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


Previously, Tariq was based in Singapore and was the Executive Director of Envision ALR, an international company with activities across the globe in science & technology development (health systems, advanced materials and nanotechnology, and industrial biotechnology - with applications in energy, sustainable resource use, water and energy). 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 became a researcher in the Physics department working on Quantum Well Solar Cells and then in the UK Dark Matter Search. In 1998, he was asked by the Rector to help initiate, establish and grow interdisciplinary research across the college as Director of the Energy and Environment Office. During this time, he also acted as an advisor to various government ministers and worked closely with senior academics and industry figures globally to establish new partnerships in basic and applied research and technology commercialization.

Throughout his career, Tariq has worked on activities that often fall within the nexus of academia, government, business and media. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and, since 2009, a Senior Visiting Fellow at Imperial College London. He is a member of the Cabinet/Advisory Board of 360ip Ltd; a Trustee and member of the Council of the Institute of Physics, and on the Management Board of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Timing.


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.