Co-founder, Teach the World Foundation
Naureen Meraj is the co-founder of Teach the World Foundation. She is an award-winning expert in Gamification and Digital Engagement initiatives and is known for her innovative work at NTT DATA, Inc., a subsidiary of the 6th largest IT services company in the world.
As a former senior global director for the Digital Experience practice, she created the Gamification practice in an effort to improve learning, collaboration, sales, customer loyalty and employee productivity across NTT Data’s blue-chip client base through the use of game mechanics and immersive game-like experiences.
Her team’s pioneering work in gamification has been recognized by InformationWeek as one of the 500 best innovations for 2012 and 2013. Naureen advises corporate leaders around the world on using gamification to improve their business, and her insights have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes. In 2015, the Worcester Business Journal honored Naureen as one of the year’s Outstanding Women in Business.
Outside of work, Naureen is passionate about using innovation to improve K-12 education. She has been deeply involved in various educational initiatives across several Boston institutions. In 2013, she founded iGame, the first organization to focus on increasing innovation and adoption of educational games in public schools. In 2015, iGame evolved into Teach the World, a nonprofit that teaches reading, writing and math to children in the developing world using games on low-cost tablets.
Naureen graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from University of Washington and a M.Ed. from University of Massachusetts, Boston School of Education and Human Development.
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