Ali Shariat

Director, Coconut Merchant

Al Shariat wants the the fruit of his life’s work to be in economic development, and to make a positive contribution to the Human Story. To do this, he currently runs Coconut Merchant, a thriving company that hosts the world’s largest range of coconut products, selling to a range of customers including supermarkets (Sainsbury’s, Tesco, ASDA, Morrisons), pharmacies (Lloyds), department stores (Selfridges, Fenwicks) and health stores (Holland & Barrett). Important to the business is Ethical Sourcing and its support for farmers around the world. Prior to Coconut Merchant, Al worked as a Project Manager and consultant in Canary Wharf. His background is at the United Nations, where he was engaged as a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant. He has also practiced as a Barrister and Solicitor, with qualifications in Law, Economics, Politics and a Masters in Public Policy.