Ali is a financier, social entrepreneur and DJ. He is a Director within Infrastructure Finance at ING Commercial Banking UK, originating and executing transactions as well as managing relationships with key infrastructure equity funds, having initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
In 2012 he founded the Contrarian Prize to recognise individuals in British public life that go against the grain and demonstrate independence, courage and sacrifice. He is also resident DJ at “Decks and the City”, a monthly night in Shoreditch for City professionals, and has played at multiple venues around the world.
He was first elected as a Councillor at the age of 23 and stood for Parliament in both the 2001 and 2005 general elections. He served as a board member of both the Conservative Party’s Policy Commissions on Quality of Life and International and National Security (2005-2007), and has been a regular contributor to the media on domestic political issues and foreign affairs.
Ali has served on the Strategic Advisory Board of Cass Business School, was a Trustee of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, a director of the UK Board of the Abraham Fund Initiatives, and an ambassador for the charity War Child. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and a Freeman of the City of London.
He was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys, Elstree, and the London School of Economics, where he obtained degrees at both graduate and postgraduate level, and also read Modern Political Philosophy at Harvard.