Global Student in Residence

The Global Student in Residence program offers mid-career journalists the opportunity to work on a Global Reporting Centre project, and funding to advance their journalism studies.


Katarina Sabados began her career as a journalist at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in Bosnia & Herzegovina. After finishing an interdisciplinary degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish, she began working in the Balkans, joining OCCRP as a daily news intern and later as a researcher/reporter. Her work focused on deep-diving into public records and following money trails alongside journalists worldwide on stories ranging from environmental crimes to money laundering. She contributed to a number of investigations including The Troika Laundromat, which won the 2020 Sigma Award for best data-driven reporting. She currently studies at the University of British Columbia School of Journalism, Writing & Media.

As the 2020 Global Student in Residence, Katarina will be contributing to the Hidden Costs of Global Supply Chains project.


Shuang Li has worked for Reuters in Shanghai as a video journalist for close to a decade. After studying literature, she started work in journalism as a camerawoman and later expanded into reporting, producing and presenting. Li’s work focuses on trends and changes in China and how they affect people’s lives. She has covered a wide range of stories in the region, from the North Korean border, through Inner Mongolia milk farms, to factory towns in South China. Li produced a show on China’s social media called “Weibo Watcher.” During her non-resident fellowship she will focus on the impact and influence of China’s massive infrastructure and investment program, the Belt and Road Initiative. She currently studies at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

As the 2019 Global Student in Residence, Shuang Li will be contributing to the Hidden Costs of Global Supply Chains project.


Ruhullah Khapalwak, Global Student in Residence

Ruhullah Khapalwak is an Afghan journalist with a strong background in news, television and feature reporting. He worked for The New York Times as a local reporter for six years, as well as for news outlets including CNN and Al Jazeera. He has built a record investigating and reporting cases of civilian casualties, violation of human rights, detentions of Afghans in Bagram and Guantanamo bay detention facilities, and the Taliban insurgency. He helped break the story of Dilawar, the taxi driver who died in American custody in 2002, and he worked on subsequent investigations for the Times and the Oscar-winning documentary film “Taxi to the Dark Side.” Educated in Afghanistan during the Taliban era, Khapalwak won a full scholarship to Swarthmore College in the United States, where he majored in Middle Eastern Studies, graduating in 2010. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan.

As the 2018 Global Student in Residence, Ruhullah Khapalwak contributed to research to a documentary on peace in Rwanda.