|Native name||মুহাম্মদ সিরাজ আলি|
|Born||Muhammad Siraj Ali
24 November 1955
East Bengal (now Bangladesh)
|Residence||Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, England|
|Spouse(s)||Begum Momtaj Khanom|
Ali runs the Maharaja restaurant in South Benfleet, Essex. Since 1991, the restaurant has held charity nights raising close to £2 million for hundreds of charitable causes including; Multiple Sclerosis Society, NSPCC, British Red Cross and Breast Cancer Awareness amongst others. Ali has been involved in the Indian catering industry since the 1970s, with a career spanning 40 years.
Ali is the founder chairman of both the Thurrock Bangladesh Welfare Association and the Thurrock Islamic Educational Cultural Centre. He is the general secretary of the Castle Point Bangladeshi Education and Cultural Centre, as well as governor of the Hajji Soyed Ali Primary School and the chairman of the advisory committee of the Essex Bangladesh Welfare Association.
He is chairman of the Interim Committee Arbitrator and former treasurer of the Balagonj Education Trust, which aims to provide life skills and education to disadvantaged children in Bangladesh. He is also vice-chairman of The Bangladeshi Catering Association (Essex region).
Awards and recognition
In 2009, Ali won the Channel S Award for years of charity work in south Essex. In 2011, he was awarded the British Bangladeshi Who's Who 'Outstanding Contribution' Award for his long standing contribution to the hospitality and catering industry.
Ali lives in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. He is married to Begum Momtaj Khanom, and they have one son, Ansar, and three daughters, Shahena (who is a celebrity television chef on The Food Channel) Shareena and Jasmine.
Ali has arranged around 200 charity events per year for 20 years, raising around £600 to £1,500 an event. It is estimated that he has helped raise £3 million for charity.
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- Siraj Ali on British Bangladeshi Who's Who
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- Q&A with Siraj Ali: Meet the man who brought Indian cuisine to Thurrock. Thurrock Gazette. 8 November 2015