Prince Ali Seraj is a direct descendant of nine generations of Kings of Afghanistan. He is the nephew of His Majesty King Amanullah (1919-1929), known as the Victor of Afghanistan, the grandson of His Majesty Amir Habibullah (1901-1919), the great-grandson of His Majesty Amir Abdurrahman (1880-1901), known as the Iron King. His ancestry continues on to His Majesty Amir Dost Mohammad who assumed the throne in 1827.
Prince Ali received his education in Afghanistan and in the United States at the University of Connecticut. He earned degrees in Economics and Business/Public management. While still in Afghanistan, he emerged as a cross-cultural entrepreneur by establishing several successful businesses, including a travel agency, taxi service, advertisement and employment agencies. In addition he built several restaurants, the most famous being the Golden Lotus. He was also was very actively involved in the well fare of his countrymen. He assisted the poor and the needy and helped set up the downtrodden in private business so that they need not beg.
After the communist coup d’états in 1978, fearing for his family's life, Prince Ali escaped from Afghanistan and settled in the United States. For 24 years, while in the United States, Prince Ali made a successful career in business development, sales and marketing in fields including commercial real estate, industrial components and fiber optics. He helped establish several multi million dollar businesses in Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Germany. During this time he also provided leadership for activities and programs designed to bring information about the plight of the Afghan people via the US media and direct contact with and to the government and the people of the United States. He also assisted those who had escaped the scourge of the communists and the Al Qaeda, to settle in the US. Prince Ali worked very closely with the Reagan Administration to provide what was necessary to defeat the Soviet invaders in Afghanistan. His passion for his country, people and culture never wavered during these difficult times.
After 9/11 when the US planned to attack the Taliban/Al Qaeda, Prince Ali provided President George Bush an outline of how to proceed in Afghanistan. The President received this outline favorably. In fact the Prince's suggestions were the blue print of what transpired during the US attack on the Taliban.
Upon his return to Afghanistan after more than two decades of exile, the Prince continued his charitable work and proceeded to build over three hundred homes, several mosques for the poor in several provinces and supplied school materials to thousands of students. Because of an over-whelming support of his family history by all the tribes and his involvement with the people, Prince Ali has developed a very important relationship with all the different tribes in Afghanistan.
Due to this relationship and a keen knowledge of the different cultures and norms of the country, the enormous socio/political/economical problems facing the nation, the growing distance between the Central Government and the people, the resurgence of the Al Qaeda/Taliban forces, the ensuing death and destruction of his people and country, Prince Ali has embarked on a mission to unite the Tribes as one. He realizes that only through the unification of all tribes and the empowering of the people, would the country and the fledging young democracy be saved.
He, therefore, has established a movement under the name of "National Coalition for Dialogue with Tribes of Afghanistan". Registered with the Ministry of justice, the coalition has made great strides towards its unification goal.
Today, Prince Ali is assisting NATO commanders in setting up meetings with Tribal and Religious Elders in order to establish a dialogue and understanding between the Coalition Forces and the people. He is also assisting ISAF commanders in establishing a security network for the district of Kabul through contacts with the different Council of Elders.
Prince Ali Seraj strongly believes that the problems of Afghanistan are fourfold: Tribal, Economical, Social and Political, in that exact order. Without Tribal unification there will be no economic development or social cohesiveness. Political solution will only occur after the first three are satisfied. Towards this end, Prince Ali has committed his life.
For his relentless commitment to promote democratic ideals and for his actions in favor of peace and stabilization of Afghanistan, the President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Italy, have conferred on Prince Ali, the Award of the Commander in the Order of the Star of the Italian Solidarity.
Prince Ali has accepted this award on behalf of the National Coalition for Dialogue with the Tribes of Afghanistan.
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