Zaid Hassan

Zaid Hassan
writing, facilitation, social change, process design

Zaid is a facilitator and writer who is passionate about bridging divides and cultural re-generation. His work is focused on supporting individuals, communities and institutions who recognize that new approaches are needed in order to shift contemporary intractable situations.

Zaid helped found Reos Partners in 2007 where he serves as Managing Partner of the Oxford office. Reos Partners is an international organisation dedicated to supporting and building capacity for innovative collective action in complex social systems, which also has offices in Cambridge (MA), Johannesburg, Melbourne, Sao Paulo and San Francisco.

Over the last few years he has worked on catalysing systemic action on a wide range of issues, from financial systems, to agriculture and climate change.

Before helping to found Reos Partners, Zaid spent four years at Generon Consulting, where he worked on long-term projects that brought together business, civil society, government and communities to innovate within complex and difficult social situations. His work involved process design, facilitation, project management and documentation and his projects included sustainable food supply chains in North America and Europe, child malnutrition in India and aboriginal relations in Canada. He has spent extensive time in India working on the Bhavishya Alliance, an initiative aimed at reducing child malnutrition in India.

Zaid has a background in technology and marketing communications. He has worked in the corporate and non-profit sectors over the last ten years, including organisations as diverse as the PR agency Hill & Knowlton and the global learning network, Pioneers of Change. He 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.

Zaid is currently a Strategic Advisor to the Climate Action Network (CAN), a global network of some 500 environmental NGOs, to the newly formed International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Dhaka, Bangladesh and to the Global Initiative for Climate Based Adaptation (GICBA) a network focused on supporting the most vulnerable communities adapt to climate change. He is a Guest Lecturer at the KaosPilots, an innovative business school in Denmark.

Over 2009-10 Zaid was an Associate Fellow of The Institute of Science, Innovation and Society, Said Business School at the University of Oxford

Zaid is currently writing a book entitled “Defending Culture” which articulates a theory of culture and considers active responses to the destruction of cultures.

He has been a contributing author to the innovative website, since it's launch and has written for Worldchanging on social change, democracy, politics, education, the global food system and many other topics. His pieces have included a report on ten years of democracy in South Africa, Democracy Age 10, a progress report on the Lula government, in The Continuing Story of Lula as well as numerous shorter pieces.

Zaid also writes for Shikshantar: The People’s Institute for Rethinking Development and Education based in Udaipur, India.

A native Londoner, Zaid grew up in India, the Middle East and England.

He currently lives in Oxford.