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Managing Partner – Editorial
Joel Konopo is an investigative journalist and co-founder of INK Center for Investigative Journalism. He has led strategic initiatives in multiple journalism organisations, first as editor of Botswana Guardian and as a founder of a vibrant non-profit social media start-up – INK24. His investigative stories have elicited great results. His strength lies in trying new things and pushing the boundary of what is possible in the investigative journalism space. He thrives in an innovative environment and firmly believes that journalism must continue to innovate to solve the industry’s many challenges, to support an informed public and for democracy to thrive. As a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, he explored some of the most urgent problems facing journalism both through core fellowship and through collaboration. At Stanford, his major interest lies on exploring the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and Journalism. Konopo was among a team of journalists who worked on Panama Papers. His work on President Ian Khama’s secret vacation home earned him accolades due to the innovative nature of his reporting. He has a strong interest in investigating corruption by influential corporate leaders and in the financial services industry.
Mobile: (+267) 71885852
Twitter: @JKonopo

Managing Partner – Operations (On Study Leave)
Ntibinyane Ntibinyane: A co-founder of the centre, Ntibinyane is a respected investigative journalist with wealth of experience in journalism. He is the former editor of Mmegi newspaper and has also worked for Botswana Guardian as investigations editor, bureau chief and general news reporter. He is currently on a fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom. In 2011 he became the first investigative fellow at M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism (Amabhungane). He is the 2015 US International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) fellow.

Twitter: @alvinntibinyane

Lechedzani Kenosi
Mr. Lechedzani Kenosi: is a Chartered Accountant registered with both Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountant(BICA) and he is an Associate Member of CIMA. He is also a BQA registered trainer. He has worked for CBET (Pty) LTD as an Accountant and has over 7 years’ experience in the accounting field. He is currently the center’s general manager. He is currently a Managing Director of Veroc Investments: an accountancy and consultancy firm.
Mobile: (+267) 76510586

Juliah Kotlhao
Juliah Kotlhao:A Graduate of Limkokwing University with a BA(Hons) in broadcasting and media. She contributed to Mahube magazine as a columnist, 3 years freelancing experience with daily newspaper as a feature writer and four years working as a special constable in the Botswana Police Service also contributing articles to the Police magazine. She joined INK on 1st of August 2019 as a journalist & fact checker.


Kago Komane
Investigative Journalist
Kago Komane: Komane is passionate about investigative journalism with a special passion for health reporting. She has five years experience as a journalist from Botswana Gazette. She was nominated for a MISA Award for health reporting in 2014. During her time at The Botswana Gazette, Komane brought a lot of health and human rights injustices to the forefront through her investigations. She recently joined INK as an investigative journalist.
Cell: +267 76228151
Email: komane@inkjournalism

Motlatsi Mabalani
Motlatsi Mabalani: Mabalani graduated with a Computer Networking and Hardware Infrastructure degree at Botho University in 2015 and came to work for INK soon afterward. She started as an IT intern, responsible for the center’s IT infrastructure. She is currently doubling as an administrator and an IT specialist for INK Centre. She is keen to pursue further studies to as sharpen her IT skills.
Email: info@inkjournalism