Michael Nikbakhsh, Austria, is an investigative journalist at profil, an Austrian weekly news magazine.
He started his career in 1990 at “Salzburger Nachrichten” newspaper and joined profil in 1999. Nikbakhsh has headed the economics department at profil since 2004. He specializes in white-collar crime covering numerous scandals that surfaced in Austria over the last years – including ”Telekom Austria,” Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank,” ”Bawag Bank,“ ”Meinl Bank,” ”Eurofighter Typhoon” and ”BVT.”
He published a series of articles in the so-called “Aliyev“ case, involving the former Kazakhstan ambassador to Austria, Rakhat Aliyev, the Nazabayev-Regime, the Kazakh intelligence agency, Viennese lawyer Gabriel Lansky and former Austrian chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer. Aliyev was later found dead in Austrian custody.
Nikbakhsh is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Horst Knapp-Preis 2008 for outstanding achievements in economic journalism and the Walther Rode-Preis 2012 for exemplary journalism. A jury of Austrian journalists honored him multiple times: he was awarded Austria’s Journalist of the year in 2008, Austria’s economic journalist of the year (8 times) and Austria’s investigative journalist of the year in 2016.