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New CEO at John Grill Centre for Project Leadership

Professor Suresh Cuganesan leads the John Grill Centre at an important time
Newly appointed John Grill Centre Chief Executive Officer takes up the position in January 2018, replacing Marc Vogts who continues working with the Centre.

Professor Suresh Cuganesan has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the University of Sydney’s John Grill Centre for Project Leadership.

Previously in the role of Deputy CEO, Professor Cuganesan was instrumental in the development of the award-winning Executive Leadership in Major Projects program, which has been endorsed by private-sector and government organisations as creating real benefits for their participants and themselves. He has also driven the centre’s project governance programs, and is currently leading a collaboration with NSW Government’s Department of Finance, Services and Innovation to lift project sponsorship capability for government ICT projects.

Professor Cuganesan worked in institutional banking and management consulting previously. In his university executive career he has launched and led University-level centres, had strategic responsibility for research portfolio activities and industry-funded research programs designing and delivering education programs in Australia and internationally. His research and advisory expertise lies in the areas of strategy execution, leading change and governance. Research partners and clients span a range of industries including financial services, energy, law enforcement, transport, government and recruitment services.

“Professor Suresh Cuganesan will lead the John Grill Centre at an important time, as it moves ahead with its strategy to work closely with industry and government to build deep leadership capability and insights to drive project success”
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Garton.

Mr John Grill, founder and Chairman of the centre welcomed Suresh to the role, “Suresh’s strong links with industry and government, partnered with his expertise, will continue to support the centre’s aims to help organisations lead major projects to create a meaningful and positive impact on our economy and society”.

Professor Cuganesan takes up the role in January, replacing Marc Vogts. Mr Vogts will continue with the centre in the role of Executive Director, Energy & Resources Initiative working with organisations on innovative ways to review and reshape practices for future success through projects.

“Marc Vogts has made a significant contribution in his time with the centre, to build outstanding relationships with industry and government. As the consummate project leader he has contributed a wealth of experience in leading and governing projects as a foundation for the centre’s offerings. We are delighted Marc can continue with the centre to contribute his expertise in the critical area of energy and resources,” the Provost added.  

 “I am excited and humbled to lead a centre which enjoys incredible goodwill and support amongst many organisations, stemming from the generosity of John Grill and our achievements to date,” said Professor Cuganesan. “For the University of Sydney’s John Grill Centre to be a world leader in the field, we need to scale our applied research capability to innovate project thinking and practices while continuing to deliver high-quality education that develops project talent. These will be our key areas of focus so that organisations and individuals delivering impactful projects and initiatives can benefit.”

The centre is guided by an Advisory Board consisting of international business leaders including, Chairman, John Grill AO, Kevin McCann, Sir David Higgins, Dr Ken Henry AC, Dr Stuart McGill, John Mulcahy, The Hon Nick Greiner AC, Jim McIlvenny and Bob Rollinson.