The Hostwriter Ambassador Network

Hostwriter is an open network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. Our Ambassador Network consists of enthusiastic supporters of cross-border journalism who act as local Hostwriter representatives in their country or area of expertise.

Read about our most recent Ambassador Summit in Warsaw, Poland

What Do Hostwriter Ambassadors Do?

  • Act as our eyes and ears in their region
  • Help us spark enthusiasm for cross-border journalism
  • Attend our ambassador summits to network with other like-minded journalists from all over the world
  • Help shape how Hostwriter develops as an organization

Our Ambassadors

Ákos Keller-Alánt

Budapest, Hungary

Ákos Keller-Alánt is an investigative journalist based in Budapest, Hungary. He currently writes for the weekly political magazine Magyar Narancs, specializing in internal affairs and economics.

Wafaa al-Badry

Cairo, Egypt

Wafaa Albadry is a journalist and broadcaster based in Cairo, Egypt. She graduated from Ain Shams University in 2007 in the mass communication and media studies department, and since then has started to work with several media and journalism organizations.

Mercy Abang

Abuja, Nigeria

Mercy Abang is a Nigerian Journalist focusing on underreported or never reported stories mainly ignored by mainstream media. Her passion focusing on these communities earned her the 2017 woman of the year award in Journalism and the Dag Hammarskjöld (United Nations) Journalism fellow.

Daniel Bates

New York, United States

Daniel Bates is a freelance journalist and foreign correspondent who is based in New York.

Mariana Delgado Barón

Bogota, Colombia

Mariana Delgado Barón studied Political Science at the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) and holds a PhD in Sociology from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Mexico.

Mohammad Bassiki

Paris, France

Mohammad Bassiki is a Syrian journalist and researcher with 10 years experience in journalism and investigation. He is the founder of the Syrian Investigations Unit - SIRAJ (Syrian Investigative Reporting for Accountability Journalism), the first investigative reporting network in Syria.

Khemaies Ben Braiek

Tunis, Tunisia

Khemaies Ben Braiek is a Tunisian freelance journalist. He works as a correspondent for in Tunisia since 2006.

Laurie Bley

Durham, North Carolina, USA

Laurie Bley has been working with journalists from around the globe for two decades, first as director of Duke University’s Media Fellows Program and International Media Exchange, and more recently, as executive director of Duke’s Menell Media Exchange, a networking platform based in South Africa, designed to develop and support a robust and collaborative media community in South Africa and beyond.

Priyanka Borpujari

Mumbai, India

Priyanka Borpujari has been a journalist for 12 years, and has been reporting on issues of human rights from different corners of India, El Salvador and Indonesia. Her work has appeared in various international and Indian news publications.

Piotr Drabik

Warsaw, Poland

Piotr Drabik is a graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (BA - Political Science and MA - National Security). A journalist with several years of professional experience. In recent years, he has reported the most important events in Poland, including NATO Summit in Warsaw (2016), World Youth Days in Cracow (2016) and UEFA Euro 2012.

Katharina Finke

Berlin, Germany

Katharina Finke is a German journalist and non-fiction author who is covering stories around the world. Her work concentrates on culture, environment and society with a focus on gender and human rights issues.

Atokhon Ganiev

Isfara, Tajikistan

Atokhon Ganiev is a Tajik independent journalist and civil activist. He writes on the topic of corruption, gender issues, ecology and transnational problems.

Esther Nakkazi

Kampala, Uganda

Esther Nakkazi is a freelance science and technology reporter and media trainer. She worked for over a decade as a medical reporter at the weekly, regional, The East African newspaper, and contributes to different international publications mainly

Henrique Kugler

Curitiba, Brazil

Henrique Kugler works as a freelance science writer and holds a master's degree in Environment & Development from the University of Edinburgh. Environmental pollution, air quality, agriculture, agroecology and organic farming are some of his main interests – as well as humanities and development issues.

Hend Kortam

Cairo, Egypt

Hend Kortam is an Egyptian journalist who has worked out of Cairo for the past six years. She has been covering the political momentum that has swept the region since 2011, focusing on Egypt but writing about other countries in the Middle East too.

Sandro Mattioli

Berlin, Germany

The topic "Mafia" came more by chance to Mattioli, half- German half- Italian and born in Heilbronn, Germany: He lived in Rome in 2008, researched waste exports from Italy for his book "The Garbage Mafia" and thus investigated organized crime. Since then he has been reporting on the mafia organisations for major magazines and television programmes, giving lectures and filming documentaries.

Juliane Metzker

Münster, Germany

Juliane Metzker works as an editor with Perspective Daily – the first all constructive online magazine in Germany. Her stories tell about people and politics of the Middle East and migration.

Hui Ning

Bruxelles, Belgium

NING Hui (Lulu) is a senior international news journalist for The Initium Media, a multiple award winning, in-depth reporting Chinese media headquartered in Hong Kong. She is from China and currently based in Brussels, Belgium.

Priscila Pacheco

São Paulo, Brazil

Priscila Pacheco is a reporter and editor at Agência Mural de Jornalismo das Periferias. She is dedicated to data journalism and is expert in using the law of accessing public data and information in Brazil. Moreover, Priscila leads the collective stories from our local correspondents in the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

Randrianarisoa Riana Raymonde

Ambohidratrimo, Madagascar

Randrianarisoa Riana Raymonde is a Madagascar based independent journalist with 18 years experience who focuses her work on investigative and cross-border journalism. Owner and founder of the online media site She is a founding member and the current General Secretary of the Madagascar network of investigative journalists.

Sudabeh Rakhsh

Tehran, Iran

Sudabeh Rakhsh is a translator and journalist based in Iran, working for Shargh Daily, one of the most popular reformist newspapers in the country. She is working at the international affairs desk and is a graduate of Journalism at the News University of Tehran.

Purple Romero

Manila, Philippines

Purple Romero is a Manila-based multimedia reporter who has produced reports about the justice system, climate change and Association of Southeast Asian Nations. She has also contributed to international publications and has written about human rights issues and has done research for two bestselling books on the Philippine Supreme Court.

Tobias Sauer

Berlin, Germany

Tobias Sauer is editor-in-chief of Spartacus Traveler, Europe’s biggest LGBT travel magazine. Furthermore, he is regularly working on stories with a historical touch. Those pieces often appear in magazines or background sections of newspapers.

Ali Shehab

Beirut, Lebanon

Ali Shehab is best known for writing both political analysis and satire. Many of his writings went viral on international and Pan Arab newspapers and websites. He also made more than 10 documentaries and collaborated in the production of many TV shows.

Michael Susin

Warsaw, Poland

Michael Susin is a freelance journalist based in Warsaw and produces multimedia content for news agencies in Europe and Asia. Specialist in videojournalism and breaking news, he also produces stories about Poland and its curiosities for an international audience.

Aung Naing Soe

Yangon, Myanmar

Aung Naing Soe, Multimedia Journalist based in Yangon, Myanmar, started working as a fixer for foreign journalists since 2012 until now. He currently covers local politics, culture and religious issues for different international publications.

Hannah Spyksma

Aotearoa, New Zealand

Hannah Spyksma is a journalist and researcher from a small beach town in the far north of Aotearoa, New Zealand, who researches and writes about themes connected to identity, place and culture.

Michael Stang

Cologne, Germany

Michael Stang has been working as a science reporter since 2005. Based in Cologne, the best part of his work is done for different regional and nationwide radio stations in Germany as well as in Switzerland and Austria.

Qian Sun

Berlin, Germany

Based in Berlin, Germany, Qian Sun works as a free-lance journalist for multiple media outlets in China and Europe. She mainly works for Phoenix TV, Hong Kong as correspondent covering German and European politics.

Tabapsi Tagne Timothée Parfait

Yaounde, Cameroon

Parfait Tabapsi is a cultural journalist living and working in Yaoundé, Cameroon. After working for a private press group, he founded and is the director of « Mosaïques, Arts-Ideas-Africa », the only magazine dedicated to arts and ideas in Cameroon and central Africa launched in 2010.

Frequently Asked Questions

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