Associate Professor Robert Ali is a public health physician and specialist in addiction medicine. Until 2016, he was the Clinical Director of Drug & Alcohol Services South Australia; a role he held for 30 years as well as the Director of a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research into the Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Problems at the University of Adelaide. Robert is a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs, member of the Cochrane Alcohol and Drug Group editorial board and the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems. Robert was the Asia Pacific Editor for Drug and Alcohol Review and a member of Drug and Alcohol Dependence Editorial board. Robert chaired the committee that revised and updated the Australian clinical guidelines for medicated treatment for opioid dependence. Robert holds a number of university appointments, including visiting research fellow at the Australian National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Clinical Associate Professor in the Discipline of Pharmacology at Adelaide University and Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Education and Training in Addiction at Flinders University.