Ali Shkara is an Advisor at the Centre for Academic Shi'a Studies. He graduated (with Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from Kings College London. After working for some time in combustion engineering, he left to work in the financial district. He is currently an analyst at a boutique asset management firm and is studying towards attaining the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.
Besides his profession, Ali has interests in the relation between Islam and modernity, science and religion, Middle Eastern politics and mysticism.