Saif Ali is a transplant to academics from the Silicon Valley where he worked in the 3D graphics industry for 10 years. He studied computer science and engineering at Arizona State University (M.S), and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (B.Tech). His current research interests are in computational methods for economics, information design, interactive learning environments and the ethics of computing technology. Saif is currently working on problems relating to optimal groundwater management for the Indo-Gangetic river basin. Saif spends his spare time learning the Arabic language and calligraphy.