Aubrey Belford is OCCRP’s lead editor for the Pacific. Aubrey specializes in leading large international collaborations that reveal the nexus between crime, corruption, disinformation, and politics. These include a 2019 investigation into efforts in Ukraine to influence the U.S. presidential election, an exposé that helped lead to that year’s impeachment scandal.
Aubrey has led investigations on topics including arms smuggling in the Balkans, tourism corruption in the Maldives, backchannel diplomacy in Turkey, dodgy European COVID contracts, the 2020 Beirut port explosion, and the growing influence of a Korean doomsday cult in Fiji.
Prior to joining OCCRP in 2016, Aubrey worked for nine years as a journalist in Southeast Asia for outlets including Reuters, The International New York Times, and Agence France-Presse.