French-born and South African raised, I lived and traveled in several parts of the globe—working as an independent journalist, formerly in the humanitarian sector.


I have a passion for writing and investigating anything gender infused—especially when spiced with environmental flavors. My work has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Vice, Thomson Reuters, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Dazed, Refinery29, or Ms. Magazine, among other publications.​

I am currently working with the New York Times, and doing several independent investigations. I am a 2020 Postgraduate Reporting Fellow of the Pulitzer Center, and received a grant under the Investigation Support Scheme of the Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU).


I also won an award for my investigation on PFAS chemicals for a project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I completed in 2020 their mid-career Master’s program in Science Journalism with a focus on investigative techniques.


I lived in South East Asia and reported the rise of human trafficking following Nepal’s 2015 earthquake, or India’s first women’s mosque going solar. I infiltrated Berlin’s nightclubs for months to enter the world of bouncers, becoming one myself for a Cosmopolitan story. My story on violence against women environmental defenders in the United States was mentioned in other publications.

In the past, I have worked for the European Climate Foundation or the United Nations. I completed a Master’s in Gender and Development at the London School of Economics in 2011, where I investigated the sex trafficking of men.




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