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Ali Borhani

Strategist, Chief Contrarian Officer & Storyteller

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Ali Borhani

Ali is an engaging and entertaining host and speaker who has 30 years’ experience delivering creative commercial strategy into the boardrooms of world-class international organisations. He is well known as a frequent guest commentator on international issues on Monocle Radio, and for unveiling the mysteries and business opportunities offered by countries across West Asia and the Middle East, and especially China.

Ali is a storyteller, with a knack for bringing clarity to complex geo-political issues for his audiences and co-founded the BRI Dialogues podcast series with that goal. In conjunction with Durham University, the popular podcast meets and talks with the key experts, decision makers and leading academics in the region to examine, discuss and dissect China’s Belt Road Initiative.

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

Ali’s managerial and strategic experience spans FMCG, healthcare, tech, energy, real estate and hospitality, and he enjoys lively, fun, and informed debate with his audiences.

Throughout the years, Ali has contributed as a speaker, panelist and also skilfully moderated many of the leading conferences and seminars that The Bench Events holds in Middle East and Africa for Sr. Executives and key decision makers in the hospitality industry.

Ali’s ability to transcend cultures, connect authentically with audience, complimented with his creative and contrarian thinking and thought provoking approach and elegant wit to issues that matter to the audience is exemplary.

Jonathan Worsley, Founder & Chairman – The Bench Events

According to Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the art of taxation consists of so plucking the goose as to get the maximum amount of feathers with the minimum amount of hissing. The art of the interviewer for a podcast is not dissimilar: to extract the maximum amount of information form the subject without causing any anguish. Ali Borhani is the master of this technique. His own encyclopaedic knowledge of world affairs and his understanding of the person he is interviewing makes him the ideal host, always finding exactly the right probing questions to ask, and never second-guessing the answers.”

Sir Graham Boyce, Sr. Advisor to Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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 presenter. 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”.

Jonathan Silver, Partner – Clyde & Co.

Available for:

After Dinner Speaking
Conference Keynote Speaking
Corporate Events
Hosting & Moderating
Inspirational Speaking
Leadership Talks
Motivational Speaking

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