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Chief Data Officer, University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Omer Yezdani has led strategy, data & analytics, technology and risk in public, private and social enterprise for over 20 years, and advises on business transformation, strategy, data analytics and risk. After completing a degree in Marketing, Omer commenced his career with a major ASX-listed firm, working on next generation technologies. Developing an interest in public policy, he went on to work in the Federal Government for over a decade leading national policy in education, VET and Indigenous affairs. Completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Omer engaged in several high-profile initiatives, as a Senior Advisor and State Director in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Department of Education, before leading business transformation at one of Australia’s most prominent online universities. Following two Excellence Awards, and Latin American Scholarship Award, Omer completed his doctoral research in complex systems at Griffith University, while also lecturing in strategic management, marketing and human resource management. Omer is passionate about education, multiculturalism, and making a positive difference in the lives of others. Omer is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and Non-Executive Director at the Eidos Institute Pty Ltd, an innovative enterprise for social good.


  • 2022–present
    Chief Data Officer, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • 2015–2022
    Director, Office of Planning and Strategic Management, 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)


  • 2022
    Yezdani, O., Sanzogni, L. & Houghton, L. Emergent strategy and cascading behaviour patterns during crises: evidence from Brisbane’s 2011 floods. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 29, (2), (134-158).,
  • 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)