Ali earned his doctor of medicine from Ryazan State Medical University in 2013. In 2015, he graduated with a master of public health in global health from the University of Alberta. His research and work interests lie in the dynamics of health and its social determinants among Aboriginal communities, refugees and immigrants.
As a student, Ali served as the president of the School of Public Health Students’ Association and was co-founder of the University of Alberta Jericho Project.
Ali has also volunteered extensively with non-governmental organizations and social groups including; Red Cross, Student Health Initiative for the Needs of Edmonton and iHuman Youth Society.
He continues to be a member of the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Evaluation Association.