Lecturers

Paul Radu
Paul Radu
Romania

Mr Paul Radu (@IDashboard) is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept, the Visual Investigative Scenarios visualization software and the RISE Project a new platform for investigative reporters and hackers in Romania.

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: in 2004, the Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award; in 2007, the Global Shining Light Award and the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award; and in 2011, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and a 2015 European Press Prize.

Paul is a board member with the Global Investigative Journalism Network gijn.org. Paul has worked on the Panama Papers and the Russian Laundromat.

Drew Sullivan
Drew Sullivan
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Drew Sullivan is the Editor of OCCRP. He founded and is Executive Director of the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide.

He has served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting.  Before becoming a journalist, he was an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle Project for Rockwell International Space Systems.

As a journalist, his work has been awarded the Daniel Pearl Award; the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting; the Global Shining Light Award for reporting under duress; the Tom Renner Award for Crime Reporting and many other international awards. 

Miranda Patrucic
Miranda Patrucic
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Based in Sarajevo, Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter and regional editor for OCCRP focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus.

Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan and uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijan's and Montenegro's ruling elites, the €1.2 billion arms trade between Europe and Gulf fueling conflicts in the Middle East, and ties between organized crime, government and business in Montenegro.

She collaborated with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on a project involving tobacco smuggling the US$ 4 billion black market in endangered bluefin tuna, Swiss Leaks and Panama Papers.

Miranda is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award and European Press Prize. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption, money laundering and how to follow the money.

Stevan Dojcinovic
Stevan Dojčinović
Serbia

Based in Belgrade at the Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK), an OCCRP member, Stevan is a regional editor for OCCRP. He was also Editor in Chief of another OCCRP member, Center for Investigative Reporting in Serbia (CINS), from 2012 to 2015.

Winner of Serbia’s top investigative awards in 2011 and 2012, Stevan specializes in exploring links between organized crime and privatization deals, and connections between Balkan tycoons, organized crime, private security agencies and the gambling industry. Dojčinović also investigated the so-called Balkan route of international cocaine smuggling and corruption in the football clubs.

Stevan’s stories have been published and quoted all over the Balkans, and his work can be seen as pivotal in helping to discredit the former Serbian Government, proving links between key cabinet members and organized crime. He won the 2011 NUNS award for investigative reporting, the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and the 2013 Jug Grizelj award for achievement in investigative journalism. He was runner up for the 2015 Dusko Jovanovic award for contribution and development of investigative journalism.

Together with Miranda Patrucic (OCCRP) and Dejan Milovac (MANS), Stevan was nominated for the European Press Prize 2014 for their story Unholy Alliances – How Organized Crime, Government And Business Interact In Montenegro. The story won first prize at the Global Shining Light Awards in October 2015. KRIK was also nominated for the 2017 Freedom of Expression Award.

Stevan has also worked on the Panama Papers. He also teaches journalists how to collect and analyse business data.

Roman Anin
Roman Anin
Russia

Roman Anin is the head of investigative section of Moscow based Novaya Gazeta, one of the most famous Russian newspapers in the world.

He began his career in 2006 as a sports writer, but in 2008 was moved to the newspaper’s investigative section. Since 2009 Anin has been working on cross-border investigations with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

 

His work also led to investigative reports in the Financial Times, the BBC and Sveriges Television (SVT), Sweden’s public broadcaster.

Today, besides Novaya Gazeta, Anin is also a member Reuters’ investigative team.

In 2012, he received three of the most prestigious awards in Russian investigative journalism: the Artem Borovik award, the Youlian Semenov award and the Andrey Sakharov award. In 2013, he received a prestigious international award - the Knight International Journalism Award. 

Roman Anin majored in journalism at Moscow State University (MSU) and graduated in 2010.

Smári McCarthy
Smári McCarthy
Bosnia and Herzegovina

He lives at the intersection between politics and technology, working and writing on free software, information security, privacy, free speech, transparency and other related issues.

He is a board member of the International Modern Media Institute and chairman of the European Pirate Party. He previously co-founded Mailpile, the Icelandic Pirate Party, the Icelandic Constitutional Society, and the Shadow Parliament Project.

Smári has been working on the Panama Papers.

At his seminar, Smári will focus on encryption and safety on the net. 

Paul Myers
Paul Myers
UK

Paul has a career in computing and internet research and development that dates back to 1978.

He joined the BBC in 1995 as an information researcher.   As the internet grew in significance, Paul was able to blend his technical knowledge with the realities of his work in journalism. As a result, he was able to devise unique, innovative strategies that have led countless researchers to evidence they would never have otherwise found. His ideas continue to shape the way professionals conduct online research and investigation.

Paul currently heads up BBC Academy's Investigation Support project. This sees him work within programme teams, solving issues related to investigation, whilst sharing vital new skills with those he works with.

He has worked with leading BBC programmes like Panorama, Watchdog, Inside Out, BBC News, BBC Online, local & national radio and the BBC World Service.

Aside from his consultancy work, Paul regularly delivers training in all the essential areas of digital and investigative work, from social media investigation to digital photography. He has also trained personnel from groups as diverse as The United Nations, The Guardian Newspaper, KPMG, The Financial Times, Channel 4, CNN and the World Bank.

Tom Trewinnard
Tom Trewinnard
USA

Tom is the Program Manager at Meedan, a social technology non-profit working on the Checkdesk project to develop collaborative verification tools and open training curricula. He leads Meedan’s participation in the First Draft Coalition, a group of thought leaders and pioneers in social media journalism launched by Google News Lab in 2015.

Tom has moderated panels on digital journalism at Personal Democracy Forum and the Prix Italia, and convened a daylong pre-conference workshop for MENA-region journalists and digital rights activists at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2015.

Tom has worked extensively with journalists in some of the Middle East and Europe's leading newsrooms, as well as with citizen journalists from around the world, to research eyewitness media and lead training in verification skills. Tom curates the verification and viral debunk newsletter The Checklist.

Lejla Camdzic
Lejla Camdzic
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lejla Camdzic joined the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in 2011 and has become the organization’s lead researcher and fact-checker.

Camdzic manages the Investigative Dashboard where she is a part of an international collaborative effort aimed at helping reporters and civil society organizations to research businesses and people by accessing and interpreting different kinds of records. Her expertise includes researching offshore companies and finding the hidden assets of corrupt politicians and top-level organized crime figures in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and around the world.

She continually works to develop her expertise in tracking down companies in offshore locations, finding elusive people and tracing dodgy real estate transactions as well as probing more deeply into financial records.

Camdzic was part of OCCRP’s Unholy Alliances project winning the Global Shining Light Award. She also worked on the Khadija Project, investigative stories covering corruption in Central Asia, and the Panama Papers.

Olesya Shmagun
Olesya Shmagun
Latvia

Olesya is a researcher at SSE Riga specializing in commercial databases.  

After working as a lifestyle journalist for various major media outlets in Russia, Olesya also joined OCCRP in 2014.

She works on the Investigative Dashboard with Lejla Camdzic and has worked on several projects with OCCRP including The Khadija Project and the Panama Papers. 

Olesya has particular expertise in Russian open sources and databases.

Nils Muižnieks
Nils Muižnieks
Latvia

Mr Muižnieks was elected Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights on 24 January 2012 by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly and took up the position on 1 April 2012.

Born in 1964, Mr Muižnieks is a Latvian national educated in the United States, where he obtained a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California at Berkeley.

He has been working in the field of human rights for the past two decades and has acquired extensive knowledge in the field of international human rights monitoring, training and education.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner for Human Rights, he held prominent posts such as Director of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia in Riga (2005-2012); Chairman of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (2010-2012); Latvian minister responsible for social integration, anti-discrimination, minority rights, and civil society development (2002-2004); and Director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies - now Latvian Human Rights Centre (1994-2002).

He has also published extensively on human rights issues, in particular on racism, discrimination and minority rights. Latvian and English are his mother tongues, and he is also fluent in French and Russian.