Managing Director — Ides Debruyne


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Ides Debruyne is co-founder of the Belgian Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists (VVOJ) and He is managing director of

Debruyne is co-organizer of the cross-border journalism course International Research Journalism (Belgium-The Netherlands).

He is the founder of “de Vlaamse Scriptieprijs” (promotes science communication) and “de Vlaamse Scriptiebank” (promotes open acces).

In 2013 he and his colleague Brigitte Alfter won the ‘Prize for the Freedom and Future of Media.

Managing Editor — Brigitte Alfter


Brigitte Alfter is managing editor at

In her field of responsibilities are the European journalism work grants, the program of the annual European Investigative Journalism and Dataharvest Conference and other journalistic and editorial projects. Brigitte Alfter, born 1966 in Germany, is an award-winning journalist based in Denmark and considers Europe her field of interest. She has worked as a local journalist in Denmark and Germany. From 2004-2008 she was the Brussels-correspondent for the Danish daily newspaper Information.

Already during her years as correspondent and more so afterwards she realised the need for cross-border collaboration among journalists and worked in several European and global research teams including the ICIJ. She also realised the need for support structures for cross-border collaborative journalism in Europe to which the activities aim to contribute. In 2015 she published he Handbook in Cross-border journalism in Danish language, published in German in the autumn of 2017 and forthcoming in English. She has extensive experience in teaching and training journalists on all levels.

She is a co-founder of several journalism projects, networks and platforms, and she occasionally contributes to scholarly research.

Financial Manager – Linda Berckmans


Linda Berckmans is the financial manager of

Project coordinator European Cross-border grants — Trine Smistrup


Trine Smistrup is’s coordinator for the cross-border grant programmes, who is in charge of preparing the applications for the jury and following up on the ongoing investigations.

<PNordic Journalism Center’s program in Russia for a total of six years. She has also been the project coordinator for SCOOP Russia, a support program for investigative journalism in Russia. Today, she is a volunteer for SCOOP Russia and editor of the international SCOOP website.

Maintaining and renewing journalistic tools and skills has been a focus in Trine’s work, as she has been a deputy director for the Danish mid-career training center for journalists for 14 years and a trainer for the Norwegian Journalism Institute for more than two decades. Trine holds a master’s degree in digital communication.

Communication and Project coordinator Money Trail — Lisa Akinyi May


Lisa Akinyi May is in charge of’s communications.May studied Journalism at Thomas More University College, majoring in television broadcasting. While studying, she did an internship at UNOCHA’s humanitarian news agency, IRIN (currently independent).

As a journalist she has worked for Belgian VRT News channel, MO* Magazine and Mediahuis.