For teams that need support in a specific aspect of investigation a mentor can be appointed. A mentor can be suggested in a dialogue with the applicant team. The mentors are selected based on either the focus of investigation or the need for competences in a specific skill. Having the help of a mentor can have a significant positive influence on a team and story. Particularly teams of journalists less experienced in the field of transnational, investigative stories can reap the benefits of assistance from more experienced colleagues. The jury can also make a grant conditional of collaboration with a mentor.

The's team can suggest a mentor to the granted team from its pool or the team can choose the mentor from the list below and come up with his / her name. The limit to the days of mentorship depends on the case at hand, on the needs of the journalists involved. One person can also mentor more than one team. Since he / she is chosen, the mentor signs the mentor agreement with  

Here is a list of the different ways mentoring will add value to the journalists and the projects:

  • Tips related to research including securing information sharing and communication;
  • Identification of sources;
  • Interview methodology;
  • Sharpen the focus of the story;
  • Fresh perspective on a story;
  • Motivation to continue the work despite stumbling blocks;
  • Broadening the journalists’ network.

Here you can find at least six ways a mentor can directly benefit your research and story. 

(Photo: © Thomas More - EIJC & Dataharvest 2018) has developed a list of mentors who we have pooled: 


  1. Yi-Shan Chen (Taiwan): Finance reporter and an instructor at National Taiwan University's School of Journalism and a deputy editor at Taiwan's CommonWealth magazine. Participated in Offshore leaks, Panama Paper and Paradise projects of ICIJ.
  2. Wahyu Dhyatmika (Indonesia) - Specialist in corruption reporting. Editor-in-Chief for Tempo Media Group, Jakarta. Board member of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Indonesia.
  3. Will Fitzgibbon (United States) is a senior ICIJ reporter. He is also ICIJ's Africa and Middle East partnership coordinator.
  4. Paula Fray (South Africa) - Managing Director at frayintermedia.
  5. Sylke Gruhnwald (Switzerland) - reporter based in Switzerland specialising in reporting on white-collar crime, fraud and following the money 
  6. Coco Gubbels (The Netherlands) - a full-time ad interim Program and Project Manager at VL Consultants BV. Coco Gubbels is aware of the need and the added value of project management in investigative journalism. She has knowledge and experience of both areas and can bring techniques and tools to journalism that is added value in current developments in media.
  7. Pavla Holcova (Czech Republic) - specialises in Organized Crime Groups in Europe, Money Laundering, media projects. She is the founder of the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism.
  8. Roel Landingin (Philippines) - specialises in corruption, abuse of money and resources. Roel Landingin is the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Philippines, an online business news website. He is also a contributor to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and ICIJ-member.
  9. Gwen Lister (Namibia) - Journalist, columnist and press freedom activist. Founder, editor of The Namibian. Early ICIJ member.
  10. Fiona Macleod is a seasoned investigative environmental journalist, who heads Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism.
  11. Nick Mathiason (United Kingdom) - Founder and Co-Director of Finance Uncovered.
  12. Craig McKune (South Africa) – specializes in research and communications projects around tax havens and financial flows & climate and energy. Formerly worked as an investigative journalist for amaBhungane.
  13. John-Allan Namu (Kenya) - Investigative Journalist/CEO at Africa Uncensored.
  14. Ron Nixon (United States / South Africa) - International Investigations Editor at The Associated Press. Former New York Times. Computer-Assisted Reporting specialist.
  15. Laurent Richard (France) - Investigative Journalist. Co-founder of the French inquiry magazine Cash Investigation. ICIJ member. Worked on Luxleaks.
  16. Oliver Schröm (Germany) - Finance reporter and Editor-in-chief at Correctiv.
  17. Eric Smit (The Netherlands)- Finance and money laundering specialist. Editor-in-chief at Follow the Money (
  18. Khadija Sharife (South Africa) is an investigative journalist, researcher and Africa editor at OCCRP.
  19. Rana Sabbagh is a career journalist, columnist and media trainer. She was the first female editor-in-chief of a daily political newspaper in the Levant. She is co-founder of the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism network (ARIJ) and currently works as MENA Investigations Editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). She mentors journalists from the MENA region.
  20. Saad Hattar is a Jordanian career journalist and media trainer, with more than 30 years of experience in print and radio journalism throughout the Arab World. Currently he is managing editor of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ).