Rawan Shaif

investigative journalist

Rawan Shaif is a British-Yemeni investigative journalist and OSINT researcher focused on the proliferation of arms, the applications of weapons in conflict, the mapping of armed groups and the law of Armed Conflict. Rawan previously led the Yemen team at Bellingcat, looking at creating a database of violations using open source information and creating replicable methodologies, collection protocols and tools, built to an evidentiary standard for a range of investigations that address accountability in the both Yemen and the wider region.

Before joining Bellingcat, Rawan was based in Yemen for 4 and a half years documenting and investigating airstrikes, diversion of aid, local manufacturing of drones as well as other incidents of tied to human rights violations. During her time there Rawan worked for Amnesty International and MSF whilst writing pieces for Foreign Policy and the New York Times and others.

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Events IJF 2020