I’m the founder and CEO of theZVG, a boutique media advisory firm that focuses on groundbreaking communications products and vehicles in emerging markets. I created theZVG to bring a unique flavor with carefully curated, audience-focused principles, a lean delivery methodology and a deep rolodex, all infused with a proudly African DNA. I am co-founding a modern media academy called The Rundown. Fast paced changes in the media landscape are opening up new questions about storytelling, ethics, challenges and opportunities. By building a knowledge academy we can share experiences, access the pros and grapple with the tough stuff. Sign up for our beta therundown.studio I was the Executive Producer of Unstoppable Africa Presented by The Global Africa Business Initiative. GABI.biz This was a two day gathering on the sidelines of the General Assembly with the theme “When Africa wins, the World Wins” led by the UN Global Compact. I have worked with Bloomberg Live as Executive Producer and Host to create the Qatar Economic Forum in 2021 and 2022. During the Coronavirus pandemic, my team and I created covidHQafrica.com in partnership with MasterCard Foundation. It’s a storytelling, data and information site for Africa. My experiences as a former CNN anchor and state department correspondent has helped shaped my global relationships and views of the media landscape. TheZVG has worked with a deep lineup of organizations like Bloomberg Media, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Pfizer Inc., Equity Group Foundation of Kenya, the World Health Organization, Africa CDC, GE Africa, OCP, The Aga Khan Development Network, the Saudi MiSK Foundation, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa on their communications and public relations strategies. I’m personally excited about web3 and created ZeeVeeNFT on You Tube exploring the Crypto and NFT space. I am working on a project called the Luka Press Club and seeking new ways of storytelling and NFTs. I’ve spoken on platforms such as TED and Africa House. Im thrilled to be a senior fellow (non resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Africa Program. I’m a guest opinion columnist on African issues for The National, UAE and I love writing. I live in Los Angeles and Nairobi, Kenya. I enjoy swimming butterfly, riding horses and i am training for a half marathon. I’m working on a detective novel set in Kenya.
Zain Verjee is the founder and CEO of theZVG, a boutique media advisory firm specializing in emerging markets. With 27.9 years of experience, he co-founded a modern media academy called The Rundown, focusing on storytelling, ethics, challenges, and opportunities. Zain has worked with a diverse range of organizations, including Bloomberg Media, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Pfizer Inc., and the Global Africa Business Initiative. He is also involved in the creation of the Qatar Economic Forum and covidHQafrica.com. Zain is passionate about storytelling and NFTs and has spoken on platforms like TED and Africa House.
For 50 years, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has developed practical solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Today’s global landscape presents strategic opportunities that will define our future. As we celebrate this milestone, CSIS scholars are developing strategic insights and bipartisan policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world. CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center’s 220 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change. Founded at the height of the Cold War by David M. Abshire and Admiral Arleigh Burke, CSIS was dedicated to finding ways to sustain American prominence and prosperity as a force for good in the world. Since 1962, CSIS has become one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions. The Center’s work focuses on defense and security; regional stability; and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration. Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn has chaired the CSIS Board of Trustees since 1999. John J. Hamre became the Center’s president and chief executive officer in April 2000. Twitter: cs.is/U4RJEq LinkedIn: cs.is/33W0gX8 Instagram: cs.is/2ZbBTkF YouTube: cs.is/2TKVQ0k Podcasts: cs.is/2NuWcaD Microsites: cs.is/2z7Ysfv
We design your website, digital marketing, social media and then some to influence the audience specific for you. Our mission is to make you look good. What sets us apart? Customer service: We have learned through the years that just providing a great service or product does not make you the best. If clients are mistreated or do not feel that they are a priority, you will lose them to a competitor, even if their service or product is sub-par. Experience: Our team has a highly technical background which gives us an advantage in many aspects of the digital world. As platforms evolve or techniques change, we are able to easily understand and adapt.
Karibu. Welcome, as we say in Swahili, to our page. TheZVG is a boutique firm that creates communications products for emerging markets. We love stories, we believe in the storyteller, and that storytelling is at the core of any good comms plan. The best stories are told by creatives that know their craft, their market, and their communities. We work with partners on strategy and positioning brands in new media markets. We want to work with partners that are bold and are open to pushing the envelope to new markets, mediums and audiences. TheZVG has a dynamic team who have a range of incredible skills and experience. We hope you enjoy some of the stories of our own we will share here about the comms space and what we are doing, and learning along the way, in a fast-changing media market.
Equity Group Foundation International (EGFI) was founded in the United States in 2014 to build international support for the life-changing work of Equity Group Foundation (EGF). EGFI's mission is to champion the social and economic transformation of the people of Africa, and its vision is an African continent where every person has a chance to attain a healthy, secure, and productive future. EGFI advances its mission by working in partnership with EGF, an African-led, non-profit organization, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, that helps individuals and families move out of poverty through targeted investments in education, agriculture, and other key areas that contribute to sustainable economic and social development.
AKoma is an e-content and storytelling as a service network for African content creators, brands and audiences. We develop and showcase the most awesome stories about Africa. And we are activating and unleashing the talent of incredible African content creators. Our mission is to boldly astonish, delight and engage the world about Africa and its people by relentlessly delivering stories that capture the essential vibe of the continent, showcasing amazing storytelling talent, and doing it better than anyone else
CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of more than two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other TV news organization in the United States. Internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 260 million households abroad; and, the CNN Digital Network is consistently the No.1 current events and news destination on the web. CNN International is the most watched global 24-hour news network. CNN International can be seen in more than 260 million television households in more than 200 countries and territories through a network of 38 satellites. Since September 1997, CNN International has been regionalized into five separate regions: CNN International Europe / Middle East / Africa, CNN International Asia Pacific, CNN International South Asia, CNN International Latin America and CNN International North America. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world's most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
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