Zainab joined ICFJ as a Program Assistant in July 2015. She is now responsible for multiple ICFJ programs, particularly in Pakistan and Central Asia.
She currently manages the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism, an exchange program between Pakistani and American journalists. She is also deeply involved in the establishment of ICFJ’s State Department-funded Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) in Karachi, Pakistan. In addition, she runs the Bringing Home The World fellowships, a program that supports U.S. minority journalists' foreign reporting projects, and has led two election reporting programs.
Zainab worked as a print journalist for five years in Karachi, Pakistan. She was part of the launch team for The Express Tribune, the Pakistani publishing partner of the International New York Times. She previously worked at the Pakistani English-language newspaper, Daily Times.
Zainab earned her Master's degree in Public Policy from The University of Chicago’s Harris School. She tweets at @zainabimam.
She is a native speaker of Urdu and English, and knows elementary Persian and Punjabi. She serves as the Secretary on the board of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA).
Pakistan, South and Central Asia.