Lecturers and Unit Co-ordinators


Harold Ainsworth

Harold Ainsworth
Lecturer, Strategic Portfolio Management

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 organisations 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. His 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.


Chandra Bapat

Chandrashekhar Bapat
Lecturer, Computer Applications in PM

Masters of Project Management, PMP, RMP, ALP, GAICD, Six Sigma (Green Belt), Graduate Certificate NLP, MAICD, ALP Executive Education (Cambridge University), Justice of the Peace in NSW

Chandra is an Engineer, Project Management and Business graduate from Mumbai, Sydney and Cambridge Universities. He has global experience of over 25 years in the field of Radiology, Radiation Oncology and project management through his tenure at SIEMENS, Varian Medical Systems and GE Healthcare in various Technical and Project Management leadership roles. He is passionate about Medical engineering technology and Project Management in Health care sector. He is proud alumnus of USYD MPM and Cambridge Advance Leadership Program. He holds current GAICD, PMP and RMP accreditation. He is keenly interested in Quality Management and has Six Sigma - Green Belt and ISO 9001 internal Auditor Certification. He also holds Certificate IV TAE40110 in training and evaluation. Chandra is a Founding Director at EPIC-X Pty Ltd. He is Project and Business consultant and an Adjunct Faculty for PMGP at The University of Sydney. Chandra brings a wealth of practical leadership experience, business and project management expertise from real world projects and passion for helping students of project management profession to the class room.


John Flynn

John Flynn
Lecturer, Professional Practice in PM

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.


Sabina Cerimagic

Sabina Cermiagic

Ph.D, MBus, MProjMgmt, BBioMedSc, BHlthSc, DipCouns&Cmn, DipClinNutr

Dr Sabina Cerimagic has been a project manager since 2002, working in professional, medical and higher education settings. Sabina has been a University lecturer since 2009, teaching project management at a number of well-known Universities across Australia. In addition, Sabina has worked as a Business Analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Dr Cerimagic currently works as a project manager at the University of Sydney, where she also lectures in the area of project management. Additionally, Sabina frequently guest lectures at the University Of Technology Sydney (UTS). Sabina is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management and has ongoing contributions as an active publisher and presenter at national and international conferences in the area of cross-cultural project management.


Therese Linton

Therese Linton
Lecturer, Applied Project Management Project Delivery Approaches

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.


Sabine Ludewig

Sabine Ludewig
Lecturer, Critical & Systems Thinking

Bachelor of Education, Master of Educational Philosophy (Dipl Pad Germany), PhD in Social & Policy Studies (The University of Sydney), Certified Translator and Interpreter.

Dr Sabine Ludewig is lecturer in the Project Management Program. Her doctoral thesis is a hermeneutical inquiry into the construction of knowledge and meaning within the broader field of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School. She has many years of experience as lecturer in the areas of Change Management, Organisational Communication, Critical Analysis and Critical Thinking as well as ESL instructor and examiner. Sabine feels passionate about teaching and has taken on various coordination and leadership roles in the design and implementation of large culturally diverse post and undergraduate units. In 2012 her achievements were nationally recognized by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) for ‘outstanding contribution to student learning’. Sabine has also worked in various advisory and management roles in small and large organizations in Europe, Australia and the US. Her current research interests include critical systems thinking, academic literacy and student internationalization. Sabine has presented at a number of international conferences and continues to publish in these areas.


Gerard McGarry

Gerard McGarry
Lecturer, Risk Management

Gerard is a professional project manager with ten years experience and is currently managing global compliance projects for Macquarie Group. His previous experience includes successful project delivery and operations across; Banking and Finance, Construction and Mining and Professional Services in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Gerard McGarry is an alumnus of the USYD Project Management Program and has been passionately involved in the program since he completed his studies in 2010. In addition to his MPM Gerard has a Bachelor of Commerce (Bcom Hons) from University College Dublin and a Diploma in Systems Analysis and Design from the British Computer Society.


Natalie Perisa

Natalie Perisa
Lecturer, Contracts Management

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
Lecturer, Project Economics and Finance

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). 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.


Tyrone Pitsis

Tyrone Pitsis
Lecturer, Strategic Delivery of Change

B.Soc S. (Psych) Hons. (UNSW), PhD (Management) UTS, FRSA

Tyrone is a Reader at Newcastle University Business School, UK. He is consistently one of the top ranked teachers in student opinion surveys in the MBA and EMBA programs. He is a leading organizational theorist, and publishes in some of the world’s leading management journals. His work focuses on organizational behaviour in mega-projects with an emphasis on strategic renewal, innovation and enterprise. In a recent Oxford University study his work ranked 3rd in the top seminal works in mega-projects.
In addition to his research, Tyrone works with leaders to help align their strategy, people and projects. He has worked with many large and small organizations including Commonwealth Bank of Australia, KONNE, Penrith Council, Royal Australian Air Force, PWC, Reserve Bank of India, SEVCON, TNT, to name a few. Most recently Tyrone has initiated a major design thinking project with Gateshead Council. The project brings together people from Newcastle University, Stanford’s d. School, NTNU, Norway, and Melbourne University to work with industry, government and community to create a prototype enterprise city. Tyrone is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Academic Advisor to the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management and was the Chair of The Practice Theme Committee of the prestigious Academy of Management.


Michael Buhagiar

Michael Buhagiar
Lecturer, Complex project coordination

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