Omer is the Director of the Office of Planning and Strategic Management at ACU, providing high-level specialist advice and business intelligence on matters of strategic importance to the University. Omer also serves as Deputy Chair of the Australian Network of University Planners and the Student Finance Evaluation Panel with Universities Australia. Previously, Omer was a Senior Advisor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, State Program Director in the Department of Education and Training, and an occasional lecturer in leadership and management.
Omer has a growing publication record in social science, business and policy journals, and has presented at numerous conferences and seminars around the world. Omer has received two Excellence Awards in People Management and Strategy, the IPAA Best Practice in Federal Government Award, a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship award for study in Latin America, a technology special ventures project with Stanford University, and was awarded a postgraduate level GPA of 7.0 from Griffith University.
Omer’s qualifications include a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Graduate Diploma in Research Studies and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Omer is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is currently completing his PhD in Organisation Science at Griffith University. His research interests include complex systems, strategy and public policy.
Director, Australian Catholic University
Senior Project Manager, University of New England
Senior Advisor, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
State Program Director, Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Indigenous Education Manager, Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Senior Policy Officer, Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training
Assistant Marketing Manager, Australian Education International
Griffith University, Doctor of Philosophy
Griffith University, Graduate Diploma in Research Studies
Queensland University of Technology, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Yezdani, O., Sanzogni, L. & Poropat, A. (2016). Theory of emergence: Introducing a model-centred approach to applied social science research. Prometheus, 33, (3), (305-322).,
Yezdani, O. (2015). The nature of choice and value for services and amenities in Australian universities. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 37, (3), (282-294).,
Yezdani, O. (2013). Myths of exponential growth in populations and wealth: an emergent perspective. Humanomics, 29, (4), (307-332).,
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
Deputy Chair, Australian Network of University Planners
Member, Student Finance Survey Evaluation Panel, Universities Australia