Born in Bangkok, Thailand, to a family of diplomats, Thaniya's interest in travel and photography developed at a very early age. Her first encounter of photography was through discovering boxes of her dad's slides and reels in a dusty storage room. The kind of slides that require an old school slide projector to view. Such projector did not exist in the house so she spent most of her time squinting at tiny film squares. Her parents traveled all around the world many times over, but never spoke much of their experiences. Through these visual relics she quietly developed a sense of wonder and deep appreciation for travel photography.

Years later, after being prohibited from attending art school, Thaniya gave up most of her creative pursues. She studied decision science and computer science and went on to work in software development. Throughout her 8-year career at Major League Baseball Advanced Media, she was primarily responsible for MLB's popular real-time game tracker Gameday, live-streaming video product, and other live game experience applications. Her career migrated from software engineer to user experience designer to product developer. She joined TED in 2010 when the company was still at its infancy. At TED, Thaniya built out product development discipline that combines professionals in the field of experience design, user research, and product management together. She spearheaded the first mobile app for TED as a side project for iOS. Today the product team has become an instrumental part of the organization, working on various award-winning website and mobile initiatives. Her side project grew to half a billion viewership over the years, which led Thaniya to shift her focus towards growing TED's presence beyond the web. She is currently TED's Head of Mobile + Platforms.

Her passion for travel and photography lives on in the form of hobbies. She also developed affinity for snowboarding, surfing, backpacking, fast cars, and ramen.

Gear: Canon 50D, 7D, S90. Olympus OMD-1. iPhones of all variety. Later shots are from Sony a7R ii and occasionally Google Pixel. 


Been: 41 countries (14% of the world)

England, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Japan*, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri LankaThailand, United Arab Emirates, Yemen*, Canada, USA, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Morocco, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Chile, Bermuda.

On the radar: Namibia, Myanmar, Andaman & the Nicobar Islands


Find her professional work on LinkedIn. She occasionally writes industry thoughts on Medium, spews randomness on Twitter, and is undeniably most obsessed with Instagram.


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Please pardon occasional grammatical errors herein.