Michelle Madsen is a UK-based freelance journalist who has been covering corruption in the extractives industries for over a decade.

She specialises in investigating companies, governments and individuals involved in resource corruption, the misappropriation of public contracts and funds and tax evasion. She has worked as a staff reporter for Legal Week, McGraw Hill and as an editor at Euromoney. She has written as a freelance journalist for publications including Africa Confidential, The Independent and Private Eye and run investigations for public bodies and unions.

She works with Centre for Investigative Journalism. Recent work includes an investigation into corruption surrounding the allocation of Ebola funds in Sierra Leone and investigations into academy funding, the business of detention centres and the LOBO scandal. As an artist, Michelle uses the absurd, the unexpected and the subversive to question power, privilege and the structures we live by.

She is a member of Poetry on the Picket Line, BP or Not BP and has appeared on BBC1 and BBC Radio 4 and NTS Radio. She has a weekly radio show on Resonance FM (Bears at a Picnic Naked and Laughing) and her debut poetry collection Alternative Beach Sports is published by Burning Eye.

Michelle Madsen

Basic information

Michelle Madsen
Freelance journalist
Corruption in the extractives industries
United Kingdom

Supported projects

How Frank Timis uses UK-registered companies to exploit Africa's resources

  • Corruption
  • Economy
  • Energy
  • Industry

FREETOWN - Following BBC's Panorama investigation into secret oil and gas deal corruption between one of City's most controversial businessmen, Frank Timis, and the Senegalese president's brother, Aliou Sall, a team of journalists from Britain and Sierra Leone funded by our Money Trail grant programme can reveal further insight into just how questionable this deal was.

New oil town Senegal