b. 1998 Johannesburg, South Africa
Based between New Haven, USA and Johannesburg, South Africa

Zahra Abba Omar is a researcher and writer. She is presently a PhD student in Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She received her BA Honours in Sociology, with distinction, at the University of Cape Town in 2020, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.

Previously, she served as a research and communications assistant for the Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub, co-located at the University of Cape Town and the University of Oxford, which sought to map paths for accelerators in the implementation of the United Nations’s 2030 development agenda. In January 2022, she joined ALT Advisory as its inaugural Tech Rights Fellow, assisting with research and analysis on the intersection of technology, justice, and human rights. The Johannesburg-based public interest advisory and law firm focuses on information rights, data privacy, emergent technology, and social innovation.

She is available for invitations and consultations related to writing, editing, and research.




School assembly in Muscat, 2005 (by my mum)