Mr. Ali is a Research Affiliate for Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital at the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC) at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (USA), and has been a key member of this research group since its inception. He was a principal researcher in the development of the Fletcher-SWF Transactions Database; and contributed in the development of research methodologies to capture financial data.
His research includes sovereign capacity management, credit, reserve management, accessing capital through multinational quasi-governmental organizations with a specific focus on Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) portfolio strategies, political risk and economic development.
Mr. Ali is also a Contributing Analyst at Wikistrat, a geopolitical consultancy that applies a global crowd-sourcing methodology to analyze macroeconomic, global investment strategies, and geopolitical risk.
His varied private and public sector experience includes working for Manhattan-based financial firm NewOak as Director of Research, where he oversaw research of governance, risk management, and compliance issues in the area of structured finance, securitization, and banking regulations and financial markets.
Previously, Mr. Ali held adjunct professorships at The University of Western Ontario, teaching in the areas of International Relations/International Political Economy and Comparative Politics of Development and Developing Countries.
His earlier policy and research experiences include work at: the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI), in Waterloo, Ontario, where he was a Balsillie Fellow; the Council on Foreign Relations (Washington Offices), Middle East Forum; the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), South Asia Program; and the Pakistan Embassy (Washington DC). He has extensive experience in the policy arena, after having worked on energy security, institutional development and governance, and trade and investment issues in the Middle East and South Asia.
Mr. Ali holds an MA in International Commerce and Policy from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University (USA), and an MA in International Political Economy from Waterloo University (Canada). Mr. Ali, a doctoral candidate (ABD), completed his PhD coursework in the department of political science at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario). His doctoral research concerns the (international) political economy of Sovereign Wealth Funds.
Mr. Ali has presented at numerous academic conferences across North America on the subject of SWFs, and his scholarly work has appeared in journals such as World Economics and the Journal of Structured Finance, among other publications.