Ali is a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow and an award-winning entrepreneur who focuses on impact entrepreneurship and inclusive innovation. He is a co-founder of United Ventures, a global venture-building consortium that addresses the UN SDGs and the future of work through data science, network economics, impact investment initiatives and a proprietary startup studio framework. He has over ten years of experience in fintech, adtech, media, impact and global entrepreneurship.
As the former Global Programs Manager of the MIT Legatum Center, Ali produced the Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion, the MIT Legatum Leadership Forum, and MIT’s Open Mic Africa. He also served as the founding Innovation Coordinator of the MIT-Africa Initiative and the Africa Collaborator of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge.
Ali co-founded United Labs, a data science startup studio; United Health Solutions, a company that uses AI to prevent malaria and diabetes; Data Foretell, a fraud prevention fintech company; United Press, an international publisher; and Infiniti Financial Services which addresses financial inclusion. He is the Vice-Chairman of Access Robotic, Senegal’s AI and robotic school and the co-founder of a Los Angeles-based impact investment and eSports initiative. He is a contributor to VentureBeat and the recipient of ten awards.
Why are you optimistic about the future of work?
The future of work is a unique opportunity to empower communities with the tools, training and mindset they need to succeed in the technological age.