Staff

Editors


Paul Radu

paul raduPaul Radu (@IDashboard) is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (occrp.org)  and a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept (www.investigativedashboard.org), of Visual investigative Scenarios visualization software (vis.occrp.org) and a co-founder of RISE Project (www.riseproject.ro), a 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, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the 2011 the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and the 2015 European Press Prize. Paul is a board member with the Global Investigative Journalism Network (gijn.org)


Drew Sullivan

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Drew Sullivan is the Editor and co-founder of OCCRP. He co-founded and is Executive Director of the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide.  He serves or has served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (which he founded), Arab Reporters for Investigative Reporting and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting. As a journalist and editor, his teams have been awarded the European Press Prize, the Global Shining Light, the Daniel Pearl Award; the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting; the Tom Renner Award for Crime Reporting and many other international awards. He helped manage OCCRP's Panama Paper efforts working with media around the world. The project was later awarded a Pulitzer Prize.  He has worked for the Associated Press and The Tennessean.  Before becoming a journalist, he was an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle Project for Rockwell International Space Systems and has been a professional actor, musician and stand-up comedian.


Ilya Lozovsky

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Ilya Lozovsky is Managing Editor at OCCRP. Prior to joining the organization, he worked for Foreign Policy in Washington, where he edited and wrote for the magazine's Democracy Lab channel. Ilya has also worked as Program Officer for Eurasia at Freedom House, providing emergency support to human rights activists and organizations across that continent. Ilya's work - which mostly covers the problems of liberal democracy in the world today - has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Haaretz, and other outlets. He was born in Moscow and emigrated to the U.S. in the last days of the Soviet Union, settling and growing up in the Boston area. He speaks Russian and German and holds an MA in political development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


Sharon L. Lynch

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Sharon L. Lynch is OCCRP’s deputy managing editor. She has worked as a statehouse reporter, editor, and national writer for The Associated Press and as a business reporter and editor for Bloomberg News, where her work earned multiple awards during the 2007-2009 global financial crisis. Sharon's stories can be found in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and on CNBC.com, as well as in many other publications. She holds a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied public policy and financial analysis. She also teaches at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.


Jodie DeJonge

Jodie DeJonge

Jodie DeJonge is a regional editor for OCCRP in Sarajevo with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor. She was the last editor-in-chief of The Cambodia Daily, which was forced to close in 2017, and worked at the Phnom Penh Post as its managing editor for digital until the paper was sold in 2018. She also spent a year as a senior editor and writing coach at China Daily in Beijing. Much of Jodie's career was in domestic bureaus of The Associated Press, where she was a reporter, news editor and bureau chief, including many years as chief of the wire service's Pacific Northwest region based in Seattle. She started her journalism career at The Northwest Herald in Illinois after serving two years in Liberia with the US Peace Corps.


Rosemary Armao

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Rosemary Armao returned to work with OCCRP as a regional editor based in Amman Jordan in 2017 after a near 9-year stint at the State University of New York at Albany in her US hometown, where she was an associate professor and director of the Journalism Program. She also was a panelist on two programs on public affairs and the media airing on the National Public Radio affiliate WAMC. She has written and edited for six U.S. newspapers and a wire service, taught journalism and writing at five U.S. universities and worked on reporting and media development projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She has written reports on media development for the U.S. State Department. She is a former head of the Journalism and Women’s Symposium and of Investigative Reporters & Editors. She holds degrees from Syracuse and Ohio State universities.


Julia Wallace

Julia WallaceJulia Wallace is an assistant editor for OCCRP. Before coming to the organization, she worked as a journalist in Southeast Asia for nearly a decade, reporting for The New York Times, Voice of America, the Atlantic, the New Republic, Al Jazeera, and other news outlets from several countries in the region. She was also the enterprise editor for Voice of America in Phnom Penh, and the managing editor and executive editor of The Cambodia Daily. She started there as a reporter covering the international tribunal to try the remnants of the Khmer Rouge regime. She is the recipient of a 2018 Human Rights Press Award for her coverage of the Cambodian government's crackdown on the media, and a Society of Publishers in Asia Award for the best feature story of the year in 2016. She holds degrees from Yale and Cambridge universities.


Kira Zalan

Kira ZalanKira Zalan is an assistant editor at OCCRP. Prior to joining the organization she freelanced from Africa, Asia and Europe for the Global Investigative Journalism Network, Public Radio International, Pacific Standard, Atlas Obscura, Rewire and Christian Science Monitor. When she lived in Washington D.C., Kira was an editor at U.S. News & World Report, where she oversaw the publication of feature news magazine The Report, and a reporter for MoneyLaundering.com, where she covered financial regulation and financial crime. She holds degrees from Georgetown University, London School of Economics and UC Santa Cruz.


Miranda Patrucic

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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, 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. 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. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption, money laundering and how to follow the money.


Aubrey Belford

Aubrey

Aubrey Belford is a regional editor for OCCRP, based in Sarajevo. Prior to joining OCCRP, Aubrey worked for nine years as a journalist in Southeast Asia for outlets including Reuters, The New York Times, and Agence France-Presse. He has covered stories ranging from militant attacks in Indonesia to exposing the workings of a secretive Chinese military facility in Cambodia. Aubrey was a co-winner of a 2014 SOPA Award for coverage of Thailand's coup, and was a finalist for a 2012 Walkley Award for his reporting on conflict in Myanmar's remote northeast. Aubrey also dabbles in multimedia journalism, including photography, and speaks fluent Indonesian.


Vlad Lavrov

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Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, Vlad is a staff reporter for Kyiv Post and regional editor for OCCRP. He reported from the frontline of the Kyiv barricades, and was a leader in the famous YanukovychLeaks campaign to make thousands of the former Ukraine President’s rescued documents available online. He worked on OCCRP's Offshore Crime Inc. and Proxy Platform projects; the latter was shortlisted for the European Press Prize and the Outstanding International Reporting award. With OCCRP he investigated cigarette smuggling in the Ukraine-EU border area in Tobacco Roads, and participated in ICIJ’s Tobacco Underground, subsequently awarded the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Tom Renner Award, the Overseas Press Club of America Award, and the Online Journalism Award for best web coverage of international affairs.


Stevan Dojcinovic

stevanBased in Belgrade, Stevan is editor-in-chief of Serbian investigative online portal Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK), an OCCRP member, and he has worked with OCCRP for nine years. He was also one of the founders of the investigative team at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Serbia (CINS) in 2008. From 2012 to 2015, Stevan was the editor-in-chief of CINS. Winner of Serbia’s top investigative awards, Stevan has investigated international cocaine smuggling across the Balkan route and corruption from football clubs to the highest echelons of government. His 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 also trains international reporters on how to collect data and build the sources necessary for revealing shady dealings and the misdeeds of the powerful.


Khadija Sharife

stevanKhadija Sharife is an investigative journalist, researcher and Africa editor at OCCRP. She is the director of Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique, board member of Finance Uncovered and fellow with the World Policy Institute. Previously she was the editor at the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR). She has served worked with forums including Pan-African Parliaments, African Union, OECD, UNEP among others. She is the author of Tax Us If You Can: Africa, holds an LLM in financial law and is based in South Africa. Her focus is illicit financial flows, natural resources and political economy.


Roman Shleynov

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Roman Shleynov has been OCCRP regional editor from the beginning of 2016. In 1999, he began working as a staff correspondent for Novaya Gazeta, later as an investigations editor as well as a reporter and an editorial board member until 2010. After, he went on to work for Vedomosti business daily as an investigative observer. From 2008, Shleynov has worked with The Center for Public Integrity's International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on major transnational projects: "Tobacco Underground: The Booming Global Trade in Smuggled Cigarettes" (2008), "Asbestos: Dangers in the Dust" (2010), "Secrecy For Sale: Inside The Global Offshore Money Maze" (2013), "Swiss Leaks: Murky Cash Sheltered By Bank Secrecy" (2015) and “The Panama Papers: Politicians, Criminals and the Rogue Industry that Hides Their Cash” (2016). He has a won a number of awards for his work, including the Paul Klebnikov Prize for Excellence in Journalism and the Transparency International Integrity Award.


Anna Babinets

Anna Babinets

Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, Anna is a reporter for and co-founder of the independent investigative agency Slidstvo.Info. She has been working as a regional OCCRP editor since 2015. Anna specializes in corruption in the Ukrainian Army, security sector and the gas and oil market. Between 2013 and 2014, she published a series of stories about young Ukrainian billionaire Serhiy Kurchenko, who controlled the gas and oil market in Ukraine. Anna has won many Ukrainian and European Awards such as those from the Fundację Reporterów and the South East Europe Media Organisation. She is also a member of the YanukovychLeaks team (2014). Anna filmed a documentary about the work on YanukovychLeaks titled “Newsroom Mezhyhirya.” The YanukovychLeaks team won a Global Shining Light Award by Global Investigative Journalist Network in 2015.


Anuška Delić

Anna Babinets

Anuška Delić, Slovenia, is an investigative reporter and Europe Regional Editor with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). She uncovered that leaders of the Slovenian branch of neo-Nazi organization Blood&Honor were actively involved in the ranks of leading right-wing party. As a direct consequence, Delić was charged with publishing classified information, but was later acquitted. Subsequently, the Slovenian government changed the article of Criminal Code relating to publication of state secrets. In 2015 she launched The MEPs Project under which she gathered journalists representing all 28 EU Member States. They are fighting the European Parliament’s unwillingness to disclose how elected representatives use their professional allowances in front of the EU Court of Justice. The group launched its first investigation in May 2017, which revealed how some MEPs abused their allowance. This prompted Politico Europe to rank Delić 6th among 28 people “shaping, shaking and stirring Europe”. In 2018 she established Oštro - the first investigative journalism center focusing on the Adriatic Region.


Šarūnas Černiauskas

Šarūnas Černiauskas

Šarūnas Černiauskas is a regional editor for OCCRP, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. He also leads the investigative team at 15min, one of the leading media outlets in the country. Černiauskas started his work as an investigative reporter in 2011. In 2015, with his team, he established the first investigative unit in Lithuanian online media, which became an official network member of OCCRP. Černiauskas has contributed to numerous investigations, including OCCRP's Laundromat, ICIJ's Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. One of his stories exposing the misuse of EU funds by members of the European Parliament was shortlisted for the European Press Prize in 2017. His team also won the first Peter Greste Freedom of Speech Award. Černiauskas has received several national awards and became the first laureate of the Investigative Journalism Prize established by the Vilnius University, awarded for reviving investigative journalism in Lithuania. Individually and as a team, the Lithuanian partners of OCCRP are the most decorated investigative unit in Lithuanian media.


Nathan Jaccard

Anna Babinets

Based in Bogota, Colombia, Nathan Jaccard is a regional editor for OCCRP in Latin America. Prior to joining OCCRP, Nathan has worked in Colombia for several news outlets, including VerdadAbierta.com, where he covered the peace process with the country’s paramilitaries and reported on massive human rights violations. He has also worked for Semana, the most important newsmagazine in the country; Connectas, a Latin American investigative platform; and El Tiempo, the main national newspaper, where he was subeditor of the investigative unit. He wrote a book on illegal corporate cartels in Colombia and another one on the impact of large scale coal mining in Northern Colombia. Historian and Journalist, he has won several national journalism prizes.


Matt Sarnecki

Matt Sarneck

Matt Sarnecki is a video producer based in Eastern Europe. He also files stories on occasion and takes photographs. He has produced documentaries for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) broadcast across Europe. He has also produced documentary series featured in Powder Magazine and VICE. Matt received a Bachelor of Arts in politics and history at Columbia University in 2004, and a Master of Journalism at UC Berkeley in 2013. He received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship at the Film and Television Academy (FAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic in 2006-7. Matt is currently the Multimedia Editor and a producer at the OCCRP.


Madeleine May

Madeleine May

Madeleine May a video producer for OCCRP based in Romania. Previously, she produced documentaries for human rights lawyers to assist in their cases, focusing primarily on extractive-related human rights abuses in West Africa and Asia, education fraud in the United States, and the criminal justice system. Her true-crime documentary about wrongful conviction in Pakistan screened at the Pakistani International Film Festival and Amnesty International’s South Asian Human Rights Film Festival. She holds a dual degree in Journalism and African Studies from Northwestern University and is a National Geographic Young Explorer.


Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is Africa Editor at OCCRP. Previously, he was the Nairobi Bureau Chief of The Africa Report magazine, and before that, a staff reporter at The Guardian covering global development. Mark's work has also appeared in Africa Confidential, Bloomberg Businessweek and Reuters. He has covered Kenyan elections, Eritrea's nascent mining industry and cocoa smuggling in Ghana, among other issues. He holds a bachelor's degree in History from SOAS, University of London and a master's degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley.


Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper is Engagement Editor at OCCRP, finding the best ways to connect readers to OCCRP stories. Before joining OCCRP, Alex worked as a content strategist and copywriter for a technology events company, overseeing its editorial section. Alex has also consulted for and worked with philanthropic and LGBTQ human rights organizations throughout the Balkans. Alex’s writings have appeared in NBC News, INTO, Slate, Balkan Insight, and elsewhere. He holds a B.A. in Government and Community Studies from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and an M.A. in Gender Studies from the Central European University when it was in Budapest, Hungary.


James G. Wright

James G. Wright is a senior editor at OCCRP. Prior to joining, he was investigations editor at the Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. During the 2016-17 academic year he was a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where he researched the influence of political mega-donors on American foreign policy. As deputy editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2015, Wright lead an investigation that exposed casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s secret purchase of the paper and covert efforts to undermine the Nevada judiciary. Previously, he was a reporter and editor specializing in investigative reporting and coverage of government and politics at metropolitan newspapers in Denver, San Diego, Seattle and Albany, New York; as well as a media management consultant in Algiers, Algeria.

In 1985, Wright’s effort to protect a confidential source led to the Idaho Supreme Court ruling in Schilling v. Wright that established limited newsman’s privilege in that state. Among other awards, he has received the Northwestern University James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism; the national Society of Professional Journalists Ethics in Journalism Award; the John B. Oakes Award for environmental writing; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Champion of Justice Award and a regional Emmy award.


Partnerships & Communications


Camille Eiss

Camille Eiss

Camille Eiss is Director of Partnerships at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), where she leads on strategic engagement and organizational sustainability. Her career spans 15 years working at the cross-section of human rights, democracy strengthening, and government accountability. From 2012-2017, Camille served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor for Anti-corruption in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Rights, and Labor and as a Senior Policy Advisor and Strategic Communications Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At the State Department, she led U.S. government engagement with the Open Government Partnership and spearheaded the development of a Global Anti-corruption Consortium to bring journalists and advocates together to accelerate impact . Previously, Camille was the founding Policy Director of the Truman National Security Project and an analyst and editor of Freedom House's standard-setting political rights and civil liberties survey, Freedom in the World. With degrees in History from Georgetown University and the London School of Economics, she is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as a Director on the U.S. Board of Journalists for Human Rights.


Katie Hunt

Katie Hunt

Katie Hunt is a Development Officer for OCCRP. Prior to joining OCCRP she worked in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. She also worked in development for the Society of Professional Journalists and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. She has degrees in Economics and International Studies from Wittenberg University.


Gordana Miladinovic

Gordana Miladinovic

Gordana Miladinovic is a Development Coordinator for OCCRP network. Prior to joining OCCRP, Gordana launched, managed and ran companies for the past seven years. Prior to joining OCCRP, she was founder and owner of a creative agency that focused on branding, marketing, development and consulting for clients which were mostly small and medium enterprises. Gordana has worked with various civil society organizations and has helped them secure funding through various international donors. She has engaged and led projects with women concentration camp survivors and has helped them develop sustainable brands for handmade products.

DATA


Friedrich Lindenberg

Friedrich Lindenberg

Friedrich Lindenberg leads the data team at OCCRP. He is responsible for the development of OCCRP Data and supports ongoing investigations where data analysis is needed. In 2014/2015, Friedrich was a Knight International journalism fellow with the International Center for Journalists, working with the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), and in 2013 he was a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow at Spiegel Online in Hamburg. Prior to that, Friedrich was an open data activist, and worked to promote the release of government information about public finance, lobbying, procurement and lawmaking across the world.

TECH


Michał "rysiek" Woźniak

Michał "rysiek" Woźniak

Michał "rysiek" Woźniak (https://mastodon.social/@rysiek) is OCCRP's Chief Information Security Officer. He comes from a tech, policy, and activism background. Before joining OCCRP he has managed a free-software focused NGO, and co-operated with a number of EU-based organizations working in the digital human rights area. His main policy interests include information security, privacy in the digital age, Internet governance (including censorship, surveillance, Net Neutrality), copyright reform, digital media literacy. He co-authored the "Net Neutrality Compendium", and the "Media and Information Competencies Catalogue".