Ali is a doctoral student in Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI) at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. He is funded by the Politics of Welfare in Emerging Market Economies Scholarship, focusing on the factors that led to the increase of social assistance policies in emerging economies with supervision by Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Erdem Yörük (Koç University Istanbul). Before joining the project, Ali obtained his M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy from the DSPI at the University of Oxford in 2016, focusing on social security and protection, redistribution through the tax and benefit system. In 2015, he received his B.A. in Integrated Social Sciences from Jacobs University Bremen, funded by the Vodafone Foundation “Chancen” Scholarship and was admitted to the German National Academic Foundation.
Prior to commencing his DPhil, Ali worked as a Consultant for the Social Protection and Labor Unit at the World Bank Group in Washington DC. In this capacity, Ali carried out analytical and operational tasks to tax and benefit systems, youth employment, and labor market analyses for Poland, Moldova, Brazil and Lebanon. Further, he gained experience working for political NGOs and founded a social initiative for disadvantaged youth in Germany.