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About me

A freelance reporter, I’ve been doing investigations in Africa for a decade.

I do nerdy stories, like trawling through thousands of newspapers to add up how long president Biya of Cameroon has been on private trips (4.5 years). I love going on extended reporting trips using local transport, including in conflict zones such as anglophone Cameroon or eastern Congo.

My stories have been published by the BBC, France 24, le Monde, Libération, The New Humanitarian, Daily Telegraph, OCCRP, Paris Match, Sydney Morning Herald, African Arguments, Journal de Montréal, Mongabay and others.

I’ve studied economics at UTS in Sydney (BBus Hons) and development studies at the University of Oxford (MPhil).

I’m fluent in French, English and Hebrew and I get by in Spanish and Swahili. On good days, I can pretend to follow a conversation in German.

Over the past decade, I’ve spent most of my time in Central and East Africa undertaking investigations for non-profits, such as the Forest Peoples Programme, FIDH, Global Witness and others. More details on LinkedIn.

I’m always looking for new stories, so if you want to give me some ideas, or publish my articles, please get in touch!

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