President, Federation of American Scientists

Ali is a molecular biologist and president of the Federation of American Scientists, an organization that for 75 years has been at the forefront of addressing global risks ranging from nuclear weapons to pandemics. His current policy focus includes addressing the current COVID-19 pandemic, combatting disinformation and educating the public, and building scientific advisory bodies for domestic and international institutions. Prior to assuming his role at FAS, he served in Congress, advising senators over a 10-year period as legislative director, national security advisor, energy and environment advisor, and science and technology advisor.

Ali is co-chair of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s New Voices initiative; co-chair of the NAS Forum on COVID-19; and serves on the National Academy’s Global Science Diplomacy Roundtable, where he co-chairs the subcommittee on countering disinformation. He also serves on the advisory board of the National Science Policy Network, a global network of early career scientists who engage in science policy, and as a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s 100 & Change Wise Head Panel. He holds a BA in biology from Reed College and a PhD from Princeton University.

I am most excited to work on projects that… involve building things.

I am looking for partners who can help me… conduct joint projects.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when NJ Governor Chris Murphy thanked FAS during his COVID briefing.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… involve crowdsourcing scientific expertise to help institutions make better decisions.

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