Ides Debruyne is co-founder and managing director of, a non‐profit organisation established in 1998 with the purpose of facilitating independent cross-border investigative journalism by connecting donors and journalists in order to promote democracy on the European continent. Ides is the co-founder of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists (VVOJ) and founder and chair of SciMingo vzw, a non-profit organisation with the aim of promoting science and technology in Dutch-speaking Belgium.