Prior to arriving in Birmingham, Tariq was based in Singapore and was the Executive Director of Envision ALR with a global remit. Envision ALR focuses on science & technology development (health systems, advanced materials and nanotechnology, and industrial biotechnology - with applications in energy, sustainable resource use, water and energy). Before Singapore, Tariq was Vice President for Research & Industry Relations at the Masdar Institute of Science & Technology, a research-led postgraduate university in Abu Dhabi, UAE, established in collaboration with MIT. Tariq received his PhD in Astrophysics from Imperial College London and became a researcher in the Physics department working on Quantum Well Solar Cells and then in the UK Dark Matter Search. In 1998, he was asked by the Pro-Rector to help establish and grow new interdisciplinary research across the college as Director of the Energy and Environment Office. While in this role, he also acted as an advisor to government ministers and worked closely with senior academic and industry figures to establish new partnerships in basic and applied research and technology commercialization.
Throughout his career, Tariq has worked extensively on activities often at the nexus of academia, government, industry and media. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and, since 2009, a Senior Visiting Fellow at Imperial College London.