Blockchain expert Palveshey Tariq is a modern-day Renaissance woman.
Driven by an unmatched thirst for knowledge, Tariq has pursued education in various fields, spanning from political science, mathematics, and linguistics at the undergraduate level, finance and software engineering at the graduate level and information systems at the doctorate level. Moreover, she is multilingual in seven languages (fluent in four, with working proficiency in three more) with additional prowess in computer programming.
“Up until I got into blockchain, I didn’t necessarily have direction regarding why I was studying everything I was. It was just sheer interest in knowledge,” said the graduate of the University of Florida (UF) and Harvard University. “Now, I realize that having the political science background helps me understand the politics of the market, mathematics has aided my ability to problem-solve and become an independent learner/self-starter, and linguistics has developed my aptitude in systematically learning languages, which has further transcended into programming languages.”
Tariq may not have realized it at the time, but her unique journey and diverse body of knowledge have uniquely positioned her to be a leader of innovation in the field.
Following the completion of her master’s degree at Harvard University, Tariq returned to Florida claiming, “Boston was way too cold.” She reconnected with former UF professor, Dr. Mark Jamison, who postulated his interest in the cryptocurrency market trends during a casual discussion. Tariq naturally began to research the area, leading her onto a path that would change the trajectory of her career. She has since become the leading blockchain expert in the area and holds a position with the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at UF, for which she leads semiannual sessions for the World Bank Program in the capacity of blockchain to streamline energy generation, distribution and regulation. This was the spark that ignited her passion for a career in blockchain technology.