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GIJN Staff

Kaplan2David E. Kaplan, Executive Director. David Kaplan has worked as an investigative journalist for more than 35 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 1990s, 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. At CPI, he rebuilt the newsroom’s editorial structure and data journalism unit, and revitalized what was then its global team, the 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 US News & World Report, then a two-million circulation newsweekly. Kaplan’s US News stories included exposés of racketeering by North Korean diplomats, Saudi funding of terrorist groups and the looting of Russia. His 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.

screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-10-31-08-amEunice 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 news coverage of Selangor state. As a freelance writer, she contributed to The Sun, Malaysian Today and Madam Chair. Her last position before joining GIJN was as a Malaysia correspondent for Singapore’s The Straits Times.

Breno Costa, Portuguese Editor. Breno Costa is a journalist based in Brazil. He’s the founder and head of Journalistic Development of BRIO, a services and products hub for professional journalists and students in Brazil, offering mentoring and consulting for the development of journalism projects. He also host podcasts about journalism and the connection between journalism, media and technology. Breno is a former investigative reporter for Brazil’s Folha de S.Paulo and has covered corruption, with solid expertise in tracking official records and data. He has also published in The Intercept Brasil, revealing a corporate lobby to change labor rules in the country and exposing dozens of current military and law enforcement agents who are shareholders of private security companies in Rio de Janeiro.

Majdoleen Hasan, Arabic Editor. Majdoleen Hasan is a three-time award winning journalist with more than 12 years experience. She has worked with local and international media organizations, including Global Integrity, 100Reporters and the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism network. She was the director of an investigative journalism unit in Jordan and was the first Jordanian citizen to file a case against the Jordanian government for denying her the right to access public information according to an access to information law. Hasan has an MA in political science and a BA in journalism.

Caroline Langston Jarboe, Development Director. Caroline Jarboe comes from The Atlantic, where she has been the first director of strategy and planning for foundation relations. At The Atlantic, she steered fundraising for its first multi-platform initiatives, resulting in a global religion beat and the now annual Race + Justice: An Atlantic Summit live event. She was previously director of foundations at The Center for Public Integrity, and began her development career with eight years at NPR, where her fundraising focused on international reporting and new institutional initiatives. She is an MFA graduate of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and Tulane University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Shamim Ahsan Khan, Bangla Editor. GIJN’s Bangla-language initiative is a partnership between GIJN and the media development group, Management and Resources Development Initiative. Prior to joining GIJN, Shamim was in development communications with Plan International and Save the Children International.  At UNESCO, where he worked in press freedom and media development, Shamim led advocacy initiatives which helped to establish the country’s Right to Information laws, as well as legislation which allowed for the formation of community radio stations. Shamim began his career as a journalist with The Daily Star, the highest circulating English language daily in Bangladesh, where he wrote extensively on development, human rights, health, education and politics.

Anne Koch, Program Director. Anne Koch worked as a broadcast journalist and executive for more than 20 years, mostly for the BBC, before becoming a director at anti-corruption NGO Transparency International. Her award-winning career in BBC journalism included service as deputy director of the English World Service, executive editor of the BBC’s flagship radio news and current affairs programs and editor of the World Tonight. She has produced or edited over a hundred documentaries and worked as a producer on BBC Radio 4’s investigative journalism program File on Four. At TI, she served as director of Europe and Central Asia, overseeing nearly 50 independent chapters.

Erika Lozano, Spanish Editor. As editor of @gijnEs, Erika oversees GIJN’s Spanish-language social media. Based in Mexico City, she also works with nonprofit Quinto Elemento Lab to strengthen investigative journalism networks in Mexico. She is co-founder of masde131.com, an independent media group specializing in coverage of human rights and social movements. She collaborated with Periodistas de a pie (Journalists on Foot) in the documentary series Buscadores, which depicts the conversion of Mexican families into researchers, lawyers and anthropologists who seek their disappeared loved ones in a country with over 30,000 people missing. The series won a 2017 Gabriel García Márquez Award.

Gabriela ManuliGabriela Manuli, Deputy Director. A native of Argentina, Gabriela Manuli has been a journalist for more than 15 years, working for radio, TV, 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 Nacion (Argentina), El Mundo (Spain) and Orsai magazine.

Manuli earned an MA in public policy with distinctions (media, information and communications policy specialization) at the Central European University in Budapest. Her academic research encompasses issues of access to information, freedom of expression, social media and citizen journalism. Her MA thesis explored how politicians use social media to communicate public policies. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she has extensive  international experience in Latin America, Europe and the United States, and is currently based in Budapest, Hungary.

Toby McIntosh, Resource Center Director. Toby McIntosh serves as director of GIJN’s Resource Center, which provides online resources to journalists worldwide. He was the editor of FreedomInfo.org, (2010-2017) a nonprofit website based in Washington, D.C. that covers international transparency laws. He was with Bloomberg BNA for 39 years and has filed numerous US Freedom of Information requests and has written about FOI policies worldwide. He is a steering committee member of FOIANet, an network of FOI advocates.

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Cora Moyano, Business Manager. Cora Moyano was trained as an industrial engineer. She is a graduate of Rosario National University, Argentina, and brings a background in mathematics, physics and statistics, human resources management, labor regulations, accounting and administration. For three years she was in charge of running the plant operations of Casa Reymundo, a family company based in Rosario, Argentina, with over 80 years in the glass business servicing the architectural, construction and furniture industries. Moyano also worked as a volunteer at STS Rosario (an environmental NGO) and helped in fundraising campaigns for TECHO and the local Association of Popular Libraries. In 2014, she moved to Hungary and received an MA in international economics and business at Corvinus University.

Raymond Mpubani, Africa Editor. Raymond Mpubani is a journalist from Uganda, where he started out at the Daily Monitor as a reporter, online subeditor, and online editor. He earned an MA in Media Studies and Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. At Wits, he worked for the Africa-China Reporting Project in the Journalism Department as an administrative assistant. He also did part-time work for the Freedom of Expression Institute in Johannesburg and the KAS Africa Media-led Decriminalisation of Expression Campaign. He is a co-founder and editor of Uganda Business News.

Alastair Otter, IT Coordinator. Alastair Otter started out as a journalist more than 20 years ago in South Africa. Based in Johannesburg, he worked for a number of South Africa’s largest print newspapers before moving online to write about technology and business. He founded and ran Tectonic, an online publication covering open source software, for close to ten years. Most recently he was editor of IOL, a top South African news site. Over the past five years he has increasingly focused on data journalism and, in particular, data visualization, publishing a number of interactive pieces through the Media Hack Collective, and Passmark, an education-focused data journalism project.

Tanya Pampalone, Managing Editor. Tanya Pampalone has been a journalist for more than 20 years, living and working as a writer and editor in Los Angeles, Prague, San Francisco and Johannesburg, where she is now based. Most recently she was a nonfiction editor for Pan Macmillan South Africa, a contributing writer to US News & World Report and taught creative nonfiction and digital storytelling at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a founding partner of the Media Hack Collective, a journalism collaboration dedicated to the craft of digital storytelling. Tanya has served as executive editor of the Mail & Guardian, managing editor of Maverick magazine (now Daily Maverick) and head of strategic partnerships and audience development for The Conversation Africa during the start-up phase of the group’s expansion into Africa.

Marthe Rubio, French Editor. Marthe Rubio is a French freelance journalist. After working for five years in Spain and Argentina, she is now based in France and works from her native country. As part of her investigative and data journalism degree at Madrid’s University Juan Carlos, she carried out a long-term investigation on media subsidies in Spain which was published in El Mundo. She then worked for two years in the data team of Argentina’s La Nacion. She has also published in Slate and Libération and worked as a correspondent in Buenos Aires for French newspapers Le Figaro and Mediapart.

Amr Hassan Sayed, Arabic Staff Writer. Amr Hassan Sayed has worked in journalism for eight years, since he was plunged from his university communications studies into covering the unfolding revolution in his native Egypt. After three years as a reporter for local channels, he joined Al Jazeera as a field reporter. As he was wrapping up his MA in New Media & Digital journalism, Egyptian authorities raided the AJ bureau in Cairo and arrested his colleagues. He moved to AJ headquarters in Qatar where he launched and, for the next four years, presented the daily TV show Hashtag. Amr has covered stories from Tunis, Beirut, Istanbul and London, and currently serves as the Washington, DC, reporter for Al Jazeera Mubasher (Live).

olga-simanovych-copyOlga Simanovych, Russian Editor. Olga Simanovych, a native of Ukraine, has more than 13 years of television experience as a journalist, screenwriter and managing editor. Seven of those years were spent as a TV news reporter for the Vikna-Novyny program on STB, where she specialized in politics, environment, human rights and medicine. From 2011 to 2016, she was a media trainer with different nonprofit organizations and participated in SCOOP‘s international investigations. A graduate of Taras Shevchenko National University, Ukraine, she is bilingual in Ukrainian and Russian, and fluent in English and Greek.

Consultants

bridgetBridget Gallagher provides fundraising strategy, implementation assistance, and counsel to US and international clients working in media, information access and civic participation. A 15-year veteran of the nonprofit sector, Bridget began working with non-profit media projects via the Center for Public Integrity, one of the nation’s oldest nonprofit newsrooms. Since launching Gallagher Group LLC in 2010, her clients have included content producers and broadcasters, media trainers and development organizations, think tanks and universities, from startup to established institution.