Waleed Aly

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Waleed Aly
Waleed Aly headshot.jpg
Waleed Aly in 2010
Born (1978-08-15) 15 August 1978 (age 37)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Education BEng, LLB
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Author, journalist, newspaper columnist, radio and television presenter, lawyer, academic
Years active 1996–present
Television The Project
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni
Spouse(s) Susan Carland
Children 2

Waleed Aly (born 15 August 1978) is an Australian writer, academic, lawyer and media presenter. Aly is currently a co-host of Network Ten's news and current affairs television program The Project.

Early life[edit]

Aly was born in Melbourne, Victoria, to Egyptian parents.[1] He is a Sunni Muslim[2] and was educated at Wesley College (which is aligned with the Uniting Church). He completed the International Baccalaureate at Wesley in 1996, and then studied at the University of Melbourne, graduating with Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Laws (with honours) degrees in 2002.[3] Aly is married to Susan Carland, and they have two children.[4]

Legal and academic career[edit]

After graduating, Aly worked as an associate to Family Court judge Joseph Kay and, until, 2007 worked as a solicitor in Melbourne for Maddocks Lawyers. In 2006, he was a pro bono lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre, on secondment from Maddocks.[5] In 2008, he was selected to participate in the Australia 2020 Summit.[citation needed]

Aly is a staff member of the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University[6] and says that most of the conflicts in the Middle East can be traced to the arbitrary way in which its territories were divided-up by Western powers by the ongoing demand for Middle Eastern oil and more recently by factors such as the invasion of Iraq.[2][7] After the Boston Marathon bombings, describing terrorism as a "perpetual irritant", he said it is encouraging that we are finally maturing in the way we handle terrorism.[8]


As head of public affairs for the Islamic Council of Victoria (and a member of its executive committee), Aly was regularly interviewed on current affairs and news programs. His social and political commentary appears regularly in newspapers such as The Guardian, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald[citation needed] and The Age. In searching for reasons behind the suicide attacks in central London on 7 July 2005, Aly wrote, reminding readers of the Koranic passage, "Do not let the injustice of others lead you into injustice."[9]

Aly was the host of ABC TV's Big Ideas program on ABC1 and ABC News 24.[10] He has been a regular guest co-host on The Conversation Hour[11] with Jon Faine on 774 ABC Melbourne and The Project on Channel 10 and also was a regular panel member and producer on Salam Cafe, a weekly program presented by young members of Melbourne's Muslim community and produced by RMITV[12] and later shown on SBS.

He has appeared as a panellist on ABC TV's Q&A program,[13] and has been an occasional co-host on the ABC's News Breakfast. In 2011, he temporarily hosted the ABC Radio National Breakfast show.[citation needed]

Aly has been defended by Scott Stephens, editor of Religion and Ethics ABC, in response to claims that Aly's role, "is to sanitise the public image of Islam".[14] Stephens has also said that "Aly is idolized by young Muslim academics".[15]

In December 2014, Aly resigned from all his positions at the ABC to become the permanent co-host of The Project, starting 26 January 2015.[16]


Aly was commended in the 2005 Walkley Awards in the category of Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique.[17] Also in 2005, he was made White Ribbon Day ambassador for the United Nations' international day for the elimination of violence against women and was named one of The Bulletin magazine's 'Smart 100' in 2007. In 2008, he was also invited to participate in the Prime Minister's 2020 Summit.[citation needed]


His book, People Like Us: How Arrogance is Dividing Islam and the West (Picador, 2007), was shortlisted for the best newcomer award in the Australian Book Industry Awards and the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards in 2008.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Doogue, Geraldine (16 October 2005). "Islam On Parade". ABC. 
  2. ^ a b Bevan, Matt (17 March 2011). "Shiites versus Sunnis". ABC. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mr Waleed Aly - Researcher Profile". monash.edu.au. 
  4. ^ "Q&A panelist, Susan Carland". ABC Q&A. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Human Rights Law Centre » Our staff". hrlc.org.au. 
  6. ^ "Global Terrorism Research Centre staff and their areas of interest". Monash University Faculty of Arts. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Aly, Waleed (12 June 2014). "Western invasion paved way for Iraq's terror crisis". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Aly, Waleed (19 April 2013). "Bomb response refreshingly honest". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Aly, Waleed (9 July 2005). "A Muslim house divided". The Age. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Big Ideas - ABC TV". abc.net.au. 
  11. ^ "The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine". abc.net.au. 
  12. ^ "Melbourne Muslims on air". theage.com.au. 
  13. ^ "God, Sodomy and the Lash". ABC. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Stephens, Scott (16 May 2014). "The Lucidity of Madmen: Andrew Bolt, Waleed Aly and the Myth of the 'Model Moderate Muslim'". ABC. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  15. ^ O'Neil, Lorena (20 May 2014). "Meet Australia's Muslim Power Couple". Ozymandias. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Paul Kalina. "Waleed Aly takes permanent role at The Project". The Age. 
  17. ^ Walkley Award finalists, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 October 2005

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