Rana Hajirasouli

Doctoral Researcher

Rana joined the IfM in January 2024 as a PhD researcher. Her work focuses on the intersection of complex adaptive systems and digitization of industrial symbiosis as an industry response to adapt to the impacts of climate change. 


Rana has over 12 years industry experience spanning marine conservation, litigation, and chemicals manufacturing. She founded UAE-based climate-technology company The Surpluss in 2021, acquiring a U.S Patent and UK IPO Certification which proposes a new methodology for interorganisational collaboration for surplus resources. 


Rana has received an Mst in Sustainability Leadership from the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL) with distinction, where she developed an interest in creating diagnostic frameworks for more resilient, localized supply chains in resource-intensive sectors. She has also completed an LLM in International Law from Middlesex University, an M.Phil in International Peace Studies specializing in the legality of transboundary resource management, and a B.A in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics & Sociology (PPES) from Trinity College Dublin. Rana is also an accredited GRI Sustainability Professional, Sustainability Excellence Associate, and Biomimicry Practitioner certified. She frequently writes thought leadership articles on the topics of climate change, supply chain sustainability, and industrial symbiosis in the G.C.C region.  


Rana was awarded Eco Hero of the Year Award in 2023, by ARN in support of COP28, in addition to placing first in multiple competitions for her work at The Surpluss, including London Business School MENA, Mastercard & Aramex Scale Up, Pitch@Gov by Mohammad Bin Rashid Innovation Fund, amongst others.  


Rana is very interested in the role that public/private sector collaboration can play in developing resource efficient supply chains in emerging economies. If interested in her field of work, please email  


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