Strategic Lead

Neil Maiden (City, University of London)

Neil is Professor of the Digital Creativity in the Cass Business School at City, University of London. With over 25 years of researching and developing new digital technologies applied to different business challenges, he leads artificial intelligence projects dedicated to solving creativity problems in sectors from journalism and manufacturing to social care and elite sports training. He is and has been a principal and co-investigator on numerous EPSRC- and EU-funded research projects with a total value of £35million.

Claus Hesseling (Interlink Academy, Hamburg)

Claus is a journalist and journalism trainer based in Hamburg/Germany. As a data journalist for public German TV he explores the opportunities of text-mining and AI for journalism. On behalf of Interlink Academy he conducts international training workshops with journalists from all over the world. [the_claus on Twitter].


Andrea Wagemans (WAN-IFRA, Paris)

Andrea is Project Coordinator at WAN-IFRA’s Global Alliance for Media Innovation. She is interested in media innovation labs, journalism start-ups and other new initiatives to understand how media innovation works exactly and how it could be stimulated. Especially through building bridges between research and practice. This is also the focus of her ongoing PhD-research and research projects at the University of Groningen. Before joining WAN-IFRA, she worked as a (freelance) journalist and researcher.


Kos Zachos (City, University of London)

Kos is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice, Cass Business School of City University London. Kos has been involved in research in the areas of computer science and creativity with a focus on designing and developing digital creativity tools to reinforce learning in creative problem solving and enhance creativity in sectors from journalism and manufacturing to social care and elite sports training.


Geesje van Haren (VersPers, Amsterdam)

In 2005, Geesje established – a training and publishing platform for investigative journalists, with a large network of publishing partners and extensive experience in training creative investigative journalism skills. She is also the chief editor of Small Stream Media, which brought her to OESO-DAC countries like Bosnia Herzegovina, Malaysia, South Africa, and The Philippines, where she trained young talents on how to find cross-local stories.


Amanda Brown (City, University of London)

Amanda is a Research Fellow in the Creativity in Professional Practice, Cass Business School of City University London. Amanda works within and across multi-disciplinary teams in investigative projects, community building and networking. She is involved in research in the areas of creativity, resilience, innovation and leadership and coordinates the marketing strategy across projects.  

Dimitris Apostolou (National Technical University of Athens)

Dimitris is Associate Professor of Information Systems in the University of Piraeus and Senior Researcher in the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems of NTUA. In over 20 years of technology consulting, and research & development in advanced information systems, he focused on information & knowledge engineering, business analytics and decision support. He has coordinated a number of EU-funded projects and was principal and co-investigator in research and consulting projects for both private and public sector clients.

George Brock (Brock Consulting, London)

Having worked for over 20 years as a writer and editor for The Times of London, and before that as a reporter for The Observer, George now consults for and advises media companies. He’s also on the board of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and is a Visiting Professor at the Cass Business School of City, University of London, where he was Professor and Head of Journalism from 2009-14.

Business Development

Arend Jan van den Beld (VJ Movement, Amsterdam)

Arend Jan is managing social justice organisation Free Zone (since 2018) and media organisation VJM & Cartoon Movement (which he founded in 2007; now 500+ journalists active in 100 countries). He started his career at Philips International and is specialised in new concepts, building technical platforms, new services and alternative business models/markets. Dutch magazine Vrij Nederland awarded him the title ‘New Radical’.


City, University of London

The City University was founded in 1894 and is based close to the City of London, where it contributes significantly to the capital's academic, cultural and business life. It has almost 22,000 students from 153 countries and about 2,000 academic, technical and administration staff. INJECT at City is based in its Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice in the Cass Business School, and its Department of Journalism in the School of Arts and Social Science.

Avisa Hallingdølen

Hallingdølen is the local newspaper of the valley of Hallingdal in the mountain part of Norway. It is owned by local families, and was established in 1936. Hallingdølen publishes three printed editions each week, and are read by 17.000 readers daily when we include the online editions which you can find here: The newspaper has a circulation of 8.855 and has won several awards for its design and journalism.

Avisa Hordaland

Hordaland is a local newspaper published in Voss, Norway. It is published three days a week, and covers Ulvik, Granvin, Vaksdal, Eidfjord, Ullensvang and Modalen in addition to Voss. It has a circulation of 8.100 and is published by Hordaland Bladdrift AS, which is in turn owned by private persons.

Avisa Sunnhordland

Sunnhordland is a local newspaper in the Western part of Norway. It is family owned, and was established in 1902. It publishes 5 printed editions each week, with a circulation of 6218. It covers the areas of 5 municipalities (Stord, Fitjar, Bømlo, Tysnes and Kvinnherad), with approximately 1900 m2. About 60.000 people live in this area.


Explaain is a news service and platform specialising in breaking news down into a data-like form. Instead of articles, Explaain stores news as short atoms of information, such as profiles, quotes, facts, definitions, charts, maps etc.

FNSP Sciences Po Journalism School

The Sciences Po Journalism School is fully integrated to a first-rate university. Just like Sciences Po University students, students attending the School of Journalism are trained by Sciences Po teachers who share with them all the findings made in Sciences Po's nine research centres.

Institute of Communication and Computer Systems

ICCS is a non-profit, private legal entity which is linked to the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and is the research host of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The aim of the Institute is to promote the Research and Development in all different research disciplines of ICT.

Interlink Academy

The Interlink Academy for International Dialog and Journalism strives to professionalise journalism and advance press freedom. It develops and organises international exchange programs and professional trainings for journalists from all spheres worldwide. The non-profit organisation was established in 2014.


The cross-functional M'Labs team combines business, design and technology to research and develop innovative technical solutions. Understanding people's needs through collaboration and human-centered design is what drives us. In the end, all we want is to design with a purpose.

University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university. Academic diversity and high quality are fundamental for us. UiB is the most cited university in Norway.

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists. The University's Centre for Media and Journalism Studies conducts interdisciplinary research in the field of media and journalism studies.


VersPers is a training and publication platform for journalists. We publish serious, in-depth stories. At VersPers, starting journalists and professionals get the opportunity to create great journalistic products and show them to a large audience.

VJ Movement

The VJ Movement is a large and ever growing community of some of the best visual journalists from around the globe. Together with them and with our audience, we aim to become the Internet’s #1 publishing platform for high quality visual journalism.


The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, is the global organisation of the world’s press. It derives its authority from its global network of 3,000 news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 80 member publisher associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries. It joined INJECT with support of its Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI).