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Ali Jehangir Siddiqui – Ambassador, Nationalist, Humanitarian

Since its inception, Pakistan has been blessed with individuals who have dedicated themselves to the prosperity and progress of our great nation. These are the people who steered the ship of state through challenging times and taken Pakistan forward from its independence to where we are today.

Today, we look at a man who had the chance to do everything for himself, yet who sacrificed his personal gain for the long-term growth and advancement of Pakistan.

His name is Ali Jehangir Siddiqui, Pakistan’s newest Ambassador, corporate leader and social development enthusiast.

Family and Personality Background:

Ali Jehangir Siddiqui is the eldest son of stockbroker and renowned businessman, Jahangir Siddiqui, a self-made man who rose to become one of the leading businessmen of the country and is credited with being amongst the pioneers of the stock exchange revival in Pakistan. His mother, Mahvash Jahangir was a professor of English and served as head of English department at Khatoon-e-Pakistan College.

Born in to a household of self-achievers, Ali set out to prove that himself in every activity and undertaking in which he was involved.

This commitment to excellence can be seen in all facets of his personality and performance be it academics, corporate sector experience and leadership, public service, commitment to give back to the nation etc.

Educational Background:

An avid student, Ali was educated at Tonbridge School, UK; a leading public school founded in 1553 where he held the distinction of breaking the 287 years record of the highest marks in Economics. He later went on to do his Bachelor’s in Economics from Cornell University, an Ivy League research university founded in 1865 and located in the United States. Cornell is renowned for producing some of leading figures in today’s corporate and business world and counts 56 Nobel Prize Laureates and lists 14 living billionaires amongst its alumni.

Ali has also been a guest lecturer at a number of educational institutions including, National Defence University, National School of Public Policy and College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA.

Public Service Background:

Committed to serving the nation, Ali has had a long and diverse experience in public service. This was exemplified as his appointment as Pakistan’s Ambassador the United States – the world’s leading superpower on 8th March, 2018. Ali has taken charge of the post as of 29th May, 2018 and pundits have labelled his appointment a ground breaking moment which can redefine Pakistan’s foreign image.

Breaking from outdated traditions, Ali’s appointment reflects the growing world trend of corporate and business leaders taking charge of governmental institutions as well. This change is reflected in the United States where the president i.e. Donald Trump is a real estate tycoon while key governmental figures hailing from the corporate sectors. Examples of these include former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who served as CEO of Exxon, one of the world’s largest energy companies as well as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is an ex-hedge fund manager and worked in Goldman Sachs.

“Committed to serving the nation, Ali has had a long and diverse experience in public service”

Prior to being appointed Ambassador, Ali J. Siddiqui was the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan. A key and visible figure in the government’s international delegations and presence, Ali was seen at major global events including the UN General Assembly meeting, Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) Council of Heads of Government (CHG) conference in Russia, the World Economic Forum at Davos, the OIC emergency summit on Jerusalem etc.

Sources say he was instrumental in opening the Prime Minister’s office to the educational sector by organizing student visits from scores of Pakistani schools as well as Ivy League institutions such as Harvard and Cornell.

Holding multiple positions in public-private bodies, Ali also served as a member of the Privatization Commission, Private Sector Advisory Board of the Planning Commission, Sindh Board of Investment and the Sindh Community Development Board.

Philanthropic Background:

A committed humanitarian, Ali has in addition to his personal efforts also led the charitable arm of the JS Group namely the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation (MJSF).

Under the organizational umbrella, Ali undertook relief efforts in natural disaster zones in Pakistan and worked on finding new solutions to disaster response. MJSF directly provides emergency relief in humanitarian crises and implements projects in disaster zones in partnership with UN agencies. Founded in 2003, MJSF is a major donor to philanthropic causes in Pakistan. MJSF has partnered with international organizations including the United Nations, World Wildlife Fund, UN Habitat for Humanity, Oxfam, World Food Authority, Disaster Management Authority etc. Focused on long-term sustainable projects, the organization has established the JS Academy for the Hearing Impaired, a center for Autism and is inaugurating a state of the art hospital at Sehwan Sharif, Sindh.

He also served as director of Acumen Fund, a seed capital fund which aims to transform philanthropy by investing capital with entrepreneurs to help build entrepreneurship and develop sustainable solutions to big problems of poverty.

Opinion:

Honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, Ali Jehangir is changing diplomacy as we know it for Pakistan.

Today’s diplomacy is all about who you know and in the world of corporates and business leaders, Ali Jehangir stands out as someone who can take Pakistan’s foreign image to new heights.

“A committed humanitarian, Ali has in addition to his   personal efforts also led the charitable arm of the JS Group namely the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui    Foundation (MJSF)”

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