Mariam Adil is an Education specialist at the World Bank and the Founder of the social venture GRID – Gaming Revolution for International Development and Gaming Revolution for Inspiring Development. She has seven years of human development experience across Africa and South Asia. Mariam holds two Masters Degrees, an MA in International Development Studies from George Washington University, USA and an MSc in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.
Under GRID, Mariam is working towards mainstreaming video games as a medium for behavior change. Games have the power of what Mariam likes to call “the three I’s” − they can interact with the players in an iterative way to inspire change. GRID games address social issues such as women’s health, racial and gender stereotyping, sanitation and hygiene, STEM learning, climate change and financial literacy. Since it’s launch GRID has received extensive media attention with articles in Huffington Post, Washington Post, Daily Mail UK, Yahoo News and other mainstream news channels. Mariam has also presented GRID at several high-level forums including, a session moderated by President Clinton at the CGIU Meeting 2015, at the World Bank OLC Launch with President Jim Kim and two Tedx events in DC. She is also the recipient of the CGIU Honor Roll Alum award, 2015 Andrew E. Rice Award for “Leadership & Innovation” by the Society of International Development, the Knapp Fellowship and the GWU Public-Service Grant Commission Award.