Senior Fellow in Social Innovation
Zaid is a strategist, writer and facilitator. Zaid is the co-founder of Reos Partners, where he served as Managing Partner of the Oxford office from 2007-2014. Reos Partners is a social innovation consultancy that addresses complex, high-stakes challenges around the world. Reos helps teams of stakeholders work together on their toughest challenges.
Zaid has over a decade of experience in developing strategic responses to complex social challenges, including community development, climate change, child malnutrition, employment, energy, financial systems, global food systems, and security issues. His clients have included organisations as diverse as The World Bank, The UN Foundation, various governments, as well as Oxfam, WWF and many more.
He has a background in technology and communications. Zaid left university where he was studying physics to join the .com boom, where he set up his own company, Anthropic, which focused on both the delivery of new media and the social implications of technology. He has extensive start-up experience, including serving for two years as Chief Technology Office for smartchange, a .com nonprofit start-up.
Zaid is Strategic Advisor to a number of non-profit organizations.
Over 2009-10 he was an Associate Fellow of The Institute of Science, Innovation and Society, at the Said Business School. He has guest lectured at The University of Oxford, The University of Bergen, Norway, The New School in New York and many more institutions.
He is author of The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges (Berret-Koehler, 2014).
A native Londoner, Zaid grew up in Bombay, New Delhi, Abu Dhabi and London. He currently lives in Oxford.