The John Grill Centre comprises a team of exceptional talent in fields including higher education, organisational design, resources, energy, information technology and infrastructure - who are passionate about supporting organisations leading business-defining projects for better societies.
|Professor Suresh Cuganesan||Chief Executive Officer|
|Amar Flora||Chief Operating Officer and Secretariat|
|Marc Vogts||Executive Director, Energy and Resources Initiative|
|Garry Bowditch||Executive Director, Better Infrastructure Initiative|
|Les Hosking||Adjunct Professor|
|Dr Tom Parry AM||Adjunct Professor|
|Dr Maurizio Floris||Program Director, Executive Leadership in Major Projects|
|Gordon Noble||Principal Advisor, Better Infrastructure Initiative|
Suresh Cuganesan is CEO of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership and a Professor at the University of Sydney Business School. Suresh’s research focuses on the areas of strategy execution, leading change and governance. His area of focus is on how public and private-sector enterprises can improve their achievement of policy and strategic goals through being better aligned, collaborative and innovative in their programs and projects.
Prior to his academic career, Suresh worked in institutional banking and management consulting in charge of research, strategy analysis, business development and project delivery. Suresh has also held leadership positions in the higher education industry, including as Associate Dean of Research and Foundation Research Centre Director, and is passionate about applied research and executive education that delivers a real impact for organisations. He has advised and consulted for organisations in financial services, energy, law enforcement, transport, government and recruitment services. Suresh has published numerous academic research articles in leading international and national journals and has been successful in generating over $2.5 million in external funding (including Australian Research Council Grants) for his research.
View a list of Suresh’s publications.
In his role Marc focuses on sector opportunities for impactful change, analysing previous project performances in times of growth and times of austerity in order glean opportunities for future successful application in the project space.
Marc is also a non-executive director with Magnis Resources Limited, which mines natural flake graphene and manufactures lithium-ion batteries for storing electrical energy.
Prior to working with the centre Marc worked with BHP Billiton as Vice President, Projects Uranium CSG and led one of the largest projects globally in the mining sector, the expansion of the Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia.
Marc has also 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.
Marc was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership from August 2013 to January 2018. During that time he led the development and delivery of executive education programs to corporate boards, executive project sponsors and senior project executives.
Amar Flora is the Chief Operating Officer and Secretariat for the John Grill Centre, University of Sydney. Amar is also a non-executive director with Curio, a higher education technology -consulting company recognised as AFR Fast Starter 100 in 2017; and the founder and CEO of iCommunis Incorporated (USA & Australia), an app to improve community engagement across infrastructure projects.
Previously, Amar also held the role of General Manager, Financial Services at the University of Sydney. Amar has leadership and management experience working across to a variety of industries throughout Australia, US, India, and Singapore. His experience spans start-ups; international collaboration and development; investor relations and funding; executive education in business-defining projects; general management; strategy, budgets, and product development; marketing and communications; organisational change and talent development.
Garry Bowditch is an active contributor to the debate on infrastructure governance and investment in Australia and globally. He is uniquely placed to challenge and shape the current and future agenda for cities, regional development and the role of government and the private sector in the provision of infrastructure services.
Garry is well known for thought provoking presentations, speeches and reports on the future of infrastructure that have been shaped from his unique balance of commercial and government experience spanning Australia, Asia and the OECD.
Les Hosking has been an independent non-executive Director of AGL Energy since November 2008. His other Directorships include Chairman of Adelaide Brighton Limited (commenced as a Director in 2003) and Director of Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
Les has over 30 years of experience in trading, broking and management in metals, soft commodities, energy and financial instrument derivatives in the global futures industry. He was previously a Director of Innovation Australia Pty Limited, Australian Energy Market Operator (Transition) Limited (AEMO), Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NEMMCo and a non-executive Director of NEMMCo.
Tom Parry is a Director of ASX-Compliance (the regulatory arm of the Australian Securities Exchange); a Director of Powerco, New Zealand; a Director of Brisbane Airport Corporation; and a Director of ICON Water (formerly ACTEW). He also is an adviser to the Queensland Investment Corporation Global Infrastructure Group.
He was Foundation Chairman of the Australian Energy Market Operator [AEMO] for 7 years to November 2015. He was Chairman of First State Super Trustee Corporation for 14 years until March 2014 and was Chairman of its Investment Committee for 12 years. He also was Chairman of First State Super Financial Services (the financial planning business of First State Super) for 4 years until March 2015. He was Chairman of Sydney Water Corporation for 7 years until September 2013. In 2015 he was Deputy Chairman of the NSW Government’s Point-to-Point Transport Inquiry (the “Uber Inquiry”). He was a Director of the Sydney Opera House Trust from 2010-13. He was Chair of the Expert Panel for the 2011/12 review of the structure of the NSW electricity network businesses.
Maurizio Floris is Program Director for the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership.
He has also been an Associate of Melbourne Business School's Executive Development arm Mt Eliza since 2006. Prior to that, Maurizio was in industry for nearly two decades. His key roles include Strategy Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), General Manager with Chubb, and CEO of Impart Corporation (Oracle/ university joint venture in e-learning)
His broad industry experience includes financial services, utilities, fast moving consumer goods, publishing, IT, agribusiness and international development. Maurizio has extensive international experience, and has worked in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
View a list of Maurizio's publications.
As the previous Director of Investments and Economy at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, Gordon Noble was responsible for ASFA’s investment strategy and stakeholder relations including relationships with the Federal Government, focusing on issues such as financial system stability, infrastructure, innovation, capital markets and fixed interest markets. Gordon was formerly Deputy CEO of the Committee of Melbourne, a city based think tank, and over a 25 year career has worked in industrial relations, as a political adviser and in banking and superannuation. Gordon was involved in the early establishment of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and worked with the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, to found the Responsible Investment Academy, a global online training platform that educates investors on incorporating environmental, social and governance issues into investment processes. He commenced his career with National Australia Bank having completed a Bachelor of Economics at the Australian National University.
Gordon also works with Inflection Point Capital Management, a UK based investment advisory business and is involved with a number of not-for profit organisations including as member of the Melbourne Program Committee for UNHCR, business advisor for the Environmental Health Trust, Director of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets and Steering Committee Member for Australian Alliance to Save Energy.