David E. Kaplan, Executive Director. David Kaplan has worked as an investigative journalist for more than 30 years, reported from two dozen countries, and won or shared more than 25 awards. He has managed nonprofit newsrooms, investigative teams, and numerous cross-border projects. During the 1980s and early ‘90s, at the original Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, he and his colleagues developed the model of a nonprofit investigative news enterprise. At its peak, CIR derived 40 percent of its income from commercial revenue, drawing from television news retainers, documentary production, publishing contracts, and syndication. In 2008, Kaplan became editorial director of the Center for Public Integrity, where he rebuilt CPI’s editorial structure and revitalized its data journalism unit. Kaplan also served as director of CPI’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. During his three years as ICIJ director, he tripled its funding, expanded its reach into 20 languages, and oversaw internationally acclaimed investigations into the tobacco, asbestos, fishing, and energy industries.
Kaplan is a four-time winner of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, including three medals, IRE’s highest honor. His work has also been honored four times by the Overseas Press Club. Until 2007 he worked as chief investigative correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, then a two-million circulation newsweekly. Kaplan’s U.S. News stories included exposés of racketeering by North Korean diplomats, Saudi funding of terrorist groups, and the looting of Russia. Kaplan’s books include YAKUZA, published in 12 languages and widely considered the standard reference on the Japanese mafia. He has worked in media development for 20 years and has trained more than a thousand reporters worldwide in his investigative journalism workshops.
Gabriela Manuli, Deputy Director. A native of Argentina, Gabriela Manuli has been a journalist for more than ten years, working for radio and TV shows, magazines, and newspapers. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the investigative reporting team of Perfil Newspaper in Argentina and covered issues such as migration, human rights, and discrimination in Latin America. She also worked as IJNet’s Spanish Editor and Community Manager. As a freelance reporter she has written for several publications, including La Nación (Argentina), El Mundo (Spain) and Orsai magazine.
She earned an M.A. in Public Policy with distinctions (Media, Information and Communications Policy Specialization) at the Central European University in Budapest, and graduated with first-class honors in Social Communication Science at the University of Buenos Aires. Her academic research encompasses issues of access to information, freedom of expression, social media, and citizen journalism. Her M.A. thesis explored how politicians use social media to communicate public policies.
In 2008 she spent two months in the United States as a member of the World Press Institute Fellowship, a program for journalists from different parts of the world. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she has extensive international experience in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. She is currently based in Budapest, Hungary.
Mago Torres, Research Director. Mago Torres comes to GIJN from Mexico City, where she coordinated the journalism program and served as a scholar in the Department of Communication at Universidad Iberoamericana. Her work has focused on the research and application of the right to information and data journalism, and explores the connection between journalism, academia and civic society. Over the last year she worked on the Panama Papers investigation as a researcher with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. She is a co-founder of Periodistas de a Pie, a network of journalists based in Mexico City, and holds a Ph.D. in Humanistic Studies with a specialization in ethics.
Safeeyah Kharsany, Africa Editor. Safeeyah Kharsany is a South African journalist with a particular interest in Africa. She has worked in Qatar at Al Jazeera English, in Italy at United Colors of Benetton’s Colors magazine and in South Africa at Media24. In Qatar, at Al Jazeera she co-headed an Africa project aimed at creating a platform for African coverage. This included building a network of reliable African journalists; ensuring that key Africa stories were getting coverage and sourcing material, contextualizing, writing and editing stories – as well as developing and maintaining social media campaigns and presence.
Safeeyah has also worked as an online producer for the AJE English website in the constantly changing social media platforms, and – on the quick-changing ‘Arab Spring’ developments. In Italy, she worked for the award-winning Colors magazine for which she was part of a team that developed pivotal magazine issues employing cutting-edge technological methods. She began her career in community newspapers under the Media24 umbrella.
Eunice Au, Program Coordinator. Eunice Au was a journalist in Malaysia for eight years and has written on a range of topics, including politics, crime, environment, terrorism and entertainment. From 2011 to 2015, she worked for the New Straits Times and reported extensively on two Malaysian aviation tragedies. During her time there, she also stood in as an acting state bureau chief managing several reporters and the news coverage of the Selangor state. As a freelance writer, she contributed to The Sun, Malaysian Today and Madam Chair. Her last position before joining GIJN was a Malaysia correspondent for Singapore’s The Straits Times.