Ali was appointed as Programme Consultant in February 2017. She runs her own geopolitical communications consultancy. Previously she was a foreign news and programme producer with BBC News before starting up a debating project in the Midde East. She moved into strategic communications and has worked with a variety of individuals and organisations as well as with philanthropic foundations. Ali has a MA in Russian and International Relations from the University of St Andrews. She is a founding member of the Rainmaker Foundation.