Cecilia Anesi graduated in Journalism with Sociology at City University, London. She is a board member of the non-profit Investigative Reporting Project Italy, for which she co-authored complex investigations like Food for Fraud (2013); The Suntech Saga (2014), the International Centre of Investigative Journalism’s Chinaleaks spinoff unveiling the rise and fall of China's largest solar panel producer passing from the BVI and reaching through intermediates the Italian mafia; and The Wolves of Europe (2014), which unveiled the lives of a group of fraudsters, the same behind the fake bonds provided to Suntech. The latter was co-produced with German non-profit journalism centre CORRECT!V and published in four languages by CORRECT!V, Tages-Anzeiger, L'Espresso, Il Dispaccio and El Confidencial. Cecilia also writes for CORRECT!V’s MafiaBlog on Italian and transnational organised crime, along with her colleague Giulio Rubino.
In April 2015 she co-authored the Mafia in Africa project sponsored by the IDR Grant and by Journalismfund.eu, and produced by IRPI, ANCIR, QUATTROGATTI and CORRECT!V. Cecilia is currently a reporter with CORRECT!V.
This data-driven project deals with land grabbing in Africa from two perspectives: top-down, by data analysis of the overall issue of large-scale land acquisitions; and bottom-up, by collecting stories and evidence from main actors.
The project investigates, maps, analyses and visualises Italian mafias’ investments and money laundering practices in Africa, and how has this changed precarious African economies and impacted communities.