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Michael Brink
Founding Principal
TBH Capital Advisers

Michael is a civil engineering graduate with an MBA from the AGSM and has worked in Banking and Finance in the Infrastructure, Project and Structured Finance areas for 20 years and as a founding principal at TBH Capital Advisers for the past 2 years.

TBH Capital Advisers is a boutique infrastructure and project finance advisory firm active in the PPP sector. It is part of the TBH Group—a national and international consultancy which has operated as a specialist programming and scheduling consultant for over 45 years. One of Michael’s key interests at TBH Capital Advisers is in project risk modelling from a capital cost as well as a schedule risk perspective. While at TBH Capital Advisers, Michael has presented a number of PPP Risk Modelling workshops that use @RISK for Excel as part of the Infrastructure Australia methodology for calculating Public Sector Comparators.

Prior to establishing TBH Capital Advisers, Michael has worked at a number of Australian investment banking and financial services organisations including Macquarie Group and the Australian Industry Development Corporation, and recently worked as the Treasurer of a major Australian non-bank lending group. Michael has also consulted to the Asian Development Bank and other multinational groups as a financial modelling specialist. In all of these roles Michael has had a strong involvement in quantitative financial modelling with a particular emphasis on infrastructure and project finance.

Vivien Chow
Senior Research Assistant
University of New South Wales

Vivien Chow is a Senior Research Assistant currently working on an ARC Linkage Project titled ‘Assessing the adaptive capacity of hospital facilities to cope with climate change-related extreme weather events: a risk management approach’. Focussing on four case studies of major hospitals across Australia and New Zealand, the research is revealing a range of strategies that could improve the resilience of our health facilities against natural disasters caused by extreme weather events such as flash flooding, storm surges and heatwaves. Vivien is interested in investigating the social impacts of the built environment and how consultation and collaboration with user groups can be used to enhance project outcomes. Vivien has tutored and guest-lectured in design, project management and sustainable development.

Dr Stephen Grey
Associate Director
Broadleaf Capital International Pty Ltd

Stephen Grey is an Associate Director with Broadleaf Capital International Pty Ltd. He has been at the forefront of the use of risk modelling techniques for major projects and related analysis since tools such as @RISK first became available, starting with @RISK for Lotus 123. His work with Broadleaf ranges from relatively small high risk projects in the public sector through to very large resources and infrastructure capital investments.

Stephen wrote one of the first books to describe the use of @RISK for project analysis and is co-author of a second book, see http://www.broadleaf.com.au/publications. With his colleagues in Broadleaf, he has refined and developed techniques for integrating risk modelling into risk management and decision making. This includes not only extending the range of technical modelling methods they use but also significant improvements in the development of model structures, techniques for deriving model parameters from stakeholders and enhancing the interpretation of model outputs to assist decision making.

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.

Jay Horton
Founder and Managing Director
Strategis Partners

Jay is the Founder and Managing Director of Strategis Partners, an Asia-Pacific consultancy advising corporations and Governments on strategy and organisation. He advises clients in Australia, Hong Kong, and South East Asia.

Recent projects include long-term strategy in the agri-foods sector, pandemic scenario planning, the future of energy resources and climate change, and Hong Kong in the year 2025.

He commenced his career in management consulting with McKinsey & Company in 1985. In 1999 he entered the Partnership of PricewaterhouseCoopers for five years, after PwC acquired the management consultancy ORG which he founded in 1990.

Jay works with clients such as BHP-Billiton, NSW Government, Mass Transit Rail Corp of Hong Kong, and Wesfarmers Limited; helping leaders and their organisations foster innovation, and make better decisions in the face of risk and opportunity.

His qualifications include Master of Economics from Australian National University and a Bachelor of Engineering from James Cook University.

Carl Johansson
Fire Safety Engineer
Philip Chun Consultancy

Carl is currently working for Philip Chun Fire as a Fire Safety & Risk Management Consultant. He holds a BSc in Fire Protection Engineering and a MSc in Risk Management and Safety Engineering from Lund University, Sweden.

Carl specialises in risk-based fire safety design and has been involved in projects where traditional fire engineered solutions could not be applied. His knowledge of risk analysis has assisted in finding solutions and developing unique tools to solve otherwise difficult issues. His knowledge of Quantitative Risk Analysis has proven valuable in several projects.

Carl has been providing fire safety design and risk analyses for a wide range of building types and has been involved in projects such as State Theatre and Gowings Revival, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. Based on his experience and knowledge of fire risk analysis, he was consulted by the Australian Building Codes Board on appropriate risk levels in buildings.

Carl is also recognised for his contribution at several international fire safety and risk conferences on the topic of risk-based fire safety design.

Andrew Kight
Senior Consultant
Aon Global Risk Consulting

Andrew is currently a Senior Consultant in the Analytical & Captives team within Aon Global Risk Consulting. He has seven years of experience in the general insurance industry and his role involves quantitative loss modelling, risk retention assessments, reserve valuations and risk tolerance analysis predominantly to major corporate organisations in Australia.

Andrew’s main focus is on working with organisations that self insure a significant portion of their risk. This generally involves organisations that utilise a risk retention vehicle (i.e. a captive or managed fund) to finance these risks. Andrew assists these organisations with understanding the risk that they retain and also the amount that they should set aside to fund those risks.

Andrew has experience working with a broad range of clients across a full spectrum of sizes and industries, ranging from local government entities to national and global corporate companies in industries as varied as Healthcare, Finance, Retail and Energy/ Utilities.

Andrew also provides support internally, demonstrating to Aon’s broking teams and their clients the concepts of total cost of insurable risk, risk tolerance & appetite and quantitative loss modelling and how they assist in making informed decisions around insurance renewal options and identifying the most efficient level of self insurance.

Robert Kinghorn
Principal Economist
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Robert is a Principal Economist with Parsons Brinckerhoff, specialising in infrastructure project appraisal for State and Commonwealth Government clients, predominantly in the transport sector. During his career, he has undertaken economic/financial analysis and prepared business cases for numerous multimillion dollar infrastructure projects in both the UK and Australasia.

For many projects, Robert has used Monte Carlo simulation and @RISK to inform decision-makers on the probable range of costs and benefits and factors that would affect the project’s economic or financial viability. Recent applications include demand/revenue forecasting, cost estimation, and contingent risk analysis for road/public transport projects; capacity modelling of ports; and asset management for utility companies.

He was formerly with AECOM Australia, where as part of a multi-disciplinary team of economists, climate change analysts, environmental scientists, civil engineers and oceanographers, he developed a probabilistic cost-benefit analysis model using @RISK for the Narrabeen Lagoon Climate Change Adaptation study.

Dr Martin Loosemore
Construction Management Program
University of New South Wales

Martin Loosemore is Professor of Construction Management and Associate Dean Research at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and is a visiting Professor at University of Loughborough in the UK and The University of Hawaii.

In 2002, Martin was a consultant to the Australian Royal Commission into the Building Industry, advising on international workplace reform and productivity and has been called to provide evidence to a number of Federal Senate inquiries into the Building and Construction Industry. He was recently appointed by Minister Kim Carr to the first of the Australian Federal Government‘s Innovation Councils – representing the building, construction and engineering industry.

Martin works with a wide range of major private and public sector organisations and NGOs in Australia, Asia and the Middle East, to improve their risk management practices. He was also commissioned by the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee (BOCOG) to develop the risk and opportunity management system used for the delivery of the 2008 Beijing Olympic games facilities.

Dr Patrick McConnell
Partner
Risk Trading Technology

Dr Patrick McConnell is a partner with Risk Trading Technology, a small consultancy specialising in Risk Management and Information Technology. In over 30 years in banking, insurance and commerce, Patrick has operated as a senior manager and consultant in investment banks and large corporations in the US, Europe and Australia. He is a published author and an experienced lecturer in risk management; he teaches courses at Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre, Sydney and at Trinity College, Dublin.

Simon Militano
Senior Asset Manager
Lend Lease

Simon Militano has fifteen years of experience at Lend Lease. He is currently a Senior Asset Manager in Retirement Living and Aged Care, where he is responsible in a team for management of $1billion in retirement living assets, including all project feasibilities, Business and Asset Plans, and valuations. He was responsible for the creation of an Asset Plan Cashflow Model across all these assets, including aged care integration of all disciplines and operations, and also led a recent $1 billion fund acquisition proposal for Lend Lease. Simon has specialised experience in valuation, demographics, strategy, commercial feasibilities, complex financial models, development, financial control, and systems and operations.

 

Darren O'Connell
Manager of Risk & Compliance
FleetPartners

Darren holds an Honours Degree in Finance and a Bachelor Degree in Economics & Finance, both from Curtin University of Technology. In addition, Darren holds Graduate Diplomas in Applied Finance & Investment and Applied Corporate Governance from, and is a member of FINSIA and CSA respectively.

Darren is a risk and governance professional who has an extensive background in financial markets and derivatives gained from a number of well-known Australian and UK financial institutions. His main area of interest focuses the use of derivatives to manage financial risk. Presently, Darren is the Manager of Risk & Compliance at FleetPartners, a pan-Tasman financial services company. His current project includes preparing the company for sale by instituting an end-to-end governance, risk management and compliance framework.

Jürgen Oschadleus
Educator, Speaker, and Presenter on Project Leadership
Act Knowledge Pty Ltd

Jürgen Oschadleus is an international speaker, educator and consultant on project leadership, influence and effective communication. He combines his background in history, education and technology projects with a fascination for sport and psychology, and uses this to challenge people’s thinking and help them create new mental connections, apply knowledge and achieve the outcomes they seek.

With nearly 20 years of education, strategic consulting and systems deployment projects in Africa, Europe and the Asia Pacific region, his communication and leadership seminars receive acclaim from participants on five continents. Jürgen also presents post-graduate project management classes at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney, and writes for various international publications. His first book, Heart of Influence, was released in 2004.

Jürgen is the founder and director of Act Knowledge, and the Asia/Pacific partner of the Valense network of organisational consultants. He holds a Master’s degree in History, an MBA in International Project Management and Organisational Development, and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment. He is DiSC and SDI-accredited, an Advanced Toastmaster (Gold), an active member of the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Sydney Chapter, where he serves as Communications Director. Jürgen holds PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential, and is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

Rishi Prabhakar
Trainer, Consultant
Palisade Corporation

Rishi brings a broad range of experience and expertise to the Palisade team. He has worked in and consulted to the energy industry, telecommunications, scientific research, banking, and finance with an emphasis on operational risk and Basel II. Rishi has expert skills in the areas of statistical analysis, simulation, time series forecasting, risk/capital modelling, extreme value theory, and survey design and analysis. He holds a BSc Mathematics from the University of Technology, Sydney.

William Angel Robledo
Head of Risk and Insurance strategy at EPM Business Group
Chief Executive Officer of Maxseguros

William Angel Robledo is a Civil Engineer with a master in Water Resource Planning and graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. William has 23 years of experience in consulting and designing of infrastructure projects with an emphasis on planning and decision-making in the power sector within several Latin American countries.

He was manager of hydropower research projects for ISAGEN SA, a government-owned power generation company in Colombia. Currently he is the Head of the Insurance and Risk Strategy at EPM (Empresas Publicas de Medellin), a government-owned utility company and one of the largest companies in Colombia. Additionally he is the CEO of Maxseguros, a captive of EPM Business Group.

He has advised insurance and reinsurance companies in the design of policies and adjustments of claims for loss profit. William has also participated in several research projects in the power sector, especially in the areas of planning and decision making and has assisted as a consultant and director on various undergraduate and master theses.

Dr David Roser
Program Leader, Environmental Microbiology and Pathogen Risk Assessment
University of New South Wales, Centre for Water and Waste Technology

Dr. Roser is a Senior Research Officer on the UNSW Node of the European Union’s ‘MicroRisk’ Project aimed at applying Quantitative Risk Assessment techniques to the catchment to tap based management of drinking water supplies. He currently manages recreational water quality Microbial Risk Assessment Projects (Lake Parramatta, Penrith Lakes), and has just completed a major inter state CRC for Water Quality and Treatment Project on Monitoring and Management of Pathogens in Environmental Waters (Project value $3.2 million). Other duties include general consulting with the Centre for Water and Waste Technology for HACCP application to recreational water quality management.

Dr. Roser earned his BSc with honors from UNSW in 1976, his PhD from La Trobe University in 1982, and a Master of Environmental Planning from Maquarie University in 1994. He has also served as Officer/Acting Director for Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Trust, and as a Wintering Biologist, Antarctic Division, Hobart/Casey Station.

Dr Daryl Stevens
Atura Consulting

Dr Stevens has worked extensively (2005-2010) for the National Environmental Protection Council as Coordinator and Scientific Services for the Environmental Risk component of the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling (Phase 1, 2B and 2C).  He helped draft the Rain Water Installation and Greywater Installation Handbooks for Green Plumbers and Standards Australia. Dr Stevens and his company (Atura Pty Ltd) consults extensively across Australia in establishing and operating recycled water schemes (Urban and Rural) that comply with the AGWR, and that will be low risk to agriculture and the environment.

Evelyn Andrea Londoño Taborda
JLT Re Colombia/EPM Business Group

Evelyn Andrea Londoño Taborda. Financial Engineer with emphasis on risk, graduated from the Universidad of Medellin. Evelyn has also studied technical analysis of financial markets, modelling for risk investment projects, practical risk management projects and basic programming.

During 2010 Evelyn worked as an intern in the Risk Department of Risky and Insurance Strategy at EPM (Empresas Públicas de Medellin), a government owned utility company and one of the largest companies in Colombia.

For the past two years, Evelyn has worked as technical analyst for JLT (Jardine Thompson & Lloyds) Re Colombia, a reinsurance brokerage. She has worked supporting projects both within EPM and Maxseguros, the Captive Insurance Company of EPM Group.

Gustavo Vinueza
Trainer, Consultant
Palisade
Corporation

Gustavo Vinueza is a Systems Engineer from University of Cuenca, Ecuador. He also earned an MBA from Torcuato Di Tella University in Argentina and a Ms. In Finance from Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile. His main topics of interest include financial and operational modelling, including scientific and academic research into business practice as well as data mining relative matters. He has 16 years of experience and he’s been a consultant for companies in several industries: finance & banking, telecommunications, insurance and IT related services.

His experience includes managing Project portfolios both operational and IT related, cost reduction programs, public purchases bidding, operational controls, capacity analysis and audit processes and software development projects, besides technological infrastructure implementation. He has also earned diplomas in Project Management, Usability, Business Process Management and Business Analytics.

Erik Westwig
Software Engineer
Palisade Corporation

Erik Westwig received his BS in 1991 and MS in 1994 from the applied and engineering physics department at Cornell University. In 1998 he published the book Mathematical Physics with co-author Bruce Kusse, which was re-released in its second edition in 2006. Since 1995, Erik has worked as a software engineer at Palisade as part of the DecisionTools Suite development team.

Greg Wruck
Managing Director
GNT Project Solutions

Greg is a Civil Engineer who has experience in most facets of the Project industry, ranging from Design, Construction, Contracts, Project Management, and Project Controls.  He is the founding principal of consulting firm GNT Project Solutions that specialises in the management of information throughout all phases of the Project life cycle.  As an avid user of technology, Greg’s mission is to make it easier for project teams to harness the power of technology as a tool to be exploited, rather than as a straightjacket to work within.

As a part of this mission, Greg has delved deep into the world of information technology to understand what is actually possible with current technology, and has developed innovative ways of using technology in novel ways to solve real-world problems.  A particular area of interest relates to the ability to link Cost, Schedule and Risk information in near-real time throughout the implementation stage of major Projects. 

Greg consults to organisations engaged in the Mining and Heavy Infrastructure Industries and provides a range of services including Project Setup and Planning, Business Process Management, Owner Cost Estimating, Project Systems Analysis, Contingency / Escalation analysis and general Project Controls advice.

 

 


 




 

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