Five minutes with GLP Representative Ali Asgher Ali

Hey guys!! Ali here!

I am in my third and final year of my Bachelor in Medical Sciences. I aim to pursue higher degree education and (hopefully) study the bio-molecular properties of terminal illnesses. I’ve been a GLPer since my first year and somewhat saddened that this is my last year, but will be leaving with pleasant memories and even more skills.

If you see me around give me a “Sup!” and I’ll me more than happy to talk about my GLP experiences. Hopefully we can all learn from our exchanging ideas 🙂

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Ali on a bushwalk with the Buddy Program, 2016

  1. Do you have any hidden talents?

My hidden talent is that I can read an entire novel in a day-I’m a fast reader. When I was in high school I would finish one novel every two days and there were never enough young adult fiction novels to keep me busy…EVER.

  1. Tell us about some of your extra-curricular experiences. Any big highlights you could share?

A big highlight of my extra-curricular activities was the colloquium Career Mapping run by Dr Albert Lim. It was the most inspirational of the colloquia and full of practical advice on moving forward and progressing in all aspects of life. To meet such an individual was a huge honour and I was glad to be able to participate in the colloquium before Dr Lim retired. It taught me so much about setting realistic, short term goals. This has led me to be happier with the progress that I have made so far and shown me a clear trajectory of my life.

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Interning at the ASAM labs with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University.

  1. If you could have dinner with any figure, alive or otherwise, who would it be?

I would love to be able to meet Guru Dutt who was a prolific Indian movie director/producer/actor. He was part of projects which delved into inequality, discrimination, social injustices and prejudice in Indian society. Outside of the movie industry, he had multiple philanthropic ventures. I would love to meet him and listen to his stories.

  1. What advice would you give to students who are currently completing the Global Leadership Program?

Take the GLP one step at a time. It is easy to be intimidated by the 200 points and 10 colloquia. As Perri Reynolds said, “You eat an elephant one bite at a time”. My advice would be to always seek advice from the GLP staff. I speak to my advisor every Session to keep on track and constantly email the GLP email address when I need help. If it’s relevant, then it is not spam 🙂

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Ali presenting his MURI research poster at the MURI Research Competition.

  1. What’s your favourite part of the program?

My favourite part of the program has been the colloquia component of the GLP. It allows for critical discussion in a safe place and it is insightful to listen to other people’s views. It ignites healthy debate in the supervision of the convenor and I always leave feeling more aware of a topic than I was before.

  1. What business, person or innovation has been your biggest motivator?

My grandfather has been my biggest motivator. Despite his circumstances, he got himself an education and reached a position in which he could help others do the same. He paid for his entire village to be educated, as well as my Dad and his siblings. He paid for many people’s expenses and funded a school and bought computers for them as well. My dad’s family still carries this legacy and I would love to be able to do the same.

  1. What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve been given?

The best piece of advice given to me was “accept and move on”. If things don’t go to plan, it’s okay. Carry on with trying to achieve your goal. If it is meant to be, it will happen.

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Ali receiving an award for the highest amount of fundraising at Macquarie’s Office of Advancement.

  1. Your philosophy is…

Live and let live.

Live the way you want. Let others live how they want. Help others to be able to make that decision for themselves. Accept people’s decisions and respect them. You don’t have to agree, but you don’t have to put them down either.

  1. What do you want to do when you grow up?

A medical researcher. I aim to go into the academic field as well to teach people who will one day be better than me. I have a long way to go yet, so wish me luck!

  1. Would you rather have the hiccups forever, or forever have that feeling like you’re just about to sneeze?

Hiccups forever, because the face I make when I’m about to sneeze is atrocious.


The Global Leadership Student Representatives are undergraduate students who actively participate in the GLP and want to share their diversity of experiences and enthusiasm with other students to inspire, motivate and advise them. Keep an eye out for them around campus and at GLP events. 

Ali will be on the GLP O Week stall today. Come by and say hello!

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