Unit of Study Coordinators

Harold Ainsworth

Harold Ainsworth

M.Econ (UNE), Diploma in Technology (Management) NSWIT, MACS, ACIS, AFAIM, PMP
Harold has many years experience in various management roles, both general and IT, and also extensive experience in management consulting, both in Australia and Asia.
In recent years, his focus has been on helping organizations implement improved means for the delivery of strategy through portfolio, program and project management practices. He has experience in business value creation thorough business focused program management approach.
How work has included establishing and managing PMO's, process development and improvement, maturity assessments, independent program and project health checks, IT Governance improvement, supplier management, organisation change management and training.


John Flynn

John Flynn

B.Sc.(Hons), B.A. (Hons), Masters in PM, CCPM, Diploma in PM, Diploma of Integrated Risk Management, Cert. IV in Assessment and Workplace Training

John has worked as a management consultant and professional services manager for over 30 years, initially in Australia and later in Singapore, Manila and Palo Alto, California.

He has held senior executive roles in consultancies, market research and technology companies, specialising in marketing and business forecasting studies, product development, business and information technology projects in Australia, the USA and most countries in the Asia Pacific region.


Peter Hals

Peter Hals

Peter holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Project Management degree with Honours from the University of Sydney. He is a professional project manager with industry experience covering banking and finance, insurance, telecommunications, Government and Defence. He is an accredited Project Management Professional and has close ties with the Sydney chapter of the Project Management Institute, where he previously held a position of Associate Director. He has presented at Project Management Australia conference and his interests include organisational design, transformational and behavioural leadership, team dynamics and the application of complex adaptive systems theory to project management.


Anat Hassner

Anat Hassner

Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Grad. Dip Sports Psychology, Masters of Organisational Psychology, PhD Change Management.
Over the last 11 years Anat has developed strong Change Management capabilities working with organisations varying in size and outputs, including finance, government, manufacturing, rail, automotive and IT. Adaptable and flexible in providing commercial, customer-centric solutions in fast-paced environments. Influencing large corporate strategic changes that build sustainable organisational capabilities and drive high performing cultures.

Anat has played leading roles in large scale projects and programmes implementing organisational changes, engaging stakeholders from CEO to staff levels, aligning whole businesses to the new requirements and transitioning stakeholders to their new roles and duties. Anat has lead change teams, developing change approaches for the implementations, communications and training plans as well as delivering these to ensure that the change experience is positive to stakeholders.


Therese Linton

Therese Linton

Bachelor of Commerce (Information Technology) with Merit, UNSW; Executive Programme, Harvard Business School; Adv Dip of Project Mgt; Cert IV Training and Assessment; Six Sigma Black Belt; Certified Practicing Project Director (CPPD) AIPM
Therese is a dynamic project management professional with over 25 years industry experience covering IT, Banking and Finance, Telecommunication and Manufacturing. In addition to her full time work commitments, part time lecturing and teaching, Therese also ran a boutique project management and change management consultancy for many years. She is passionate about professional practice in project management and has been teaching according to the Project Management Body of Knowledge for the last 6 years. Past students come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and interests including Construction, Landscape Gardening, Design, Architecture, Event Management, Information Technology, Change Management and Business Process Re-engineering.

Therese has worked at the most senior levels for many of Australia's largest corporations - Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, Macquarie Bank, Optus and Caltex and has had the opportunity to be involved in many outstanding, ground breaking projects. She delivered the world's fastest SAP implementation for Optus Vision which covered the Accounting, Budgeting, Logistics and Warehousing modules; has provided process and systems support for Aussie Home Loans and RAMs; developed and delivered the first new retail superannuation product in the last 10 years BT Financial Group/Westpac; used Lean Six Sigma techniques to re-engineer Home Loan, Personal Loan and Credit Card processes for the Commonwealth Bank; and most recently is heading up a portfolio of projects for one of Australia's leading law firms, including a broad reaching cultural change programme.


Natalie Perisa

Natalie Perisa

B Eng (Struct)(Hons), B Law, MPM (Hons)
Natalie Perisa is a qualified structural engineer, lawyer, who has also completed a Masters of Project Management. She has worked as a project manager, construction lawyer and contracts manager ranging from consultant engineering companies, telecommunications through to Government Departments. She believes in the importance of understanding risks in projects which can appear from inception to completion and mitigating risks through careful contract planning and drafting. Her diverse background provides for a fusion of lateral thinking and analysis whilst promoting legal conformity. Her passion is lecturing in contracts for project managers and helping students understand contracts law as it relates to their work environment.


Amela Peric

Amela Peric

Amela Peric has over 18 years of experience in IT and finance industry, focusing on systems development, project and strategy management. She currently works for ASX as General Manager Data Technology, with responsibilities over a number of critical systems, data strategy, associated projects delivery and systems support.
Amela holds a bachelor degree (hon.) in Economics and Computer Science (UNS 1993), Masters in Computer Science (UTS 1999) and a Doctorate in Project Management (UTS 2009).
She keeps close ties with the research and education through postgraduate university lecturing (also at UTS and APIC).
Amela is a member of professional women organisations such as CEW and WOB, as well as the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Project Management Institute.


Chandrashekhar Bapat

Chandra Bapat

Master of Project Management (USYD), PMP, Diploma in Engineering (Electronics and Telecommunications), Cert IV – Training & Evaluation (UTS), Six Sigma (Green Belt), Graduate Certificate NLP, MAICD, ALP Executive Education (Cambridge University), Justice of the Peace in NSW

Chandra is an Engineer, Business and Project Manager by profession, an Educator and trainer by his interest and Entrepreneur by choice.

Chandra has 24 years of global corporate experience with organizations like SIEMENS Medical Engineering, GE Healthcare and VARiAN Medical Systems building his expertise in healthcare, especially in in High Technology Radiology Imaging and Radiation Therapy domain. During his corporate tenure, he held various roles ranging from Engineering to General Management and from Project to Product Lifecycle management at ANZ level.

Chandra is a proud alumnus of Sydney University PMGP. He completed his MPM in 2010 with Highest Achiever recognition in International Project Management specialization. He is an active member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and Project Management Institute. He is also a working member of The Education Team at PMI Sydney Chapter. Chandra currently runs his Business and Project Management consultancy and Medical Imaging Technology equipment business.

Michael Buhagiar

Michael Buhagiar

Bachelor of Science (Hons.), Master of Project Management, PhD (English literature): all from the University of Sydney. Project Management Professional® (PMP) certification. Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE10), Diploma of Management, Diploma of Project Management.

Michael's background is in the educational resource publishing industry. He has led cross-functional textbook and e-learning project teams at McGraw-Hill Australia, and managed a wide variety of e-learning and instructional design projects for Creative Vision Industries and as a private consultant, for public and private sector clients. His areas of special interest include the decompartmentalisation of intellectual life, the application of Arts-Based Training to project leadership education, and approaches to the management of complexity in projects. His publications may be viewed at https://sydney.academia.edu/MichaelBuhagiar

Dr Michel Chaaya

Dr Michel Chaaya

Dr Chaaya is globally known for his expertise in business development, project management and construction management. He is currently the Director of Business Development for a project and facility management technology company in Australia leading the emerging fields of Total Infrastructure Facility management (TIFM) and Enterprise Information management (EIM).

Dr Chaaya is a Fellow of the Institution of engineers Australia and a Director of an independent consultancy services assisting commodity traders in sourcing global projects. He has a wealth of work experience in Sydney, the Middle East and in Africa. Dr Chaaya has been involved with The University of Sydney since 1995. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the faculty of engineering and information technologies. He has published in International Journals like the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management and the Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE. Dr Chaaya speaks 3 languages: English, French and Arabic.

Areas of research interests include: Innovation in Project Management, Construction Management, FM Solutions, Global business trading, TIFM, EIM, Equity and property Funds Management, Risk Management, Design Management, ICT, Strategic Delivery of Change, Global Project Management, Islamic Law Finance and Sharia compliancy, and Professional Practice in Engineering Management.