Q&A: LEGO Foundation's Halima Begum on 'thinking big' for education

Halima Begum, vice president of policy and global programs at the LEGO Foundation. Photo from: Begum’s Twitter 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — LEGO is a children’s toy that’s globally known and loved by many. Less well known is that the corporation that makes and sells LEGOs is 25 percent owned by a foundation — the LEGO Foundation.

Perhaps unsurprisingly given its ownership of a business that touts the educational benefits of its toys, the LEGO Foundation focuses on education. This alignment means the foundation, which has grown to be a major player in the global education space, occasionally faces misperceptions that it’s simply trying to sell more LEGO bricks.

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    Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.