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The jury (selection panel)

The jury tasked with selecting the shortlisted project(s) for the Public Eye Investigation Award is composed of three Public Eye staff and four external experts.

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Anya Schiffrin is the director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialisation at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and has published several books on journalism, including her most recent one Global Muckraking. Before she worked for Reuters News Agency in Spain and was head of the Wall Street Journal bureau in the Netherlands and Vietnam. She is also on the advisory board of the George Soros' Open Society Foundation and of the Natural Resource Governance Institute, which specialises in commodities policy.

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Oliver Zihlmann is co-head of Tamedia's investigation unit in Bern (for Tages-Anzeiger, Sonntagszeitung, Le Matin, Tribune de Genève). He holds a PhD in History, is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), and has led the Swiss team that worked on the Swiss Leaks, Panama Papers and Paradise Papers stories. He previously worked for Swiss television and as a correspondent in Berlin. He is also the author of a political book entitled Der Fall Borer.

Australian journalist Will Fitzgibbon has, since 2014, been working as a senior reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which spearheaded investigations such as Swiss Leaks and the Paradise Papers. He is coordinating the collaborations with ICIJ’s African and Middle Eastern partners. Previously, he worked at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London and holds a Master's Degree in Science from the London School of Economics.

Géraldine Viret has worked as Public Eye’s Media Directress since 2009. She holds a Master in Language and Literature. Her field of specialisation is comparative literature, and she is passionate about the writing of collective memory and trauma. A graduate in ‘corporate communication’, she writes articles for Public Eye and the Trigon Foundation, the latter of which is committed to promoting film works from developing and emerging countries.

For the past five years, Marc Guéniat has been coordinating various Public Eye investigations in ‘troubled waters’, including a report on trading in toxic fuels, culminating in the publication of Dirty Diesel in 2016 which reverberated around the world. He has conducted several long-term investigations into oil dealings in Africa, such as the Gunvor in Congo story, published in September 2017. An economist by training, he has worked as a journalist at Tribune de Genève and has written articles for Le Monde, Libération and Le Courrier.

Media Director Oliver Classen has been a member of the Public Eye team for over a decade. Co-author of Public Eye’s best-selling book on commodities Swiss Trading SA, he was, for several years, also in charge of coordinating the Public Eye Awards, a counter-summit to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. He previously worked as a journalist, among others for Handelszeitung, Aargauer Zeitung or Tages-Anzeiger, and still writes occasional articles for Neue Zürcher Zeitung or Werbewoche.