Ali Miraj
founder, the Contrarian Prize

Ali Miraj is a social entrepreneur, DJ, political activist and financier. He founded the Contrarian Prize in 2012 to recognise individuals in British public life that go against the grain and demonstrate independence, courage and sacrifice

He is resident DJ at “Decks and the City”, a monthly night in Shoreditch for City professionals, with a secret passion for playing House Music which he established. Ali was first elected as a Councillor at the age of 23 and stood for Parliament in both the 2001 and 2005 general elections. He also served as a board member of both the Conservative Party‚Äôs Policy Commissions on Quality of Life and International and National Security (2005-2007). 

By day, he is a director at a leading financial institution and finances major infrastructure assets across Europe having initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Ali is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Cass Business School, was a Trustee of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, a director of the UK Board of the Abraham Fund Initiatives, and is an ambassador for the charity War Child. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and a Freeman of the City of London.

Follow Ali on Twitter: @alimirajUK


Sunday 23 October, 10.00 Cinema 3
From snobbery to slobbery: the erosion of formality in Britain