Abdullahi Ali is the Founder and Executive Director of the Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP). Ali holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of Wyoming and is mainly interested in wildlife ecology and conservation with special focus on saving endangered species. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Wyoming and Research Associate at the National Museums of Kenya
For his PhD dissertation, Ali studied the mechanisms underlying hirola range collapse and demography in Eastern Kenya. Ali is member of the IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Group, named a World Conservation Fellow (by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other groups), and works as a fellow for the Zoological Society of London's EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) group. In all of his effort, Ali is striving to ensure his work translate into practical conservation solutions for hirola.