“Gender dynamics are shifting in education and employment. We are seeing more women at the top, more senior roles and a new generation of role models”
– Omera Khan
From the outset, Omera’s path to becoming a Full Professor and business leader in operations and supply chain management was never pre-destined nor an obvious choice to make. Primarily, this was because academia, supply chain management and business leadership were, at that time, heavily male dominated arenas and still are, albeit to a lesser degree, today.
Omera’s venture into supply chain management began after graduating in textile design when she chose to pursue her passion for design through an alternative route. After completing a Masters in design procurement at UMIST with much success, the university sponsored her subsequent PhD in Supply Chain Risk Management. Both as a student and starting out as a research fellow, Omera did not have the benefit of looking to other women as role models in this field, as few, if any, had taken this path before. The barriers in business and established mindsets were evident. Omera had to pursue her career, at every step, with tenacity, determination and self–belief to set a ‘new norm’ in supply chain management.
Her journey has been challenging but immensely rewarding. Today her success places her as one of just 120 business leaders in Europe invited onto the executive committee of the CILT “Leaders in Supply Chain” forum. Omera, however, states her greatest career achievement as having led the way for other women in supply chain management. She is passionate about supporting and encouraging many more women into senior roles in this field.
Her message to women seeking to advance their careers is: “Think big; you may not know where your journey will lead you, but if you work hard, adapt and challenge mindsets, you can achieve more than you ever dreamed!” Omera’s vision and exceptional presentation skills motivate and inspire women to believe that they can succeed.
Christine Fenger Jensen
“Omera has a know-how and a vision for Supply Chain and her presence on stage is amazing. Her presentation about ‘Rise of the ‘on demand’ economy: Transforming the supply chain in an age of volatility’ was well thought out and on point. She is a kick-ass speaker”
Brookes Supply Chain Solutions
Supply Chain Analyst, Purposeful Innovator, Market Strategist
“Omera has a passion for Supply Chain, an energy to communicate and desire to educate and an enthusiasm to make a difference. Having worked with Omera over a number of years I have seen her energy inspire a room, her clarity of thinking coalesce to clear decisions and understanding in diverse rooms. If you are looking for an inspiring presenter that will move a group to a clear understanding, moving them to action and start a journey then I would recommend Omera. She is diligent researcher that produces impactful insight and communicates that efficiently and effectively.”
Jo Eirik Frøise
Federation of Norwegian Industries
Director organization and governmental relations
“Professor Omera Khan is one of the most skilled presenters who always deliver more than we expect. The Federation of Norwegian Industries and Norwegian Shippers Council has worked with her since 2008. Khan is academically highly skilled and can communicate easily with our staff and conference participants. With her professional and good preparation it is always a pleasure to work with Omera. We recommend her both as a lecturer and consultant”
Maritime Sector at Norsk Industri
“Omera is an excellent speaker. She made a condensed 15 min presentation yesterday (15th August 2018) to the audience in Arendal, Norway, at what’s called “Arendalsuken”. When politicians and business meet for one week every year. Omera presented insightful thoughts on what we in the maritime industry should look out for and be aware of as regards to changes in our supply chains.”
National Contract Management Association
“Her articulate portrayal of today’s global supply chain environment, role of technology, merger of various disruptive influences and professional competencies, as well as vision for the future, resonated with our audience and provided the professional and international perspective we were looking for. I highly recommend Omera as a speaker for any event looking for global business and technological perspectives”
“Her presentation and case study segments were very well conveyed. Her charisma, enthusiasm, and ability to make complicated issues look simple was a fresh breath. She is an excellent communicator”
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