I am a freelance journalist based in Berlin since January 2020, and earlier I was based in Barcelona from 2016 to 2019. Currently, I focus on investigative journalism and mainly about Europe, and I am the co-initiator and the coordinator of the cross-border project Cities for Rent: Investigating Corporate Landlords Across Europe, of which the publication phase started in April 2021. My work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, El País, elDiario.es, New StatesmanInternazionaleUSA TodayInformation and Expresso, among others.

From March 2019, I’m also working with Arena for Journalism in Europe, a non-profit foundation promoting cross-border collaborative journalism, where I lead the Arena Housing Project, an open collaborative network for journalists and researchers working on housing. Arena also organises Dataharvest, the European Investigative Journalism Conference, a reference annual event for cross-border, data and investigative journalism in Europe.

I also work with AlgorithmWatch and Eticas Foundation, organisations that research the use of algoritmic systems that affect public life, and Tactical Tech, which investigates how digital technologies impact society and individual autonomy. And in 2017 and 2018 I worked on a journalistic project about citizen political activism, democracy and human rights in Europe thanks to an Open Society Fellowship

Before all that, between 2012 and 2014, I was based in Istanbul and covered Turkey and the region for El País. Then I also contributed to media like GlobalPostThe IndependentFolha de Sao PauloEl Universal and AFP.

Earlier, I had been based in East Africa since 2009. I first covered the region for Spanish news agency Efe, and from 2011 for El País. Back then, I also contributed to IRINJane’s and, in Spanish, Periodismo Humano, Foreign Policy en español (now esglobal) and Radio France Internationale, among others.

In July 2012, my feature ‘A la horca con 14 años’ (‘To the Gallows at 14’), about a child sentenced to death in South Sudan, won the Dario D’Angelo Award, given by the Marco Luchetta Foundation.

I have reported from more than 20 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

During 2015 I took a break from journalism and worked as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer for Doctors Without Borders in the South Kivu province of the DR Congo.


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