Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog. Eliot focuses on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria, and open source investigation tools and techniques.
Aric Toler started volunteering for Bellingcat in 2014 and has been on staff since 2015. He currently heads up Bellingcat's training efforts and its Eastern Europe/Eurasia research.
Nick is an ex-British Army officer and open source analyst. He has a special interest in the conflicts in Syria, as well as social media, civil society, intelligence and security. Contact via Twitter: @N_Waters89
Giancarlo is an investigator and trainer for Latin America at Bellingcat. He is also a PhD candidate at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto, where his research focuses on protest policing and civil conflict. For questions and story ideas, you can reach him via email at email@example.com, or on Twitter (@gianfiorella).
Narine is a Yerevan-based journalist/translator who focuses on social, economic, human rights and political issues in Armenia and the South Caucasus. Prior to joining Bellingcat, she worked with a group of independent journalists, seeking to provide reliable and unbiased information to the public.
Charlotte Godart is an investigator and trainer for Bellingcat. Before working at Bellingcat, she was a researcher and team manager at the Investigations Lab within the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, her alma mater. During that time, she taught other students how to conduct open source investigations for a number of different clients (humanitarian, legal, and governmental).
Aiganysh is a Kyrgyzstan-based researcher/data-trainer. She is particularly interested how the open data of state structures can be used to detect corruption.
Natalia Antonova is the editor of Bellingcat. She is also a writer and researcher, interested in Russia, religion, disinformation, and various adjacent topics. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Washington Post, Vox, Strange Horizons, Newsweek, n+1, et al. She does not wish to argue with you about the capitalization of the word "oblast" (OF COURSE it's not capitalized).
Foeke Postma works as a researcher and trainer at Bellingcat. He has a background in conflict analysis and resolution, and is particularly interested in military, environmental, and LGBT+ issues.
Pieter is a member of the Bellingcat Investigation Team. He has a background in History. Contact via Twitter @hspvn
The Bellingcat Investigation Team is an award winning group of volunteers and full time investigators who make up the core of the Bellingcat's investigative efforts.
Chris Biggers is a public and private sector consultant based in Washington, D.C.
Christiaan Triebert has investigated for Bellingcat since 2015 and runs several of Bellingcat's workshops for journalists and researchers across the world. Contact via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter (@trbrtc).
Justin Seitz is Canadian security consultant and author of two computer hacking books from No Starch Press. He blogs at AutomatingOSINT.com and can be found on Twitter @jms_dot_py.
Dan is the managing director of Strongpoint Security Ltd, and lives and works in London, UK. He has 27 years experience in CBRN response, security, and antiterrorism.
Wim Zwijnenburg is a Humanitarian Disarmament Project Leader for PAX. He works on conflict and environment related issues in the Middle East, the use and proliferation of emerging military technologies and arms trade @wammezz
Veli-Pekka is a doctoral student at Finnish National Defence University, researching social media and open source intelligence. He has a long background in the technology industry, more recently focusing on defense research.
Robert Evans has worked as a conflict journalist in Iraq and Ukraine and reported extensively on far-right extremist groups in the United States. He's particularly interested in the ways terrorist groups recruit, radicalize and communicate through the Internet. He has a podcast on the HowStuffWorks network (https://www.behindthebastards.com) and you can contact him via email@example.com or Twitter: https://twitter.com/IwriteOK
The Bellingcat Investigation Team is an award winning group of volunteers and full time investigators who make up the core of the Bellingcat's investigative efforts.
Karl Morand produces the Middle East Week podcast in Amman, Jordan, where he is currently studying Arabic. He has a degree from Fordham University in international studies (Middle East focus) and a minor in economics.
SyrianArchive.org is a open source platform that collects, curates, verifies, and preserves visual documentation of human rights violations in #Syria | Twitter: @syrian_archive
Peter Jukes is an award winning screenwriter and dramatist, who published The Fall of the House of Murdoch. He has since written extensively for The Daily Beast, Newsweek, The New Republic, The New Statesman, Prospect Magazine and other publications about media and monopoly. His latest book is 'Beyond Contempt: The Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial'
Ongoing monitoring and investigative effort into anti-equality (anti-LGBT, choice, feminist, etc.) and far-right movements in Ukraine, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan. This project is collaboratively operated by Oleksiy Kuzmenko and Michael Colborne (Ukraine), Narine Khachatryan (Armenia), and Aiganysh Aidarbekova (Kyrgyzstan). You can also follow us on Telegram at t.me/bellingcatmonitoring
Daniel Romein is an IT-specialist and started in 2014 as open source investigator focused on the MH17 case and the conflict in Ukraine. Co-winner of the 2019 European Press Prize (Investigative Reporting Award).
Jett Goldsmith is a writer and analyst from Denver, Colorado. He formerly co-founded the investigative reporting and geopolitical analysis outlet Conflict News, and writes at length on Ba'athist state structures and various actors within the Syrian conflict. He has bylines in various publications, including Middle East Eye. You can follow him on Twitter: @JettGoldsmith.
Benjamin Strick is an open source investigator for the BBC and an analyst in geospatial intelligence, mapping and networks. He has a background in law and the military, and focusses on using OSINT/GEOINT and intelligence methods for good.
Aliaume Leroy is an open source investigative journalist with the Africa Investigations unit of BBC World Service. At Bellingcat, he concentrates his research on Africa and Latin America. Contact via Twitter @Yaolri or email firstname.lastname@example.org in English, French, or Spanish.
Masis Ingilizian is a researcher at the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He was previously a regular contributor for the publication IMINT Analysis edited by Sean O’Connor. His research focuses on the Caucasus, Iran and Russia, spanning the fields of strategic warfare, geopolitics and geostrategy. Masis tracks developments in the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict and provides ongoing insight into the geopolitics and growing tensions in the region, using imagery and photos for analysis. He also writes on the foreign policies of both Russia and the West.
Nathan Patin is a Washington, D.C.-based independent researcher and private investigator at the Mintz Group, an international corporate investigations firm. He focuses on open-source investigation tools and techniques, cybercrime, and the Middle East. He has been a member of the Bellingcat Investigation Team since 2015, and he was a guest presenter at Bellingcat's 2018 and 2019 Washington D.C. workshops.
Historian, Arabist and Islamicist working as an independent researcher. Focus on Jihad in Syria and Iraq, Jabhat an-Nusra, ISIS and foreign fighters.
Eric Woods is freelance journalist and researcher who focuses on issues of illicit weapons proliferation, non-state actor dynamics, and access to public education. He can be reached via Twitter @Er_Woods
The Yemen Project will bring to light critical details about the conflict in Yemen. We aim produce verified material viable for court cases, aiding advocacy groups with reliable information, and working with other media organisations that wish to cover the conflict.
Rao Komar solves challenges for corporations, advocacy, and political organizations by developing analytical and software products using Python, data science, artificial intelligence, and network science.
Brenna Smith is a researcher at UC Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab, specializing in investigating disinformation and the illicit use of cryptocurrencies.
Melissa Hanham is a Senior Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). She supports CNS' research by investigating new techniques in open source analysis; incorporating imagery, remote sensing data, large data sets, 3D modeling, and other GIS data fusion. She is a regular contributor to the Arms Control Wonk blog, and co-teaches "Open Source Analysis for Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies" and "Geospatial Tools for Nonproliferation Analysis" at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Christo Grozev is lead Russia investigator with Bellingcat, focusing on security threats, extraterritorial clandestine operations, and the weaponization of information. His investigations into the identity of the suspects in the 2018 Novichok poisonings in the UK earned him and his team the European Prize for Investigative Journalism.
Alexander McKeever is an independent researcher and MA student at CUNY GC’s Middle Eastern Studies program. He can be found on Twitter @AKMcKeever.
Oleksiy is a DC-based journalist focusing on Ukraine and specific issues surrounding the country, such as LGBT and women's rights. In early 2017, he dug deeper into a widely distributed Ukraine-related report by CrowdStrike, an American cyber security company behind the attribution of the 2016 DNC hacking to Russia.
Frederic is a security researcher working on encrypted messaging and censorship resistance.
Carlos Gonzales started volunteering for Bellingcat in 2019. He is an independent engineering consultant and researcher and a passionate open source investigator recently focused on geolocating the most difficult cases in Europol’s #StopChildAbuse #TraceAnObject campaign.
Independent researcher following the Syrian Civil War using open source research.
Cameron Colquhoun is the Managing Director of Neon Century, a corporate intelligence consultancy based in London who apply cutting-edge open-source intelligence capabilities to conduct ethical investigations for our clients around geopolitical, commercial and cyber risks.
John Arterbury is a graduate student at Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies, where he focuses on terrorism and substate violence. He worked previously as a freelance journalist in Southeast Asia. You can follow him @JohnArterbury.
Aaron Stein is an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). He is also the nonproliferation program manager at the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies in Istanbul, where he works on security and proliferation issues in the Middle East.
Iggy Ostanin is a freelance Russian journalist who does investigative research on the Ukrainian conflict. He tweets under @magnitsky and can be contacted at email@example.com
Michael Colborne is a journalist who focuses on the transnational far-right.
"Type 63: A Collection of Musings on Middle East Conflict" is the personal page of a Middle East / North Africa news and culture enthusiast, focused on non-state actors and how they wage war. The author is a 29 year old former US Marine infantryman, currently a graduate student for a Strategic and International Studies degree, with a research focus on the Middle East.
Alberto Fittarelli is a researcher who specializes in global conflicts, and their reverberations online. Historian by background, techie by experience. Passionate with forecasting "single points of failure" in the modern world. On Twitter at @albefittarelli.
Jacob is a graduate of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Jacob’s research focuses are terrorism and counterterrorism policy, with an emphasis on East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Michael Cruickshank is an Australian freelance conflict journalist currently based in Berlin, specialising in the OSINT, defense, the (mis)use of technology, and climate conflicts
Adam Rawnsley is a Philadelphia-based reporter covering technology and national security. He co-authors FP’s Situation Report newsletter and has written for The Daily Beast, Wired, and War Is Boring. You can follow him on Twitter at @arawnsley.
Collin Anderson is a Washington D.C.-based researcher focused on surveillance and censorship on the Internet with an emphasis on countries that restrict the free flow of information, primarily in the Middle East.
The author graduated in 2015. He has an M.A. degree in History and Cultural Studies. His main interest centers on the Christian militias fighting in Syria. You can follow him on Twitter: @shell_blog
Keith is an Affiliated Faculty member at George Mason University. He received his B.S. in Physics from Texas A&M and his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Johns Hopkins University. He was on the Chemistry Faculty at the University of Wisconsin before serving as a civilian scientist for the US Navy, DHS, and the FBI Laboratory. Since retiring, he occasionally provides technical assistance to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, specializing in chemical and biological defense topics.
Khalil Dewan is an independent consultant on Middle East and North Africa country risk. His work focuses on the conflict in Yemen and the Qatar-Gulf crisis with a special interest in conflict analysis, political, security and violent risk. Contact via Twitter: @KhalilDewan
35-year-old Czech network engineer interested in military history, space and electric cars.
Anti-Tank Guided Missile and faction tracker focusing on the Syrian Civil War
Marwan Khoury is a forensic scientist who has submitted his PhD thesis on the effects of fire and explosions on forensic DNA to the University of Leicester. He studied in the UK and in Switzerland and trained with Geneva's Judicial Police in the Technical and Scientific Brigade. Marwan believes in a promising collaborative future for forensic science and OSINT.
Andrew Haggard is the founder of the Korean Defense website. He's fascinated by all-things military and defense-related with a particular interest in South Asia and the Korean peninsula.
Casey Michel is an investigative journalist based in New York. His prior writing has been published with Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, and The New Republic, among others. He’s on Twitter at @cjcmichel
Gregory Waters is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He researches conflicts and political transitions in the MENA region, primarily using open source information. His current research focuses on the economic and human losses in government-controlled parts of Syria. He writes for The Week in Review and publishes his research on Twitter @GregoryPWaters
Charles Davis is a journalist in Los Angeles whose work has aired on public radio and been published by outlets such as Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian and The New Republic. Follow him on Twitter: @charliearchy
Laurence Bindner is the former Director of Development of the Center for the Analysis of Terrorism (CAT) in Paris. Her work covers analysis in terrorism financing (see ISIS financing), the links between terrorism financing and illicit trade and the quantification of jihadist networks in France and the EU. She developed an expertise on jihadist rhetoric online.
Sébastien Bourdon is an independent journalist and open-source investigator focusing on the French far right.
Ross Dayton holds a Masters of Arts in Global Affairs specializing in Globalization and Security from Florida International University. Ross studies international politics, conflict, and terrorism in Latin America, MENA, and Europe. For his Master's capstone project, Ross conducted open source research and analysis for US SOCOM on the Islamic State’s strategic usage of water and natural resources in Syria and Iraq.
Arslon Xudosi is a researcher focused on Syrian Turkmens, foreign fighters, and arms research in Syria and the surrounding area.
Charlotte Godart is an investigator and trainer for Bellingcat. Before working at Bellingcat, she was a researcher and team manager at the Investigations Lab within the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, her alma mater.
Chantal is a Fundraising & Training Coordinator at Bellingcat, here to show that anyone can do Open Source Investigations the Bellingcat way.
Hector Martinez is a journalist investigating Middle East security topics, focusing on Syria and Hezbollah.
Aman is an undergraduate student at Davidson College studying Political Science and Arabic. At Davidson, Aman focuses on political Islam and substate actors in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Follow him @PresidentMadan to keep up with his work.
Cheryl Rofer writes scientific and political commentary. She was a chemist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 35 years. She regularly provides background information to reporters for major publications and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Vox. Her work at Los Alamos included projects in fossil fuels, laser development, chemical weapons, open-source intelligence techniques, and the nuclear fuel cycle. She has published in scientific and political science journals and edited a book. She holds an A.B. from Ripon College and an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Eliza Hutchinson has been working in the intelligence field for the past 7 years. She has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors. She focuses on jihadists, neo- Nazis, and white supremacists. Her reports have been featured in numerous mainstream media outlets, and she has supplied various law enforcement agencies with valuable information.
The #ItalianArms research team contributors include: Giorgio Beretta, Lorenzo Bodrero, Francesca Costantini, Leone Hadavi, Ludo Hekman, Bas Mesters, Alessandro Sangalli, Daniel Sidoli, and Carlo Tombola.
Collectif citoyen francophone contre la désinformation sur la Syrie: des faits et du contexte!
Sean’s work for Bellingcat is focused on the use of artillery systems during the Ukrainian conflict.
Nino is an independent researcher in DC. Her work focusses on NE Syria, Kurdish insugent groups, Turkish politics, and counter-terrorism strategies.
Timm Allen is a freelance 3D graphic artist and lives in Berlin (Germany). His focus is on the image and video analysis and creating new methods of analysis.
Reinier is a junior analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. While holding a dual degree in International Relations and Crisis & Security Management, he has conducted research on Dutch jihadist foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq, combining quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Xu majored in German language, and has worked for newspapers under the Chinese Communist Party before moving on to foreign newspapers' Beijing offices. He is now a member of a Chinese think tank called Modern National Defense and Security Research Center. His interests are mainly focused on North Korea and rocketry.
Ethan Rosen is a geopolitical researcher and analyst for China Six. His research focuses on the changing geopolitical situation between the Middle East and The Pacific. He is also the author of "The Bear, The Dragon, and the AK-47: How China, the United States, and radical Islamists conspired to defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan."
Independent researcher. Bees in my bonnet: Human rights, spyware, digital security, infrastructure hunting. وش_تعرف_عن_النحل#
Russo-American. Student of War Studies at King's College London, freelancer featured in The New York Times and IHS Jane's Intelligence Review.
Alexandra is a trained scientist and consultant in the field of risk and crisis management. Her interests center on MENA, Eastern Europe and investigative reporting with data. A polylingual geek and forensic analyst, Alexandra enjoys reading and contributing to the Bellingcat.
Tariq is a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry at Rutgers University. He began his career as a teenager doing garage expedient chemistry. Prior to graduate studies, he worked as an industrial analytical chemist. He has professional experience in mechanistic organometallic chemistry, organic synthesis, root cause investigations of process upsets, and trace chemical analysis.
Jessica Purkiss works for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism on their Shadow Wars team. She predominantly investigates US military operations in Afghanistan. Bashar Deeb Is an open source investigative journalist who works with Lighthouse Reports. He previously worked as a freelancer with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and was part of the research team in the #ItalianArms project.
Nour Bakr is a Middle East analyst with a focus on international relations, and Western foreign policy in the region. He has previously worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the EU, and Syria departments.
Raphael Satter is a Europe-based journalist who covers cybersecurity for The Associated Press.
Kiril Avramov and Ruslan Trad are the team behind the Borderline Watch Project. Kiril is a post-doctoral fellow at the Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas at Austin. Ruslan is a freelance journalist and analyst with over ten years’ experience covering MENA, Balkans, and Turkey regional issues.
Robert Evans has worked as a conflict journalist in Iraq and Ukraine and reported extensively on far-right extremist groups in the United States. He’s particularly interested in the ways terrorist groups recruit, radicalize and communicate through the Internet. He has a podcast on the HowStuffWorks network and you can contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter at, @IwriteOK
Jason Wilson is an investigative journalist who tracks the political right and extremist movements. Earlier in 2020, he revealed the identity of international neo-nazi network, The Base, using open source investigative methods. Along with his reporting at The Guardian and other outlets, Wilson is the author of many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and holds a PhD in media history. He lives in Oregon.
Hannah Ellis is currently a research assistant at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and formerly the Team Lead for Syria Investigations at the Open Source Investigations Lab in the Human Rights Center at Boalt Law School.
Thomas is a datajournalist and art director for Dutch public broadcaster KRO-NCRV.
Social sciences student, RuNet Echo contributor and independent researcher focusing on political use of the internet and social media.
Annique Mossou is a trainer and researcher for Bellingcat. Previously she was part of an OSINT-team of the Dutch National Police, where she specialised in online jihadist propaganda. At Bellingcat, she focuses on the world of mis- and disinformation.
Johanna Wild is an open source investigator from Germany with a particular interest in tech and tool development for digital investigations. She has a journalism background and previously worked in Eastern Africa. She has also done work focused on the Middle East. You can find her on Twitter at @Johanna_Wild
Leonardo Coelho has worked as a journalist and photographer in Rio de Janeiro since 2013, reporting extensively on human rights issues and police violence for news outlets such as Ponte Jornalismo, UOL, Vice Brazil and on other subjects for BBC Brasil, Noisey, Newsweek, Channel 9 and Morgenbladet. He's particularly interested in researching how hate forums and radical right wing content disseminates through the Brazilian internet. You can contact him via email@example.com or Twitter at @leocoelho1989.
Robert Evans has worked as a conflict journalist in Iraq and Ukraine and reported extensively on far-right extremist groups in the United States. He’s particularly interested in the ways terrorist groups recruit, radicalize and communicate through the Internet. He has a podcast on the HowStuffWorks network (https://www.behindthebastards.com) and you can contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter: https://twitter.com/IwriteOK
Hayk is from Armenian military news website Razm.info since 2016, focusing on the Southern Caucasus and Middle East with military topics . He studies International relations in YSU and attended a Bellingcat training workshop in Yerevan in 2017.
Bashar Deeb Is an open source investigative journalist who works with Lighthouse Reports. He previously worked as a freelancer with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and was part of the research team in the #ItalianArms project.
Leone Hadavi is an open source investigator and analyst. He has an MA in War and Security Studies and an LLM in International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law of Armed Conflict. He worked as an intern analyst at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and at the International Criminal Court (ICC). At the ICC he first started applying OSINT techniques to investigate the use of technicals by the Seleka armed group. Twitter: @leone_hadavi, Email: email@example.com
Amnesty International Crisis Response, and founder and editor of Citizen Evidence Lab.
Nathan Ruser is an author at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and focuses on Middle Eastern Affairs and Transnational Terrorism.
Morgan Carlston has a Masters in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University, and lived in Tel Aviv from 2010 to 2012, including during the 2012 conflict when Iron Dome gained international recognition. He blogs at http://persophilia.blogspot.com.