Shafiq is the President and Founding Partner of Teach the World Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to enhance global literacy using digital technology. Prior founding Teach the World, Shafiq was the Senior Vice President of Chanel Strategy and Distribution at Marriott International, where he was responsible for leading all of Marriott’s distribution channels, growing them from $150MM in revenue to in excess of $15 billion.
Shafiq received his MBA from Harvard Business School and an economics degree from Punjab University in Pakistan.
In this interview, Shafiq shares how he’s leveraging his experience as a digital pioneer to establish and deploy models of literacy and learning effectively and at scale through the power of digital technology. Globally, two of every seven people are functionally illiterate, and Shafiq argues that traditional models of education cannot effectively close this gap, especially in the developing world. Shafiq’s believes digital technology can democratize education to benefit not just the individuals receiving it, but the global economy as a whole.