Ali Master’s perspective on the American dream is unique. He has personally experienced the freedoms he touts in his first book, Beyond the Golden Door (Morgan James Publishing). Because he is a former Shia Muslim, some of these, such as the freedom of religion, came at a great personal risk.
He is a highly successful managing partner with the global firm of Ernst & Young (EY) and is a serial intrapreneur—having founded several large businesses inside EY. He has advised hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies in his area of specialty—economic incentives, workforce solutions, Affordable Care Act, and tax credits. He has been at EY for the past 24 years and presently leads a global team of over 300 professionals. Prior to EY, Ali had been involved in several other entrepreneurial ventures starting new businesses.
Ali is a licensed CPA, a Certified Credits & Incentives Professional (CCIP) and holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Texas, Dallas. He is also a graduate of leadership programs from both the Kellogg School of Management and Harvard University. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Texas Society of CPAs, and a certified member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT). Ali has advised many major brands throughout his career including: Gap, Macy’s, UPS, Citigroup, Walgreens, Darden Restaurants, Sodexo, Best Buy, Allegis Group, Robert Half, and Ross Stores. He’s been featured or quoted in numerous publications includingAccounting Today, CFO Magazine, Bloomberg BNA, Plan Sponsor, BenefitsPro, Area Development, DiversityInc, and The Tax Advisor.
He has served as a member of EY’s award winning Diversity & Inclusiveness Council and is a frequent speaker on a range of topics from business, to inclusion, to leadership, to Islam. His bi-cultural background uniquely qualifies him to contrast American freedoms and values to those found in Muslim countries
Ali has served on the Board of Harvest Field Corners, a ministry focused on providing microfinance to Christians in Pakistan. Ali is deeply involved in his church, Lake Cities Community, based in Rowlett, Texas, and is presently serving as Chairman of the Elder Board. He lives near Dallas with his wife and four children but travels frequently across the U.S. and internationally. For more information, please consult www.alimaster.com and www.beyondthegoldendoor.com