Ali has been with the BEST programme since its inception in 2004. He started out as an economist working on low cost housing policy issues at the Building Research Unit, a Tanzanian government department under the Ministry of Lands. He has worked in senior management positions for the former Tanzania Tourist Corporation, planning for the development of new projects and the rehabilitation of existing hotels, as well as advising on service improvements and the development of appropriate tariffs for the corporation’s 15 hotels and lodges. As a consultant, he was part of major efforts to reorganise the provision of vocational education training in Tanzania. Ali has participated in several studies connected with SME development in Tanzania both at individual project and overall policy levels, together with those that promote regional cooperation such as involvement in the East African Business Climate Index Project.