Investigative Journalist, Presenter, Filmmaker
Juliana Ruhfus is an award-winning broadcaster and investigative journalist specialised in human rights and investigative work who now leads the European work of the “Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma”, a resource centre and global network of journalists, journalism educators and health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy headquartered at Columbia University, NYC.
Prior to joining Dart Centre Europe, Juliana spent sixteen years at Al Jazeera English as the channel’s senior presenter on the People & Power investigative and current affairs strand where she made over 60 films in nearly 50 countries including some of the show’s highest-rating episodes. Juliana has also worked as an executive producer for BBC World Service “Eye Investigations” setting up a unit in India, and as a filmmaker for Channel 4, WDR, NHK and other global broadcasters.
In 2010, Juliana was awarded the prestigious Ochberg Fellowship and a year later, she received a scholarship for Harvard University’s Global Trauma Programme. In 2013, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) named her as one of the top 100 journalists covering conflict. She serves on the board of trustees for the Environmental Justice Foundation, and on the advisory board for eyeWitness to Atrocities, a project of the International Bar Association.
Juliana loves story-telling and narratives in all forms and shapes. Beyond her work in filmmaking, Juliana has created and produced the multi-award winning "Pirate Fishing - Interactive Investigation" and “Hacked” digital projects. In 2017 she successfully applied for Google DNI funding to develop an open source chat-based storytelling tool and in 2022 she received funding to write a fictional TV series about the environmental movement in Germany, an ongoing project.
Outside of her work in media, Juliana was twice appointed as a UN Security Council Sanctions Committee consultant tasked with investigating breaches of the arms embargo on Somalia.
RECENT FILMS & FAVOURITE PROJECTS
How did a former US Green Beret manage to organise a plot to kidnap Venezuela’s President Maduro claiming it was backed by the American government?
An homage to one of Brazil’s most famous activists whose killing reveals the close links between Rio’s militia groups and President Bolsonaro’s family.
A journey deep into the Sahara that assesses the impact of the EU’s decision to turn one of the world’s poorest nations into its most southern border.
A film that unravels why so many young Muslims from the Caribbean island nation Trinidad and Tobago are being drawn to fight in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
The multi-award winning gamified version of the Pirate fishing documentary in which the user takes the role of a journalist researching illegal fishing in Sierra Leone.
An undercover investigation into the exploitation of children through the ‘voluntourism’ business that helped change the industry forever.