Ali Miraj is a columnist, infrastructure financier and DJ. He is a political columnist for The Article and frequently appears on a range of news outlets. In 2012, he founded the Contrarian Prize to recognise the independence, courage and sacrifice of British public figures whose ideas challenge the status quo. He is a former Conservative parliamentary candidate and was first elected as a councillor at the age of 23. Ali is a trained house-music DJ and has had multiple residencies and played at leading venues around the world.