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.
Based in Sarajevo, Miranda Patrucic is an award winning investigative reporter and regional editor for OCCRP focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijani, Montenegrin and Central Asian ruling elites. 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 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. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption, money laundering and how to follow the money.
Rosemary Armao has been embedded for the last year as a consultant and managing editor at ARIJ – Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism in Amman, Jordan, something of a feat since she cannot read or speak Arabic. Her real job is as Mideast Regional Editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Project. Armao returned to the practice of journalism after more than eight years at the State University of New York at Albany where she director of the Journalism Program. She also worked at WAMC, the affiliate in Albany of National Public Radio as a public affairs and media commentator. 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 and Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East now. She has written about media development and investigative reporting 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
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.
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.
Based 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.
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.
Tom Trewinnard (UK) is Director of Programs at Meedan, a social technology non-profit working on the Check project to develop collaborative verification tools and open training curricula. He is a co-founder of Pop-Up Newsroom, which has led major collaborative reporting initiatives in the UK, US and Mexico since launching in 2017.
Tom has moderated panels and led workshops on digital journalism at Personal Democracy Forum, RightsCon, Stockholm Internet Forum, Prix Italia, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and the European Journalism Center’s News Impact Summit (Doha).
Tom has worked extensively with journalists in some of the Middle East, Europe and Latin America’s leading newsrooms, as well as with citizen journalists from around the world, to research eyewitness media and lead training in verification skills. With Wafaa Heikal, Tom curates the verification and viral debunk newsletter The Checklist.
Smári McCarthy is presently Member of Parliament in Iceland, representing the Pirate Party.
He is invited to this, however, as his background is Chief Technologist at OCCRP in Sarajevo.
Smári labels himself as “software developer, writer, hacker, freedom fighter. A jack of many trades.”
He is the Executive Director of The International Modern Media Institute (IMMI), an Iceland-based foundation working towards rethinking media regulation, securing free speech and defining new operating principles for the global media in the digital age. “We want to help better protect freedom of the press the world over by researching best practices in law and promoting their widespread adoption.” At his seminar he will focus on encryption and safety on the net.
Lejla Camdzic joined the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in 2011 and has become the organization’s lead researcher and fact-checker.
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.
Camdzic manages 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.
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.
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.