Alexios Mantzarlis

Alexios Mantzarlis joined Poynter to lead the International Fact-Checking Network in September of 2015. In this capacity he writes about and advocates for fact-checking. He also trains and convenes fact-checkers around the world.

As Director of the IFCN, Alexios has helped draft the fact-checkers' code of principles, shepherded a partnership between third-party fact-checkers and Facebook, testified to the Italian Chamber of Deputies on the "fake news" phenomenon and helped launch International Fact-Checking Day. In January 2018 he was invited to join the European Union's High Level Group on fake news and online disinformation. He has also drafted a lesson plan on fact-checking for UNESCO and a chapter on fact-checking in the United States for an upcoming book published by Congressional Quarterly.

Alexios previously served as Managing Editor of Pagella Politica (Disclosure) and FactCheckEU, respectively Italy's main political fact-checking website and the EU's first multilingual crowd-checking project. While at Pagella Politica, he presented weekly fact-checking segments on Virus, a prime time talk show airing on national broadcaster RAI 2.

Before becoming a fact-checker, he worked for the United Nations and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies.