About the founder
Zoe Smith has nearly two decades’ experience in media and has written for publications including The Guardian, The New Internationalist and The New Statesman. She began as a columnist for her local newspaper while still at school and was working for the Financial Times by the time she reached university.
On completing her journalism degree, Zoe was head-hunted by Yoox.com where she worked as a press officer for the fashion company based in Milan, Italy and later became a correspondent for the Italian edition of Rolling Stone magazine.
As a digital producer at the UK’s leading commercial broadcaster, ITV News, she addressed both the Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism and the BBC College of Journalism on issues relating to digital journalism. In 2007, she established the Gonzo club, a series of networking dinners for young journalists working in news media.
In 2009 Zoe launched Full Fact, the UK’s first independent fact-checking organisation, and has gone on to create communications strategies for organisations in the international development sector, including Development Progress, an Overseas Development Institute programme funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Zoe also has an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Grenada 40 represents the harmonious meeting of all her passions: the Caribbean, digital media and social change.
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