Datuk Ali was appointed to the Board on 20 February 2009. Datuk Ali Abdul Kadir is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ("ICAEW"), member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He is also currently Honorary Advisor to ICAEW Malaysia, Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (UK) and the Malaysian Institute of Directors.
Datuk Ali is currently the Chairman of Jobstreet Corporation Berhad, Milux Corporation Berhad, Microlink Solutions Berhad, Privasia Technology Berhad and the Financial Reporting Foundation. He is a Board Member of Glomac Berhad, Labuan Financial Services Authority, Labuan IBFC and member of the Advisory Panel of the Companies Commission of Malaysia.
Datuk Ali was appointed as the Chairman of the Securities Commission of Malaysia on 1 March 1999 and served in that capacity until 29 February 2004. During his tenure, he launched the Capital Market Masterplan and chaired the Capital Market Advisory Council. He was a member of a number of national committees including the National Economic Consultative Council II, the Foreign Investment Committee, the Oversight Committee of National Asset Management Company (Danaharta) and the Finance Committee on Corporate Governance.
Prior to his appointment to the Securities Commission, he was the Executive Chairman and Partner of Ernst & Young and its related firms. He was also the former President of the Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants, chairing both its Executive Committee and Insolvency Practices Committee and co-chairing the Company Law Forum. He was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Accounting and Business Faculty, University of Malaya in 2008 and retired in August 2011. He was then appointed to the Advisory Board of the same Faculty.