Waleed Aly was born in 1978. He is a lecturer in politics at Monash University, working primarily within the Global Terrorism Research Centre. Previously, he worked as a commercial lawyer, and he also has experience in human rights and family law.Waleed was a board member of the Islamic Council of Victoria for over four years, and is frequently sought for comment by media outlets across Australia on a broad range of issues relating to Islam and Western Muslims. He has contributed regularly to The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and he has been commended at both the Walkley awards and the Quill Awards for his commentary.In 2005, Waleed was appointed a White Ribbon Day Ambassador for the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The following year he was one of 90 young Australians chosen to attend the Australian Future Directions Forum to generate ideas for the next twenty years of Australia's future. In 2007, he was named one of The Bulletin magazine's "Smart 100". He is married with two children.