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RY
COVINGTON

Expert
(United States)

Ry leads SkyTruth’s conservation technology program. His work combines geographic information science (GIS), remote sensing, and machine learning to identify, map, and monitor threats to the planet. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he studied the spatial dynamics of environmental impact assessment.

Before joining SkyTruth in 2017, Ry led the spatial science program at Defenders of Wildlife. Most recently he developed his own consulting firm in GIS, Machine Learning, Database management and Data vizualisation: Honeybee Labs.


Skills & knowledge:
GIS; Machine Learning;
Remote Sensing;
Environmental Impact Assessment;


Areas of interest:

Oil & Gas; Media Consulting
AI development support.

momchil yordanov

Expert
(Italy)

Momchil is a AI developer and remote sensing analyst from Bulgaria.

He has been working as a consultant for both private and public sectors since 2017, with a strong focus on agricultural land-use management analysis, notably through earth observation techniques including satellite imagery analysis, deep learning, GIS, and crowdsourcing visual data.

He is currently working as a volunteer for EIF, wrapping his problem-solving spirit around the difficult task of developing innovative environmental reporting tools for journalists, based on his field of expertise in artificial intelligence.

Skills & knowledge:
R & Python programming;
GIS & Remote Sensing;
Deep Learning & AI;


Areas of interest:

Environmental monitoring;
Impact assessments; Citizen Science .

Simon mkina

Journalist
(Tanzania)

Simon is an award winning Tanzania investigative journalist, renowned editor, columnist and media trainer with 26 years of experience.

He has been freelancing for various national and international media outlets and is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for which he contributed to the Mauritius Leaks.

He also documented the working conditions of East African truck drivers amid the Covid-19 pandemic, in a collaborative photo-report published by the Mail & Guardian in South Africa.


Skills & knowledge:
OSINT; Grand Corruption;
Financial reading;
Field reporting;


Areas of interest:
Environmental reporting in East Africa;
Cross-border collaborations.

TSvetelina
Tomova

Expert
(Bulgaria)

Tsvetelina is a freelance GIS expert and junior researcher from Bulgaria. She is a co-founder of the EIF and a volunteer for the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF).

She has worked on mapping, analyzing and visualizing shale gas rigs in North Africa for a cross-border investigative project financed by the Journalism Fund. She also participated to a cross-border investigation on the nefarious effects of water privatization in her hometown of Sofia.

She is currently leading her own research on Forest Fires in Vitosha Mountain, with the support of the BBF.


Skills & knowledge:
QGIS; ArcGIS;
ERDAS; Python;
Data-visualization tools;


Areas of interest:

Environmental Impact Assessment
Biodiversity Conservation Evaluation

LEONORE
SCHICK

Journalist
(UK)

Leonore has worked as a freelance journalist from 2017 to 2019 after an internship as a cross-format journalist for the Associated Press (AP). She is currently working as a legal reporter at Property Week.

Her work has been in various medias including AP, ABC News, Vice US, 7 Digital, the Washington Post and Deutsche Welle.

Leonore participated in a data-journalism reporting project on gas flaring in Nigeria, for DW & Premium Times and has been an investigative trainee for CiFAR program “Investigate the Mediterranean“.



Skills & knowledge:

Cross-format reporting;
Investigative skills;
Legal screening

Areas of interest:
Conservation;
Gas flaring;
Natural resources exploitation.

STEVE
BORCHARDT

Expert
(Germany)

Steve is a Geographer and Data Scientist with a special focus on sustainable development issues.

He has been involved in various projects ranging from tackling deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon or analyzing the potential of Community Based Ecotourism for Kyrgyz mountain communities to supporting green mobility initiatives through the Climate Alliance Tyrol.

He is currently working as consultant to the European Commission on the Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals to support the implementation process of the Sustainable Development Goals and their mainstreaming into the European Policy context.

Skills & knowledge:
R and Python, Machine Learning;
Text Mining & Language processing;
Data-driven Horizon Scanning

Areas of interest:
Socio-economic transformation;
Environmental Conservation;
Sustainable Development

AHMED
Kadri

Journalist
(Tunisia)

A Tunisian investigative journalist, he worked with many different media outlets (Radio Mosaique, Channel 9, Tunisian National Radio, Al-Maghrib newspaper, I Watch, Nawaat).

Ahmed is experienced in selecting news and overseeing major investigations similar to the investigation on presidential election candidate Nabil Karoui which led to his arrest on charges of money laundering and tax evasion.

He also worked on investigations related to arms smuggling to Libya and the environmental and financial abuses of oil companies. Founder of I Radio FM and founding member of the anti-corruption organization I-Watch Tunisia.


Skills & knowledge:

Investigative Reporting
Cross-format Reporting
Digital security

Areas of interest:
Oil & gas;
Food Security;
Grand Corruption

JURGENA
KAMBERAJ

Expert
(Italy)

Jurgena is an environmental scientist specialized in biodiversity protection, and ecosystem services.

She is currently working as a GIS specialist on environmental disaster management, and supports with monitoring and impact assessment of worldwide environmental disasters.

She is also advocating for nature protection, working with several youth organizations. Jurgena is one of the team members of the youth organization Biodiversity Action Europe (BAE) which focuses on reversing biodiversity loss in Europe and beyond through advocating and campaigning.




Skills & knowledge:

GIS
Python and R languages
Remote Sensing

Areas of interest:
Land degradation; Deforestation;
Ecosystem Resilience;
Air Pollution

ROUGUYATA
sall

Journalist
(France)

Journalist et data-journalist, her field trips most often take place on her laptop, where she plays around with data and read scientific papers.

Rouguyata focuses on science, research, labor and inequalities. Before that, she worked four years as a food quality and security officer for the agri-food industry.

She was trained in cross-format journalism at the EMI-CFD), Paris and is a biology M.Sc. graduate. She has worked with Mediapart, Le Monde, AEF info, Liaisons sociales, Libération, Bondy Blog and Politics Watch.


Skills & knowledge:
Data Analysis;
Data Visualization;
Tableau, Datawrapper;

Areas of interest:

Food industry; Public Health;
Labor & Inequalities;
Social & Data Science

KRISTOF
HORVATH

Expert
(Hungary)

Kristof is a freelance data and geoinformatics expert from Hungary.

He has been working as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, in the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water department. His focus is on Low carbon agriculture project development.

Prior to this, he was a junior researcher for the European Commission on Science Communication and Project Management and a media intern at Amnesty International.





Skills & knowledge:

GIS; ArcSWAT;
Python; Ex-ACT
(Ante Carbon Balance Tool);

Areas of interest:

Green Projects Management;
Human impact of land-use;
Climate Change

ARLIS
ALIKAJ

Journalist
(Albania)

Arlis is an accomplished investigative journalist with critically acclaimed reporting on environmental and social issues in the Balkan region. During his Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), he wrote an investigative report on illegal logging in Albania’s largest national park. He won the CEI SEEMO Award for Outsanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2019 for this work. He joined CiFAR second “investigate” training program the same year and published a cross-border story on illegal working permits in the UNESCO site of lake Orhid, shared by Albania and North Macedonia.

Skills & knowledge:
ArcGis; AutoCAD;
Java application development;


Areas of interest:
Environmental Conservation
Sustainable Development
Green Economy

AMAL
MEKKI

Journalist
(Tunisia)

Amal El Mekki is a media and communication expert from Tunisia. She is the editor-in-chief of  Innsane, a storytelling platform she co-founded in May 2020. Amal is also an award-winning investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker, and a trainer/ mentor for Internews and other NGOs. She focuses on Human Rights and has worked with Tunisian media and international outlets. She is the first Tunisian journalist to win an access of information case against an ministry (the Interior Ministry). She has been awarded many grants from ICFJ, ARIJ, CIFAR, Candid foundation.



Skills and knowledge:

Investigative skills;
Data visualization
Mentoring/ training;

Areas of interest:
Climate change
Pollution
Natural resources exploitation 


Alexandre
brutelle

Journalist
(France)

Alexandre has been a foreign reporter from 2014 to 2016, in Ukraine and Turkey. In 2017, he founded Politics Watch, a data-journalism project documenting corruption in the French public sphere.

He investigated the Mubarak clan ill-gotten assets in the EU from 2018 to 2019. He has been awarded 3 grants by the Journalism Fund as a team manager for cross-border investigative projects on water privatization in Bulgaria, occult wood trading in Ghana and shale gas in North Africa.

He co-founded EIF and is currently working as freelance, as well as a journalism program coordinator for the NGO CiFAR.


Skills & knowledge:

OSINT; Online Security;
Offshore Finance;
Public Public Asset Theft;
Photo-reporting.

Areas of interest:

Oil & Gas; Water resources;
Wildlife traffic; Deforestation.

Jasper
Smallenbroek

Expert
(UK)

Jasper is Head of Commercial Partnerships at ShadowBreak Intl. which is democratising geospatial intelligence. His team specialises in fusing and visualising geospatial data ranging from optical satellite imagery to SAR, IR, RF, AIS, and ADSB.

His team works with a wide range of suppliers and pride itself on having access to cutting edge remote sensing capabilities. 

ShadowBreak maintains a strong position within the OSINT community and frequently collaborates with analysts and journalists. Jasper and his team are always keen to advise on data sources. 


Skills & knowledge:

Earth Observation
Data Collection



Areas of interest:
Remote Sensing Technology
Consultancy services

INva
Hasanaliaj

Journalist
(Albania)

Inva is a journalist since 2015. She is part of “Faktoje” as a fact-checking journalist since its inception. She completed her studies in Public Relations and Communication, while her previous experiences as a journalist include the fields of economic, political and investigative journalism. Initially, she worked for the newspaper “Mapo” where she addressed economic issues.

She was also part of the “Investigative Reporting Laboratory” supported by the US Embassy. Inva is certified in several areas of communication on topics such as: “Participation in the construction of alternative media“, “Participation in the European Academy for Journalists of the Joint Center for Albania-Serbia Relations” etc.

Skills & knowledge:
OSINT; Grand Corruption;
Financial reading;
Field reporting;


Areas of interest:
Environmental reporting in East Africa;
Cross-border collaborations

Osama
Al-Sayyad

Journalist
(Egypt)

His work focuses on civil-military relations in the Middle East and North Africa. He has contributed to projects which present the intertwined relations of Egypt’s military generals and businessmen across kinship and benefit-based networks. He studied investigative journalism at RNTC Media Training Centre in the Netherlands.

He has published several investigations on human rights, Illicit financial flows and Corruption.He has worked on projects that use data for positive social change with DATA4CHANGE.

He was part of an Egyptian-French cross-border investigation team in cooperation with CIFAR.


Skills & knowledge:
Investigative Reporting
Cross-border Reporting
Data journalism

Areas of interest:
Grand Corruption
Cross-border collaboration

erofili
graspa

Expert
(Greece)

Erofili is an independent researcher and data analyst based in South Africa. She has previously collaborated with universities, research centers, governmental institutions and NGOs. Her past work includes projects on HIV research, economic development, migration, gender inequality and labor market.

Erofili has experience in analyzing large complex datasets, statistical modelling and with using several statistical tools. One of her current freelance projects is the WIEGO COVID-19 study, investigating the effects of COVID and resulting lockdowns on the precarious jobs and lives of informal workers in 12 cities around the world.

Her interest mostly lies in projects that have a potential for positive social impact.

Skills & knowledge:
Data analysis & visualisation
Statistical modelling;
Stata, R, Python, Matlab, SPSS

Areas of interest:

Gender equality;
Economic development, Social & environmental sciences.

Friedrich Hirler

Expert
(Germany)

Friedrich is a social and political scientist, with a focus in international political economy, sustainable development, and social welfare.

He traveled through over 50 countries mostly by thumb and struggles to merge the conflicting tendencies of this world and its people into a wholesome picture.

He works as managing senior editor for the Security and Sustainability Guide in an effort to map the world of organizations engaged in the nexus of human security and sustainability.

Friedrich has also worked on defense and space technology monitoring and engaged in research looking at dual-use technologies from a sustainability perspective.


Skills & knowledge:

Quantitative & Qualitative Data Analysis; Political Analysis;
Foresight; Report writing;

Areas of interest:

World Futures; Global Issues;
Sustainable Development;
Systemic Change.

Adrian Dohotaru

Journalist
(Romania)

Adrian is a journalist and environmental advocate currently based in Romania.

He is the executive director of Sustainable Organized Society S.O.S Association, with whom we convinced the city hall of Cluj to accept its use as the largest green public space instead of a private real estate development.

As a parliamentary he initiated two environmental legislative initiatives: a new law on green spaces and legal framework on natural urban protected areas.

He advocates for green mobility and he worked on environmental racism in Romanian ghettos.



Skills & knowledge:

Reporting;
Environmental Advocacy;
Investigative reporting;

Areas of interest:
Environmental monitoring;
Participatory Action Research;
Conservation.

Dimitri
Zufferey

Journalist
(Switzerland)

Dimitri is a documentation journalist for the Swiss public television (RTS). He is also a lecturer at the University of Neuchâtel for OSINT, and digital security. He graduated in History has been working as a journalist for the past ten years.

He investigated the Jersey Offshore files along with the EIC network. After a deep archive research in cooperation his newsroom, he was also able to give new insights on the Luxor Massacre of 1997.

His reporting skills focus on OSINT and FOIA. He is a coordinator for the EIC network and works with the plateform Source Sure.

His job by excellence is to assist and support his colleagues during collaborative research.

Skills & knowledge:
OSINT; SOCMINT;
Cross-border coordination;
Investigative reporting;

Areas of interest:

Pollution and contamination by Swiss companies;
Historical research;
Cross-border collaboration.

Eryn Schornick

Expert
(United States)

Eryn is an expert investigator, advocate and strategist with more than a decade of experience combating corruption and abuse and holding bad actors accountable globally through litigation and policy change.

 Eryn has spent more than a decade combining her interest in the law and international finance. She has worked in the fields of labor rights, business and human rights and shareholder advocacy by following the money, dissecting corporate structures, mapping networks and tracing supply chains—the more complex the better. Her most recent work at Global Witness was featured in print and broadcast news and included partnerships with ABC and NBC news.   

 She is currently the Interim Director of the Financial Transparency Coalition and is the principles and founder of the investigative firm Sēk Strategies by Eryn K Schornick servicing the media, civil society organizations and other specialized research firms.


Skills & knowledge:
OSINT; Online Security;
Offshore Finance;
Public Public Asset Theft;
Photo-reporting.

Areas of interest:

Oil & Gas; Water resources;
Wildlife traffic; Deforestation.

Marcel GBAGUIDI ALIA

Expert
(Benin)

Marcel is a specialist in Statistics and Information Systems for the Research and Development sectors. He owns a great passion for Open Data and Data Science.

With over 4 years of interdisciplinary experience, he worked on the development of data-driven models to solve some issues related to the environment.

He is also a teaching and research assistant at the University of Parakou, Benin and enrolled as PhD candidate in Biostatistics and Geoinformation.

He was there involved in research studies within Biometry with special emphasis on Environmetrics and Geoinformatics.

Marcel is also a fellow member and volunteer for several professional associations ( DSA , RSS , SWB , etc.)





Skills & knowledge:

R, Python, SQL, Hadoop, Java, Kotlin, Tableau, C++, CSPro, KoboCollect, LaTeX, Stata, ArcGIS, QGIS
GIS & thematic mapping, database management

Areas of interest:
Consultancy services;
Land & Water issues;
Biodiversity conservation & Ecosystem restoration;

CAMILLE
LAFRANCE

Journalist
(France)

Camille is a journalist focusing on North Africa (and especially Tunisia) for Paris-based Jeune Afrique. She mainly deals with internal politics, regional matters, diplomacy and environmental issues

She worked eight years abroad, mainly for french-speaking media (RFI, RTS, RTBF, Le Parisien…) as a correspondent in Tunisia (2012-2016) and in Turkey (2016-2018). Her past works include focuses on migration, security, social matters ans religious issues

She co-founded the media-education association « Globe Reporters Environnement ».

An organization which purpose is to support pupils from 7 to 17 years old into developing their own interviews with their teachers on ecological themes and issues.









Skills & knowledge:
Networking
Data journalism team work
Project management


Areas of interest:
Pollution Public Health Regional organizations Mediterranean region 

Christina Orieschnig

Expert
(France/Austria)

Christina is a PhD researcher in hydrology and earth observation, and a freelance writer specialising in tech and science communication

She’s currently working on her doctoral thesis with the French Institute for Development Research (IRD), assessing the impacts of hydropower development, land use change, and climate change, on the delta of the Mekong in Cambodia.

In this framework, Christina is analysing time series of Sentinel and Landsat satellite imagery using cloud computing platforms.

Within the scope of the same project she interviews local stakeholders on the Mekong floodplains, and builds an eco-hydrological model for scenario simulation. 





Skills & knowledge: Data Collection and Analysis (R & Python) Hydrology and Hydrological Modelling UAVs and Aerial Photography


Areas of interest:

Remote Sensing Technology
Science Communication
Assessing Impacts of Infrastructure Development

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