Founder, Rumie Initiative
Tariq is a Canadian entrepreneur. He is Chief Investment Officer for Sustainable Investing at BlackRock. He is best known for founding The Rumie Initiative, a non-profit organization that aims to educate children in underserved communities using affordable technology. Founded in 2013, Rumie now has projects in more than 20 countries.
Tariq has led a successful career in finance, beginning as a Palo Alto-based technology investment banker in the group that led the IPOs of Google, Amazon and Cisco. He next joined New York-based private equity firm MHR Fund Management, where he became the firm’s youngest partner after leading numerous successful turnarounds of technology companies. He subsequently spent two years at CPP Investment Board in Toronto helping to create and invest in new credit strategies for the growing platform.
Tariq has appeared on CNBC, BNN, CBC, has spoken at the United Nations, and guest lectures at Harvard Business School. In 2017, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.
Tariq holds a BA with distinction from Brown University, spent a year studying at Oxford University, earned a master’s degree in economics and public policy from Sciences Po Paris (L’institut d’études politiques de Paris) and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD in France and Singapore.
Tariq was born and raised in Canada to parents who immigrated from Kenya. He speaks four languages.