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Symposium Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Gee

Hon Andrew Gee, MP

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister

Andrew was elected as the State Member for Orange in 2011, replacing retiring Nationals member Russell Turner. During his time as the State MP, Andrew's influence was particularly noticeable in the area of health and infrastructure, with the installation of a second linear accelerator to treat local cancer patients and the reintroduction of a 24-hour helicopter rescue service under his tenure.

In April 2016, Andrew was nominated and won pre-selection as The Nationals Federal candidate for the seat of Calare after John Cobb announced his retirement. Andrew went on to win the seat of Calare in the 2016 election and was re-elected in 2019 on an increased margin.

Andrew continues to be a strong voice in the Australian Parliament representing the people of Calare.

Ciril Karo

Mr Ciril Karo

First Assistant Secretary Contestability,
Department of Defence

Ciril has over 30 years experience in the Australian Defence Organisation, including 20 years in the Australian Army. In 1988 he graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon and subsequently served in a range of regimental and staff appointments as an officer of the Royal Australian Engineers. Ciril moved to Canberra in 2001 to attend Joint Staff College and was then posted to Army Headquarters, followed by Capability Systems Division in 2003 where he developed a prioritisation process to support the 2003 Defence Capability Review.

The years following reflect a challenging sequence of assignments, culminating in his current role as First Assistant Secretary Contestability:

2005 - Director Program Analysis, responsible for the financial planning of the Defence Capability Plan, successfully managing it through Government approval for the three years 2005 – 2007.

2007 - Industry Division in the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), where he worked on Priority Industry Capability definition and health checking.

2009 - Helped establish the Independent Project Performance Office in DMO (now called Project Management Branch) to manage Projects of Concern, DMO Gate Review and DMO's cost estimation capability, and subsequently spent one year as the Acting Director General Major Projects of Concern.

2011 - Promoted to Assistant Secretary (SES Band 1) Cost Analysis in Capability Investment and Resources Division where his branch provided assurance to government on cost estimates for major capital and for the Defence Capability Plan.

2014 - Assistant Secretary Investment Analysis, responsible for leading the contestability of major capital projects, and the development of their approval submissions.

2015 - In response to the First Principles Review, seconded to VCDF Group for nine months to lead the Capability Life Cycle Design team that would reshape Defence's approach to capability management.

2016 - Head of the Joint and Enabler Analysis Branch that was tasked with reviewing projects across Joint, Estate and ICT, whilst also managing the contesting of the emerging Force Design capability.

2017 - Promoted to First Assistant Secretary Contestability

Ciril's qualifications (in chronological order) include:
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics from UNSW,
- Master of Science in Operations Research from the US Naval Postgraduate School,
- Graduate Diploma of Business Management from Deakin University, and
- Master of Management from the University of Canberra.

Glen Alleman

Mr Glen Alleman, USA

Glen Alleman has 30 years' experience as a Program Performance Management leader in aerospace, defense, electric utilities, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and enterprise IT. His current focus includes integrated program performance management for complex system of systems using risk informed Earned Value Management.
Glen's formal training is in particle physics, where he wrote software digital filters to process the data stream from an accelerator. That turned into digital filters for radar, sonar, and guidance systems. Then into managing those types of programs. With a stint in the commercial side, he returned to Aerospace & Defense. Between doing engineering and managing engineers, he was sent back to school to get a Masters in Systems Management – a blend of Systems Engineering and Finance.
As a program manager at Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (a former nuclear weapons production facility), Earned Value Management became Glen's passion. His project managers kept the work on track, with a fixed closure date, for fixed price ‒ budgeted at $7B over 9 years. Using Earned Value Management, agile development practices, and measures of physical percent complete, they provided daily measurement of progress to plan to keep the program on schedule for a promised closure date.
After closure, Glen worked several proposals for space vehicles, developing the Integrated Master Plan, with resource loaded, risk adjusted schedule, with Technical Performance Measures used to provide Physical Percent Complete to Plan.
From this work, Glen moved to the government contracting side, providing program controls leadership to aircraft and spacecraft avionics systems, embedded control system, government business system, and biopharma product development. He joined the Institute for Defense Analyses in their support of the office of Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses where he provided policy advice to the owner of Earned Value Management for improving the effectiveness of EVM processes and tools.
At the same time Glen joined the College of Performance Management, where he taught course, gave presentations, and developed training materials around EVM, Risk Management, Agile development, Integrated Master Planning and Scheduling. In parallel to this work, Glen wrote the book ‒ Performance-Based Project Management.
Glen's current includes working with the Joint Space Cost Council in developing of guidance for applying continuous risk management to Space Systems to successful manage cost and schedule growth in the presence of the uncertainty of complex system of systems.

Charles Keating

Professor Charles Keating, USA

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Old Dominion University

Dr. Keating is a Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and Director for the National Centers for System of Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia USA. His research and teaching focuses on Complex System Governance, Systems Thinking/Theory, Systems Engineering, System of System of Systems Engineering, and Management Cybernetics. A Fellow and Past President of the American Society for Engineering Management, he received the society's most prestigious award (Sarchet Award) in 2015 for pioneer efforts in the field. He has authored 110+ peer reviewed publications, generated $20M+ in research funding, and graduated 25 Ph.D.s. His research has spanned defence, security, aerospace, healthcare, R&D, and automotive sectors. Prior to faculty appointment in 1994, he served in leadership and technical engineering management positions for over 12 years in the U.S. Army and private industry. He holds a B.S. Engineering (United States Military Academy, West Point), M.A. Management (Central Michigan University), and Ph.D. Engineering Management (Old Dominion University). Memberships include American Society for Engineering Management, International Society for System Sciences, and International Council on Systems Engineering.

Kerry London

Professor Kerry London

Deputy Dean School of Engineering Computing and Mathematics, Western Sydney University

Dr London is Professor Built Environment and Urban Transformation at Western Sydney University where she is also Deputy Dean School of Engineering Computing and Mathematics. She was the first female chair in construction management in Australia. She has an international research reputation and is a considered a leader in construction supply chain theory and practice. Her work focusses on adoption of innovative technologies. She is also well known for conducting research that crossing discipline boundaries and has led numerous nationally competitive grants and initiatives towards this end. She has published more than 160 peer reviewed publications, won over $4.0M and supervised 11 PhD students since 2003. She has given various international keynotes at both industry and academic conferences. She currently is a Chief Investigator on five ARC grants. Kerry is Chair of the NFP Australasian Lean Construction Institute professional association. She has held numerous leadership positions in academia. She held Ministerial appointments on the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council as well as the NSW Architects Registration Board. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Deans Built Environment and Design Council. She is a Fellow and Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building Australasia. She is a founding member of the Australian Housing Supply Chain Alliance.

Phil McClure

Mr Phil McClure

General Manager, Infrastructure Investment Division, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Phil currently leads the Investment Advisory Branch, within the Infrastructure Investment Division of the Department.

The Infrastructure Investment Division has responsibility for the administration of the Infrastructure Investment Program, the Australian Government's major road and rail investment program. The Program funds the majority of the Commonwealth's $75 billion investment in land transport infrastructure currently being delivered in partnership with state, territory and local governments across Australia.

The Investment Advisory Branch has responsibility for a range of business assurance activities relating to major projects and the Government's investment program.

This includes advice on major infrastructure projects being developed across the country, particularly relating to cost estimates and cost benefit analysis. The Branch also has a role in monitoring market conditions in the land transport construction sector, including cost pressures, workforce capacity and capability, and participation trends across differing tiers within the sector.

Haydn Thomas

Mr Haydn Thomas

Chief Mindavator, Mindavation

Haydn's record of achievement with developing and negotiating structured programs are based on his excellent creative direction, passion for quality, delivering on promises and professional approach. Coupled with his

"Engaging", "Pragmatic", and "Passionate" is the resounding feedback from clients of Haydn Thomas and Mindavation. As a very proud Director of Mindavation Pty Ltd in Australia and President of Mindavation, Inc. in the United States, Haydn has been delivering on successful outcomes for more than 25 years. Business Transformation is his hallmark, based on experience with his innovative training, coaching, consulting and keynote presentation practices across Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Asia & North America.

Mindavation's worldwide success can be categorised into 4 core values:

1. Holding ourselves and clients to account
2. Fail fast (First Attempt In Learning)
3. Don't shy away from fierce conversations; and
4. Ensure your head, Heart & Gut are aligned, or do something about it

In recent years, Haydn is following his passion of sharing his insights and experiences through course facilitation, consulting, coaching, capability maturity and international speaking engagements.

Stream Keynote Speakers

Vernon Ireland

Professor Vernon Ireland

Emeritus Professor, University of Adelaide

Vernon Ireland is currently Emeritus Professor of Complex Systems for the University of Adelaide and Professor of Construction Management and Real Estate for Chongqing University.

He has had various roles, including Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS, Corporate Development Director of Fletcher Challenge Construction, CEO of the Australian Graduate School of Engineering Innovation and Professor and Director of Project Management for The University of Adelaide. University. He practised for eight years as a structural engineer before becoming an academic, in which period he completed an arts degree in English literature, psychology, sociology and philosophy.

Simon Vaux

Mr Simon Vaux

Director Digital Engineering
Infrastructure & Place
Transport for NSW

Simon is a chartered civil engineer with 19 years' experience managing the delivery of transport infrastructure, having worked in both the private and public sectors in Australia and the UK. Since joining Transport for NSW in 2007, Simon has been responsible for the engineering of numerous major transport projects in and around Sydney. He is currently Director Digital Engineering at Transport for NSW and is leading the agency-wide strategy to drive innovation and new technologies in the construction sector. Simon is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers NSW Committee and an active promoter of civil and digital engineering.

Plenary Speakers

James Bawtree

Mr James Bawtree

Chief Executive Officer, PMLogic

James is a globally certified projects director and locally certified practicing project director (IPMA Level-A® & AIPM CPPD), he commenced his career at Rolls-Royce PLC qualifying as a charted mechanical engineer and went on to become a certified knowledge acquisition technologist, with significant experience in strategy implementation, as well as Business Transformation, Program, PMO, and Change Management.

Having moved to Australia in 2002, he is a Fellow and NSW President at the Australian Institute of Project Management and a globally approved Trainer holding an advanced diploma in project management.

James has 20 years proven management experience in large scale, multiple billion dollar, global initiatives, fulfilling various roles including Program Advisor of the largest ERP implementation in this hemisphere, Program Director for a large scale M&A initiative, NSW government digital projects lead, PMO Manager for Foreign Exchange Transformation and Organisational Change Manager for a business transformation.

Damon Hancock

Mr Damon Hancock

Vice President - Australian Business, Samsung

Damon currently provides key governance over two of the largest infrastructure projects in Sydney for the Korean conglomerate Samsung C&T. As an active board member of both WestConnex 1b (M4) and 2 (M5) projects, together worth over A$700 million he oversees and manages key risks with their Joint Venture partners. He has a unique insight into Infrastructure delivery risk management having trained as a professional accountant and being engaged in major of high risk project delivery for over 30 years in the private sector. His experience has spanned major engineering, infrastructure and mining projects throughout Australia, Asia and Africa all with a variety of project delivery models and stakeholders. He believes effective communications and relationship management underpin timely and cost-effective project delivery while maintaining a proper contractual basis for conduct provides shareholders with strong governance. He is happy to share his insights in how getting the right risk allocation is important in achieving value for money.

Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik

Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales

Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik is a researcher at School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales at Australian Defence Force Academy, in Canberra. He has a PhD in Complexity management of Design Process (2009), and a ME in manufacturing engineering (2005) both from UNSW. He has a BE in aerospace engineering (1999) from Tehran Polytechnic university. He is author of more than 80 book chapters, journal papers, and refereed conference papers on topics such as complexity management, modularity value analysis, system robustness and resilience and integrated navigation systems.

Ben du Bois

Mr Ben du Bois

Engineer | Project review,
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Ben du Bois is the Assistant Director, Commercial Markets and Analysis, within the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities. He undertakes cost estimate reviews of projects seeking Commonwealth funding, as well as the development of the Department's cost estimation policy and associated technical guidance material. A key role is the provision of advice regarding the cost and risk of multi-billion dollar transport infrastructure projects for which Commonwealth Government funding is being sought.

Ben has degrees in civil engineering, pavement engineering, and teaching with experience across a number of different government sectors. His current interests lie in quantitative risk modelling and analysis and in the development of the best tools and model structure to quantify uncertainty at each stage of the project life cycle.

Li Qiao

Dr Li Qiao

Capability Systems Centre, the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales

Dr Li Qiao is a researcher at Capability Systems Centre, the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, , at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. She received her B.E. in Electrical Engineering in 2004 and Ph.D. degree in Guidance, Navigation and Control in 2011 from the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. Her research interests include spacecraft system engineering, spacecraft orbit/attitude control system, and Kalman filter etc. She is author of more than 40 journal papers, and refereed conference papers.

Keith Joiner

Dr Keith Joiner

Dr Keith Joiner, CSC, joined the Air Force in 1985 and became an aeronautical engineer, project manager and teacher over a 30-year career before joining the University of New South Wales in 2015 as a senior lecturer in test and evaluation (T&E). He has since authored over 60 research articles and/or presentations on Australian T&E concerning: preview de-risking, cybersecurity, integration assurance, the F35-aircraft, Australia's future submarine, and use of design of experiments (DOE). From 2010 to 2014 he was the Director-General of Test and Evaluation for the Australian Defence Force where he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross. In 2009 he did wartime service in Baghdad for the Multi-National Force Iraq where he was awarded a United States Meritorious Service Medal for his work developing drawdown plans. He is a Certified Practising Engineer and a Certified Practising Project Director.

Rani Yesudas

Dr Rani Yesudas

Dr Rani Yesudas received her PhD in Computer Science from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2016. She has over 13 years of combined experience working in the IT industry and academia. After completing a postgraduate degree in Physics, she worked as a Software Engineer for a biometric-enabled security solutions company in India. She advanced to become the Project Lead and has provided industrial level training on various IT topics. She also has experience working in the Smart Grid and Electricity Demand Management domain. In Australia, she has worked in the R&D lab of a smart meter manufacturing company. She has also worked as a Solutions Architect and Technical Writer for a PKI based security solutions provider in Canberra. She has worked on smart access card projects for the Department of Defence and the Department of Parliamentary Services. She has also worked in ANU as a sessional academic staff (Course Convenor, Lecturer and Tutor) for various Engineering, Computer Science and Business Information Systems topics. In 2019 she joined UNSW Canberra as a postdoctoral researcher in Cyber Security. She has published various papers on requirements and risk analysis of complex systems.

Patrick Weaver

Mr Patrick Weaver, PMP, PMI-SP, FAICD, FCIOB.

Managing Director, Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd

Patrick is the Managing Director of Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd, an Australian project management consultancy business specialising in project control systems and a PMI endorsed Registered Education Provider. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), a member of the CPM, PMI, and a MAIPM.

He has over forty years' experience in the Project Management industry. His career originally focused on the planning and managing of construction, engineering and infrastructure projects initially in the UK and then Australia. In the last few years he has been downsizing his business to focus on project management training and working to improve project management capabilities in Australia and globally.

Gavin Halling

Mr Gavin Halling

Director, RiskTools Pty Ltd

Gavin has assisted many organisations to improve project and thereby business outcomes. His focus is on the development and application of practical methodologies, procedures and tools. Two examples are the development of robust organisation specific project management procedures and the development of practical risk management processes including support tools such as RiskOrganizer. These processes have been refined and used by a significant number of organisations. An example is the Sydney airport link which won the 2000 NSW Institute of Project Management Excellence Award for RSA. Gavin has had project directorial and management skills in a variety of infrastructure developments.

Gavin has provided advice on major, medium and minor projects in engineering construction, building and 'soft' projects. His focus as a front–line educator and trainer both in Australia and overseas has been to develop the practical knowledge and skills of managers in project management for both infrastructure developments and organisation management changes.

Risk Management has become an increasing area of interest to many Clients and in 2004 this resulted in RiskTools being formed to cater for this specialist demand. Clients have been diverse including large National organisations through to SMEs and both Government and private enterprise. Examples include a desalination plant (including HAZOP and safety in design), qualitative and quantitative analysis for several significant power and transmission projects (for Semi-Government and Contractors). Over recent years the re-development of toolsets so they are cloud based, has enabled Clients to share risk data with other organisations who are working on a project.

Collin Smith

Mr Collin Smith

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer - ICCPM

Collin has over 23 years of commercial and management experience in a variety of senior roles across various industry sectors. Before moving to Australia, Collin spent 8 years as a Director and Principle Consultant for a boutique business transformation management consultancy in South Africa with a particular focus on strategy development and change management. Collin's Australian experience includes working for Queensland University of Technology where his responsibilities included the program management of QUT's Executive MBA in Complex Project Leadership in Canberra as well as a series of customised customer specific and public executive education courses. More recently, he was a Principle Consultant and business transformation practice lead for a local Canberra based consulting firm before joining ICCPM.

Collin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Marketing Management) and a Master of Business Administration degree (General Strategic Management) and is a past member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA), The Southern African Institute of Management Scientists (SAIMS) – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, The Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches of Southern Africa (IMCSA).

Collin enjoys learning and sharing his knowledge with others. He brings multidisciplinary experience, leadership, and decision making skills to ICCPM.

Kym Henderson

Mr Kym Henderson

Kym Henderson has over twenty years of achievement to formally recognized high standards following an IT career change. His broad ranging career covers Project and Program Management, Program Management Office, Software Quality Assurance Management and Project Planning and Control across multiple industry sectors including Government, Commercial IT, Telecommunications, Defence, Manufacturing, Utilities and some Banking and Financial Services.

He was a core team member for the PMI Earned Value Management (EVM) Global Practice Standard 2nd edition project published in October 2011. Kym had primary responsibility for Chapter 5 "Develop Schedule" and Appendix D "Schedule Analysis Using EVM Data". He is a leading Earned Schedule researcher and Subject Matter Expert. Kym has extensive experience utilising EVM and associated techniques on IT projects of various sizes and complexity in the commercial and defence industry sectors.

Kym is actively professionally. He is the Chair of the Organising Committee for the Project Governance and Controls Symposium and was also the first non US national elected to office at the Washington DC based College of Performance Management (CPM) as Vice President of Research and Standards. He is currently the Vice President of Global Outreach and is also a founding member of the EVM Europe Association.

Nelson Bates

Mr Nelson Bates

Acting Chief Engineer, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG)

Nelson is a Chartered Professional Engineer who is tertiary qualified in an Engineering Bachelors degree in Electrical/Electronics and a Master of Science in Aerosystems Engineering and has proven experience that dates back over twenty five years which includes flight test engineering, engineering maintenance, analyst of complex systems, systems engineering, engineering and project management. In addition to this Nelson has several vocational education recognition in the fields of operations and management.

Nelson is currently the acting Chief Engineer for Department of Defence's Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group which spends more than $10 billion per annum acquiring and sustaining military equipment and services.

In his current role Nelson has accountabilities and responsibilities in providing the strategic direction and innovation to Defence's 2000 strong engineering and technical workforce of who undertake military equipment acquisition and sustainment activities. To achieve this Nelson is accountable for the engineering policies, processes, procedures and guidance, the professionalisation of the acquisition and sustainment engineering and technical workforce and sponsorship of the enabling information management systems.

Mark White

Mr Mark White

Managing Director, PM-AXIS Pty Ltd

Mark White, MBA, PMP, RegPM and CPPM, is the founding Managing Director of PM-AXIS, an Australian based niche consulting firm specialising in Project, Program and Portfolio Assurance, Capabilities and Information Systems, servicing Government and Industry clients in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Mark has academically presented at the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) National Conference in 2018, as well as deliver industry presentations on Program Management and PMOs at state and territory AIPM and Project Management Institute (PMI) meetings, and as a guest speaker at the Australian Computer Society, Enterprise Architecture Special Interest Group.

His research interests include project management education involving behavioural and contextual skill development, and organisational project management knowledge management. He is a casual academic supporting project management in the School of Business in the University of NSW (UNSW), Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Roger Vodicka

Mr Roger Vodicka

Department of Defence, Defence Science and Technology Group

Roger Vodicka is a research scientist and certified systems engineering professional working in the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, Department of Defence. He has a background in aerospace materials research, systems analysis and information technology which he has applied to support the acquisition and sustainment of Defence systems. His current research is focussed on the effective governance and management of the Defence science and technology portfolio.

Richard Bartholomeusz

Mr Richard Bartholomeusz

Department of Defence, Defence Science and Technology Group

Richard Bartholomeusz has twenty-seven years of experience as a Defence scientist, and previously as a Naval Officer in the Australian Navy. Over this time he has developed S&T knowledge and skills in aircraft structures, materials and repair; decision support models, logistics and maintenance modelling; and expertise in critically reviewing and scrutinising Defence Projects, including developing technical risk assessments. Most recently he has led the Program Planning and Client Engagement areas in Defence Science and Technology Group's S&T Program Office, where he has: successfully planned a balanced, agreed program of work; ensured the health of the relationship between DSTG and our major Defence clients; and introduced portfolio, program and project management framework for planning and assuring the S&T Program.

Donald Lowe

Mr Donald Lowe

Senior Analyst, Defence Science & Technology Group

Don's career has ranged widely in topic, but has remained centred on the design, analysis and management of large and complex systems. After completing his PhD at Monash University on the electromagnetic behaviour of superconductors, Don worked at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, firstly furthering this research but latterly, on modelling Australia's fisheries resources. Since joining the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, he has contributed to Network Centric Warfare, participated in several Force Structure Reviews and provided analysis and advice regarding whole-of-force design, development and integration. In this last role, he is the principal creator and developer of a new systems approach to better capture and manage the capability dependencies of defence projects. He is currently leading the design of a value assurance framework for DST and the serving Deputy President of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia.

Raymond Young

Dr Raymond Young, (BBSC, MBA, PHD)

UNSW Canberra

Raymond is a senior lecturer at UNSW Canberra and specialises in the field of project governance. He is a founding member of the Standards Australia sub-committee developing IT Governance Standards and editor of HB280 a handbook on how the board and top managers govern projects to succeed. Raymond's earlier career was as a management consultant with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu that culminated in a CIO role in a joint venture company between Fujitsu Australia and Bell Atlantic.

Melinda Swift

Dr Melinda Swift

Program Manager - FSP S&T, DSTG, Department of Defence

Melinda is the Program Manager for the Future Submarine S&T Program for the Defence Science Technology Group (DST Group) in Edinburgh, South Australia. She has worked for DST for 30 years in various roles including Deputy Executive Officer for the Maritime Operations Division, staff liaison officer in Defence Headquarters Canberra and prior to that as a research scientist in such areas as adaptive beamforming techniques for passive and active sonar systems.

She holds a doctorate in theoretical particle physics from Adelaide University, Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law from Deakin University, Graduate Certificate in Scientific Leadership and is currently undertaking a Master in Defence and Strategic Management at UNSW.

Maisara Al Rais

Mr Maisara Al Rais

Projects Planning and Controls, Lendlease

Maisara is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2009, and a member in both the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and the Chartered Institute of Building, UK (CIOB).

He has more than 15 years of experience working in Planning and Project Controls for Building and Infrastructure projects, Involved in implementation of numbers of an integrated project controls system with expertise in Earned Value Management and integrating 4D plan with 5D cost estimate and 7D Sustainability Analysis.

Maisara is currently preparing his Master's degree thesis at UNSW in the utilisation of AI/ML applications in project controls.

Stephen Hughes

Mr Stephen Hughes

Senior Systems Engineer and Engineering Manager, BAE Systems

Stephen Hughes is a senior systems engineer and engineering manager with BAE Systems Australia.

Stephen graduated from RMIT in 1990 with a degree in Digital Systems Engineering, and completed his Masters in Systems Engineering in 2002. He has worked on a diverse range of projects including military avionics, railway communications, air traffic control, armoured vehicle development, and is currently managing systems providing satellite communications for the Australian Department of Defence.

Chloe Kempster

Ms Chloe Kempster

Acting Director Project Controls Services, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

Chloe Kempster is the Discipline Lead for Cost Management in Directorate of Project Controls in the Capability Acquisition Sustainment Group (CASG) within Defence. Chloe joined Defence in 2002 with a degree in Economics and Arts (English) and has worked in projects earned value management, risk management and contract management. Ten years ago Chloe started working within cost estimation and analysis fields in the Department building her knowledge to deliver the cost estimation training program for Defence for 2 years and lead the development and implementation of a new cost estimation modelling system in CASG.

Stephen McDonald

Mr Stephen McDonald

PM Function Lead, Assistant Secretary Program Management, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

Stephen McDonald is the Assistant Secretary Program Management in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) in Defence. Stephen became the Lead of Program Management Function in 2019 after being the Mission Systems Project Director of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Project. His experience extends over more than 18 years in CASG and DMO, which followed a 22 year RAAF career in engineering, product and project management. As a member of PM Function, Stephen comes to the lead role with a view of project and product management in the Domains.

Andrew Goodwin

Mr Andrew Goodwin

Senior Performance Analyst, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

Andrew Goodwin is the EVM technical specialist in Directorate of Project Controls in the Capability Acquisition Sustainment Group (CASG) within Defence. Andrew joined the Australian Department of Defence in 1998 as an Economics graduate and began working in Earned Value Management in 2001. He was a member of the Defence Materiel Organisation's EVM policy directorate from 2001-2002, then spent three years performing EVM system reviews and data analysis for major projects including ANZAC Frigate, FFG Upgrade and Vigilare. In 2005, Andrew became project manager of DMO's Corporate Risk Management System Implementation Project, before escaping to attend the Australian Command and Staff Course in 2007. Upon returning to DMO in 2008, Andrew worked in various roles within the Standardisation Office's Directorate of Project Management, overseeing a range of initiatives aimed at improving Scheduling, EVM and Project Risk Management across the organisation. From 2012-2017 he took the lead of a small team tasked with analysing and interpreting project performance data for the Office of the CEO DMO and then the CASG Senior Executive.

Shari Soutberg

Dr Shari Soutberg

Industry Fellow - Capability Systems Centre (CSC), University of NSW

Shoeb Ahmed Memon

Dr Shoeb Ahmed Memon

Assistant Lecturer, Technological And Higher Education Institute Of Hong Kong

Dr. Shoeb Ahmed MEMON is an Architect and NEC ECC Professional. He received his Ph.D. in Construction Management from the University of Hong Kong in 2017. His teaching and research interests are in the area of business process management, contracts management, collaborative contracting and construction safety.

2019 Walt Lipke Award Finalists

Kim Ballestrin

Ms Kim Ballestrin

Principal Consultant, Elabor8

Kim Ballestrin is a passionate and highly skilled Principal Consultant at Elabor8 working on the Agile transformations of large enterprises. She has over 20 years of diverse management (IT) experience, helping some of Australia's most prominent organisations on their Agile change journey. Kim is an experienced technologist, having worked in roles from IT business analyst through to program and delivery centre management. She specialises in Lean, Cynefin, Agile, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, DevOps and ideas to improve the ways that companies work and deliver value to customers. Currently the organiser of the Melbourne Cynefin and Lean Coffee Meetups, Kim regularly presents and runs workshops at leading local and international conferences on the Cynefin Framework, Decision Mapping and Early Idea Feasibility.

Shankar Sankaran

Professor Shankar Sankaran

Professor Organizational Project Management, University of Technology Sydney

Shankar Sankaran PhD, MEng is a Professor of Organisational Project Management (OPM)) at the School of the Built Environment at the University of Technology Sydney(UTS). His current research interest is in Organisational Project Management. He has developed and teaching a subject titled Governance, Portfolio and Program Management in a Master of Project Management Course at UTS. He has authored two books on OPM, an edited Cambridge University Press Handbook in 2017 and a new book on OPM being published by Edward Elgar in 2019 Professor Ralf Muller and Professor Nathalie Drouin are also authors of these two books. The three of them were awarded the IPMA Prize for Research in 2019 for their work on Balanced Leadership in Projects about which they completed a PMI Sponsored Research Grant in 2018. Shankar is the Current President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and Deputy Chair of the Global Accreditation Centre of the Project Management Institute. Shankar has worked as a major project manager and project director in industry before joining academia.

Saeed Shalbafan

Dr Saeed Shalbafan

Academic and Principal Advisor, University of Technology Sydney

Dr. Shalbafan is a scholar with a background in engineering and a doctoral research in project portfolio management. After 21 years working as engineer and senior manager with diverse background in execution of complex projects in manufacturing and development of mega infrastructure projects, he has founded HOOSHMAND-INTELLIGENCE Advisory Pty Ltd. Where he will continue his passion to work with industry and research centres to provide solutions to universities, government and private sectors. He is currently leading PMO sector nationally in Ontoit Global and support NSW government with development of Sydney Metro West Program.

Munir Saeed

Mr Munir Saeed

UNSW ADFA Canberra

Munir Ahmad Saeed, is currently enrolled in Professional Doctorate of Project Management at UNSW Canberra. His research is focussed on investigating benefits realization practices in the public sector organizations. He is working as a lecturer at the College of Business, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). Saeed has a number of publications to his credit. Previously, he has worked as a journalist in Pakistan for 10 years and has abiding interest in politics and current affairs.


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