When Wolfgang Krach's journalists received the first data leak from a 'John Doe' in 2015, little did he know it would ultimately lead to the biggest investigative journalism project the world has seen.
Four hundred journalists, 100 news organisations, 80 countries, 25 languages, 2.6TB of data, one year.
"We did everything we could to keep it secret and it's a wonder to say there was no leak within this group of 400 people," says Krach, a speaker at this year's Publish Asia event in Bali next month.
The gargantuan project undertaken in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington DC won the 2017 Pulitzer for best explanatory reporting.
Editor-in-chief of Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung, Krach will describe how the Panama Papers and last November's Paradise Papers investigations unfolded, and his thoughts on the benefits, challenges and future of such collaborative cross-border projects.
Publish Asia 2018, taking place in Bali, Indonesia, from April 24 - 26, is expected to draw more than 300 media executives from across Asia. Conference sessions include: Global Trends for News Media; Transformation and New Business Models - case studies from CEOs; Generating revenue through native advertising; Platform strategies; Newsroom trends; AI and Smart Data to increase audience engagement; Trust in News; Extending the life of print products; Building niche communities; How to engage Gen X to Z; and Creating Journalism that makes a difference.