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Bios Data Harvest Speakers 2012

Here are the biographies of some of the people who will be speaking at the Data Harvest Conference 2012.

Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter is a Danish-German journalist based in Copenhagen covering Europe. She is co-founder of Farmsubsidy.org, Wobbing.eu, the Scoop project and Journalismfund.eu.

Website: www.alfter.dk

Helena Bengtsson

Helena Bengtsson is database editor for the CAR team at the News and Current Affairs Department at Sveriges Television, the national broadcasting company in Sweden. Since 1994, she has served as a researcher, assistant producer and projects editor with the company. During 2006-07 she was a database editor at the Center for Public
Integrity
in Washington DC.

Twitter: HelenaBengtsson
Website: www.svt.se/pejl

Mar Cabra

Mar Cabra is a multimedia investigative reporter currently working for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. She's also the director of the Spanish foundation Civio, which uses technology to promote transparency and accountability in Spain. Its latest applications are tuderechoasaber.es (Your Right to Know), a website to make and search FOIs, and dondevanmisimpuestos.es, visualizing the Spanish budget. She's also invested in education as one of the organizers of a data journalism working group in Madrid and the first masters degree in the country in investigative reporting, data journalism and visualization.

Ides Debruyne

Ides Debruyne is co-founder of the Belgian Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists (VVOJ) and journalismfund.eu (The European Fund for Investigative Journalism). He is executive director of The Pascal Decroos Fund. Debruyne founded wobbing.eu and mediakritiek.be (online reflection room of the Flemish media). He is lector at Ghent University (Belgium) and delivers lectures on research journalism at several other Flemish university colleges and universities. Debruyne was one of the co-organizers of the European Investigative Journalism Conference 2008 in Brussels and the third Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2005 in Amsterdam.

Christina Elmer

Christina Elmer (1983) works as a data journalist for the Investigative Reporting Team at Stern magazine in Hamburg, Germany. She focuses on topics related so science, environment and health. Until 2011, Elmer worked as editor for infographics at the German press agency dpa. She was part of a team which set up Germany’s first department for data journalism and computer assisted reporting, also at dpa. Before that she worked as a journalism trainee at the regional television broadcaster WDR, studied journalism and biology at the Technische Universität Dortmund.

Tommy Kaas

Tommy Kaas is a part-time lecturer at the Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies at Roskilde University. He is also an editor and a partner at Kaas & Mulvad, a private company founded in 2007 that works closely with media and press organisations in Denmark and abroad and that is part of an international network promoting global investigative journalism. Kaas is involved in Danish and international organisations for investigative and computer-assisted journalism and is co-founder of DICAR – the Danish International Center for Analytical Reporting.

Friedrich Lindenberg

Friedrich Lindenberg is a media scientist turned coder working on open government and transparency initiatives. As a developer at the Open Knowledge Foundation, he is part of OpenSpending, an international effort to make financial data accessible, as well as CKAN, a community-driven data catalogue project. He is the author of Adhocracy, a collaborative drafting software used by the Internet commission of the German Bundestag and several political parties to enable citizens to contribute to policy documents.

Nils Mulvad

Nils Mulvad (1955) is associate professor at The Danish School of Media and Journalism and partner and editor at Kaas & Mulvad. Until end 2006 he was executive director of the Danish International Center for Analytical Reporting, Dicar. In 2005 he co-founded the European network on getting data out on beneficiaries of agricultural subsidies now published on www.farmsubsidy.org. Together with former IRE director Brant Houston he was the main responsible for the two first Global Investigative Journalism Conferences in 2001 and 2003 in Copenhagen and was co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. Mulvad is specialized in development of new methods in data journalism and using mobile and social media for journalism.

Paul Myers

Paul Myers first used the Internet in 1978 and has been using the Web since 1993. He joined the BBC as an information researcher in 1995, became a new media and journalism trainer in 2000. Blending his previous career as a computer operator and programmer with the world of journalism, Myers pioneered many of the online research techniques that are now commonplace in the media. He is always developing new strategies to cope with the changing digital landscape. Myers continues to work closely with investigative, current affairs, news and consumer programmes across the BBC and combines his time with training, consultancy and web design. He runs the Research Clinic website (http://researchclinic.co.uk) which contains his tools, links and study material.

Martin Rosenbaum

Martin Rosenbaum has been the BBC News specialist in using FOI for journalism since the law came into force in the UK in 2005. He has used FOI requests to obtain information on many topics, ranging from which models of cars fail annual safety checks to environmental pollution from public buildings. He writes about FOI for the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/correspondents/martinrosenbaum/. He trains BBC journalists in freedom of information and data journalism. He is also an executive producer in the BBC’s political programmes department and makes radio documentaries on a wide range of subjects. He tweets as @rosenbaum6.

Erik Willems

Erik Willems is journalist and programmer. He is a Master student in journalism at Ghent University and works part-time as an editor for fd.nl, the website of Het Financieele Dagblad, a Dutch financial newspaper. Willems specialises in finding fresh data and visualising with Google APIs and new javascript libraries. He also uses web scraping if needed.

Twitter: @ehwillems
Website: www.datajournalist.be

Shyamlal Yadav

Shyamlal Yadav (1970) works as Senior Assistant Editor with The Indian Express, India's daily newspaper best known for investigative reporting. Till November 2011, he was with India Today weekly magazine. He has exposed mismanagement of public money through a number of investigative stories using the Right to Information Act; stories on foreign travel made by ministers, foreign travel made by bureaucrats, corruption cases against government officials, transparency in functioning of bureaucracy are some of examples. Yadav received two international awards (Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize and Developing Asia Journalism Award in 2010) and prestigious awards in India such as the Indian Express Award for Excellence in Journalism (2009), the National RTI Award (2009) and the Statesman Rural Reporting Award (2007).

Blaž Zgaga

Blaž Zgaga is a freelance investigative journalist living in Slovenia and is co-author of the trilogy In the Name of the State, which explores arms smuggling in the Balkans during the conflicts of the 1990s. After disclosure of a US DIA secret operation in 2000, he was prosecuted for – and later cleared of charges of – revealing military secrets. In a collaboration with Finnish journalist Magnus Berglund, he revealed massive corruption in the Patria arms deal in 2008. Zgaga is co-founder of the Center for Investigative Journalism in Slovenia.