Marcelo Soares, Brazil, is the editor at Lagom Data, a data journalism studio in Brazil.

He was the first audience and data editor in Brazilian media, at Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil’s largest newspaper. He collaborated on ICIJ’s award-winning projects Tobacco Underground and The Global Climate Change Lobby.

While working at Transparencia Brasil, he conceived and coordinated in 2006 the creation of Excelencias, a database that publishes asset and lobbying information of Congressmen. The project received the Esso award for Best Contribution to Press.

With Folha, he took part on a project to assess municipality efficiency and won the Petrobras award in 2018. With Época magazine, he used public data to investigate the demography of COVID victims in Brazil and won the Synapsis award in 2020.

Soares was a founding member and served as the first executive manager at the Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI) and as a political writer at Folha. As a freelancer, he wrote for international outlets including the Los Angeles Times,, the Brazilian version of Spain's El Pais, and more.