About 

  • Hanna Ziady is a writer for CNN Business in London where she covers markets, economies and companies across Europe. Since joining CNN in September 2019, Ziady has covered ongoing developments relating to Britain's post-Brexit future, big business's shift away from fossil fuels and the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic on areas as diverse as aviation, tourism, energy, food supply, retail and the city of London.

    Before joining CNN, Ziady spent almost 10 years covering the financial services sector in South Africa across print, digital and broadcast media. She was investment writer at South Africa's biggest business daily, Business Day and its weekly sister title, Financial Mail where she regularly interviewed the CEOs of SA's biggest banks and insurance companies. While there she led coverage on the crises plaguing KPMG, including its audit work for the controversial Gupta family, reported on the fallout of accounting fraud at Steinhoff and covered major corporate transactions, including the breakup of Old Mutual Plc and the sale of Barclays Africa. She was also a correspondent for Business Day TV, hosting live business and markets news programs and anchoring ETF Investor, a monthly show focused on exchange-traded funds.

    Prior to joining Business Day, Ziady was a reporter for financial news website Moneyweb, where she regularly hosted the 'SAFM Market Update with Moneyweb,' a primetime business radio show broadcast weekday evenings on SAFM, a station owned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). She interviewed South Africa's then Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan and Nobel laureate in economics, Joseph Stiglitz for the show, as well as the CEOs of SA's biggest companies. Ziady began her career as online editor and features writer for insurance industry trade publications, RISKSA and RISKAFRICA.

    In 2017, Ziady was part of a team of 10 journalists from Business Day and the Sunday Times that were winners of the print category in the Vodacom Journalist of the Year awards for a series of articles exposing widespread corruption in the public and private sectors under Jacob Zuma's presidency. While at RISKSA, she won a Discovery Health Journalism Award in 2012 for an analysis piece on South Africa's touted National Health Insurance.

    Originally from South Africa, Ziady holds a Master's degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Cape Town and an Honors degree in politics and philosophy from Rhodes University in Grahamstown under her maiden name, Barry. Her undergraduate degree included instrumental music studies, with a major in jazz piano and a minor in jazz voice. While obtaining her Honors degree in 2010, she completed a semester abroad at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, interning at The Statesman Journal and touring small-town America with the Willamette Singers.