Zain Verjee is journalist who was born and raised in Kenya. Zain is one of the world’s most respected and recognized journalists, with an action-packed background and experience as a storyteller, entrepreneur, communicator, and interviewer. She is well known as a former CNN anchor and correspondent, and has made a successful transition into the world of communications and creative entrepreneurship. Her communications firm, Zain Verjee Group, has worked with a deep lineup of organizations and entities such as Pfizer, Bloomberg Media, Bloomberg Philanthropies, World Health Organization, The Saudi MiSK Foundation, GE Africa, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and Equity Group Foundation of Kenya on their communications and public relations delivery and strategies via advisory, consulting, and content production. She is a highly sought after facilitator and interviewer, and has spoken on platforms such as TED and Africa House. She is also a startup founder and content creator, co-founding aKoma Media, a continental network of workspaces for Africa’s creative and cultural economy, in 2015. Her other ventures in the creative space include Amplify, a content creator fellowship with participants from East/West Africa and the US, in partnership with MasterCard Foundation. In addition, with her former colleague and CNN anchor Isha Sesay, Zain will be launching Rouse, an immersive three day gathering event for an elite community of women in Africa and the diaspora in 2019.
Zain resides in the Los Angeles area and Nairobi, Kenya, and her versatility and charisma have been a great asset for her in her post anchor life and entrepreneurial ventures. She spent 14 years at CNN as an anchor and correspondent, living in Atlanta, Washington DC and London. Prior to leaving CNN in April 2014, Verjee was the anchor of CNN International’s European daytime program “World One”. She worked as a newsreader for The Situation Room, as a State Department correspondent covering Condoleezza Rice and US foreign policy. She started her on-air career at Kenya Television Network in Nairobi and as a radio DJ on Capital FM.