Professor of Sustainable Operations Management and Founding Dean of College, Brunel University London
Zahir is Professor of Operations and Information Management in the Brunel Business School, which he joined in August 2006 as the Head of School. Prior to this, he was the Head of the Department of Information Systems and Computing (now, Department of Computer Science). He completed a BEng (Hons) at Salford University before then accepting a research position where he completed a MPhil. His has a PhD from Brunel University in the area of investment evaluation before undertaking his leadership development at the Harvard Business School.
During 2014, Professor Irani enjoyed a full time secondment to the Cabinet Office, where he was a Senior Policy advisor. He currently maintains strong links across several Government departments and often advises on matter.
Zahir’s research interests are multidisciplinary in nature, and developed from early work on the area of evaluating investments in Manufacturing Information Systems through to more recent works in Transformational Government. He has received significant levels of funding from across the world as Principal Investigator, including from the UK Research Councils (EPSRC, ESRC), European Commission, Qatar Foundation, Australian Research Council and QinetiQ. He also publishes in leading scholarly journals. Zahir manages to find time to write press and thought leadership pieces on higher education and graduate employability that have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (FT), Thomson Reuters, University Business, Research Foresight and Times Higher Education (THE).
Under his leadership, Brunel Business School received the 2013/14 Times Higher Award – Business School of the Year.
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