Zoe Johnson

Digital Hub & Senior Policy Lead

Zoe is the Digital Hub and Senior Policy Lead at SEEK. She works as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Donor Tracker project teams and leads SEEK’s work in the field of gender equality.

In her Digital Hub role, Zoe oversees efforts to re-imagine the Donor Tracker as an innovative digital product that can even more effectively support global development advocates. She also conducts data-driven analyses of development policy and financing in Australia and Canada and is involved in editorial oversight for the Donor Tracker website.

Zoe believes that gender equality is foundational to the success of global development across sectors and that intersectional feminist approaches (to just about everything) offer the greatest hope for building more just, equal, and peaceful global systems. She brings her strong background in and passion for the topic to her work steering SEEK’s gender equality strategy.

Before joining SEEK, Zoe worked as a Field Research Manager with the Oxford Martin Programme on African Governance, where she led research in Ethiopia exploring young women’s expectations and experiences of work and life in the Hawassa Industrial Park. She also worked as the editorial assistant for two peer-reviewed journals: Oxford Development Studies and the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security. Zoe was an EdGE mentor and consultant with Omprakash, where she helped students learn the foundations of critical development as they prepared to volunteer abroad, and advised grassroots organizations in Uganda, Costa Rica, Chile, India, and Cambodia on volunteer management, strategic planning, and fundraising. She is the founding editor of Feminist Food Journal, an online magazine dedicated to a feminist food future.

Zoe is a graduate of the MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford, where her research critically explored how processes of social, economic, and political change in Ethiopia shape young women’s perceptions of their own opportunities. She also holds a BSc in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia where she studied land and food systems, with a regional focus on South Asia.