Alexandra Tavasoli, Director - Iron & Earth

Alexandra Tavasoli, Director

Alexandra Tavasoli.pngAlex Tavasoli is a PhD Chemical and Materials Engineer whose interests are centred on ethical engineering practices and sustainable resource system design as they relate to the energy transition. She has over a decade of experience in clean technology development, and is currently a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where her work involves a mix of carbon capture and utilization, ocean mining, and modelling the social costs of the resource sector. She most recently ran Solistra, a research company developing solar-driven chemical reactors that efficiently recycle carbon dioxide into commodity chemicals normally sourced from fossil fuels.

Iron & Earth was founded and operates on Indigenous land within Treaty Six Territory and Métis Region 4 in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (in Nehiyawewin/Cree), so-called Edmonton. The home of many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit.

We pay our respects to all Indigenous Peoples of this land. Through their spiritual and practical relationships with the land, a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community has been created and maintained. We recognize that the transition to a low-carbon future must be led by Indigenous Peoples and that there will be no justice unless we acknowledge and repair our relationship with the land.

We are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge that we are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between us and Indigenous Peoples across Nations and urban centers.