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"I have known Ali for more than 20 years, he was a key member of our initial team launching the first Gap Stores in Tokyo. He is not only creative but works well with vendors and contractors and has a great sense of fiscal responsibility...... I am happy to have him back in our team at Manzanita to lead our projects as we expand globally."


Christopher Garek

Senior Operating Partner

Manzanita Capital-

Space.NK ; diptyque ; Byredo



"Honest and dedicated...Ali's commitment to creating value in the retail sector and his knowledge of worldwide real estate are unparalleled in this industry."

Ken Pickart,

Founder AP Built
Former Chief Executive Officer
Fisher Development, Inc.

"Talented and enthusiastic...Ali's expertise in the real estate market throughout multiple geographies allowed him to deliver quality Mexx Concept Retail stores on time and within budget."

Kevin Castanheiro,
Former VP Brand and Retail Operations
Mexx International BV/Liz Europe

"Ali is effective in translating brand image within the cultural and legal framework of diverse markets...he is able to creatively resolve many barriers."

Paula Levitan,
Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

Former Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Gap, Inc.)

"Ali's global knowledge in Property and Store development and his special skills in understanding global companies expanding in diverse markets have been instrumental to the positive launch of our SIX brand in the US... his experience on both sides of the Atlantic, understanding European culture and formulating this to an effective US model are key added values in our strategic plan."
Ulrich Beckmann,
CEO, and Founder,
Beeline Group GmbH


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