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Zak Kaufman

Co-Founder & CEO, Vera Solutions


Zak Kaufman is Co-Founder and CEO of Vera Solutions, a social enterprise using cloud and mobile technology to help social impact organizations worldwide work more efficiently and deliver better results. Zak has worked for 10 years at the intersection of technology and the social sector, overseeing program evaluations in Southern Africa and Latin America and architecting data systems for dozens of leading global nonprofits. Since 2010, Vera has served more than 225 organizations in more than 45 countries and has grown to a team of 50 staff on four continents. Notable clients Zak has worked with include the Gavi Alliance, the Aga Khan Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Zak holds a PhD and MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BA from Dartmouth. He has been recognized as a Marshall Scholar, Truman Scholar, Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, Global Good Fund Fellow, Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow, and winner of Dartmouth's 2018 Social Justice Award. Vera has additionally been recognized through Echoing Green, Rainer Arnhold, and Dasra Social Impact Fellowships. Zak is originally from Madison, Wisconsin and lives in Geneva, Switzerland.