Amir Rahdari is a sustainable and circular business leader from Iran. He has been active in sustainability space for more than five years both in business and academia. His focus is on the role of business in society, its responsibility towards stakeholders and its potentiality for the realization of the SDGs by the year 2030. He is the Founder of Global Sustainability Research Network (GSRN), Director of Sustainability Research Group (SRG) at USERN, Associate Editor at International Journal of Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility (IGI Global, US) and a Sustainability and Social Responsibility Certified Associate (SSRI, UK).
In academia, Amir has made several contributions to the fields of CSR, sustainability, and governance with implications for business community including synthesizing sustainability ratings and most common sustainability indicators, developing sustainability and CSR maturity models, theorizing Hyper-transparency, Sustainable Governance and Schumpeterian social entrepreneurship, examining Sustainability Reporting in HEIs and finding ways for businesses to pursue the SDGs that have been published by leading scholarly journals and international publishers. In 2016, he was appointed as a Science Sentinel in the field of management by publons.
In practice, he has developed over a dozen global/local sustainability tools for businesses to use and has consulted/collaborated with more than fifty international organizations across the globe. He is a CSR and Sustainable Business Consultant in Iran and the Middle East. In 2014, he was appointed as one of the young leaders in sustainable business by 2degress (UK). Currently, he is an advisor/consultant to more than a dozen international organizations.
Years of Experience
Partnerships Officer @UNICEF │#Innovation #CSR #CFCI
Director and Founder, Global Sustainability Research NetworkMar. 2017-Sep. 2018
The growing socio-economic problems alongside anthropogenic climate change and record loss of biodiversity have exacted a clarion call for transitioning to a more sustainable global trajectory. In response, the United Nations developed a set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable economic growth as the new global development agenda. Given that addressing global economic, social, and environmental challenges has become a matter of utmost urgency, a collaborative multidisciplinary effort for the furthering of the sustainable development agenda is required. Global Sustainability Research Network (GSRN) intends to contribute to sustainability education, research, and science by conducting academic studies and industry research. GSRN perceives sustainability as an interdisciplinary inquiry and highly values the systemic view of the global sustainability challenges. Focus areas include
Business and Society
Sustainable Development Goals
Senior Consultant, Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mining, and Agriculture2015-Present
Corporate Governance and CSR Commission
Associate, Sustainability and Social Responsibility International2017-Present
Researcher, Consultant, and Advisor on Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Sustainable Branding & Social Marketing, Corporate Governance, Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, SME Business Strategy, and Entrepreneurship.
Over two dozens of organizations and international consulting firms running the gamut from Management Consultancy, Advertising Agency and Marketing Firms, Research and Innovation Centres, and as well as Business Development, Incubator, and Accelerator Hubs.
Managing Director, Sustainability Research Group, USERN2016-Present
SRG provides a platform for senior and junior scientists and researchers to tackle sustainability challenges in a collaborative and systemic fashion. SRG intends to contribute to the SDGs and global sustainability by increasing public awareness, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, and conducting state-of-the-art research. In addition, SRG organizes theme-based research groups on several sub-fields of Sustainability (including Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, Circular Economy, etc.). Finally, SRG functions as a hub for sustainability researchers and professionals and plan to increase public awareness through its communication channels.
"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children." Native American Proverb
Young World Leader in Sustainable Business / Pioneering Sustainability and CSR Professional in Iran / Promoting Sustainability Research and Science
- Engaging with Global Leaders
- Collaborating across Borders
- Conducting Cutting-edge Research
- Introducing Theories
- Inventing Innovative Solutions
- Mobilizing Millennials
- Advocating SDGs
Advancing Sustainability Science
- CSR and Sustainable Business
- Sustainable Development: From Policy to Implementation
- A Prelude to Circular Economy
- Sustainable & Responsible Business Models
- + Over 30 Standard Courses
Talks, Workshops and Seminars
of Global wildlife populations have fallen by since 1970 (WWF)
of the Amazon rainforest has been lost since 1970
of share of fossil fuels in global energy demand in 2017
Business and the SDGs
of people know what the SDGs are (OECD, DevCom, 2017)
of companies are integrating the SDGs into business strategy (RB Trends, 2017)
of citizens believe that businesses should sign up to the SDGs (PWC)
" One of the most important characteristics of Amir is his diligent and persevering personality. He has already done many research studies in different areas concerning sustainability and CSR. I do also believe that his great knowledge and contributing spirit is the key point of his successful studies and career. He always strives for more to know. "Liquid Movement
Amir is one of the most cherishing and hardworking people that I have ever seen. His talent in every aspect of technology and science is extraordinary which is illustrative of his perceptiveness and sagacious attitude and vision."AFC
Amir is brilliant and with his natural born communication and research abilities, Amir roots his business relations on trustworthy grounds. His creative thinking always surmounts the mediocre suggestions; his patience on details results in perfection and his vision creates success stories. Amir is a life-time learner and his capacity to adapt new ideas blooms in his success. It is a real pleasure to know and work with him. His behavior makes him in the center of the business environment and he is good at coordinating multiple parts in a great harmony.
Amir is a pertinacious person. He will not give up until he fulfils his purpose. He is a visionary, he can see through the veil of time, and the attribute of him which I admire the most is that he has genius visions of tomorrow. He can tear a hole into time itself. Amir can bend the laws of the universe with his persistence. We will be in a presence of a magnificent unfolding of yet another chapter of sustainability. I believe no one can take the stage better than Amir."Nimrokh company
"TechnoSource Ltd. - 23 Oct. 2014
I met Amir through CSR International and had the pleasure to work with him on some of the team reports. I’m impressed with his knowledge on the subjects of CSR and sustainability, especially having in mind his young age. In addition, he is very detail-oriented, patient, constructive and punctual. Last, but not least his inspiration is really motivational and creates a lot of positive energy for those working with him. As a private entrepreneur for almost ten years now, I’m convinced that Amir can contribute immensely to any organization – corporate or academic.