Vera Zakem is an accomplished leader, working with governments, industry, and nonprofit organizations to achieve impact at the intersection of technology, global policy, growth, democracy and human rights, and social impact. She is a recognized expert on disinformation and resilience, democracy and human rights, cybersecurity, corporate social responsibility, and responsible innovation.
Vera has been appointed to serve as the Senior Advisor for Technology and Democracy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), advancing rights respecting technology, strengthening the resilience of information ecosystem, and supporting democracies globally. Previously, she was the Founder of Zakem Global Strategies, a mission driven consultancy that worked with government, civil society, and emerging technology companies to address digital threats to democracy. Vera was also a Senior Technology and Policy Advisor at the Institute for Security and Technology and a Non-Resident Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Most recently, Vera was a member of the Task Force to Strengthen Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism globally, co-leading the the technology and counter disinformation policy agenda. 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 strategy, research, CSR and social impact, and policy development for various organizations in Washington, DC, in partnership with the U.S. Government, including the CNA Corporation.
Vera has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, CNN, Foreign Policy, 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.
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, and addressing the digital divide in our society.