Johann A. Ali, B.S. '96, M.B.A. '01

Johann supports Student Activities, International Student Scholarship Fund, and Iron Arrow Fund.

Johann arrived in the United States in 1992 from Trinidad at age 16, the youngest freshman in his class at the University of Miami. Hurricane Andrew gave this teenager a memorable welcome, but instead of being dismayed by the destruction around him, Johann rooted himself in Miami and the UM community by getting involved in several student groups. He joined the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association and the Council of International Students and Organizations, becoming president of COISO in his senior year.

When Johann returned to UM for graduate school, he continued to provide leadership and service on campus. He served as president of the Graduate Student Association and chief of Iron Arrow, the highest honor attained at the University of Miami.

Johann’s scholarship to the University of Miami was the door that opened to a wonderful career and life in the United States. Today he is a Florida Licensed Professional Geologist and owner of GAIA Consulting Partners, an environmental consulting firm. He gives back to make sure international students and upcoming student leaders have the same opportunities he once did.