Ms. Ali is a senior diaspora advisor with the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI). CIDI provides direct support to US Agency for International Development (USAID) regarding donations messaging and management, and related engagement with the diaspora community. Ms. Ali has more than two decades of experience in dealing with international development and global international disaster response. She has worked with public and private organizations that manage humanitarian and refugee assistance around the world in response to natural and man-made emergencies, including the 2010 Haitian earthquake, the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan, and crises in Rwanda, Kosovo and Somalia. During the Somali crisis in the early 1990s, Ms. Ali played a major role in disaster management and received commendation from the U.S Military European Task Force. Prior to coming to the US from Somalia, she worked with international agencies including UNIDO and USAID. Ms. Ali enjoys volunteering and has served as the chairwoman of the University of Southern Somalia (USS). She is an accomplished cook and author who teaches at the Culinaria Cooking School in Vienna, Virginia.