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Thursday, November 16
 

14:00

Investigating the Arms Trade

The sales of weapons and military technology is big business, both legal and illegal. Since the outbreak of the war in Syria weapons have flooded that region. What are the sources of the global arms trade? Who are the people making fortunes from war? What are the pipelines and who are the brokers behind them? How can you get your hand on documentation of weapon sales and check if they are legit? These are not just stories of shady dealers but also of corrupt governments, as in India where it took digging to expose the Choppergate scandal involving helicopter sales tied to politicians and military officials.

This all-star panel will help you follow the trail of weapons and money around the world.


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Keith Richburg

Director, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, Hong Kong University
Keith B. Richburg spent 34 years with The Washington Post as a reporter, editor and primarily a foreign correspondent. Starting as a summer intern and City Hall reporter, he moved to the Foreign Desk in 1986. He was the Post’s Bureau Chief for Southeast Asia based in Manila from... Read More →

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Jelena Cosic

investigative journalist, BIRN
Jelena Cosic has worked as the Project Coordinator for BIRN’s Summer School of Investigative Reporting for the last three years. As the Project Coordinator, Jelena handles all operational and programme matters for the Summer School. Prior to joining BIRN, Jelena was a reporter... Read More →
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Lawrence Marzouk

Investigative Editor, BIRN
Lawrence Marzouk leads cross-border teams of journalists, deploying huge volumes of Freedom of Information requests, scraping and old fashioned reporting tricks to delve into high-level corruption. In the past 18 months, he has focussed his attention on uncovering and tracking the... Read More →
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Manu Pubby

Deputy Editor, ThePrint
Manu Pubby has been working extensively on defence, security and investigative projects for mainstream Indian English newspapers for the past 12 years. He was conferred four national press awards for investigative/field reporting, including the Ramnath Goenka Award for excellence... Read More →
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Sarah Topol

Journalist, freelance & contributing writer for the New York Times magazine
Sarah A. Topol is a contributing writer for the The New York Times Magazine. Her work has also been published in the Atlantic, Businessweek, Esquire, Foreign Policy, Fortune, GQ, Harper’s, Matter, Newsweek, the New Republic, New York Magazine, Outside, Playboy, Popular Science... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 14:00 - 15:15
Wits Science Stadium - 2nd Floor, Room 207 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,
 
Friday, November 17
 

09:00

Tracking Looted Wealth
Kleptocracy has become the favored system of government around the world. Rise to power, promote your friends and family, kill an independent press, judiciary and oversight bodies, and then steal your country blind -- this is the pattern that has unfortunately become the norm. An estimated US$1 trillion flows illegally out of developing and emerging economies annually, proceeds of crime, corruption, and tax evasion—more than is received in foreign investment and international aid. Here are four experts at tracking and documenting this global theft of the commons, including experts on the extraordinary looting of Africa and the emergence of East European mafia states. 

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Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki

Economics Editor, SABC
Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki is Economics Editor at the SABC, where she is responsible for Economics, Business and Financial markets coverage of the corporation across TV, Radio and Digital.  Here she became involved in a struggle for independent public broadcasting and freedom of expression... Read More →

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Tom Burgis

Investigations Correspondent, Financial Times
Tom Burgis is the investigations correspondent for the Financial Times, based in London. Previously, he was the newspaper's correspondent in southern Africa, based in Johannesburg, and in west Africa, based in Lagos. His first book, The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers... Read More →
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Maxime Koami Domegni

Investigative Journalist, Togo
"Maxime Koami DOMEGNI, is a Togolese award-winning investigative journalist. He has participated in various local and international investigative projects such as Panama Papers, Bahama Leaks, Plunder Route to Panama, West Africa Leaks, etc. He is chairman of Togolese Investigative... Read More →
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James Mintz

Founder & CEO, Mintz Group
Jim Mintz has been an adjunct professor in the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School for the past 10 years.  Jim is the CEO of the Mintz Group, a research and investigative firm. He has spent over thirty years conducting investigations all... Read More →
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Miranda Patrucic

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →


Friday November 17, 2017 09:00 - 10:15
Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 4 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,
 
Saturday, November 18
 

09:00

How to Read Company Accounts
\"Follow the money.\" That was Deep Throat\'s secret advice to Bob Woodward at the height of the Washington Post\'s Watergate investigation. Indeed, there’s a reason the FBI hires so many accountants – so they can dig into financial records and figure out where it came from and where it’s headed. The paper trail has changed -- money now moves digitally and business registries are databases – but this lets journalists do more than ever before in tracking people and companies across borders. Here are experts in deciphering company records who can help guide you on your way.

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Marty Steffens

Faculty, University of Missouri School of Journalism
Marty Steffens teaches  business and financial journalism, economics for journalists, and entrepreneurial journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, which she joined after a distinguished 30-year career in the news industry. In her outreach to journalists, she... Read More →

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avatar for David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston

Editor in Chief, DCReport.org
David J. Johnston has been an outstanding American investigative reporter for more than 50 years. He is a 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner, a former president of the IRE Board of Director, and a best-selling author. He specializes in economics, regulatory and tax issues. His book "The Making... Read More →
avatar for Miranda Patrucic

Miranda Patrucic

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →


Saturday November 18, 2017 09:00 - 10:15
Wits Science Stadium - 1st Floor, Room 105 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,

10:45

Seven Financial Sins
It’s not easy to report on corruption unless you understand how it really works. This panel will look at common crimes like money laundering, tax evasion and bribery -- at how they actually work and how you can detect and prove them. It will help identify the key patterns that let you understand if your story is about money laundering or something else. Crime patterns change regularly and we will look at the newest trends and most creative criminal solutions being used. 

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Drew Sullivan

Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Drew Sullivan, USA, co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) where he now serves as editor-in-chief. He is a journalist and social entrepreneur who founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 as well as the Journalism... Read More →

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avatar for Miranda Patrucic

Miranda Patrucic

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →
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Paul Radu

Executive Director, OCCRP Bucharest
Paul Radu is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard and of visual investigative scenarios visualisation software vis.occrp.org. He is a co-founder of the RISE Project, a platform for investigative reporters and hackers in Romania. He has held a number of fellowships including 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... Read More →


Saturday November 18, 2017 10:45 - 12:00
Wits Science Stadium - 1st Floor, Room 104 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,

15:45

Covering Corruption

No issue cuts across social and economic lines like corruption. Payoffs, conflicts-of-interest, and corrupt practices contribute not only to an unfair playing field but also to poor development, environmental destruction, and organized crime. In its various forms, corruption is perhaps the number one issue faced by journalists. Here are four leading journalists who have investigated extensively on the topic. They'll talk about what techniques they use to follow the money, develop sources, and publish stories that corrupt officials thought would never appear.


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Eva Jung

Investigative Journalist, Berlingske
Eva Jung has been working as an investigative journalist since 2011 with daily Berlingske, Denmark. Since 2017 also based in Brussels as EU correspondent. Through 2017 and 2018 investigated the 200 bn euro money laundering scandal at Danske Bank. Jung and colleagues have been awarded... Read More →

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avatar for Musab AL-Shawabkeh

Musab AL-Shawabkeh

editor, ARIJ
Musab Shawabkeh works as an editor at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). He previously headed the investigations department at Radio Al-Balad. He has produced cutting edge investigations in print, radio and video form, tackling sensitive issues such as profiteering... Read More →
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Roman Anin

Editor, Novaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta. Until 2008 Roman worked in the sport section, specialising on sport investigations (fixed matches, corruption etc.). In August 2008 he was sent to cover the war in South Ossetia, and once back from the war he was offered to move to the investigative section of the... Read More →
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Dino Jahic

Editor-in-Chief, Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia
Dino Jahic has been editor-in-chief of the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS) since 2015. He oversees a team of six reporters, who won six prestigious awards in 2017, including European Press Prize for investigative reporting, and World Justice Project’s Anthony... Read More →
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Boyoung Lim

Reporter, Korea Centre for Investigative Journalism
Boyoung Lim is an ex-police officer with a focus on cybercrime investigation and international relations. She now seeks justice through anti-corruption and human rights investigation with her role as reporter with Newstapa, the Korea Centre for Investigative Journalism (KCIJ). She... Read More →


Saturday November 18, 2017 15:45 - 17:00
Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 1 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,
 
Sunday, November 19
 

09:00

Lotteries, Launderers, & Illicit Acts
Making sense of hidden assets and arcane financial structures is one of the toughest jobs in journalism. Here are three examples of groundbreaking projects by reporting teams in very diverse places: how hundreds of Pakistani officials failed to even file tax returns; how traders evaded the Kimberly Process to move billions of dollars in illicit diamonds out of Africa; and how allegations of fraud, conflicts of interest, and tax avoidance dog lottery systems around the world.

Moderators
avatar for Marty Steffens

Marty Steffens

Faculty, University of Missouri School of Journalism
Marty Steffens teaches  business and financial journalism, economics for journalists, and entrepreneurial journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, which she joined after a distinguished 30-year career in the news industry. In her outreach to journalists, she... Read More →

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avatar for Umar Cheema

Umar Cheema

Speical Correspondent, The News
Umar Cheema is an investigative reporter for Pakistan's English language daily, The News International. In 2008, he won a was a Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellowship, and was the first Pearl fellow to work for The New York Times. Cheema studied at the London School of Economics under... Read More →
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Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University, USA
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein is an investigative journalist, author and assistant professor at Grand Valley State University. His work has been published in The New Yorker and the Center for Public Integrity, among many outlets, and has earned national and international recognition from... Read More →
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Khadija Sharife

Africa Editor, OCCRP
Khadija 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... Read More →


Sunday November 19, 2017 09:00 - 10:15
Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 3 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,