Zaira Pirzada is a multi-lingual poet, an artist, a technologist, and an academic. Her art is inspired by her wide range of professional roles and the double-conscious experience of being a Indian-Pakistani-American woman. Zaira is a principal advisor at one of the world’s leading information technology research and advisory companies. Additionally, Zaira is a board member of Women at Gartner. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs focused on security, intelligence, and crisis communications; and is in the midst of furthering her education by pursuing an M.S. Eng in Data Science and Security Informatics from Johns Hopkins. Zaira has worked at leading think tanks and appeared in international media for her expertise in intelligence gathering. She is also a Meisner-trained actress from the William Esper Studio and counts acting and spoken word among her greatest passions.