Dr Tariq Ali

Dr Tariq Ali

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships)

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Dr Tariq Ali is the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships, University of Birmingham, and Vice-Provost for Research & Innovation, University of Birmingham Dubai. Tariq works closely with the Provost, thematic and College PVCs, academics & researchers, and professional services to help deliver the University strategy for growth with a particular focus on research. To this end, Tariq helps to establish and build key relationships with stakeholders in business, government and academia in the UK, UAE and globally.


  • 1992 PhD DIC Astrophysics from Imperial College London
  • 1987 MSc in Astronomical Technology from the University of Edinburgh
  • 1986 BSc in Astronomy from the University College London


Tariq is a member of the Management Board of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Timing; the Supervisory Board of the Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission; The Board of the Industrial Policy Research Centre- a joint venture by Loughborough University and the Manufacturing Technology Centre MTC.

Tariq arrived from working in Singapore where he was the Executive Director of an international company with activities in science & technology development (health systems, advanced materials & nanotechnology, and industrial biotechnology - with applications in energy, sustainable resource use, water, health). Before Singapore, Tariq was Vice-President for Research & Industry Relations at the Masdar Institute of Science & Technology, a research-led postgraduate university in Abu Dhabi, UAE, established in collaboration with MIT.

Tariq received his PhD in Astrophysics from Imperial College London and subsequently was a member of staff working in Quantum Well Solar Cells and then in the UK Dark Matter Search. In 1998, he was appointed as the first Director of the Energy and Environment Office with a remit to initiate, establish and grow interdisciplinary research across the college. During this time, he also acted as an advisor to various government ministers and committees (eg member Renewables Advisory Board) and international entities (member Singapore-British Business Council); led on corporate strategic partnerships and worked with the senior management of Imperial’s consultancy and technology commercialisation companies.

He is an elected Fellow, Trustee and member of the Council of the Institute of Physics. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and, since 2009, a Senior Visiting Fellow at Imperial College London. He is a member of the Advisory Board of 360ip Ltd.


Tariq has over 25 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and conferences arising from his physics work at Imperial College London and others in the press and media from his time at Masdar Institute.   

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