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.”
Sr. Executives and Leaders around the world embrace my questioning. Asking the right questions dates back to Socrates but is a forgotten art.
My gift and capability is helping incredibly successful people consider their current challenges from new and contrarian perspectives and at depths they’re often yet to discover.
I am a facilitator and a sherpa of deeper thinking. Great minds can be helped in discovering, connecting and contextualising their thoughts in new ways.
The revelations come from their answers, their brains.
My proven track record is in triggering new and hidden ideas, facilitating their display and to ensure they are communicated effectively.
New ideas need to be sold through communication. Communication is a combination of skill, art and craft.
I help the decision makers to master storytelling, communication; working generally as well as with them on specific moments, be they speeches or positioning.
Intelligent thought is wasted unless sold effectively.
My goal is to help the smartest people capitalise on their intelligence.
Ali has assisted Clyde & Co LLP to prepare for and deliver several client-facing events to C-suite and other senior executives in which Ali has been the moderator or a
In our experience, Ali has been very helpful in shaping the content of each event, the target audience and the format. He has been proactive, collaborative, enthusiastic and a positive force in every aspect of his interactions with the Firm.
As a presenter, Ali is engaging, entertaining and very articulate. He is entirely comfortable in front of an audience. As one attendee at an event observed “Ali should be a presenter on TV””
Ali’s insights and deep knowledge of the emerging markets of BRICS+ are impressive and thought provoking. I have experienced 1st hand his intellectual prowess and agility and deep understanding of forces shaping our world. Ali demonstrates his skills repeatedly on our Belt Road Initiative Dialogues where he engages and challenges key stake holders and Global South experts with his creative and credible ideas for business development and economic growth scenarios.
Thanks to a deep understanding of people and companies cultures, an incomparable ability to listen, synthesize and put in perspective, Ali brings the wisdom leaders need to take their families and businesses on the path to sustainability. As a thought leader, Ali has been an incredible asset to our Foundation in bridging long term views family business owners have with his deep geopolitical knowledge to develop a more sounded approach to business development.
Having led DuPont businesses in developed and later in some of the most challenging emerging markets of EMEA over 30 years, I rarely came across any advisor or consultant who had such a creative, strategic take on business development and growth as Ali’s. He puts fair challenges on to mainstream buzz.
We were regularly calling on the Big Five consulting firms. But even when i.e. our Chairman visited the Middle East, we called on Ali to provide a contrarian and creative insight with credible evidence into the some of the most testing markets in Middle East & Africa which are called the Global South these days.
Ali is a visionary, creative, strategist and a real human being at heart. At Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance we were looking for someone who could put us at the right path, with right approach and position us at the right place and right level for our engagement with the private sector in the Gulf region. Ali’s grip on the regional dynamics – political as well as corporate – tremendously helped Gavi to find that direction and place in the region. His consulting and advisory role put Gavi on the right track. Ali’s approach towards identifying, and formulating out of the box and innovative financing models for Gavi were refreshing and at points way ahead of the time.
It has always been a pleasure to engage with Ali. I appreciate his global approach and strategic view of the varied events unfolding in the Middle East over past many years. Ali has a passion for discussing and debating with people, which always enhances the quality of the engagement.
In a region where ambiguity & nuance is the norm, Ali provides much needed clarity, transparency & perspective on the developing business environment and providing proper solutions for expanding international businesses.
Ali Borhani’s sharp insights about the Middle East, its dynamics and its prospects make him a valuable and reliable source of strategic input. With his crisp analysis, be it written or verbal, and his impressive network of contacts, he charts a very clear path forward. Over the years, Ali has allowed many senior executives to turn market opportunities into tangible business growth.
Ali Borhani is one of the smartest and one of the most creative people I have ever met in my 28 year long business career. But his humanity and kindness match his brains and creativity – and that is exceptionally rare. When he looks at any issue in business and in life, you can rest assured that he will look at it from a perspective that you did not think about. He has helped me develop my business over the last 10 years with insightful advice and contacts. He knows business and the region inside out.
Ali’s analytical approach is quite persuasive and his open-mindedness refreshing. His perspective on the geopolitical situation in our region (MEA) and the rest of the world is always thought-provoking, and a hallmark of his unique approach towards developing creative strategy and context in these challenging and promising markets.
I always enjoy my discussions with Ali and appreciate greatly his insight into all aspects of the region from an economic perspective.
His insight into the service and consumer sectors of the region, hospitality and F&B included is always an unconventional and yet pragmatic take on hidden opportunities.
Ali’s strong network regionally and internationally allows him a perspective that is unique and always adding value in granulating complex business and economic issues.”
While working with Ali I especially liked his holistic approach to drive a successful business model. He has the ability to change perspectives away from common patterns and as such enriching processes and decision making.
I’ve known Ali for close to a decade now and always impressed by his excellent communication skills, though which he manages to pass on relevant information in a captivating way. He is very much at ease in granulating challenging topics through his comprehensive knowledge of economic and geopolitical dynamics of the Middle East region. Perhaps Ali can be summed up as a very open-minded, approachable Executive, who is always eager to support with his expertise positive and forward-thinking attitude.
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