Zoe was born and raised in Hackney, London on a diet of Dinah Washington and David Attenborough. Her first experience of presenting was at the age of 7 when she appeared on a series of programmes for ILEA (Granada Television) and making home-made wildlife documentaries on urban animals for her parents!
Zoe’s first job for Pilot was presenting Globe Trekker Senegal & Cape Verde. Her decade long love affair with Africa has included a GAP year working as a volunteer at the Harare children’s home, 3 months travelling overland on a bus through West Africa as crew of a Channel 4 documentary project, 2 months pioneering research into South African House Music “kwaito”, on which Zoe produced 2 radio programmes for Rare FM, and performed in a recent theatrical production Free For All about the abolition of slavery… a production that toured through Sierra Leone, a moving experience for Zoe as it is a country where she has strong family ties.
Zoe has a Bsc in Anthropology (UCL), MSc in Human Ecology (CHE) and has studied at The Royal College of Music. She is founder of The Golden Company, a social enterprise that works with inner city young people keeping bees and producing natural cosmetics. She also works as a freelance musician.
In her spare time she dons her feathers and 6-inch heels and dances with the Paraiso Samba School at every carnival she can get to!