Ali Qasim, ICAEW, England
Ali was born in Peshawar, Pakistan (5-Aug-96) and raised in Manchester, UK. He attended Kassim Darwish Grammar School for his GCSEs, achieving the best GCSE results in the School and was Head Boy. Ali attended Manchester Grammar School for his A-levels and was Deputy Head Boy. Ali decided not to pursue the traditional and conventional route of going to university straight after completing his A-levels; fascinated by the world of business and finance, Ali joined PwC in Sept-13 (at the age of 17) on their Higher Apprenticeship programme in Tax Advisory. Upon completion of his tax qualification, he became the youngest member ever of the Association of Taxation Technicians (“ATT”) and obtained the Frank Collingwood award for achieving the best exam mark nationally in the Business Compliance exam in May-15. Driven by intellectual curiosity and attracted by its global recognition and application, Ali started the ACA in Sept-15 (following his brother’s footsteps) immediately after completing the Higher Apprenticeship programme (in which he obtained PwC’s best Higher Apprentice award). Ali won the Ethel Watts prize for achieving the best exam mark globally in the Audit and Assurance exam, in Mar-16. At PwC, Ali attended their leadership training programme, Altitude, in Cyprus, in Nov-16. Ali received an award, in Dec-17, from the Overseas Pakistani Foundation recognising his international success at such a young age. He currently works at Rothschild (global investment bank) in their Global Advisory division. Ali is a keen runner, competitive cricketer and is passionate about making a meaningful difference worldwide.