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Inga Ambrasaite
Scientific Assistant
Decision Modelling Group at DTU Transport

Inga Ambrasaite is currently employed as a scientific assistant in the Decision Modelling Group at DTU Transport. She graduated from the Technical University of Denmark in September 2010 with a Master degree in Civil Engineering. Her thesis entitled Comprehensive Infrastructure Assessment based on the Rail Baltica Case, which investigated the appraisal of the transport corridor through the three Baltic countries to Poland. The main occupational skills are within the area of transport planning and engineering – transport infrastructure project evaluation using Decision Support Systems, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis and Risk Analysis.

Ms Ambrasaite is schedule to commence her PhD study May 2011 in the area of transport infrastructure assessment by the use of composite analyses combining cost-benefit analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis and quantitative risk analysis.

Stephan Beeusaert
Sales & Business Development Manager
Palisade Europe

Stephan Beeusaert, Sales and Business Development Manager for Palisade Europe, has been with the company for over 6 years. Stephan holds a BA in international business and economics from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany. Steve has worked for several multinational corporations in Europe and the US.

Christopher Brand
Captum Capital Limited

Chris Brand is an Associate at Captum Capital Limited, where he provides consulting and training services to early stage life science companies in the behavioral aspects of business development. He is also a Research Assistant at Birkbeck, London University where he is active in the psychology of decision making.  Chris holds an MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences from University College, London, an MA in Philosophy from the University of York and a BSc in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Keele.

Dr Michael Brand
Co-founder and Director
Captum Capital Limited

Michael Brand is a founding director of Captum Capital Limited, an innovative consulting company which provides business development services to early stage life science companies. Captum offers a series of training courses in business development, including the highly successful Valuing Life Science Technology MasterClass, which has been attended by over 350 executives. Michael spent most of his career in the USA holding senior executive level positions in multi-national corporations, including a venture capital company. He has successfully negotiated international joint venture, licensing and investment agreements. He holds a PhD from Imperial College, London, a MBA from the Sloan School, MIT, Boston, and the Investment Management Certificate of the CFA Society of the UK; he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Vojo Bubevski
Senior Systems Analyst / Designer
TATA Consulting Services

Vojo Bubevski comes from Berovo, Macedonia. He graduated from the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 1977, with a degree in Electrical Engineering - Computer Science. He started his professional career in 1978 as an Analyst Programmer in Alkaloid Pharmaceuticals, Skopje, Macedonia. At Alkaloid, he worked on applying Operations Research methods to solve commercial and pharmaceutical technology problems from 1982 to 1986.

In 1987 Vojo immigrated to Australia. He worked for IBM™ Australia from 1988 to 1997. For the first five years he worked in IBM™ Australia Programming Center developing systems software. The rest of his IBM™ career was spent working in IBM™ Core Banking Solution Centre.

In 1997, he immigrated to the United Kingdom where his IT consulting career started. As an IT consultant, Vojo has worked for Lloyds TSB Bank in London, Svenska Handelsbanken in Stockholm, and Legal & General Insurance in London. In June 2008, he joined TATA Consultancy Services Ltd.

Vojo has a very strong background in Mathematics, Operations Research, Modelling and Simulation, Risk & Decision Analysis, Six Sigma and Software Engineering, and a proven track record of delivered solutions applying these methodologies in practice. He is also a specialist in Business Systems Analysis & Design (Banking & Insurance) and has delivered major business solutions across several organisations. He has received several formal awards and published a number of written works, including a couple of textbooks. Vojo has also been featured as a guest speaker at several prominent conferences internationally.

Gus Cammaert
Programme Director
DNV

Dr Cammaert joined the Enterprise Risk Management group of DNV (Det Norske Veritas) in December, 2001, and moved to DNV Technology Services in January 2005. Since January 2007 he has been the Programme Director, Arctic Technology, for DNV Research and Innovation. He has led a multi-discipline group of researchers working in the areas of ice mechanics, Arctic metocean, and advanced computational mechanics. He retired from DNV in September 2010, but still works with DNV as a part-time Principal Researcher. Prior to joining DNV he had his own consultancy in Canada, while he was also a Professor of Ocean Engineering at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. From 1976 to 1988 he was employed by Acres International Limited, of Toronto, where he worked on specialist risk assessment studies in offshore, marine and Arctic engineering applications, and he also directed the Acres Hydraulic Laboratories in Niagara Falls for two years. He began his career in Arctic and Ocean Engineering as an Assistant Professor at Memorial University in 1971.

Gus is associate Professor (part-time), Arctic Engineering, Offshore Engineering Section, Delft University of Technology. Responsibility includes helping to develop a Masters level course in Arctic Technology. Also Principal Researcher (part-time) within the Arctic Technology Programme of DNV Research and Innovation, in advising on joint industry projects involving Arctic research.

Tian Claassens
Director
Bigen Africa

Tian Claassens holds a B.Sc Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town (1983), an M.Sc Eng degree (1985) and an MBA (1994) both from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

In a career spanning more than 25 years Tian has gleaned extensive knowledge and experience in the evaluation, structuring and financing of large-scale projects across a wide range of industries. These include the chemical and water treatment, mining, motor, paper and pulp, textile and wool processing, heavy engineering and manufacturing industries. This experience was gained through positions in merchant banking with Rand Merchant Bank, project evaluation and development with the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa and in development of large-scale automation systems with Nextep Systems Integrators.

Tian is currently a director of Bigen Africa – a South African based consulting engineering and management firm. In post-apartheid South Africa, there is a strong focus on the development, implementation and finance of infrastructure to extend service delivery to all sectors of the population and regions of the country that were disadvantaged under the apartheid regime. With limited government financial resources to fund the infrastructure needed there is increasing focus on alternative financing mechanisms. Against this background, Bigen Africa is increasingly fulfilling the role of an intermediary between government institutions responsible for infrastructure and financing institutions including commercial banks, DFI’s and donor organisations.

In this role as intermediary the skills and experience of Tian has proven invaluable to “translate” between different industries or sectors and in establishing the concept of integrated project development or preparation (“IPD”). IPD is the key process through which project risks are identified and mitigated to the satisfaction of all funders of an infrastructure project. Critically, the IPD process also establishes the mechanisms and capacity to manage risks on an on-going basis through-out the project life-cycle. IPD plays a critical role in unlocking finance for infrastructure projects and in the IPD process, one of the key tools employed is the demand model as presented at this conference.

Tian resides in Pretoria, South Africa and is married with four children.

John Ducker
Senior Risk Manager
Cassidian Systems

2003 – Present: Cassidian Systems (previously EADS DS UK), Senior Risk Manager.
2000 – 2003   : Tadpole Geospatial Systems, Program Manager.
1993 – 2000   :  Independent Consultant
          – 1993   :  Various Senior Engineering and Representative roles within the UK MoD and Industry.

Education       : BSc (Hon) Kent, Computer Science; C.Eng, C.iTP.

Areas of Expertise:
35 years of senior enterprise & project management experience within a broad range of IT, Engineering and Corporate Business Systems.
Career specialities in Risk, Project and Program Management; Consultancy and Engineering Audit.
Exposure to all aspects of Risk and Project Management in the Defence, Utility and Commercial engineering sectors.

Andrew Evans
Decision Analyst - Decision Analysis Group
Unilever

Andrew Evans is a Decision Analyst within Unilever’s Decision Analysis Group. His role includes providing internal consultancy on Decision Analysis for project teams and training and coaching finance professionals on the Unilever Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) Programme. He also works on the embedding of Decision Analysis through the provision of support services to DMUU Practitioners. Prior to joining Unilever, Andrew worked in the Mobile Resource Management (MRM) sector of the IT industry. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a Lead Practitioner within the Society of Decision Professionals.

Tayo Fabusuyi
Lead Strategist
Numeritics

Tayo has more than a decade of experience in the field of Management Science/Operations Research. He has particular interest and expertise in the applications of multiple criteria decision analysis (MCDA) tools for strategic planning purposes and in the modelling and analysis of prioritisation and allocations decision issues.

Tayo is the co-founder and lead strategist at Numeritics, a Pittsburgh based consulting practice. At Numeritics, he sets the direction for the firm’s strategy and operations management unit which includes strategy formulation, prioritisation and resource allocation, risk management, scenario planning and performance measurement engagements. Prior to this he worked at the African Development Bank where he took the lead in the design and implementation of the Bank’s corporate balanced scorecard (BSC).

His expertise in MCDA has been utilised in determining how banks can minimise exposure to various forms of risks while maintaining the appropriate combination of asset and liability that maximises shareholders’ wealth. It has also been applied in the manufacturing sector where he has conceptualised and implemented MCDA models that align firm’s operational activities with their strategic goals.

Tayo graduated with highest distinction from Carnegie Mellon University with a M.Sc. in Public Policy and Management with a concentration in Information Systems and Management Science. He also received an M.Phil. degree in Economics from the University of Oxford where he was an American Institute of Economic Research Fellow. He has given presentations at various forums on productivity and resource allocation issues and is an active member of INFORMS.

Adam Grove
Statistician
Mott MacDonald

Adam Grove is a statistician, who specialises in investment planning. He has developed several risk model applications for UK water companies, which calculated the risk to service at component level.

At University he covered a wide range of statistical subjects including Monte Carlo methods, statistical theory, optimisation and programming, in both under-graduate and post-graduate courses.

Saurabh Gupta
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Saurabh is currently studying for his Masters in Quantitative economics at the ‘Indian Statistical Institute’, Delhi. He has expertise in software engineering, market Research, and data analysis.

Mufeed Hajjaji
University of Huddersfield

Mufeed Hajjaji graduated in 1998 with a BSc degree in Industrial engineering from Alfatah University- Tripoli, Libya. He worked as project engineer/ Manager in a Libyan private engineering company for over six years. He attained a MSc in CIMM from the University of Huddersfield in 2008. He is now completing a PhD in Project Management at the University of Huddersfield.

Frank Lyhne Hansen  
Leader, Enterprise Risk Management
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Frank is leader of the economic and financial modelling team in Enterprise Risk Management. He is experienced both within the financial and non-financial sector and is a member of the PwC steering board on Solvency II. Frank is a specialist in Solvency II, Basel II and economic capital.

Frank has extensive experience in operational, financial and strategic risk management. This includes the development, description and analysis of models as well as implementation, discussion and elaboration of economic models for the total economic optimisation and preparation of management reporting.

Frank has served as project and program manager on several major projects both in Denmark and abroad. In addition, Frank has a long experience of teaching as an associate professor on CBS (financial) where he teaches risk management. Frank has taught at CBS since 1996 and has a large network and extensive experience in teaching in risk management, statistics and finance.

Randy Heffernan
Vice President
Palisade Corporation

Randy Heffernan started with Palisade in 1997, and helped the company expand with its first overseas office in Plymouth, England, in 1998. Further geographic expansions included London in 2002 and Sydney, Australia in 2005. He has held a variety of roles in sales, marketing, and management, and currently oversees much of the corporate operations. Randy works closely with the sales staff to understand client needs and liaise with software development. Randy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing, and an MBA, both from Cornell University.

Dr Christian Hofstadler
Associate Professor
Institute of Construction Management and Economics, Graz University of Technology, Lessingstraße

Dr Christian Hofstadler is Associate Professor at the Institute for Construction Management at Graz University of Technology, Austria. He has lectured extensively at conferences and engineering universities around the world. Dr Hofstadler is an expert at the Austrian Standards Institute and the International Federation for Structural Concrete (FIB), and serves as a juridical certified expert for civil engineering in Austria. He is the author of “Construction Sequence Planning and Logistics in Construction Operations” and “Formwork Works – Technological Foundations, Fair-faced Concrete, Process Comparison, Sequence Planning, Logistics and Cost Estimation” (both written in German).

Martin Hopkinson
Principal Consultant
QinetiQ

Martin Hopkinson is a principal consultant with QinetiQ, specialising in risk management and governance. Prior to his eleven years in consulting, he gained ten years project management experience in the UK defence industry. He has since worked on projects in both the defence and civil sectors, including ship construction, IT infrastructure, the steel industry and the UK railways infrastructure.

Martin has made significant contributions to Association for Project Management (APM) guides on both risk management and the governance of project management. He was lead author for the Risk Tools and Techniques chapters in the 2nd edition of the APM’s PRAM Guide (2004) and chaired the group that produced Prioritising Project Risks (2008). His most recent publication is The Project Risk Maturity Model (2011), a book published by Gower with a working copy of the tool that has been used to assess risk management capability on projects with a combined value of more than £60 billion.

Dr Mirek Janusz
Software Engineer
Palisade Corporation

Mirek Janusz is a software engineer at Palisade Corporation. He holds a masters degree in computer science from Cornell University. He helped develop Palisade applications for risk analysis, statistical analysis and optimisation, and has assisted other companies in integrating Palisade's Developer Kits into their own applications. He is the lead developer for Palisade's Excel add-in for neural networks, NeuralTools.

Dr Wilhelm K. Kross
Director of Value & Risk AG
Kross Consulting

Dr Wilhelm K. Kross is a recognised expert in the fields of project- and risk management. As a director of Value & Risk AG, Dr Kross has worked for banks, IT services providers, and energy traders since early 2000. In the 1990s he applied his expertise to industrial projects in North and South America and Africa. He has also held various positions as a trustee, manager, or director of professional bodies and interest groups, including his current appointment as VP Finance of the PMI Frankfurt Chapter. Dr Kross obtained a postgraduate degree in engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, an executive MBA from Athabasca University, Canada, and a doctoral degree in finance from the European Business School, Oestrich Winkel, Germany.

Martien Lathouwers
Risk Management Advisor
ARCADIS

Martien Lathouwers has worked within ARCADIS on risk management in the broadest sense for 8 years. As such he plays a role in large infrastructural projects such as flood defences, highways and railway projects in the Netherlands. His knowledge areas include logistics, project management and safety. In project and program management he translates risks into planning and cost estimates using probabilistic tools. He is a teacher on the use of risk-related tools in project management to principals for the National Program of Flood Defence in the Netherlands.

ARCADIS is an international company providing consultancy, planning, architectural design, engineering and management services for infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. With 15,000 people worldwide and €1.8 billion in revenues, we develop, design, implement, maintain and operate projects that improve mobility, enhance sustainability and raise the quality of life, for clients from the public and private sector around the world.

Jon Lijnes
Specialist Advisor
Bigen Africa

Jon Lijnes holds a BSc Civil Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town (1977), is a registered Professional Engineer in South Africa and a Fellow of the Water Institute of South Africa.

In a career spanning more than 33 years Jon has gleaned extensive knowledge and experience in the development, planning, conceptual design, detailed design, project management and construction supervision of Civil Engineering projects (mainly in the Utility Services discipline) to the total estimated value of some Є500 Million. As a Director/Shareholder of BIGEN Africa Consulting Engineers, he gained extensive knowledge and experience in “Looking at the Big Picture” on numerous large Water Services related projects. Jon has worked as far afield as Nigeria, Mozambique and Malawi and is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. He has been happily married for 33 years and has two sons, one of whom is a Post Production Supervisor with a large Events Company in Johannesburg and the other is a Graphic Designer currently working as a Chef in Amsterdam. Jon has also recently become a Grandfather.

Jon currently runs a one man practice from his home in Cape Town and provides consulting services to several Consulting Engineering companies in South Africa. His association with Bigen Africa continues as a specialist advisor on various large-scale projects and importantly he is intimately involved in the development and application of the demand model as presented at this conference.

Sam McLafferty
President and CEO
Palisade Corporation

Sam McLafferty is Palisade's founder, president, and CEO. He started the company in 1984 with the release of PRISM, a stand-alone Monte Carlo simulation package for DOS on the PC. PRISM later evolved into @RISK for Lotus 1-2-3, and then for Excel. Sam is Palisade's lead developer, with over thirty years of programming experience. He works closely with the technical and sales staff, ensuring that customer feedback is heard. He personally oversees the development and evolution of every one of the software products Palisade sells. Prior to Palisade, he was a risk analysis consultant.

Mark Meurisse
Managing Director
Palisade Asia-Pacific

Mark has a 15 year history of providing intellectual development services for risk, opportunity, and decision assessment to private industry and the government sector. Meurisse joined Palisade in 2003. His consulting experience and training seminars and workshops have been delivered throughout North America, Oceana and Asia, and he has consulted on risk analysis projects for clients in the oil and gas, finance, pharmaceutical, agricultural, natural resources, energy, defence, and aerospace industries. The list of clients Mark has worked with include Shell, Westpac, BHP Billiton, Australian Taxation Office, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thiess, MetLife, KPMG, Austin Energy, HP, Georgia Pacific, Telstra, Evans & Peck, AWAS, Futron, Tyco Healthcare, Mercer Oliver Wyman, Merial, John Deere, the US Air Force, Cornell University, and the US Coast Guard.

Before coming to Palisade, Mark had 11 years consulting, marketing, and research experience in bank credit, agriculture, commercial real estate, finance and environmental engineering. His analytic, modelling, and research expertise include risk analysis, simulation, sensitivity, stress testing, causal flow analysis, market power, geographic information systems, and public policy. He holds a BS in economics from Oregon State University and an MS in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University and is the author or co-author of 9 publications.

Scott Mongeau
Founding Director
Biomatica

Scott Mongeau is founding director of Biomatica BV (biomatica.com), a consultancy specialising in biotechnology industry risk management. Scott has over a decade of experience in biotech, including key positions at Genentech Inc. related to risk management. He currently consults for several biofuel start-up initiatives and completed his thesis on biofuel project risk management. He is in the Global Executive MBA (OneMBA) program at Erasmus Rotterdam School of Managment, where he also holds a Masters in Financial Management. He has a Certificate in Finance from University of California at Berkeley, a Masters in Communication from University of Texas at Austin, and a Graduate Degree in Applied Information Systems Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Having lived and worked in a number of countries, Scott is an American citizen and currently resides in the Netherlands.

Dr Javier Ordóñez
Director of Custom Solutions
Palisade Corporation

Dr Javier Ordóñez holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador and a MS in Project Management from the University of Maryland. Javier earned his PhD from the University of Maryland performing research on project risk analysis. His current research deals with cost and schedule integration and correlation issues through the use of Bayesian belief networks.

Javier's experience is in the areas of construction and project management, optimal project and capital investments selection, earned value management, engineering and project risk analysis, and operations research applications to engineering and management problems.

Javier has taught as an adjunct professor in the Project Management Program at University of Maryland and provides training in risk and decision analysis. He is also registered as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Sergio Pinar
Market & Risk Strategy Analyst
EDP Renovaveis

Sergio Pinar is a Market & Risk Strategy Analyst at EDP Renováveis, a world leader company in the renewable energy industry with presence in the most important markets. Sergio’s main responsibilities include the valuation of EDPR global risk exposure and the assessment in the risk management strategies. He performs analyses about portfolio value, diversification effect, hedging policies, financing risk, pipeline delivery and operational risk. Prior to joining EDP Renováveis, Sergio served as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company. Sergio holds a Master in Industrial and Electrical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Dr Ionut Purica
Executive Director
Advisory Center for Energy and Environment

Presently a senior researcher in the Romanian Academy’s Institute for Economic Forecasting, and Executive Director of the Advisory Center for Energy and Environment, Dr Purica was also a counselor of the Minister of Economy and previously the Minister of the Environment and an expert for the Parliament of Romania. He participated in the elaboration of the EU accession strategy for Romania and the energy (electricity and heat) strategy (for the Ministry of Economy and Trade) and did risk analysis and transaction structuring and project management with USEA, JBIC, MARSH, ITOCHU, MVV, etc.

Previously Dr Purica worked as a project officer for energy and infrastructure in the World Bank, in Romania and the Balkans (e.g. energy Assessment in Kosovo 1999), being trained in project guarantees, value at risk and procurement. His initial expertise in engineering stems from being a director for international projects of the Romanian Power Company RENEL and senior engineer managing a joint Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd-IMG-Bucharest quality engineering group for the manufacture of nuclear reactor components for the CANDU units in Romania. He worked also as an international researcher for ENEA Rome – the Italian Commission for Energy New Technology and Environment – and as an associate researcher at ICTP Trieste.

Dr Purica has authored books in his field of expertise (www.icpress.co.uk/chaos/p656.html) and published articles in journals like Risk Analysis, IEEE Power Engineering Review, Foundations of Control Engineering, etc. He took his second PhD in economics, (the first one in Nuclear Energy Engineering) and, he is also teaching a course in Risk management to masters of science in the Polytechnic University of Bucharest and the Ecological University.

Dr Michael Rees
Consultant

Michael Rees is an independent expert who provides quantitative decision-support to senior executives facing major decisions on strategy, financing, business structure, transactions, valuation and portfolio optimisation. He also leads training courses in financial modelling, risk modelling and related topics for client staff of all levels, and - having worked very closely with Palisade since 2004 - is the most experienced trainer of Palisade products in Europe. His aim is to provide high value-added services that combine his experience in business and finance with advanced quantitative modelling skills.

Michael has over 20 years of business and finance experience, including approximately 10 years as an independent consultant. Prior to this, he was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan and a Partner at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). He has lived and worked in several countries, and speaks fluent French and German.

Michael has a Doctorate in Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Algorithms, and a BA with First Class Honours in Mathematics, both from Oxford University in the UK. He has an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD in France. He has studied for the Certificate of Quantitative Finance, graduating top of the class, and also receiving the Wilmott Award. He is the author of Financial Modelling in Practice: A Concise Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Level (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

Dr Kim Salling
Assistant Professor
Technical University of Denmark (DTU Transport)

Dr Salling is currently employed as an assistant professor at the Department of Transport at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Transport). He defended his PhD thesis entitled: Assessment of Transport Projects: Risk Analysis and Decision Support, November 2008. The thesis later received an honorary prize (2009) from the Professor PH Bendtsen foundation. Kim furthermore holds a Master’s degree in Engineering within socio-economic evaluation methodologies and decision support systems with special emphasis on cost-benefit analysis and risk analysis.

His main topic of interest is transport planning and decision support where he currently works in a collaborative research project (a.o. with Oxford University and Princeton University) concerning uncertainties in transport project evaluation granted by the Danish Research Council in the period from 2009-2012. This project seeks to investigate the common bias in transport planning, i.e., overestimation of transport related time benefits and underestimation of the investment costs (so-called Optimism Bias).

Dr Hans Schjær-Jacobsen
Professor
Copenhagen University College of Engineering

Hans Schjær-Jacobsen is a Professor at the Copenhagen University College of Engineering where he also is a Director of Research, Development, and Innovation. He holds a Master of Science and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, and also a degree in Business Administration from the Copenhagen Business School. Previously, he held managerial positions with industrial companies as well as institutions for management consulting, training, and education. He also served as a teacher and researcher at different universities and has published a number of scientific papers within the areas of applied mathematics, computer-aided-design of communication systems, and decision making under economic uncertainty.

Ashutosh Sharma
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Ashutosh Sharma is currently pursuing his MBA (International Business) from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Delhi. He graduated from one of the premier engineering institutes of India, NIT Karnataka, and has worked for an American MNC called Cypress Semiconductors as an Applications Engineer. He is also a CFA candidate. He was the international finalist for a competition conducted by Yes Bank, India, on the micro finance sector.

Ashutosh is excited about entrepreneurship and is passionate about developing sustainable business models. He has an interest in studying Base-of-the-Pyramid theory and he has worked for many non-profit organisations including ACTED SAMN, and Prayas Delhi.

Jan Van Broeck
Co-founder and International Partner
Threon

Jan Van Broeck is Co-founder and International Partner in Threon, an international organisation specialised in Project, Program and Portfolio Management. As an expert in the domain of Strategic Portfolio Management, he assists senior management in organisation towards successful deployment. As Past President of the Belgium Chapter of the Project Management Institute (period 2004-2005), he actively promotes the profession of “Project Management” in the European region and is a regular speaker in seminars at Universities and business schools. He has occupied several senior management and executive positions in the domain of outsourcing, data center operations and business development. Jan Van Broeck is a PMI certified Project Management Professional, and holds a degree in Civil Engineering (construction) from Ghent University and an MBA of the University of Antwerp.

Ian Wallace
Consultant & Trainer
Palisade Corporation

Ian is a qualified accountant (ACMA) and spent the first 10 years of his career working in finance functions within the pharmaceutical and precious metal refining industries. Here he gained valuable experience in managing staff, preparing financial and management accounts, and working closely with business managers to help develop project appraisals, corporate plans and annual budgets.

Ian then decided to move into management consultancy with KPMG and worked on a wide variety of interesting projects throughout Europe and the Middle East, both in the private and public sectors. Most of his work was project management related and involved the selection and implementation of the latest systems and business processes within the finance function. Work included preparing strategy studies and business cases for change, PFI and supplier evaluations, recruiting project teams, leading systems design and working with all the management and stakeholders connected with the change. As a result, Ian has considerable experience of project management methodologies such as PRINCE 2 and others.

It was during the course of this work that Ian came across Monte Carlo Simulation and @RISK. He found it such a useful tool for managing expectations, developing risk-efficient plans and getting adequate resources for his projects that in 2001 he decided to specialise in the technique. Ian has now been working closely with Palisade since 2005, and during this time has delivered numerous on-site customer training sessions, public classroom courses, web-conference training sessions, and consultancy projects.

Ian's wide experience, together with his communication skills, enable him to communicate complex subjects using everyday, easy to understand language.

Hans Waszink
Director
Waszink Actuarial Advisory

Hans Waszink is an expert in quantitative financial risk modelling. He has a Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, a Master's Degree in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Amsterdam, and an MBA from London Business School. He is a Fellow of the Dutch Actuarial Society and the British Institute of Actuaries.

Mr Waszink is director of Waszink Actuarial Advisory, a niche consulting firm specialising in risk management for the Financial Services Industry.

Peter Wood
Director
Peter Wood Associates Ltd

Peter is a director of Peter Wood Associates Ltd, a project management consultancy that specialises in risk-based decision support to capital investment. He has established a reputation for being able to combine subjective analysis and rationalisation of complex problems with probabilistic modelling techniques, to create innovative and robust practical solutions.

Peter is a Chartered Architectural Technologist who developed project management skills during six years with the US Navy Europe. He then joined the engineering consultants WS Atkins, building on project management experience before making the transition to project consultancy, risk analysis and management. His experience includes private and public sector clients in a variety of sectors including rail, infrastructure, construction, defence, utilities, process and nuclear industries.

 


 




 

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