OUR STORY : OUR FOUNDER

 

Integr8 UK was founded in 2015 by Saif Ali, a former refugee from Iraq, right after receiving his leave to remain and inspired by his 18-year journey of seeking asylum.

During those 18 years, Saif navigated the adversity of displacement, poverty, homelessness, discrimination, sever illness and lack of means and resources.

He realised that these obstacles were not a curse, but opportunities for growth and a gift in disguise. This shift in perception enabled him to turn the challenge of being uprooted into a birthplace of authenticity and a quest for self-actualisation. There where his journey shifted from seeking asylum to seeking purpose. This realisation shaped the mission and work of Integr8UK.

Saif Ali, is a visionary social entrepreneur and director, speaker and group facilitator at Integr8 UK.  He studied at many leading institutes in social change like the School of Social Entrepreneurs, Schumacher College, Embercombeand Ministry of Entrepreneurship and qualified as a group facilitator and personal growth coach.

Saif dreams of a world enriched by the unique gifts and diverse experiences that each one of us carry. His mission is to enable people across cultures, including refugees and asylum seekers, to realise their potential and gifts and actualise their life purpose, beyond limitations.

As a public speaker, he spoke on many esteemed stages including TEDx. You can watch his 2017 TEDxTotnes talk From Seeking Asylum to Seeking Purpose‘, where he shared how his earlier life expereince in Iraq and his asylum journey in Jordan and the UK gave birth to his current life mission.

As an artist, Saif is passionate painter, photographer and filmmaker. You can find out more about Saif’s professional background under his LinkedIn page.