Management committee

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Professor Stephen Garton

Chief Executive Officer
Marc Vogts

Dean, Business School, University of Sydney
Professor Gregory Whitwell

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney
Professor Archie Johnston

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Professor Suresh Cuganesan

Executive Director, Better Infrastructure Initiative
Garry Bowditch

Chief Operating Officer and Secretariat
Amar Flora


Professor Stephen Garton

Stephen Garton

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Stephen Garton was appointed as the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney in August 2009.

At the University of Sydney Professor Garton has been head of the Department of History (1996–98), an associate dean and pro dean in the Faculty of Arts (1991–95, 1999) and a member of the Academic Board for nearly 15 years. He was appointed Professor of History in 2000 and Challis Professor in 2004. From 2001 to 2009 Professor Garton was dean of the Faculty of Arts.


Marc Vogts

Marc Vogts

Chief Executive Officer

Marc Vogts commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership in August 2013. In Marc’s most recent role with BHP Billiton as Vice President, Projects Uranium CSG he was appointed to lead one of the largest projects globally in the mining sector, the expansion of the Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia.

Previously Marc held positions of Vice President and Project Director in leading large-scale projects with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto in Southern Africa, Australia, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and USA.

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Professor Gregory Whitwell

Gregory Whitwell

Dean, Business School, University of Sydney

Professor Gregory Whitwell became Dean of the University of Sydney Business School in June 2014.

Prior to joining the University of Sydney, he was a Professor of Marketing and Senior Deputy Dean of the Australian School of Business (ASB) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Before his UNSW appointment, Greg was Deputy Dean and Director (Graduate School of Business and Economics) in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne; and Chair, Academic Senate, U21 Global.


Professor Archie Johnston

Professor Archie Johnston

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney

Professor Archie Johnston was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies in 2009. He is Chair of the Education Forum of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

His previous roles include dean of Engineering and pro-vice-chancellor (research) at the University of Technology, Sydney. He also held the position of dean at the University of South Australia.

Professor Johnston has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Hons) and a PhD, both from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

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Professor Suresh Cuganesan

Suresh Cuganesan

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Suresh Cuganesan is a Professor at the University of Sydney Business School and Deputy CEO of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney. Suresh is a leading expert in the fields of strategy execution and organisational design for value creation. Suresh has published 3 books and over 50 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. He has received international awards and been successful in generating over $2.5 million in grant funding for his research. He is also on the editorial boards and acts as a reviewer for a number of leading international and national research journals. His current research examines the use of project organisations to deliver strategic outcomes and high performance.

Prior to his academic career, Suresh worked in institutional banking and management consulting in charge of research, strategy analysis, business development and project delivery. He has advised and consulted for organisations in financial services, energy, law enforcement, transport, government and recruitment services. He also conducts corporate and executive training courses for leading Australian organisations and internationally. Suresh is on the Divisional Council of CPA Australia and is also the Chair of the Education Committee of the Institute of Internal Auditors of Australia.


Garry Bowditch

Garry Bowditch

Garry is an infrastructure practitioner with a unique balance of commercial and government experience spanning Australia, Asia and the OECD. He forges close and purposeful collaborations with industry and government, both nationally and abroad to create a world-class applied research and thought leadership program in infrastructure at the university.

Garry brings a wealth of experience in the field of integrated infrastructure planning and management from his role as CEO of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong, and as founding Executive Director of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. Under his leadership IPA grew rapidly to a membership of 160+ organisations, and became the nation’s peak body for infrastructure.

Garry was a former senior Federal Treasury official before holding a number of private sector positions with corporations in transport, defence and investment banking.

Currently Garry holds a number of other appointments including as an Expert Panel Member of the ITRC (Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortia) at Oxford University; Board Member of AURIN (Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network) at Melbourne University and member of the Advisory Board for Liveable Cities at University College London. Garry is a Strategic Adviser to the Committee for Sydney and Auckland Transport.

Garry also advises governments and private sector organisations in Australia and around the world on infrastructure planning, private sector funding, project delivery and management of major infrastructure.


Amar Flora

Amar Flora

Chief Operating Officer and Secretariat

Amar Flora is the Chief Operating Officer and Secretariat for the John Grill Centre, University of Sydney. Previously Amar also held the role of General Manager, Financial Services at the university. Amar is also an advisor at India Avenue Investment Management.

Amar has led significant business transformation; process redesign; and IT/ infrastructure (office) reengineering projects. As a Secretariat, Amar has also worked with a number of global consultancies to design and lead board workshops; and debt-funding initiatives. Amar has gained his experience to-date in Australia, USA , and India.

Amar holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (UWS), a Graduate Diploma in International Business (Cambridge), a Graduate Diploma in Change Management (AGSM, UNSW) and an EMBA (AGSM, UNSW). He is a Member and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of CPA Australia (CPA).