Ali started his career as an Investment Manager at Bank of America in London, and then worked as CEO Pakistan and later as COO Emerging Europe for Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA). Following this he was CEO AKD Securities and launched Online Trading, Venture Capital and Private Equity in Pakistan.
In 2006 he partnered with an Oil & Gas company to form Dewan Drilling which he led as its CEO. He was appointed the President & CEO of Engro Corporation in 2012 and was concurrently Chairman of Engro Foods, Engro Fertilizers and all other subsidiaries. Whilst at Engro, he was responsible for stewarding Pakistan’s first LNG terminal and Thar coal project. He is the sponsor of X-Co Partners, Executive Chairman of its subsidiary X-Petroleum and Chairman of Alfalah CLSA Securities.
He has chaired a number of SECP committees, NCCPL and also served on the Boards of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (formerly known as Karachi Stock Excahnge), Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited, Hubco, Lucky Cement and Al Meezan Investment Management amongst others.