Director, Office of Planning and Strategic Management, Australian Catholic University

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.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Director, Australian Catholic University
  • 2014–2015
    Senior Project Manager, University of New England
  • 2013–2014
    Senior Advisor, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • 2010–2014
    State Program Director, Australian Government Department of Education and Training
  • 2006–2010
    Indigenous Education Manager, Australian Government Department of Education and Training
  • 2002–2006
    Senior Policy Officer, Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training
  • 2000–2002
    Assistant Marketing Manager, Australian Education International

Education

  • 2018 
    Griffith University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2012 
    Griffith University, Graduate Diploma in Research Studies
  • 2010 
    Queensland University of Technology, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • 2000 
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

Publications

  • 2016
    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).,
  • 2015
    Yezdani, O. (2013). Myths of exponential growth in populations and wealth: an emergent perspective. Humanomics, 29, (4), (307-332).,
  • 2015
    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).,

Professional Memberships

  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • Deputy Chair, Australian Network of University Planners
  • Member, Student Finance Survey Evaluation Panel, Universities Australia
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner, APMG-International

Research Areas

  • Organisational Behaviour (150311)
  • Business And Management (1503)
  • Social Philosophy (220319)
  • Education Systems (1301)