Zara has worked in the field of information accessibility and data use among civil society from a number of different angles. She was the first employee at OpenOil, looking into open data and publicly available information in the extractive industries, then moved on to work for Open Knowledge, running the Open Development Toolkit and working with School of Data on data literacy for journalists and civil society. She has worked in over 20 countries, and enjoys observing varying cultural responses to different technologies. Zara is fascinated by the relationship between technology and power structures, and runs a regular podcast, Collusion, on this topic.
Zara holds British and Bangladeshi nationalities, and speaks fluent French, Spanish and German, and bits of Arabic.