Ala Ali has over seventeen years of experience working in the field of civil society in Iraq including the Kurdistan Region. She has a substantial experience managing and administering programs funded by UN agencies and other international donors. The 17 years of experiences have provided her skills, expertise and knowledge in multiple sectors, including building of partnerships and coalitions for the purpose of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, social cohesion and democratization in a transitional context. Recognizing that a successful transition out of conflict requires collaboration and understanding, Ala is a specialist in conflict analysis studies/research, peace-building strategies and organizational democracy. She has been elected to the board of trustees for Iraqi al-Amal Association in 2008. A member in Women’s Alliance for  Security Leadership (WASL). In addition to her work as a Community Mobilization and Social Cohesion specialist at UNDP-Iraq since 2010,  Ala has served as Iraq Program Coordinator with the Olof Palme International Center, Senior Regional Program Officer with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Peace-building Consultant with the UN Development Program, and Country Manager of Women in Technology for Institute of International Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation from the Eastern Mennonite University-Center for Justice and Peace, USA.  

Ala Ali has extensive experience in working in: Iraq, Kurdistan, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and United States of America. Major areas of expertise include: Conflict, situation and political economy analysis, Engaging marginalized groups, Monotoring, evalution and impact assessment, Planning, strategy, programming and project development, and Protracted crisis and humanitarian to development transitions