the legal profession, government agencies, financial institutions, police departments, businesses and sports. He has also examined the dereliction and loopholes that led to massive oil spills, pipeline explosions and oil well disasters. He previously worked for the Seattle Times, Seattle Post Intelligencer and San Jose Mercury News. His jobs usually included investigative team leadership.  He lived during his youth in Norway, France, Lebanon and Afghanistan.