Khaled Ali (also spelled Khaled Aly; Egyptian Arabic: خالد على, IPA: [ˈxæːled ˈʕæli]) (born 26 February 1972) is a prominent Egyptian lawyer and activist. He is known for his advocacy for reform of government and private sector corruption and for promoting social justice and labor rights. Ali is the former head of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) and co-founder of the Front for Defending Egypt’s Protesters and the Hisham Mubarak Law Center (HMLC). He has been called a “legendary anti-corruption crusader” and “Egypt’s best-known counselor and defender of independent unions and worker protests.” He won the “Egyptian Corruption Fighter” award in 2011.
He has been involved in several prominent court cases against the government, including a 2001 ruling that gave syndicates more freedoms, a 2010 case he won that mandated a higher minimum wage for workers, and a case leading to the nationalization of three large companies that had been privatized.
Ali was an activist before, during, and after the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. He has been involved in worker strikes before and since the downfall of Mubarak’s regime, and been an active supporter of the role of workers in the revolution and the labor mobilization that took place during it. He has denounced violent acts by the police and military, and has represented revolutionaries and the families of those killed in court. In February 2011, Ali was detained in a raid by Egyptian security forces on the HMLC. He was against the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and supported postponing the drafting of a new constitution until after the 2012 election.
A latecomer to the 2012 presidential race, Ali announced his candidacy the day after he became eligible to run, making him the youngest candidate in the election. His platform is one of social and economic justice, including core issues like regional economic strength, protecting natural resources, fighting corruption, addressing unemployment, and improving workers’ rights. Ali lays great stress on education, which he believes will lift Egypt out of poverty. He seeks a balance between the public and private sectors. Ali does not belong to a political party and never has belonged to one. He calls himself the “candidate of the poor”. He is supported primarily by students, activists, farmers, and workers, generally on the left of the political spectrum. Ali’s campaign slogan was “We will fulfill our dream”.
Ali announced he was running for the 2018 presidential race, though he ultimately withdrew.