- Arif Ali
Arif Ali( June 21, 1961- January 31, 2008) was the regional product director for the Associated Press news agencyin Europe, Middle Eastand Africa.] . cite news |first=Danica|last=Kirka|title=Arif Ali of AP London Dies at 46 |url=http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_8144094|work= Associated Press |publisher= Long Beach Press-Telegram|date=2008-01-31 |accessdate=2008-02-04]
Ali was born in
Pakistanon June 21, 1961.
He first became employed at the AP
London bureauin October 1982 as a field service technician. Ali often worked on risky assignments for the AP, including as a technical operationstechnician in Somaliain the early 1990s as the country collapsed in interclan warefare. His main tasks at this time in his career were keeping satellite phones, satellitesystems and power generatorsworking so that AP reporterscould file reports from remote locations for the wire service, such as Somalia.
Ali also managed a wide range of AP technical projects during his career with the organization. Ali managed the Associated Press
Serverfrom 1995 until 2003. He also served as the product managerfor the project manager for AP Photo Archivefrom 1995 to 1999 before being promoted to director of photo technologyfrom 1999 to 2003. Additionally, Ali also worked as product manger for eAPand eDistributein 2003 and 2004.
Ali also oversaw the technical operations coordination for large, special events covered by the AP, such as the
1998 Winter Olympicsin Nagano, Japan, and the 2000 Summer Olympicsin Sydney, Australia.
In 2006 and 2007, Ali guided the creation of a new AP
Also in 2007, he was honored with the
Gramling Award, the Associated Press' top staff award for overseeing the creation and implementation of new AP services.
Arif Ali died at his home in London on January 31, 2008 at the age of 46. He had been ill with
cancerfor sometime. Ali was survived by his wife, Hina. His funeral was held in Slough, United Kingdom.
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