Finance Uncovered’s mission is to improve the quantity and quality of investigative stories that are rooted in illicit finance or exploitation by training and supporting journalists and activists around the world.
Since launching in 2013, we have delivered financial, multi-day training to over 400 journalists and activists from over 90 countries.
But we are more than a training organisation.
Working in collaboration with our partners, we help produce around 30 investigative stories per year. Many of them generate significant impact.
Our aim is to help strengthen public interest, investigative journalists and the organisations they work for.
We do this by offering a comprehensive suite of “Follow the Money” editorial services to our “clients”.
This consists of :
- Our popular three- or four-day Introduction to Investigating Illicit Finance course;
- Bespoke, story focused workshops for investigative units and centres;
- A helpdesk;
- Editorial one-on-one investigative support;
- Investigative project initiation, co-ordination, support and management; and
- Editing, legal and narrative guidance
Our services are very much in demand. So our plan now is to expand our trainer “squad”, make our courses scalable and deepen relationships with key investigative centres around the world.
Finance Uncovered began its life in late 2012. We were incubated by Tax Justice Network and transitioned to become a stand-alone, independent journalism organisation during 2016.
Today we are a staff of five, a proud member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and an Organised Crime & Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) partner organisation.
Our courses are programmed by experienced financial journalists, who understand the requirements of reporters and researchers.
Our trainers include experienced accountants, former law enforcement officials and experienced financial and investigative journalists.
We facilitate bespoke trainings for investigative units and NGOs and particularly enjoy running results driven, story focused workshops.
We have worked on numerous hard-hitting, impactful investigations with journalists working for emerging investigative centres as well as some of the world’s biggest media organisations.
These include amaBhungane (South Africa), Atlatszo.hu (Hungary), BBC (UK), Cenozo (West Africa), Daily Nation (Kenya), Daily Prothom Alo (Bangladesh), de Correspondent (Netherlands), L’Economiste du Faso (Burkina Faso), Front Page Africa (Liberia), The Guardian (UK), Hindustan Times (India), the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Investigative Reporting Project Italy, Mada Masr (Egypt), the Mail on Sunday (UK), the Namibian, the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), The Observer (Uganda), The Observer (UK), Premium Times (Nigeria), Private Eye (UK), Slidstvo.info (Ukraine), SpiegelOnline (Germany), Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), The Sunday Times (UK), The Times (UK) and der Tagesspiegel (Germany).
As of September 2020, the open grants we currently receive are from:
– Adessium (€250,000 over three years);
– The Joffe Charitable Trust (£93,000 over three years);
– Luminate ($500,000 over three years);
– The National Endowment for Democracy ($230,000 over two years);
– Open Society Foundations ($224,735 over two years);
– The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation ($450,000 over three years); and
– We are a member of the Money Trail consortium which also consists of Free Press Unlimited, Journalismfund.eu and Oxfam Novib. The Netherlands National Postcode Lottery granted €2.5m to this consortium over three years of which Finance Uncovered received €502,827.
Around 5% of our income comes from fees we charge organisations who ask us to put on training as well as course fees from Western journalists who want to attend our London trainings.
Simon Bowers (Chair)
Simon is European Coordinator and Senior Reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a non-profit group that organizes international collaborative journalism projects. Simon has worked on some of ICIJ’s largest projects: LuxLeaks, Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, Implant Files and others. Before joining ICIJ in 2017, he spent 19 years at The Guardian, where he was a senior reporter working on tax and financial investigations. Simon’s reporting at ICIJ has featured in the New York Times, Australian Financial Review, Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung, El Confidencial, British Medical Journal, Irish Times, The Guardian, BBC, Knack, De Tijd and Aftenposten. He has appeared in, or contributed to, documentaries for Vice News, BBC Panorama, YLE, and Reveal News. He has also given a TEDx talk on the Paradise Papers. He has been part of collaborative reporting teams that have won several awards, including three George Polk awards for Financial Journalism (Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, LuxLeaks) and a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting (Panama Papers). He is on Twitter at @sbowers00
Deborah has been steeped in civil society for over twenty years, as a leader, campaigner, and writer, working across human rights, development, environment and economic justice issues. She currently works in a portfolio capacity, on strategy and analysis with a range of clients in civil society and philanthropy; and is a partner of RightsCoLab a think tank where she works on the future of civil society.
Her most recent role was as Director of the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS), a private philanthropic collaborative working to create a more enabling environment for civil society and democracy. Previous roles have included Director of the World Development Movement, where she helped to achieve curbs to speculation in food commodities; and founder/Director of the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE) of 120 NGOs in the UK that achieved ground-breaking changes to UK Company law, to embed social and environmental accountability.
She has been a trustee of numerous organisations, including the Fairtrade Foundation, and is currently on the Boards of Finance Uncovered and the Sheila McKechnie Foundation. She has appeared as a spokesperson across radio and television, and blogs for the Guardian on international civil society issues.
John is the CEO of Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi, a non-governmental organisation connecting individuals and a wide variety of grassroots organizations working for positive social change. Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi campaigns against corruption in public offices and demands to know how resources are being distributed and used to better the lives of all Kenyans.
John is also publisher of The Elephant, an increasingly influential pan-Africa platform for engaging citizens to reflect, re-member and re-envision their society by interrogating the past, the present, to fashion a future.
John is also Executive Vice Chair of the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA); Chair of the Africa Center for Open Governance (AFRICOG); and a Commissioner of the Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) of the British government.
Previously, he served as Senior Advisor on Governance, Office of the President, Government of South Sudan; Vice President of World Vision, Senior Associate Member, St Antony’s College Oxford; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President in charge of Governance and Ethics of the Kenya Government; board member Transparency International, Berlin; CEO Transparency International Kenya and a board member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission.
John has been a columnist for the East African, Associate Editor, Executive magazine; and a correspondent for the Economist. In 2004 the German President awarded John the German-Afrika Prize for Leadership. In 2011 he was selected as one of the world’s 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine and one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. In 2012 he was short-listed, alongside US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton for the prestigious Tipperary International Peace Award. October, 2013: awarded the OXI! Award by the Washington Oxi Day Foundation that marks heroism and the defence of freedom. In 2015 he was appointed Mimi and Peter E. Haas, Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University. John holds an honours degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Wales and an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University.
Ted Jeory is an award-winning journalist who changed career from accountancy in 2002, having worked for the likes of JP Morgan and Mobil Oil. Since then he has worked as a news, politics and social affairs reporter and editor in local and national newspapers. He also spent many years writing an acclaimed blog about the corrupted politics of Tower Hamlets in east London.
He is passionate about journalism being a force for good at grass-roots levels and while deputy editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, he created the idea for its award-winning Bureau Local project. He joined Finance Uncovered as co-director in January 2017.
Eugene spent thirty years in UK Law Enforcement, working on major drug trafficking cases, large VAT and Excise fiscal frauds, and serious money laundering offences. A former Head of Intelligence in the UK’s Financial Intelligence Unit, he ended his Law Enforcement career as Head of SOCA’s Criminal Finance & Profits Intelligence Department and now works as an independent Financial Crime consultant.
Nick Mathiason has been a business and finance journalist for 30 years and has broken a sizeable number of impactful stories that have had international prominence. Subjects investigated include developing countries access to medicine, vulture funds, labour issues and the growth of private equity. One of the first UK journalists to report on industrial scale tax avoidance, in 2012 Nick founded and today co-directs Finance Uncovered. Formerly a business correspondent at The Observer, The Guardian, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Big Issue magazine for the homeless, Nick has been shortlisted for major international journalism prizes on numerous occasions.