Tariq founded Rumie after seeing the success of his work to bring mobile phones to developing markets as a leapfrog innovation at a New York private equity firm. He began his career in technology investment banking with CSFB in Palo Alto. Tariq was born and raised in Toronto to a family that emigrated from Kenya to Canada. He holds an Honors B.A. with distinction from Brown University (US), spent one year studying at Oxford (UK), earned a master’s degree in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris (France) and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD (France & Singapore).
Tariq’s career path and decision to found Rumie is featured on the INSEAD website following a case study that was published on Rumie in Fall 2014.
Tariq believes that he was lucky in life and that, in the words of the author Michael Lewis, he owes a debt to those who are less lucky.