Vera Zakem

CEO, Zakem Global Strategies

Vera Zakem is an accomplished leader, working with  governments, industry, and nonprofit organizations to achieve impact at the intersection of technology, global policy, and democracy. She is a recognized expert on disinformation and influence campaigns, democracy and human rights, cybersecurity, and responsible innovation in the U.S. and Europe. 


In addition to founding Zakem Global Strategies, Vera is also a Senior Technology and Policy Advisor at the Institute for Security and Technology. She is also a member of the Task Force to Strengthen Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism globally. Vera previously led strategy and research at Twitter, leading and scaling initiatives to serve the public conversation. Before entering the tech sector, she spent many years leading foreign policy and national security strategy, research, and policy development for various organizations in Washington, DC, including the CNA Corporation. 


Vera has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, CNN, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, War on the Rocks, NPR, Medium, and Working Mother Magazine. She has conducted a radio tour across 20 stations in America, educating listeners about how to identify and combat disinformation. Vera is a Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Tech Advisory Council for Atlas Corps, and a Swiss American Foundation Young Leader


As a working mom, she is an ardent champion of diversity and inclusion in industry and public institutions, and is passionate about elevating women from all backgrounds in all sectors of society.