Fazal Ibrahim Ali is best known for his persuasive work, Education for Liberty which builds on Amartya Sen’s Development as Freedom and John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice.
Fazal studied at the University of the West Indies where he was taught by the American curriculum theorists Nelson Haggerson. He took his Masters in Philosophy at the University of the West Indies. He was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to attend the University of Cambridge to complete his doctoral studies as a split-site doctoral candidate. While at the University of Cambridge, the Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, C. W. R. D. Moseley and Lord Martin Rees were influential scholars who shaped his thinking. Fazal planned and implemented an international conference to launch The Institute of Critical Thinking at the University of the West Indies (UWI). This institute was conceived as a regional think tank mirroring the model for innovation and entrepreneurship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At The University of the West Indies Fazal was the Head of Evening University. While at the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at the UWI he was appointed as Secretary to the University Consortium of Small Island Developing States (UCSIS). This was the first university cluster designed to drive the development of small island states. The project emanated from a mandate of the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan and brought together the University of Malta, the University of the South Pacific, the University of the United States Virgin Islands, the University of the West Indies and the University of Mauritius into a global capacity-building project team. At the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, UWI, Fazal was the programme director for the DBA programme. He would become the Provost of the University of Trinidad and Tobago and the acting President and was a member of the UNESCO Memory of the World team in Trinidad and Tobago. He was the Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission of Trinidad and Tobago for two terms. Fazal is best known for his persuasive work, Education for Liberty which builds on Amartya Sen’s Development as Freedom and John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice.