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Thursday, October 8 • 15:00 - 16:00
Finding Africa's Missing Money

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Finding Africa’s missing money

Africa is losing money. Billions of dollars flow out of the continent every year due to the abuse of tax laws, smuggling, and corruption. It’s a huge problem and it’s under-reported. But there is now a growing number of journalists in Africa who are exposing this illicit financial activity.

At this session you will hear about investigations into stolen funds stashed in offshore bank accounts, secret tax breaks for corporations operating in Africa, the mispricing of mineral exports, and much more. The journalists will present their stories and explain some of the methods they use.

The session will feature participants in the Wealth of Nations programme, run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which works with Africa’s leading journalists and media houses – as well as top journalists from across the world – to report on illicit finance and tax abuse.

It will also feature journalists from the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), which strengthens African investigative journalism by improving the expertise, sustainability and production capacity in muckraking newsrooms.

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Derek Thorne

Project Manager, Thomson Reuters Foundation
 Derek Thorne is a Project Manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters. He primarily works on the Foundation’s Wealth of Nations programme, which works with African media to investigate the abuse of tax laws and improve oil reporting. Prior to this, he worked in journalism, education, project management and international development. For five years he worked at the charity One World Media, where... Read More →

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Rex Chikoko

Investigative journalist, The Nation Publications Limited
Rex Chikoko is a Malawian journalist with over 12 years’ experience in active journalism. Currently, he is working for one of Malawi's leading print media houses, Nation Publications Limited, as an Investigative Journalist. He developed interest in investigative journalism in 2008 after attending several investigative journalism training programmes organised by USAID in Malawi. However, his passion for investigative journalism grew after... Read More →
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Musikilu Mojeed

Managing editor, Premium Times
Musikilu Mojeed, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, is an award-winning journalist and Managing Editor at Nigeria's multimedia newspaper, Premium Times. He was until 2011 Investigative Editor at Nigeria’s NEXT newspaper where he directed the groundbreaking investigative work of that newspaper. He also coordinated the paper's WikiLeaks coverage. | A recent Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, and... Read More →
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John Reynolds

Business journalist, Freelance
John Reynolds is a freelance business journalist who writes regular news, features and interviews for the Sunday Independent in Ireland. He also currently mentors trainee journalists in investigating stories related to illicit finance and tax abuse for the Thomson Reuters Foundation Wealth of Nations Programme. In the past he has written on business, politics and renewable energy for The Irish Times and UK publications The Spectator and The... Read More →
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Khadija Sharife

Forensic financial researcher and editor, African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR)
Khadija Sharife is a forensics financial researcher and writer based in South Africa. She works with the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), is a fellow with the World Policy Institute, and author of Tax Us If You Can: Africa.

Thursday October 8, 2015 15:00 - 16:00
Weidemann 5 (Presentations/Panels)

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