Zeenith Ebrahim

2018 Cheng Fellow

Zeenith Ebrahim is a Mid-Career MPA candidate and Edward S. Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Zeenith spent a decade in rail infrastructure in Africa leading a number of large railway projects across the continent. During her time as the GM & CEO of GE South Africa Technologies – a locomotive manufacturing and maintenance company in South Africa – GE produced its most localized locomotive in Africa for Africa creating thousands of jobs; training and transferring skills and creating a local heavy industry supply base in South Africa. In 2017, Zeenith transitioned to lead GE’s Affordable Care & Indirect Channel business. In this role, she focused on enabling access to healthcare diagnostic technology to facilitate better patient outcomes across the African continent. Zeenith plans to use her time at the Kennedy School and as a Cheng Fellow to build a social enterprise that focuses on empowering low-skilled community members from low-income communities to become community healthcare workers and home caregivers. The enterprise aims to provide income to communities, support early identification and prevention awareness of lifestyle diseases, and to provide affordable home caregiving for the sick and elderly. She believes that labor-intensive initiatives like these can facilitate and create jobs to foster more prosperous communities.