Ali Borhani

Ali has 30 years’ experience taking macro-geopolitical influenced creative commercial strategy to the boardrooms of world-leading organisations. He is also known for unveiling the mysteries and opportunities that West Asia, the Middle East, Iran, China and the BRI (Belt Road Initiative) bring to many Blue Chips such as J&J, Gavi, Colgate Palmolive, GSK, Family Enterprise Foundation, Lindt & Sprüngli and Savola.

Ali is a storyteller, with a knack for dissecting a plethora of complex issues and knowledge into bite-size actionable chunks. He is constantly engaging and understands that delivery is as important as the content.

A Canadian with Persian roots who has lived on three continents, and a polymath who transcends cultures and connects the dots between “multiple truths”. Described as a Chief Welding Officer, Ali creates meaningful connections between policies and people, acting as a navigator in the complex and often overlapped webs of business and geopolitics.

Ali co-founded the BRI Dialogues with renown Durham University, and hosts talks with the experts, decision makers and leading academics to examine, discuss and dissect China’s Belt Road Initiative. BRI Dialogues supports key decision makers on how to COPE: how to deal with Complexities; capitalise on Opportunities; understand her return to Power, and brace for the impact of Externalities of China.

Ali sees things from multiple perspectives, offering alternative positions to fuel conversation and enabling coalescence to a well-rounded view.

He believes senior decision makers spend too little time on creative, unconventional and critical thinking. When everything is always on fire, it’s hard to find the time to identify potential macro-causes. Ali forces and provokes such thinking and bringing it to senior decision makers.

Ali has 1st hand experience in FMCG, Healthcare, Tech, Energy, Real Estate and Hospitality. He has mastered the art of turning the boardroom into a safe space for authentic action-based dialogue.

Ali likes nothing more than a lively and informed debate. Wherever possible his Keynotes include Q&A session and dialogue.

Ali’s interest in people is best summed up in the words of the world-renowned choreographer Pina Bausch:

“I’m not interested in how people move, but what moves them.”




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