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

Dr Omer Yezdani is the Director of the Office of Planning and Strategic Management at ACU. Previously, Omer was Chair of the Australian Network of University Planners (ANUP), 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 presented at numerous conferences and seminars around the world, and has research interests in higher education and the study of complex systems. 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. Omer’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), MBA, and PhD in complex systems. Omer is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).


  • 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


  • 2018 
    Griffith University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2017 
    Australian Institute of Company Directors, Graduate
  • 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)


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

Professional Memberships

  • PRINCE2 Practitioner, APMG-International
  • Executive Committee Member, Higher Education Planning in Asia Association
  • Board of Directors, Eidos Institute Limited

Research Areas

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