Ali was born and raised in Ilford, Essex. His grandfather had moved the family from East Africa after serving in the British Army during the Second World War. Ali grew up watching his parents work hard, running a small accounting practice together on Ley Street whilst remaining active in the local community.
Ali went to Goodmayes Primary School, followed by Mayfield High School, and then Seven Kings Sixth Form where he met is wife Hinna. They have been married over thirteen years and have three children, Alina, Adam and Ayden.
In terms of education, after attending state comprehensive schools, Ali applied to study at University of Cambridge, where he was offered a place to read Mathematics and Computer Science.
At Cambridge, Ali continued his interest in politics. He served on the Cambridge Union committee, the universities oldest debating society, and was Director at Varsity Newspaper.
AWARD WINNING CONSULTANT
After graduating, Ali pursued a career in consulting. In 2011 he was named Consultant of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and in 2013 he was awarded Best New Marketer of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Ali is Associate Partner at Ipsos MORI, where he leads the strategy consulting arm of the business. Prior to this, Ali was Lead Inventor at ?What If! Innovation, the UK's oldest innovation house.
Ali is former policy advisor to the Rt Hon George Osborne CH, where he worked as part of his Treasury Team, focusing on housing and public sector pension policy reform as well as responses to the Budget.
Ali ran the Conservative Party’s business think-tank City Future as its Chairman for several years, focusing on economic policy. This included organising fundraising events with Sir John Major, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP and Rt Hon David Cameron MP.
Other work on policy includes leading a team of five to ghost write the Rt Hon Liam Fox's book, 'Rising Tides', as well as working on the Business Policy team for the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP's recent bid for Party Leader.
Ali's first experience of politics was campaigning at the age of five when his father ran for Conservative Councillor in Clementswood, one of the ten wards in Ilford South. Since then, he has campaigned for the Party across London, especially during his time as Deputy Chairman of Conservative Future London. Ali also stood at the May 2010 elections for Chadwell also in Ilford South, reducing the required percentage swing by almost half.
Alongside campaigning, Ali helped form the Party’s strategy to promote engagement with young Muslims voters as part of his role at the Conservative Muslim Forum.
Outside of work and politics, Ali is committed to supporting charities and special causes. This includes raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, and working on policy to reduce violent youth crime in London at the BigKid Foundation.