Dr Abdul Rani is an organic chemist by training (BSc (Hons) in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Loughborough University of Technology, UK and PhD in Organic Chemistry, University of New South Wales, Australia), with more than 26 years experience in academia and the corporate sector.

He served as a lecturer at the University of Malaya since 1987 and left as an Associate Professor in 2001. He then joined Alam Sekitar Malaysia (ASMA) as a Senior Manager of which he was promoted to General Manager and CEO of the company until he left in 2013.

Dr Abdul Rani Abdullah possess extensive experience as a Principal Consultant in the field of Water Resource Management in addition to environmental management and business development experience ranging from full project life cycle through to formulation and implementation of company business plans. He has been a member of various technical/advisory committees including the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM), the Department of Environment and the City Council of Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) related to the field of environmental and water resources management, including standards formulations related to water quality. Dr Abdul Rani has also been involved in the design and conducting of environmental courses for various government agencies, institutions of higher learning and the private sector, notably, the Environmental Institute of Malaysia (EiMAS), the Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Petronas Gas Berhad and the Petronas Group HSE division.