Founder : Saif Ali

Saif Ali, is the founder and community engagement facilitator at Integr8 UK. Inspired by his 18-year journey of seeking asylum, Saif founded Integr8 UK in 2015 right after receiving his leave to remain.

During those 18 years, Saif’s journey shifted from seeking asylum to seeking purpose and that made him perceive the adversity of displacement differently, where he found that some aspects of this harrowing experience could be gifts in disguise. This realisation shaped his current life mission and work under Integr8 UK, where he helps refugees and asylum seekers turn the adversity of their displacement experience into a birthplace for a re-found authenticity and purpose.

Saif is a visionary social entrepreneur, a qualified group facilitator and personal growth coach, artist, photographer and filmmaker. He studied at many leading institutes in social change like the School of Social Entrepreneurs, Schumacher College, Embercombeand Ministry of Entrepreneurship.

Saif dreams of a world enriched by the unique gifts and experiences that each one of us carry. His mission is to enable people to realise their true potential and help them bring to life the gifts they were born to share with the world.

With his work under Integr8 UK, Saif aims to create unique opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers to help them integrate into their host community and enable them to uncover their true potential and unique gifts to start leading a purposeful life and work experience in the UK, beyond the adversity of their journeys. Learn more about Saif’s professional background and qualifications here.

As a public speaker, Saif spoke on many esteemed stages including TEDx. You can watch his 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. Saif continues to give an extended version of his TEDx talk which he calls ‘The Gifts of Displacement’ around the UK. To commission Saif to give this talk please contact him here.

Saif is also a member at and co-founder of Beyond Borders Totnes & District, South Devon Refugee Support Network and the Employability Network for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Plymouth.

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