Khadija Sharife

Khadija Sharife is an investigative journalist, researcher and Africa editor at OCCRP. She is the director of Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique, board member of Finance Uncovered and fellow with the World Policy Institute. Previously she was the editor at the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR). She has presented on investigative and policy-related matters for the Pan-African Parliaments, African Union, OECD and EU among others. She is the author of Tax Us If You Can: Africa, holds an LLM in financial law and is based in South Africa. Her focus is illicit financial flows, natural resources and political economy.

Khadija is speaking at

Crime & Corruption
September 27, 2019
9:00 am - 10:15 am
K89, Der Spiegel



The amount of dirty money circling the globe annually is estimated as high as $2 trillion -- about 5% of global GDP. Money laundering has infected the heart of the international banking system, with profits from organized crime, stolen assets from kleptocracies, corrupt practices, and more. Veteran investigators will give a guided tour of crime and corruption on three continents -- from media payoffs in India to resource theft in Africa to tax fraud in Europe.

French translation for this session is provided by CFI, the French media development organization.

Business Environment
September 27, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
K89, Der Spiegel


  • Asmara Klein (Speaker) Senior Capacity Development Officer, Natural Resource Governance Institute
  • Toyin Akinniyi (Speaker) Africa Officer , Natural Resource Governance Institute
  • Stephen Nartey (Speaker) Senior Broadcast Journalist, Joy News
  • Milagros Salazar (Speaker) Director and founder, Convoca
  • Maurício Angelo (Speaker) Founder, The Mining Observatory
  • Khadija Sharife (Speaker)
  • Anya Schiffrin (Moderator) Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialization, Columbia University


The extractive industries – the development and exploitation of oil, gas, and mining resources — are a critical area for investigative journalists, particularly in developing countries. Revenues from natural resource extraction may contribute heavily to GDP and even make up the bulk of government revenue. They impact on the economy, political power, and social well-being. The companies in the extractive sector are large and influential. How they win the contracts and make their profits, and how governments spend their share of often vast sums, all require scrutiny. Here are tips on how to find the data, decipher the jargon, follow the money, and ferret out corrupt practices.

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