Birgit Rieck became an ICIJ board member in 2019, and currently serves as treasurer.

Rieck works as an independent consultant developing business plans for continued education programs abroad. She is based in Michigan, traveling to her native Germany regularly.

Rieck was associate director of Wallace House at the University of Michigan, home of the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Before coming to Michigan, she was a reporter and program host at Stadtradio Karlsruhe.

Rieck studied Anthropology (Latin American Studies) and English Literature at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology (African Studies) and Education from Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz after completing fieldwork in Uganda and Rome. She also completed a two-year management training course with InterContinental Hotels Group in London.

Rieck graduates from the Media Transformation Challenge program in 2020 and also serves on the advisory board of Take The Lead's 50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism.