Seelan Nayagam is the Managing Director for CSC in Australia and New Zealand. Nayagam joined CSC following a 15-year career at IBM where he was vice president and general manager of Application Services for the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to IBM, Nayagam was with PeopleSoft Corporation, serving in a variety of roles from 1995 to 1999. Nayagam is a seasoned executive with a reputation for revitalising complex businesses to deliver increased shareholder value. His background includes strategy and sales in high-growth markets including Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and South America. Nayagam is a member of multiple steering committees and advisory boards for his clients, working with CEOs and senior executives and advising them on how to drive greater business value with the use of technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Computer Science and Accounting from the University of Buckingham, UK.
Marc has extensive global experience in the governance and leadership of major projectsand capital investments. As vice president and project director with both BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, he led large-scale and mega-projects and held investment committee and independent peer review roles, working in Southern Africa, Australia, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and USA.
In Marc’s most recent role with BHP Billiton, he led one of the largest projects globally in the mining sector; the expansion of the Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia.
He is a passionate advocate for excellence in project leadership, governance, strategy, risk and complex stakeholder management. Marc joined the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership as Chief Executive in 2013.
Aftab Siddiqui Maipm – School of Engineering and Information Sciences
University of Wollongong
Aftab Siddiqui is a doctoral student at the school of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong. He has more than twenty six years of project and program management experience. He has led many multi-million dollar large scale projects and program where there has been a close integration of various engineering disciplines and supply chain deliverable risks. He has research interest in the area of strategic management in engineering, collaborative supply chain risk management, sustainability, project and program management business re-engineering and benefit realisation.
Assoc. Prof. Bruce Northcote is Director of the Teletraffic Research Centre and the Centre for Defence Communications Information Networking at the University of Adelaide, and CEO of TelAri Analytics – a commercial spin out. In those roles he brings his considerable private industry communications engineering consulting experience in to the Defence sector.
Bruce and his team at the University of Adelaide were contracted by Canberra-based healthcare company Aspen Medical to develop a Predictive Modelling Decision-Making Tool. This software assesses at what point there might be insufficient aviation and medical assets, air crew, medical crew, infrastructure etc. to meet a patient requirement for evacuation and therefore have significant impact on the patient’s health outcome. The software modelling tool takes into account a large range of variable factors to assist in predicting the requirement for Aspen Medical to increase its aviation and medical asset pool to accommodate the growth in the Oil and Gas sector on the NW Shelf of Western Australia.
Anna Perdriau MBA, is a public speaking and presentation skills coach, speaker, author and thought leader.
Anna helps government, corporates and project managers to connect with and create change in their audience through public speaking.
Anna has an MBA from the University of South Australia International Business School and a Bachelor of Communications from Griffith University. Anna is author of the newly released book ‘Speaking to hearts and minds – for project managers’.
Anna is on a mission. She believes that when it comes to public speaking, we must:
‘Ban boring, forge through fear, negate nerves and have FUN.’