Speakers

 

Chris Roper

Chris is deputy director for Code for Africa, a Knight Fellow for the International Center for Journalists, and a director of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (Ancir). Roper most recently held the position of Editor-in-Chief at South Africa’s Mail & Guardian. He’s also worked as portal manager for two of South Africa’s biggest ISPs, Mweb and Tiscali World Online, was editor of the Mail & Guardian Online, and Editor-in-Chief at 24.com.

Michael Salzwedel

Michael is a trainer with Code for Africa’s Data Journalism Academy. He also runs digital media and mobile content creation training for newsrooms, NGOs, universities and small businesses through his company Social Weaver. He has been a regular member of the data training team at the annual African Investigative Journalism Conference since 2013.

 

Amanda Strydom

 Amanda is the Engagement Programme Manager at Code for Africa and also works on its digital security and misinformation programmes. Previously she was managing editor for the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) where she coordinated cross-border investigations. She’s also worked as Online Night Editor at the Mail & Guardian.

Tricia Govindasamy

Tricia Govindasamy is an Environmental and Engineering Geology graduate with skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data science. She works as the data: product manager for Code for Africa, Africa’s largest data journalism and civic technology initiative, as a part of their award-winning data team; a Pan-African data journalism unit. As a data: product manager, Tricia collaborates on data journalism projects by sourcing data, cleaning and analysing it, as well as creating interactive maps, charts and infographics. Tricia also works with journalists across Africa, assisting them in using data for their stories through Code for Africa’s,  WanaData programme in Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. She is also a trainer for Code for Africa’s Academy carrying out trainings for newsrooms.

Some of the projects Tricia has worked on include GenderGap– a tool displaying the salary disparities between genders in Africa, and #BornPerfect – a data journalism initiative bringing awareness and education on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Africa. She has also contributed to multiple investigative projects such as Fire Factories and Dominion.