Press Release

Washington D.C. August 4th 2014

Zain Verjee Group (ZVG) has produced and directed a series of five films that will set up panel discussions for the US-Africa Business Forum hosted by President Obama in Washington D.C. on August 4th-6th. ZVG partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies over the past eight weeks, travelling through at least ten countries in Africa to bring the business success stories, innovations and transformational ideas to light. The high level event is geared towards strengthening businesses and promoting new opportunities between the US and Africa. Attendees will include President Barack Obama, former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, along with heads of state in Africa.

Both American and African business leaders were interviewed for the project along with heads of state including Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Ghana’s John Mahama, Ivory Coast’s Alassane Outtara, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Algeria’s Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal. Each of the five films addresses a different focus: An overview, Finance and Capital Markets, Infrastructure and ICT, Partnerships and the future generation’s entrepreneurial dreams.

Verjee, the Founder & CEO, was born and brought up in Kenya and says, “the time for Africa is now. We want to tell stories that are transformative and innovative and demonstrate Africa is open for business.” She added, “there is a new young, energy gripping Africa, the middle class is growing and is spending, the opportunities are here, now, this is the moment.”

The Zain Verjee Group has two subsidiaries. Zain Verjee Associates provides elite advisory services for governments and corporations on global branding media strategy and public crisis management. Zain Verjee Media brings the African story to the world providing high quality content that connects, educates and transforms.

Press Release

London 11th April 2014

Former CNN anchor Zain Verjee has created Zain Verjee Group that focuses on two lines of business with an eye toward emerging economies.

Zain Verjee Associates advises governments and corporations around the world on global branding, media strategy and public crisis management. Zain Verjee Media is a content development company that will tell emerging market stories, in particular Africa’s story, to people eager to learn about, and invest in, the region.

Founder & CEO Zain Verjee says: “our objective is to tell compelling stories that educate and connect with audiences. We specialize in short video production, lifestyle programming, global business series and documentaries, all with strong digital components. We conceptualize, write, produce and edit in house. We thrive on creative experimentation and challenging traditional media models, partnering with digital entities and mobile providers, as well as TV networks, to distribute our content.”

Verjee was previously with CNN for 14 years where she worked as a news anchor and reporter in Atlanta, Washington DC and London. Verjee adds “I have had the most incredible life changing experiences at CNN anyone could dream of. This journey has led me to a new and exciting project, where I can bring my own ideas to the table to address important global issues that will have an impact.”

Verjee was recently appointed a UNICEF Children’s Advocate for “A Promise Renewed” which promotes child survival globally. She is currently a Masters Student in Creative Writing at Oxford University.