Zain Verjee is one of the world’s most respected and recognized journalists, with 14 years of experience at CNN as an anchor, reporter and profound interviewer. Her passion for Africa has led her to create aKoma, Africa’s premier digital storytelling platform. aKoma wants to capture the diverse and creative energy of the continent, and tell stories from our own local African perspectives.The platform launched August 2016 on akomanet.com. Beyond the litany of countries she has covered for work, Zain invests her personal time and inquiry in understanding people around the world. She is Kenyan born and passionate about Africa today.
Since joining CNN in 2000, Zain has covered numerous world events and has interviewed some of the most influential men and women of our time. Zain covered the US State Department for CNN USA for two years, closely following American foreign policy and traveling with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Zain has a great sense of humour and versatility that is rare. She is able to connect, is charismatic on the air, unique in her approach and always interested. She was appointed a UNICEF Children’s Advocate for ‘A Promise Renewed’ promoting child survival globally.
Zain enjoys writing and received a Masters of Studies in Creative Writing at Oxford University in 2016.