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The decisions of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board are executed by the management team:


Managing Director — Ides Debruyne

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

Debruyne is co-organizer of the European Investigative Journalism Conference (Dataharvest). He is one of the people behind the cross-border journalism course International Research Journalism (Belgium-The Netherlands).

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

He is the founder of "de Vlaamse Scriptieprijs" (promotes science communication) and "de Vlaamse Scriptiebank" (promotes open acces).
(Photo © Toumaj Khakpour)


Managing Editor — Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter is Journalismfund.eu's Editor Europe, who composes the jury (based on a longlist proposed by the International Advisory Board) and oversees the European journalistic activities.

Brigitte Alfter, born 1966 in Germany, an award-journalist, is one of Journalismfund.eu's founding members. A journalist by profession she is based in Copenhagen and considers Europe her field of interest. From 2004-2008 she was the Brussels-correspondent for the Danish daily newspaper Information, she is a co-founder of Farmsubsidy.org and she is a co-founder of the Scoop project, a support structure for journalists initially in the Balkans and the Ukraine, later also involving a number of other countries.

Brigitte has covered European affairs and EU-matters for years, she has specialised in freedom of information legislation. Her fields of interest are civil liberties, accountable administrations, justice- and home affairs and minority issues aswell as a number of specific sectors, she has investigated. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Wobbing in Europe, a network of journalists, who use freedom of information legislation as a research tool.

She has participated in a number of cross border journalism teams under the Investigative Reporters Network Europe and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, on stories as diverse as side effects of pharmaceuticals, the climate lobby and illegal fisheries. Her experience in cross border journalism combined with interviews with other pioneers of the method has been compiled to the Cross Border Journalism Handbook.

Sharing and developing journalistic methods is a matter of importance to her. From 2012-2014 she was a lecturer of journalism at the University of Roskilde, where she still is an external lecturer. She has a long track record of courses, classes, and lessons at all levels from secondary school to university level and in-job training.

She was a board member of the Danish Association for Investigative Journalism FUJ from 2002-2012 including a four year term from 2008-2012 as the chairperson of FUJ’s International Committee. She also was a board member of the German association Netzwerk Recherche from 2007-2011. Brigitte is a member of Åbenhedstinget, a Danish network of journalist's and public officials on freedom of information access to electronic documents, under the Danish journalism training center Update.

In 2006 Brigitte was among the nominees for the Danish Cavling award, the most important journalist award in Denmark. In 2007 she was on the winning team for the Freedom of Information Award of the American Investigative Editors and Reporters, IRE, and in 2008 she was in the run-up for the prestigious German Henri-Nannen Award.In recent years she was on several award winning teams doing cross-border reporting. In 2013 she won the Leipzig Award for the Freedom and the Future of the Press for founding Journalismfund.eu, together with Ides Debruyne.


Editorial Co-ordinator — Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup is Journalismfund.eu's editorial co-ordinator for the cross-border and Freedom of Expression grant programmes, who is in charge of preparing the applications for the jury and following up on the ongoing investigations.

Trine is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she works as a freelance journalist and project coordinator. She has been a coordinator for the Nordic 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.


Editorial Co-ordinator — Marjorie Blomme

Marjorie Blomme is Journalismfund.eu's editorial co-ordinator for the Connecting Continents grant programme. She answers questions regarding the grants and is in charge of preparing the applications for the jury and following up on the ongoing investigations.

Marjorie is based in Antwerp, Belgium, and also works as a freelance journalist. She has a master's degree in modern history and in journalism from Ghent university. Her work has been published in Humo, De Standaard, Gazet van Antwerpen, Vacature, Snoecks, Weliswaar, Weekend Knack, Goedele, Feeling en Psychologies, among others.


Communication — Lisa Akinyi May


Lisa Akinyi May is in charge of Journalismfund.eu’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.