Leone Hadavi

Leone Hadavi is an open source investigator, analyst and trainer. He has a background in security studies and international law.

Leone Hadavi is an open source investigator and analyst. He has an MA in War and Security Studies and an LLM in International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law of Armed Conflict. He worked as an intern analyst at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, ECCC, and at the International Criminal Court, ICC. At the ICC, he first started applying OSINT techniques to investigate the use of technicals by the Seleka armed group.

He is best known for his contribution to the Lighthouse EUArms project, where he has led the tracking of arms and services provided by European companies and states to dictatorships, conflict zones and controversial actors. He is a Bellingcat contributor, and among his most notable collaborations are Libya’s ‘Game of Drones’ with the BBC and The Killing of Muhammad Gulzar with Forensic Architecture. He is also a race bike rider and cinema enthusiast.



Maximilian Popp

Maximilian Popp is the Deputy Head of the Foreign Desk of the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel.

Maximilian Popp was born in Passau Maximilian Popp in 1986. He graduated from the Henri Nannen School of Journalism in Hamburg and studied political science in Istanbul. He has been working for Der Spiegel since 2010, initially as an editor in the Germany department in Dresden, Hamburg and Berlin, and, since 2016, as a correspondent in Istanbul. He has also been the Deputy Head of Foreign Affairs since April 2019.

For his reporting on Turkey, he was awarded the South East European Society’s Journalism Prize.

Lise Witteman

Lise Witteman is an independent EU-correspondent who specialises in following paper trails of the European decision making processes, from the interests of (national) politicians and lobbyists and their influence on EU policy to the way EU taxpayers’ money is being spent. 

Lise Witteman is an independent EU-correspondent who specialises in following paper trails of the European decision making processes from the interests of (national) politicians and lobbyists and their influence on EU policy to the ways EU taxpayers’ money is being spent.

After having worked as a political reporter for about eight years in The Hague, Lise quit her job and moved to Brussels in 2018 as an independent correspondent to investigate EU-policy and write in-depth stories on EU-matters. She mostly writes for the Dutch investigative platform Follow the Money and the weekly magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. She also cooperates with international journalism projects such as those of Lighthouse Reports.

In september 2021, her book ‘Sluiproute Brussel’, Shortcut Brussels, on the hidden EU-agenda of the Dutch government will be published. At the same time, she launched the EU-media desk, Follow the Money. With two other EU-specialised journalists, its purpose is to continuously set up and coordinate investigative projects on EU-matters.

Ludo Hekman

Ludo Hekman is a journalist and editor. He has worked in print and online media as well as in TV, reporting from countries including Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He has pioneered many new collaborative investigations with Europe’s leading media. He has won the Citigroup Excellence in Journalism award and has been nominated for several Prix Europa awards.

Ludo Hekman is an investigative journalist, editor and founder of Lighthouse Reports. He started his career as a freelance foreign correspondent working for print and online media as well as TV covering countries like Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. His current focus is on collaborative newsrooms, with investigations on arms tracking, surveillance technology and industrial farming.

He is one of the founders of Lighthouse Reports, a non-profit based in the Netherlands that leads complex transnational investigations blending traditional journalistic methods such as freedom of information requests with emerging techniques like open source intelligence and specialisms like data science.

Lighthouse’s collaborative newsrooms pioneer new formats and pay particular attention to fresh ways of framing complex issues that will capture public attention and challenge misconceptions.

One of his projects – the arms tracking newsroom – challenges the status quo of EU arms exports. A European wide investigation covered over a 100 arms deals and documented a long list of EU and international violations. Most of the evidence was gathered with OSINT methods and while working in short sprints with temporary teams. These investigations triggered response in the EU parliament, campaigns by NGOs across Europe and legal cases against governments and companies.

Hekman won the Citigroup Excellence in Journalism award and has been nominated for several Prix Europa awards.

Maud Jullien

Maud Jullien is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is currently an instructor and investigator with the Lighthouse EUarms project and editor-in-chief of the Africa News bulletin on TV5 Monde.

Maud Jullien worked for the BBC as a correspondent for 7 years based in Dakar, Senegal, and Kinshasa, DR Congo, producing short and long-form radio and TV reports on West and Central Africa. She has produced reports for the BBC’s investigative programmes Africa Eye, Newsnight and crossing continents.

In 2018 she moved to France to study documentary cinema and has since been working as a freelance investigative journalist, editor-in-chief and filmmaker collaborating with the BBC and French channels Arte, France 24 and TV5 Monde. She began working as an open source investigator on the EUarms project with Lighthouse in 2019, and has since taken part in workshops on arms exports in France and in Spain.

Myrto Boutsi

Myrto Boutsi is a reporter and an international news editor based in Athens. 

Myrto is a member of Reporters United and has cooperated with European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) for the production of the documentary Black Trail. She is also an international news editor in powergame.gr. She studied theatre at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Since 2002, she has worked mostly in newspapers and has been head of the international desk at the newspaper, Eleftheria tou Typou. In 2008, she co-founded the Non Stop Media Production Company. She has collaborated with ARD, the documentary series Exandas and Tribes of Athens (Fyles tis Athinas), which were both aired by Greek Public Television NET, Metro Magazine, online media Inside Story and Solomon.

Max Harlow

Max Harlow is part of the Financial Times’ visual and data journalism team in London, and focuses on investigative, data-driven stories.

His work at the FT typically takes an analytical, data-driven approach to public documents, websites, and other non-traditional data sources to reveal truths hidden in plain sight, as well as more typical data journalism, covering elections and the coronavirus pandemic with numbers and graphics.

Max has taught data journalism skills for various groups, including Investigative Reporters and Editors in the US, the Centre for Investigative Journalism in the UK, and at the European Investigative Journalism Conference. He also co-runs Journocoders, a community of London-based journalists and other people working in the media interested in developing technical skills for use in their reporting.

Previously he worked at the Guardian, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and Ordnance Survey, the UK’s national mapping agency.

Ivan Angelovski

Ivan Angelovski is an investigative reporter and editor working on long term international projects with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.

He was a member of a team of reporters that won the 2017 Global Investigative Journalism Conference’s citation of excellence, 2017 Investigative Reporting Award with the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia and the second prize of the EU investigative journalism award in the Western Balkans and Turkey in 2016.

Previously he was an investigative reporter for the Insider documentary program at TVB92 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Ivana Jeremic

Based in Belgrade, Ivana is an editor at Balkan Insight who coordinates and works on investigative stories.

Before joining BIRN, Ivana was an investigative reporter and fact-checker at the Serbian Center for Investigative Journalism  from 2012 to 2017 and was Deputy Editor-in-Chief at the same organisation from 2017 to 2018. For the last seven years, she has also been a fact-checker at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

Additionally, she has been an External Assessor at the Intern Journalism formational Fact-checking Network since 2017. Ivana is the 2017 European Press Prize Investigative Reporting Award laureate. She also received the 2017 Balkan Fact-checking Award, which, under the auspices of the International Fact-Checking Network, was established with the aim of encouraging citizens and journalists in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia to base articles on thoroughly fact-checked information. Ivana has been a fellow of BIRN’s 2018 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

Dragana Peco

Dragana Peco works as an investigative journalist at KRIK and Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and a staff researcher for the Investigative Dashboard (ID) online platform.

For six years she worked for the Centre for Investigative Reporting of Serbia (CINS). She won international 2018 Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism, given by the Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO).

As part of the KRIK investigative team, in 2017 Dragana won Data Journalism Award and the journalistic award for ethics and courage „Dusan Bogavac“. She received the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence 2014 and three National awards for investigative journalism, in 2011, 2014 and 2016. Dragana trains other reporters in advanced journalism techniques, how to research business registries worldwide and follow the money.