Ali joined NIC in 2015 as an Economics instructor. He has been working as the Chair of the School of Business since 2018. He has a particular interest in working with students and helping them to reach their goals. For him, it is gratifying to see them succeed.
As the School of Business chair, he has been following two primary goals: first, improving access to students across the region by offering a more comprehensive range of online courses, and Second, increasing networking opportunities by creating a bridge to connect students to the business community members. He always looks for opportunities for students to work with local businesses on projects. He knows firsthand the benefit of the real-world experience for students. It was such a project that changed his career trajectory to focus on business.
His goal was to have a multidiscipline education and experience. That’s why his experience with marketing and communication drew his attention to continue his education in the Master’s of Business Administration at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus.
Then, He moved to Canada and completed a Master of Arts in Economics at Simon Fraser University. It led to work as a business and data analyst at one of the successful start-ups based in North Vancouver as a co-op position. He also worked as a consultant for World Vision Canada, helping the Canadian charity assess and analyze ‘social impact bonds’ loaned to venture projects in developing economies. He also worked as a lecturer in the Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis Program at the John Deutch International Executive Training Programs at Queen’s University.
The opening of an economics teaching position at NIC turned out to be of his major milestones. The NIC School of Business had an impressive profile, and he was interested in living and working in a smaller community. NIC and the region it serves were an excellent fit for him.
In the summer of 2019, he spent three weeks as part of the Uniterra exchange program. He delivered several workshops on change and conflict management, negotiation, teamwork, career planning, and interview skills.