Justin Arenstein

He is an award-winning investigative journalist and digital strategist currently helping Google and the International Center for Journalists strengthen Africa’s watchdog media by working with newsrooms to implement better forensic research and evidence-based reportage. This includes helping media adopt digital tools and data journalism strategies. Justin manages the $1m African News Innovation Challenge, is rolling out HacksHackers chapters across Africa, and supports newsroom-based experiments with citizen reporting, mobile news, and augmented reality platforms. Justin is a former Press Councillor in South Africa, and continues to serve on several media industry bodies and think tanks. His investigative reportage has helped put a senator, two legislature speakers and a provincial cabinet minister behind bars, and contributed to the ouster of two provincial premiers and several other cabinet ministers and state officials on charges ranging from child rape to corruption.

Evelyn Muthoni

Evelyn is a software engineer with a background in Computer Science. She previously worked at mSurvey, a mobile survey company, connecting businesses to their customers.  She is currently working towards giving citizens the information they need to make informed decisions that drive social change at Code for Africa. Her role at the Civic Media lab is liberating and visualising data that helps journalists tell more data driven stories that inspire conversations and change. When not tanning in front of a computer screen, she is an avid reader and a dog person. Code for Africa (CfAfrica) is the continent’s largest open data initiative, using technology and data to help citizens shape their governments and hold those in power to account. CfAfrica currently has country-based programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Jacopo Ottaviani

Jacopo Ottaviani is a computer scientist and journalist. He is experienced in data journalism and cross-border media projects (see Columbia Journalism Review). He builds narratives and visualisations around data and his work has been published by, among others, The Guardian, Al Jazeera International, Foreign Policy and Internazionale. In 2014 he took part in the team which produced The dark side of the Italian tomato, an interactive documentary published by Al Jazeera, RFI and Internazionale. He won the 2014 Data Journalism Award with The Migrants Files, a cross-border data project that uncovered exclusive information on the plight of migrants trying to reach Europe. He coordinated Generation E, a cross-border, crowdsourced and data-driven project on South-European migration, published by a variety of international media. In 2015 he made the web-documentary E-waste Republic which won the 2015 DIG Awards and the 2015 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize.

Stanislas de Livonnière

Stanislas graduated from Sciences Po Lille in 2008, with a master degree in International Cooperation and Local Development.
Then, he worked for the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome as a data & knowledge management officer. After one year, he was hired as a consultant at the UNESCO office for Iraq, to run projects related to journalists training, information professionals safety and media development. 
Back to France, he created Advocate Hypermedia, a communication agency specialized in innovative storytelling.
In June 2014, he created the Data & Innovation team at Le Parisien, running a group of technicians, assisting the newsroom in data treatment and innovative storytelling.

Nuno Vargas

Nuno Vargas is a designer, digital strategist, journalist and Design Thinking evangelist. A native of Portugal, Nuno has lived in Spain, Brazil, Argentina and was a recent resident of Palo Alto, after becoming the first portuguese to be chosen as a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University.
He has worked in Europe, Latin America, Nigeria, Ghana, Thailand and the USA, developing media related and corporate projects for both print, digital and mobile platforms while facilitating training on Design Thinking, Mobile and Data Driven applications.
While at Stanford, Nuno started designing and building DataStory, a tool that allowed for journalists, students and common users to interpret public and private data by creating visualizations that they can share, contribute – by community driven data-linking – and embed. DataStory got selected as one of the World Top 10 news startups at Eurovision’s NewsXChange, Startup Alley.
He has recently done projects with IOM, The International Organization for Migrations, in Geneva or Artear, the TV branch of Clarín, South America’s biggest media group.
Nuno believes that journalism and design are a social process and that you build together with your users.

Lillian Nduati

Lillian Nduati is the Community and Knowledge Lead at Code for Africa, developing and supporting the Code for Africa pan-African community network of journalists, civic hackers, civil society organizations, developers, designers, and #journocoders. This includes 16 HacksHackers Africa chapters, 19 d|Bootcamps, Codebridge communities, and CodeforAfrica Chapters in 10 countries.

Most recently, Lillian helped to scale the global Impact Hub Network into 12+ African cities, and before that, was a data and business journalist at the Nation Media Group. Lillian is passionate about the space where media meets technology and innovation – converging her strengths as an entrepreneur, journalist, coder, and communicator to connect people and ideas to create positive impact.

With Support From:

Johanna Carrillo

Carrillo is a Senior Program Director at international Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) responsible for the operational management of program staff and program procedures. She also acts as a deputy of the vice president of programs and assists in developing and implementing ICFJ programs. Carrillo previously served as director of the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet). Prior to ICFJ, she worked as associate producer on Televisión Nacional de Chile, TVN (2002-03) and project manager and field producer at JL Producciones in Santiago, Chile (2000-02). She has a B.S. in journalism from the Universidad del Desarrollo in Concepción, Chile. She is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English and Portuguese and proficient in French.

Cassandra Balfour

Cassandra Balfour is a Program Assistant at the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) responsible for supporting and assisting ICFJ’s program team. Before she joined ICFJ, she worked for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While an undergraduate, she volunteered in Nicaragua and studied abroad in Egypt, where she interned with a media monitoring NGO. She also worked as a reporter and editor at the University of Michigan’s student-run newspaper, the Michigan Daily.

Our Mission

To boost analytical, evidence-based public discussion
by giving citizens, journalists and civil society
access to the data, digital tools, and computational skills
necessary for transforming our societies into digital democracies.