Marcel Metze, The Netherlands, founded the nonprofit research journalism organization The Investigative Desk in 2014. Since March 2017, this organization has focused on the tobacco industry and policies in Europe.
Metze has been working as a journalist since 1980. In the 1990s he began investigating big business and government. He authored books on Philips Electronics ("Short Circuit"), the Dutch banks and the powerful Highways and Waterways Agency.
In 2012, Metze used the Wikileaks cables to expose unknown political connections of Royal Dutch Shell. In 2013, he discovered records showing that Philips Electronics worked closely with US Military Intelligence during WWII. In 2014, he revealed that the company used NSA-algorithms in its cryptographic equipment in the 70s and 80s. He is currently working on a political history of Royal Dutch Shell.
Between 2011 and 2015 Metze ran a successful teaching lab for young investigative journalists at the Dutch weekly magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. He is also an editorial advisor of the Dutch Journal of Medicine.