Dr. Al-Shaikh-Ali holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Manchester. Dr. Al-Shaikh-Ali has served within several non-profit organizations including the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in the Translation Department and the International Publication Committee, where he currently serves as Chair and Director respectively. He has also served on several non-profit boards including the Islamic Conference Routh Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation, the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism, Association of Muslim Social Scientists, Foundation for Education and Development, and Warwick University as an advisory board member. He has also served in several university contexts including working for the University of Mosul (serving as a Lecturer in English Literature and translation, and Director of Pubvlic and Cultural Relations), the University of Manchester (Research Fellow), the University of Wales (as Senior Research Fellow), the International Islamic University (as Chief European Representative), the Oxford Academic for Advanced Studies (as the Deputy Rector and Chairman of Planning Committee), Cambridge University (as the Management Board Member). Dr. Al-Shaikh-Ali brings a breadth of experience in university settings and think tanks, as well as significant experience helping universities/think tanks to develop relationships with international partners.