Zakiy heads up Albany’s Research and Innovation Hub, with specialist interest in political engagement, research, and strategic communications advice. He was a Strategic Communications Adviser for RICU International at the Home Office, ending an 8-month posting in North Africa before joining Albany. Prior to this, he honed his communication and political skills in Westminster, working on several high-profile political campaigns, including senior roles in the 2016 EU Referendum, Theresa May’s leadership campaign, and the 2017 General Election. He also had a brief stint in corporate PR, specialising in crisis communications and strategy. Zakiy began his career as a Researcher in Parliament for two Conservative MPs, after graduating from Oxford with a degree in Modern Languages, where he spent a year in Paris at a diplomatic think-tank.