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  • Over 35 years of experience writing professionally.

  • Thrives on flexibility and innovation.

  • Strong work ethic and customer loyalty.

  • Always meets deadlines.

  • Unmatched writing skills and attention to detail.

  • Works well independently, or as part of a team. 

  • Easily multitasks. 

  • Turns guidance into action.  

  • Understands complex topics quickly, then explains them in clear writing.  

Edward Zellem

Edward Zellem

“Good writing is good conversation,

only more so.”


- Ernest Hemingway​


Edward Zellem is a 12-time award-winning author, freelance copywriter, grant writer and proposal writer.  He writes to help businesses get more traffic, conversions and sales, and to help non-profit organizations find and gain the funding sources they need.


He is known internationally as an expert writer and communicator on a variety of subjects, and has been featured in national and international media such as the BBC, Voice of America, The Christian Science Monitor, Fox NewsRadio, Veterans Radio Network, Afghan Voice FM London, Radio Free Europe, and many more.


More information and media links at       

U.S. Navy officer

Retired U.S. Navy captain and career intelligence officer. 30 years of active duty service worldwide, both at sea and ashore.  Core skills include research, writing, collecting and analyzing information, and creating presentations in a variety of media and styles.      

2011-Present ​
12-time award-winning author of 5 books published in 20 languages

Proven track record of building innovative projects from the ground up, and finding the resources to succeed. 

One example was collecting and translating Afghan proverbs in Afghanistan. It started as a hobby, became a passion, then exploded into a series of award-winning books illustrated by Afghan high school students. It grew into a global phenomenon supported by an international team of volunteers.  Now it is published in 20 languages and available in over 110 countries. More at 


Author biography and book collection also on  

2017- Present​
Master Instructor
Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) 
  • PADI "Elite Instructor" Award  4 consecutive years (2018-2021)
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PADI "Elite Instructor" awardee for four consecutive years (2018-2021). Active scuba professional and Master Instructor, PADI's second highest professional scuba instructor rating. Teaches entry-level Open Water students through Divemaster and Instructor candidates. Certified PADI diver since 1986. Also certified Emergency First Response Instructor. Teaches at Calypso Tampa

Wrote and published the world's first PADI-approved Spring Diver Distinctive Specialty Instructor Guide and Student Guide.  Published globally in 2018 and available on, Barnes & Noble, and wherever quality books are sold. His course counts toward PADI's prestigious PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.   

Board of Directors and Board of Advisors,  Global Impact  
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Washington, DC based Global Impact is​ one of the world's top nonprofits, with over 100 charity partners and clients and a multi-million dollar budget. Its mission statement, which Edward Zellem helped develop, is to build partnerships and resources for the world's most vulnerable people.


He was first elected to Global Impact's volunteer Board of Directors in 2012, re-elected to a second term in 2015, and re-elected to a third term in 2017.  Served on several key committees and now on Board of Advisors. 

Copywriter, (formerly Film Annex)
2013- Present​

Francesco Rulli's Film Annex (now Bitlanders) is a NYC-based company with a special interest in supporting Afghan education and women's empowerment through its Afghan Development Project and the Women's Annex Foundation. 

Member, Professional Writers' Alliance (PWA)
2013- Present​

The world's top members-only network for professional copywriters and writing education. 

Member, Grant Professionals Association (GPA)
2016- Present​

The GPA's mission is to build and support an international community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards. 

Master of Public Administration​
Auburn University at Montgomery 
MS, Operational Art and Science ​
Air Force Command and Staff College, Montgomery, AL
Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC 
MS, Strategic Intelligence​
BA, Foreign Affairs​
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

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