Lejla is an investigative journalist and researcher, with a focus on corruption, and tracking money and assets across borders. She worked on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers - a leaked cache of documents which exposed the secretive offshore finance industry.
Lejla has also worked on issues of press freedom around the world, and while finishing her Master's Degree at the University of Maryland, alongside Professor Dana Priest, she founded Press Uncuffed - a student-run organization advocating for imprisoned journalists.
While working at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Lejla began to focus on how people consume media and what organizations can do to encourage reader curiosity for complex topics. With the help of a grant she developed new, interactive storytelling methods for investigative journalists.