Born in 1951, in Munagaza/Sudan. He is married with 6 children.
Prof. Ali graduated from the University of Khartoum with a BSc in Basic Medical Sciences (Human Anatomy) in 1974. He earned his PhD in human anatomy and Experimental Morphology, from the University of London (UK) in 1978, and afterwards a BSc in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Khartoum in 1981, and a MSc in Diagnostic Radiology from Alexandria University (Egypt) in 1985.
He worked as a Lecturer of Human Anatomy at the Universities of Khartoum and Gezira (Sudan), and later as Assistant and Associate Professor of Anatomy and Radiology at the University of Gezirra (Sudan) during 1981-1988, King Faisal University (Saudi Arabia) during 1988 and Sultan Qaboos University (Sultanate of Oman) during 1989-1994. In 1991, he was promoted to Professor by the University of Gezira,
Prof. Ali appointed as Professor of Anatomy and Radiology and Dean Faculty of Medicine Ommdurman Islamic University (Sudan), in 1995-1996.
He was appointed Undersecretary, Ministry of Health in 1996-1998, and Vice Chancellor of Al Zaim Al Azhari University in 1998.
Prof. Ali is the President of the National University, Khartoum since 2005.
He contributed to the introduction of the integrated and problem-based learning of human anatomy at the University of Gezira, and Sultan Qaboos University. He was a teacher and an examiner to graduate candidates in internal medicine, radiology, surgery and anatomy, University of Khartoum.
He continued to practice as consultant radiologist, in Ommdurman Teaching Hospital, Ahmed Qasim Paediatric Hospital, Modern, Neilain and Al Alim Medical Centres.
Prof. Ali published over 65 papers, 5 books on human anatomy, radiological anatomy, and diagnostic radiology, one of his books won the 1999 Association of Arab Doctors’ Prize.
Prof. Ali was honoured by the President of Algeria, and Arab Union of Physicians for the “Best Book” published in 1999.
Prof. Ali was elected as a Fellow of the IAS in 2001.