Paul Myers began his career in computing, Internet research and development in 1978. He joined the BBC in 1995 as an information researcher. As the importance of the Internet grew, Paul could blend his technical knowledge with the real aspects of journalism. This has allowed him to devise unique and innovative strategies that have allowed countless researchers to find evidence that they otherwise would not have found. His ideas still shape the way in which professionals engage in online research and investigation. Paul is currently head of the BBC Academy’s investigation support project. He works with programme teams on issues related to investigations, also sharing vital new skill with his colleagues. Paul Myers has worked on leading BBC programmes such as “Panorama,” “Watchdog,” “Inside Out,” and “BBC News,” as well as BBC Online, local and national radio stations and the BBC World Service. He regularly offers training in all essential areas of digital investigative work, ranging from social media investigation to the use of digital photography. He has trained experts at diverse organisations such as the United Nations, KPMG, CNN, the World Bank, and the OSCE.
Peter Johnsson is a Swedish historian, journalist and writer. Since 1980 , with Warsaw as his permanent residence, he has been working for media in the Nordic Countries as a foreign correspondent for both daily newspapers and radio and television. He has been present at all anti-communist revolutions in Central- and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic States, Belarus and Ukraine. He is the author of several books; among them Poland´s History and the History of Ukraine. His latest book, Poland ! Quo Vadis ?, as well as the booklet Lag och Rättvisa – Ödesfråga för Polen, edited by the Swedish Institute for Foreign Affairs, is devoted to the political development in Poland since 2015.
Emma Graham-Harrison is senior foreign correspondent at the Guardian and Observer. She worked with Carole Cadwalladr on the Cambridge Analytica files, disclosing the manipulation of personal data and secretive online targeting in the EU referendum in Great Britain and the 2016 presidential election in the United States. Revelations from whistle-blower Christopher Wylie shocked the world with details of how the personal data of some 87 million Facebook users had been harvested, and used to build systems that could individually target voters through social media advertisements. For her investigative work on the Cambridge Analytica investigations, she was recognised in the National Press Awards, and by the London Press Club. She had previously been named foreign correspondent of the year in the National Press Awards. A Mandarin and Spanish speaker, she was based in Madrid, Beijing and Kabul between 2002 and 2014, returning to Britain to take up her current roving position. She has since reported around the world, from North Korea to Venezuela, from the battle for Mosul to the forgotten war in Burundi.
Miranda Patrucic is an award-winning investigative reporter and regional editor for the OCCRP, focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. She has exposed billions of dollars paid in bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan and helped to uncover the hidden assets of ruling elites in Azerbaijan, Montenegro and Central Asia. Miranda has worked with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on a project involving tobacco smuggling. She has also focused on the $4 billion black market in the United states that relates to endangered bluefin tuna fish, on Swiss Leaks, Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. She is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award, and the European Press Prize. Miranda is in high demand worldwide as a trainer who teaches journalists how to investigate and uncover corruption and money laundering, as well as how to follow the money.
Innes Bowen is the investigations editor for the BBC daily current affairs programme “Newsnight.” From 1998 until 2017, she worked as a producer and series editor for BBC radio. Innes has worked in all major radio formats, including magazine programmes, documentaries, discussion programmes and live shows. She launched “5 Live Investigates,” which was an investigative magazine programme. She was also a reporter and producer for one of the BBC’s most successful podcasts, “More or Less,” which focuses on statistics behind news stories. Innes’ investigative interests include consumer issues, social affairs, terrorism, religious networks and corruption. She is the author of an acclaimed book about Islamic networks in Britain, “Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent”.
Stevan Dojčinović is an investigative reporter in Belgrade and editor-in-chief of KRIK. He also works with the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project as a regional editor. Stevan specialises in organised crime, corruption, privatisation, money laundering, private security agencies and the gambling industry. He is the author of a book about the role of the Balkan mafia in international cocaine smuggling. Stevan teaches journalists about how to collect and analyse business data and property records. In 2018, he won the Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism from the Central European Initiative and the South East Europe Media organisation. Last year, Stevan and his team at KRIK took home the Dusan Bogavac data journalism award for ethics and courage. As a member of the OCCRP investigative team, he won the European Press Prize and Global Shining Light Award, as well as runner up for the Duško Jovanović Award for the development of investigative journalism. Stevan is also the 2013 winner of the Jug Grizelj Award for investigative journalism, the 2011 Daniel Perlman Award for international investigative reporting, and three times the Serbian national award for investigative reporting (2011, 2012 and 2016). From 2012 to 2015, Stevan was editor-in-chief at the Centre for Investigative Reporting in Serbia.
Dragana Peco is an investigative journalist at KRIK and the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). She is also a staff researcher for the Investigative Dashboard online platform. Dragana spent six years at the Centre for Investigative Reporting of Serbia. As part of the KRIK investigate team, she won the Data Journalism Award in 2017. Dragana Peco received the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence in 2014, as well as national awards for investigative journalism in 2011, 2014 and 2016. She offers training related to journalism, data visualisation and business research worldwide.
Galina Timchenko is CEO of the Meduza media organization in Rīga. In 2004, she became editor-in-chief for the Lenta.ru news website, which was the most widely referenced source of news among Russian-language websites. Galina was sacked when the owner appointed a new editor-in-chief with direct links to the Kremlin. In October 2014, Galina and other former employees of Lenta.ru set up the Meduza organization.
Vlad Lavrov is a senior international editor at the OCCRP. He reported from the frontlines at the Kyiv barricades and helped to lead the famous Yanukovych leaks campaign which put thousands of rescued documents from the former president online. Vlad has worked on the OCCRP’s Offshore Crime, Inc, and Proxy Platform projects. The latter was shortlisted for a European Press Prize and the Outstanding International Reporting award. Together with the OCCRP, he has investigated cigarette smuggling in the Ukraine-EU border area and taken part in the ICIJ’s Tobacco Underground project. This led to him receiving the Tom Renner Award for investigative reporters and editors, the Overseas Press Club of America Award, and the Online Journalism Award for the best Web coverage of international affairs.
From 2003 until 2018, Nils Hanson was the editor-in-chief of the “Mission Investigate” programme at Swedish Public Television. The programme is one hour long and is presented once a week and 39 times during each year. The staff is made up of 35 people who produce stories that impact beyond Sweden’s bounders. During the last two years of Nils’ leadership, the programme won ten international awards, including the German Prix Europe award for the best current affairs programme in Europe, the British Journalism Award, the Italian Dig Award and the American Tom Renner Award. Nils regularly teaches investigative methods at conferences and workshops all over the world, and he has written a book on the subject. He himself has received six investigative awards, three as an editor and three as a reporter, among them the Golden Spade and the Association of Investigative Journalists in Sweden Award, which he has received twice. Nils Hanson was recently appointed to the post of investigative editor for the News Department at Swedish Television.
Ivan Kolpakov is the editor-in-chief of Meduza.io. He began his journalistic career in 2001 in the city of Perm, where he worked for local political and business newspapers. In 2010, Ivan launched his own project, “Salt,” which was a political and satirical media outlet focusing on Russia. In 2012, Ivan moved to Moscow to head up the department of special reporters at Lenta.ru. He left together with the rest of the team after the sacking of editor-in-chief Galina Timchenko.
Gunilla Ericsson is managing editor at Dagens Arbete, a Swedish monthly magazine with a circulation of 380,000 copies. She is also in charge of investigative reporting at the magazine. For more than a decade, Gunilla has worked on stories related to dangerous workplace environments, bribery in the support system for unemployed people, bullying which led to suicide, etc. She frequently lectures on journalism and has led teams which have written stories that have been shortlisted twelve times for the “Golden Spade” — the most prestigious investigative journalism prize in Sweden. Dagens Arbete has won the prize twice, and Gunilla herself has received the “Golden Dynamo,” which is the most respectable Swedish prize for editing and supervising investigations. Gunilla Ericson has worked as a journalist for nearly 40 years. Before joining Dagens Arbete, she worked for Swedish Public Radio, various magazines, television, and the daily newspaper Expressen. She is 57 years old, married and with two adult children. She is a keen reader and is a big fan of Nick Cave.
Marcus Derland is an investigative reporter at Dagens Arbete. He has written about the illegal use of asbestosis, the shady waste management industry and the exploitation of undocumented migrants in the laundry industry. Marcus has lectured about investigative methods and storytelling in Sweden and abroad. He has been shortlisted for the “Golden Spade” — Sweden’s most prestigious prize for investigative journalism — nine times, and he has won it twice. Marcus Derland studied journalism near his hometown of Kalix in the far North of Sweden. Before joining the staff at Dagens Arbete 15 years ago, he worked by Byggnadsarbetaren, a union magazine for the building industry. Marcus is 45 years old, and he had his two children live to the North of Stockholm. He collects axes and knives and is a keen wood carver in his spare time.