Thaniya is the former founding head of mobile + platforms and founding head of product at TED. She was most recently responsible for overall strategic direction, investment, product, growth, and operations on all non web platforms owned and operated by TED. Her passion lies in the intersection of human-computer interaction, design, and behavioral economics. Prior to TED she led product development for live game experiences at MLB for seven years. Her work has been recognized by numerous awards, including Emmy, Peabody, Adobe MAX, Webby, DigiDay, and the National Design Award. She's is an active advisor for various projects at StoryCorps and National Geographic Learning, a start-up mentor at Grand Central Tech, and a jury member for The Webbys, One Club for Creativity and NextCreativeLeaders awards.
An outspoken advocate for women leadership in technology, Thaniya gave a talk at TEDxPortland on designing habits for diversity and inclusion. She is an avid surfer, snowboarder, and traveler. Her primary hobby sits somewhere between design nerdery and travel photography.