in the Spring of 2000 he was headhunted for public office in London by Mayor Ken Livingstone to have responsibility for developing a strategy for culture, media, sport, arts, heritage and tourism in the city: he has been Vice Chair of the Mayor's Cultural Strategy Group. aladin is also Chair of the pioneering integrated cultural organisation and charity Entelechy Arts. In the past he has held numerous board level positions in local, regional, national and international organisations.

aladin began his academic life at the London School of Economics specialising in international relations, the global economy as well as nuclear war strategy, and edited L.S.E.'s international studies journal.

aladin went on to undertake management consultancy in relation to countries, international banks, international statutory organisations and parties impacted by international monetary or political instability (specialising in international debt reschedulings); later, he specialised in advising multinational companies on strategic planning.

aladin left the City to work in social development: youth and community development work with vulnerable/socially excluded groups. he trained in counselling, groupwork, therapy, brief intervention techniques and trained others to work with individuals/groups whom society finds challenging. he is highly experienced in working around violence, becoming a respected practitioner carrying out work with street gangs in inner cities around the world. he has worked face-to-face and also as a Director/Chief Executive with local, regional, national and EEC wide projects using culture in community development contexts and has animated numerous Europe-wide youth and culture action research projects, most notably in Montpellier, France.

in relation to contemporary arts practice aladin has a substantial track record as a producer, director and artist working across sectors: he has curated art exhibitions, programmed live arts festivals, directed and edited multi-camera shoots mixing film and video, contributed to television documentaries. aladin has devised work for contexts including [in London unless otherwise stated]: the Institute for Contemporary Arts, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, The British Festival of Visual Theatre, The London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), The Jerwood Arts Space - and a pop video for DJs Freddie Fresh & Fatboy Slim. as an interdisciplinary, live artist his work has also been chosen for the National Review of Live Arts, U.K..

aladin is in addition a widely admired and award-winning international magician. entirely self-taught, he is one of only two Golden Turban members of the Magic Academy of Bangalore, India, guardians of the world's oldest magic tradition; he is also a former International Magician of the Year. aladin's ventures in entertainment include being commissioned by private clients in Las Vegas and Monte Carlo as well as in London (Hurlingham Club, Sanderson Hotel, Peacock House etc.), opening onstage for artists ranging from Paul Weller to Mark E. Smith, and as Master of Ceremonies and co-organiser of the world's biggest magic event (800 magicians from around the world converging on the city of Bangalore). several British and international television channels have projects currently in development involving aladin as a principal.

aladin is the founder of alkhemi, widely acclaimed in his work in each of three parallel fields: strategic management, social practice and culture.