Tariq Fancy is founder of Rumie, which today brings affordable digital education to remote, underserved communities worldwide ranging from Indian villages to Syrian refugee camps.
Prior to founding Rumie in 2013, Tariq spent a long career in finance, starting as an investment banker in the Silicon Valley based group that led the IPOs of Amazon, Google, and Cisco, and later as the youngest partner at a New York Private Equity firm. As an investor he led the early investments that brought mobile phones into emerging markets as a "leapfrog" innovation over landlines. His career and work has been the subject of business school case studies by both Harvard Business School and INSEAD.
Tariq believes that merging sound business principles and affordable technology can create revolutionary solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. The firstborn son of immigrants to Canada from Kenya, Tariq studied at four universities abroad — Brown, Oxford, Sciences Po and INSEAD — and speaks four languages.