Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practised journalism at the local, national and European levels, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. Since 2008, she develops European support and infrastructures for cross-border journalism. She combines journalism practice, entrepreneurial activities, teaching/training and academic research. Since 2015, she supported the development of Investigate Europe and – upon the founding of the cooperative in late 2019 – has been asked to chair the advisory board.