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Dr. Nasir Rana
Associate Professor


Prof Rana is an accomplished academic and a strategic manager, and has handled success-critical assignments in both academia and industry. He has cutting edge academic and consultancy expertise and specializations in Sustainability, Program, Project, Operations, Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management fields. He has a genuine cross-cultural outlook and depth gained from a truly international education and career in academia and industry spanning across four continents.

Before joining FAST School of Management, Prof Rana was an associate professor of Operations, Supply Chain Management and Corporate Social Responsibility, and Chair of Department of Management at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Prior to that, he managed regional operations for Corporate Social Responsibility function of an MNC in Western Canada region where along with advice on corporate governance improvements, brand development and stakeholders awareness, he provided strategic leadership and direction on CSR policy guidance, development and formulation of CSR strategic plan looking at the entire internal Supply Chain and service delivery operations in Hospitality and Health Care industry. Before this industry assignment, he held a number of academic and research positions and EPSRC Fellowships in prestigious British universities, and contract and visiting academic positions in UAE Universities. His applied and theoretical research proposals have won competitive funding from Research councils and industry organizations.

During his professional career, Prof Rana has worked in a number of economy sectors and across a range of industries including steel making, banking, shipping (transportation and logistics), public transport, EPC, infrastructure provision, IT/IS programs and projects and hospitality and health care. Utilizing all his diverse and cross cultural experience, he has developed and practiced a learner-centered teaching philosophy flexible enough in addressing and catering to the needs of diverse body of learners at varied levels. He has supervised PhD and Masters’ student dissertations and projects in a range of management disciplines. He also has to his credit significant involvement in other scholarly and scientific activities like invited panelist on sustainability seminars, organizing scientific conferences and seminars, and acting as reviewer and referee to conference submissions.

His core expertise is in developing quantitative tools and models from sustainability, strategic and CSR perspectives and in wide ranging process improvement and change management – all aimed at achieving operational excellence and assessment of uncertainties and exposure to risk in operations and projects. Holding progressively more senior positions, Prof Rana has developed deep and varied insights in operations management, interest-based negotiations, program design and delivery, and change management.

He has provided consultancy on challenging issues and assignment to a range of public and private sector organizations including port authorities in Sweden and UAE, govt. of Ajman and Dubai RTA in UAE, city/local councils and logistics services provider in the UK.

Current Areas of Research Interests: Sustainability, Sustainable Business, CSR, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Sustainable (Public) Procurement, Supply Chain Risk Modelling, Developing Metrics for TBL Accounting


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