Zainab Akther completed her Masters in Mass communication and Journalism at the University of Kashmir, Srinagar. She worked with local news agency PBI (press bureau of India) based in Srinagar and worked as an intern with Hindustan Times, national daily. She also got articles published in local news papers based in Kashmir and continues sending articles to these newspapers.
Zainab Akther has also done a M.Phil at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament (CIPOD) of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Presently she is enrolled in first year of PhD in the same centre.
Furthermore, Zainab Akther worked as a research associate with the Indian Institute of Public Administration on a project, “Impact Assessment of the Investor Education and Protection Fund” (IEPF) for four months which included extensive filed survey.
Currently she is also working as a research intern with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), a research think tank based in New Delhi.