Reza Ahmadi, Ph.D.


Emergent Solutions, inc.

Reza has more than 15 years experience working with organizations and leaders to develop impactful business strategies, design effective organizations, create high performance cultures and lead complex organizational change. His consulting experience spans organizational and leadership development, organizational assessment, process development, workplace strategy and change management.

Reza’s clients rely on him to quickly assess performance inhibitors and enablers, and identify actions to allow their organizations to deliver on their strategic objectives. To this end he has led numerous organization assessments, developed strategies for cross functional collaboration, designed organizations to execute specific businesses strategies, and executed large change campaigns.

High stakeholder engagement and collaboration are hallmarks of his work, and essential to developing practical actions, and allowing new knowledge to become embedded in his client’s organizations. He has a strong background in Organizational Psychology and interpretive organizational theory. With this he brings his clients a rich organizational systems perspective and a focus on narrative as key pathways toward action, development and change at the individual, team and organizational level.

Reza has a strong interest and focus on organizational culture and change. He has designed and led successful organizational change and communications initiatives aimed at shifting cultures to enable adoption of new ways of working. In this area he focuses on building multi-pronged campaigns directed at establishing the context for change, leveraging peer networks to build momentum and working with senior leaders to demonstrate critical support.

Organizations he has worked with include ADP, Amgen, Bank of America, Becton Dickinson, BioMarin, Citrix Systems, DIRECTV, Dolby Laboratories, Kaiser Permanente, Matson, Merck, Philips, QBE Insurance, Numico B.V., UC Berkeley and Warner Bros.

Prior to his current focus Reza was a key member of Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) Strategic Consulting group and instrumental in developing the firm’s workplace strategy research and change management approaches. Prior to working with JLL, Reza was a consultant with Emergent Solutions, Interplay Learning Corp, Mariposa Leadership and Hagberg consulting with a primary focus on organizational development, organizational culture assessment and leadership coaching.

Reza holds a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, a PhD in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and is Six Sigma Certified. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of Organizational and Workplace Change.