As the 2018 Chartered Star winner, Ali Qasim flew the flag for young chartered accountants at this year's One Young World (OYW) Summit in The Hague. Representing ICAEW and Chartered Accountants Worldwide, he had the chance to network, debate, make long-lasting connections and discuss innovative solutions for solving some of the world's issues.
Ali Qasim was born in Peshawar, Pakistan, and raised in Manchester, UK. Instead of going to university, Ali decided to join PwC at the age of 17 on their Higher Apprenticeship programme in Tax Advisory. Upon completion of his tax qualification, Ali became the youngest member ever of the Association of Taxation Technicians, and obtained the Frank Collingwood award for achieving the best exam mark nationally in the Business Compliance exam (May 2015). Ali also received PwC’s best Higher Apprentice award, the Ethel Watts prize for achieving the best exam mark globally in the Audit and Assurance exam (March 2016), and an award from the Overseas Pakistani Foundation recognising his international success at such a young age.
Ali had a fully funded place at One Young World's 2018 Summit, where he met influential figures from across the world. The Summit brought together the finest young talent from across the globe to debate the key issues the world faces, sharing their ideas and experiences and working with peers to formulate and share innovative solutions.