Zvika Krieger is a subversive ritualist and radical traditionalist who is passionate about harnessing ancient wisdom to create modern meaning, fostering mindfulness and authentic connection amidst digital distraction, and bridging the sacred and profane.
Zvika is the Spiritual Leader of Chochmat HaLev, a progressive spiritual community in Berkeley, CA for embodied prayer, heart-centered connections, and mystical experiences. Zvika has served in board and leadership positions for Sukkat Shalom/Milk+Honey, Jewish Studio Project, DC Minyan, and other organizations dedicated to nourishing the mind, body, and soul.
Zvika has worked on mitigating some of the most damaging impacts of new technology on individuals and society as Facebook/Meta's first-ever Director of Responsible Innovation, leading the World Economic Forum's Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and as the US Department of State's first-ever "Ambassador to Silicon Valley." He has taught courses on ethical design and social impact technology at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Zvika previously served as Senior Vice President of the Center for Middle East Peace in Washington DC, and was Newsweek’s Middle East correspondent, based in Egypt and Lebanon and covering most of the Arab world. Zvika’s work and writing have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, and New Republic, and he has appeared as an analyst on NBC News, CNN, and Fox News.
He has a BA from Yale University and studied at the American University in Cairo and Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion near Jerusalem. He is a certified Shadow Work facilitator, a certified Design Thinking facilitator by the Luma Institute, certified as "God" with "Talk to God", and trained as an ecstatic dance DJ by Embodied Sound. He is currently studying for rabbinical ordination at ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
Originally from Los Angeles, Zvika lives in Berkeley, California with his spirited seven-year old son. In his spare time, he loves to surf, dance, backpack, rock climb, and sing karaoke occasionally on-key.