Taqee Khaled

Taqee Khaled

Head of strategy, Nerdery

The pandemic synthesized Taqee Khaled’s diverse skill sets like few others in the tech industry can claim. Before he got into management consulting, Khaled studied neuroscience and epidemiology at the University of Minnesota under Michael Osterholm, one of the most famous experts in the field. “[Osterholm] predicted this pandemic in class a decade ago—even mentioned Wuhan as a region to watch,” Khaled says. Since the early days of his career in research at Medtronic and with the Minnesota Department of Health, he has shifted his focus to the increasingly digital role of health care. “I didn’t come at it from a business perspective; I came at it from curiosity,” he says. Digital health became a gateway to consulting on all things digital. At Nerdery, Khaled helps companies in manufacturing, retail, education, finance, and more think broadly about solving problems through technology. “The pandemic is prompting more direct-to-consumer fulfillment,” he says, using a retail term that can also apply to health care. “There’s a massive battleground in how you serve consumer experience.”

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