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Friend, colleague, inspirer, builder, connector, advisor, visionary - these are just some of the ways I think of Ali. Working with him when he was dean of Gustavson was an incredible experience. He motivated everyone to do their best, while building a community. He demonstrated through everything he did what it means to be an exceptional academic leader, trusted and caring, and all round good guy.

Taking over from Ali was both scary, because of what he had achieved, and reassuring, for the same reason. He was always available to provide advice and we shared many great conversations, often over meals. He leaves us all richer for having known him, but poorer with his passing.