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I didn't have the privilege to know Ali well, but it was clear from our first meeting that he was someone remarkably genuine and full of passion. He had this way about him that just exuded warmth. Even when he was scurrying from one meeting to another and all he had time for was a quick "hello" he made sure you knew that, in that moment, you were the most important person in the room to him.

It was a shock to hear of his passing. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and all those whose lives he touched.