Our researchers

Lejla Čamdžić

Lejla Čamdžić

Lejla Čamdžić joined the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) network in Sarajevo in 2011 and quickly became the organization’s premier researcher. She currently operates as the head of research at OCCRP.

In addition to her research duties, Čamdžić is responsible for guiding the development of the Investigative Dashboard platform – part of an international, collaborative effort aimed at helping reporters and civil society organizations around the world to research businesses and people in a variety of countries, accessing and interpreting different kinds of records.

Čamdžić has helped journalists across the globe - from media startups in the developing world, to the most prominent newsrooms - uncover critical information and confirm key facts. She has held numerous workshops and trainings on how to conduct cross-border investigations, find and use various types of records in jurisdictions worldwide, use commercial databases and look into offshore companies.

In her time at OCCRP, Čamdžić has been an integral part of large-scale investigative projects, including Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. She has also provided support to regional editors on other major corruption and organized crime investigations, such as “Making a Killing,” “Unholy Alliances,” and the network’s series on TeliaSonera’s dealings with the first families of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

Čamdžić served as the organization’s lead fact-checker for five years.

Chris Benevento

Chris Benevento

Chris Benevento is a Balkans-based researcher with a specialization in Russian and Bosnian language. His geographic focus is Eastern Europe and the former USSR.

Benevento is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a minor in Russian language. He has more than seven years of accumulated Russian language study, including a 2014 program based in Moscow, and the Middlebury Language School in 2016.

Prior to joining Investigative Dashboard in August 2017, Benevento held the position of Central Asia reporter, contributing research to such projects as OCCRP’s “Agents of Influence” series and an OCCRP collaboration with McClatchy tracking billions in stolen Kazakhstani funds. His work since has included tracking companies, people and assets across the globe using a variety of tools - with a specific focus on social media.

Before OCCRP, Benevento volunteered for Internews’ Strengthening Independent Media Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015, and worked for The Boston Globe in 2013. In addition to journalistic pursuits, he has experience in data-analytics and marketing.

Vladimir Petin

Vladimir Petin

Vladimir Petin joined the OCCRP network as a researcher in 2017. He has vast experience in researching people connected to Russian politicians, across numerous jurisdictions. He is helping journalists all over the world to track down companies and assets in CIS countries.

Petin has participated in several projects with OCCRP, including recent work on Paradise Papers investigations.

Dragana Pećo

Dragana Pećo

Dragana Pećo is an investigative journalist at the Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). In addition to her journalism work, Pećo also works as a staff researcher for the Investigative Dashboard. Before working at KRIK, Pećo reported for six years at the Centre for Investigative Reporting Serbia (CINS).

Her awards include 2017 Data Journalism Award in open data category, “Dušan Bogavac” Journalistic Award for Ethics and Courage, three awards from the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia and U.S. Embassy awards for investigative journalism in 2011, 2014 and 2016. Pećo was also a recipient of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence in 2014. She had attended various journalism courses and trainings, including the “Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe” program, hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2015.

Pećo has trained in researching corporate structures and obtaining world-wide company records, as well as data journalism and data visualization. She is a graduate from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, where she received a degree in Journalism.

Lejla Sarcevic

Lejla Šarčević

Lejla Šarčević is an investigative researcher at OCCRP, specializing in property registries and US businesses. She received her Master’s in multi-platform journalism from the University of Maryland, where she focused on investigative journalism. She really likes spreadsheets, much to the dismay of her teenage-self.

Prior to that she worked as a cinematographer and camera assistant in Australia and Canada and earned a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Cinematography from Flinders University of South Australia. She’s received awards from the Australian Cinematographer’s Society for her work and she’s worked on award winning, international productions. She’s passionate about finding innovative ways to tell stories, and inform audiences.

Karina Shedrofsky

Karina Shedrofsky

Karina Shedrofsky is a Balkans-based researcher with a specialization in tracking down individuals, companies and hidden assets in offshore tax havens.

Shedrofsky graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a major in Journalism and a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. She focused much of her college career on studying press freedoms around the world, with a special concentration on the MENA region and Azerbaijan.

Since joining Investigative Dashboard in July 2017, Shedrofsky has contributed research to a number of OCCRP projects, including the “Paradise Papers” and the “Daphne Project,” where she helped uncover the secret property holdings of Azerbaijan’s ruling family.

Prior to OCCRP, Shedrofsky worked for USA TODAY, where she covered health and trending issues impacting the 2016 U.S. presidential election.