GlobeSight (FZ LLE), a small UAE-based advisory group for emerging markets strategy; he was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Dubai School of Government (DSG)
An independent political analyst and writer, Taufiq focuses his research and articles on a range of geopolitical topics, particularly those pertaining to the Greater Middle East. He follows closely international security issues, particularly the situation in Afghanistan/Pakistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and trends in international terrorism. Additionally, he has a particular passion for building cross-cultural understanding, and is currently mapping the ecosystem of 'engagement between the Muslim world and the West', which also forms a central part of his research at DSG. His articles appear in a range of online and print publications, but most notably Taufiq posts regularly to Huffington Post and The Mark News.
Prior to embarking on his current journey, Taufiq worked across the public, private and social sectors. Most recently, he was with McKinsey & Company's Middle East Office, where he worked on strategy and transformation projects across the region, and in a variety of sectors ranging for example from banking to education. Previously, he was worked at the Aga Khan Foundation (based in Geneva) for its rural development program in the Middle East and South Asia, the United Nations in Lebanon, and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He has also served as a volunteer facilitator for Soliya, a non-profit organization dedicated to inter-cultural dialogue.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Taufiq received his A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. While at Princeton, he actively published in student publications, including as a biweekly columnist at the Daily Princetonian. He was also the Chair of the Governance Board, of the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding (he led a campaign to change the name from The Third World Center). He also founded Global Issues Forum, which became the preeminent group in the academic community to promote discussion around international affairs topics. Upon graduation, Taufiq was awarded the Spirit of Princeton Award and the Frederick Douglass Award.
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was also selected as the Class Day Speaker for his program. While there, he served as a course assistant to Samantha Power and Jim Leach, and as a Teaching Fellow with the Government Department for "Contemporary Political Islam." At Harvard, Taufiq was the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Kennedy School Student Government (KSSG), Co-Chair of the International Security Professional Interest Council, and a commentator for the public affairs show "Open Open Forum," among other activities. His Policy Analysis Exercise focused on the nature of development assistance in Afghanistan, and was conducted in cooperation with the Government of Canada and advised by Stephen Walt.