For young teams or teams that need support in a specific aspect of the investigation, a mentor can be appointed. holds a pool of potential mentors, who can be suggested in a dialogue with the applicant team. The jury can make a grant conditional of collaboration with a mentor.

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.

The mentors are selected based on either the focus of the investigation or the need for competencies in a specific skill. has developed a list of names of mentors that are available underneath.

List of Mentors:

  • Gwen Lister (Namibia) - Journalist, columnist and press freedom activist. Founder, editor of The Namibian. Early ICIJ member.
  • Nick Mathiason (United Kingdom) - Founder and Co-Director of Finance Uncovered
  • Sheila Coronel (United States/ Philippines) - Director Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.  
  • 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.
  • Yi-Shan Chen (Taiwan): Finance reporter and an instructor at National Taiwan University's School of Journalism and a deputy editor at Taiwan's CommonWealthmagazine. Participated in Offshore leaks, Panama Paper and Paradise projects of ICIJ. 
  • Oliver Schröm (Germany) - Finance reporter and Editor-in-chief at Correctiv

  • John-Allan Namu (Kenya) - Investigative Journalist/CEO at Africa Uncensored.

  • Eric Smit (The Netherlands)- Finance and money laundering specialist. Editor-in-chief at Follow the Money ( 

  • Paula Fray (South Africa) - Managing Director at frayintermedia.

  • Laurent Richard (France) - Investigative Journalist. Co-founder of the French inquiry magazine Cash Investigation. ICIJ member. Worked on Luxleaks.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Sylke Gruhnwald (Switzerland) - reporter based in Switzerland specialising in reporting on white collar crime, fraud and following the money.

  • Craig McKune (South Africa) - specialises in research and communications projects around tax havens and financial flows & climate and energy. Formerly worked as an investigative journalist for amaBhungane

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