Syed Yawar Ali was educated at Aitchison College Lahore and got his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Management Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey (USA).
He also completed the Advance Management Program from Harvard Business School in 1992. He joined his family business i.e. Packages Limited and then became Managing Director of Milk Pak Ltd. In 1988 Milk Pak joined hands with Nestle for a very successful Joint Venture.
Syed Yawar Ali is currently Chairman of Nestlé Pakistan Limited, Wazir Ali Industries Limited, Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan and Director of Pakistan International Airlines. He has also been on the Board of Directors of State Bank of Pakistan and Chairman of Lahore Electric Supply Company.
He is also Chairman of the Pakistan India Joint Business Forum (PIJBF) a committee to “Promote Trade with India”, and Punjab Power Development Board, Member of United Nations Committee on Contributions, member of the steering committee of Pakistan Trade and Investment Policy Program and also a member of the Tax Advisory Council, Federal Board of Revenue.