Mohammed Ali, born in Pakistan, came to live in the UK at the age of 12. He studied at
Huddersfield and Bradford Universities. He then worked in a succession of newly created
development roles with Glaxo Pharmaceutical, Community Relations Council; Tameside
metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council and Fullemply Group, a high profile
London based national ethnic minority training and employment charity.
In 1990 he founded QED Foundation: an ethnic minority economic development social
enterprise, raising £16m from the public and private sectors to train and help 35,000 people
directly, and thousands more indirectly, into employment, self-employment or further
education. In 2017 he founded Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation, which tackles
abject poverty in developing countries by enabling people from poor backgrounds to acquire
vocational training leading to employment or self-employment. Mohammed Ali has attended,
as participant or speaker, seminars and conferences in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and
Asia on the challenges facing the integration of ethnic minorities.
He has won many accolades for his work including doctorate from Bradford University and in
2001 Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from HM the Queen for his work with
communities. He is a governor of York St John University; member, Common Purpose
Pakistan Diaspora Leadership Programme; Social Research Council Peer Review College;
Third Sector Consortium LLP Board; European Migration Forum. Numerous past
appointments included: West Yorkshire Learning and Skills Council; NHS Teaching Primary
Care Trust; National Consumer Council; Bradford University School of Management
Advisory Board; Prescription Pricing Authority; elected to the Association of Chief Executives
of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) Board; Diversity Officer for the Institute of Directors;
and the BBC Northern Region Forum.