Rafat Ali

New York City

CEO/Founder, Skift, business intelligence company for travel & leisure. Founder, paidContent. Traveler. New Yorker. Global Soul.


Rafat is the CEO/founder of Skift, the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel, providing news, information, data and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry.

Previously, he was the founder/CEO of paidContent and ContentNext, which he sold to UK's Guardian News and Media in 2008, and left in 2010. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter.

Rafat was the Knight Fellow at Indiana University, where he completed his Masters in Journalism, 1999-2000. Prior to that he completed his BSc in Computer Engineering, from AMU in Aligarh, India.

Professional Affiliations

Board member, Investigative News Network

Board of Advisors: Digital News Ventures

Board member, Asia Society's Digital Media Advisory Board

Board of Advisors: GigaOmni Media, parent of Gigaom Network.


Selected photographs from my two years of travels, 2010-2012: http://500px.com/rafat