Zainab Imam

Program Manager

Zainab Imam joined ICFJ as a program assistant in July 2015 and is now responsible for multiple programs as a program manager. Having worked as a journalist herself for five years in Pakistan, she is committed to supporting journalists around the world build their skills for more accurate and impactful reporting.

She currently manages the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism, an exchange program between Pakistani and American journalists. She was also deeply involved in the establishment of the Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) in Karachi, Pakistan. In addition, she runs the Bringing Home The World Fellowships which support U.S. minority journalists' foreign reporting projects, and has led several U.S. election reporting programs for foreign journalists. She has also worked with journalists from Central Asia. 

She is also passionate about the power of good journalism to educate audiences about lesser-known regions of the world. Imam believes that journalism has its own language that transcends borders and her favorite thing about working at ICFJ is helping journalists from around the globe discover they’re more similar than different.

Imam worked at The Express Tribune and Daily Times in Karachi. She earned her master's degree in Public Policy from The University of Chicago’s Harris School. She is a native speaker of Urdu and English, and knows elementary Punjabi. She serves as the Vice President of the South Asian Journalists Association.

She tweets at @zainabimam.