co-founder and managing partner, INK Centre for Investigative Journalism, Gaborone, Botswana
Joel Konopo is an investigative journalist and managing partner of the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism, a nonprofit newsroom in Gaborone, Botswana. INK Centre’s ambition is to be the premier source of unique in-depth news that champions investigative journalism in the public interest. Prior to establishing INK Centre, he was the editor of the Botswana Guardian newspaper, a flagship business and investigations publication. In 2016, he participated in exposing the offshore dealings of Judge Ian Stuart Kirby, president of the court of appeal in Botswana. He has also worked for Mmegi, the country’s only private daily newspaper. His work on President Ian Khama’s secret vacation home earned him accolades due to the innovative nature of his reporting.