PROJECT AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM 

CAPABILITY MATTERS!
Accelerate your Capability to Deliv
er Viable
Project Outcomes 
13 - 15 August 2024 | Hotel Realm Canberra  



Symposium Speakers

Symposium speakers play a pivotal role in shaping the overall experience and success of an event.  The PGCS organising committee aims to choose individuals based on their experience, expertise, knowledge and ability to engage and inspire the audience.  

Speakers are chosen from various backgrounds, including industry leaders, academics, thought leaders and experts in the project and program management field. 

Please view all our confirmed speakers below. Information on their presentations can be found on the program page once available.

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Chris Deeble
  DEPUTY SECRETARY | CAPABILITY ACQUISITION AND SUSTAINMENT GROUP (CASG)

Chris has extensive experience spanning the defence, industry and commercial sectors and working with Government. He also served for 37 years in the Australian Defence Force, most notably as an Air Vice-Marshal.

His most recent appointment was Chief Executive at Northrop Grumman Australia. Prior to that he worked for Airservices Australia as the program executive for OneSKY, responsible for delivering the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System for Australia.

Chris returns to CASG after previously holding the role of Senior Program Manager where he managed more than $25 billion of complex acquisition and sustainment programs including the Joint Strike Fighter, Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control, Multi Role Tanker Transport and Collins Class Submarine.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Sydney. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in 2007, and recognized in 2016 as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).





 
Glen B. Alleman, MSSM
  NIWOT RIDGE CONSULTING LLC | COLORADO, USA

Mr Glen Alleman more than 30 years’ experience in Program Performance Management includes aerospace, defence, electric utilities, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and enterprise IT.

Glen provides program planning and controls on US government contracts, for flight avionics systems, embedded control systems, enterprise business system, and biopharma product development.

Glen’s professional organization contributions include Joint Space Cost Council developing guidance for continuous risk management to Space Systems increase the probability cost and schedule growth in the presence of the uncertainty of complex system of systems.

Glen’s most recent book contributions include chapters The Practitioner’s Handbook of Project Performance: Agile, Waterfall and Beyond, 1st Edition, Routledge, 2019.

Journal articles and training materials or Risk Management, Earned Value Management, Government and Commercial Project Management. These works are based on a previous book Performance-Based Project Management, American Management Association, 2014 and contents in The Story of Managing Projects: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Edited by Elias G. Carayannis, Praeger, 2005.





 
Christina Snyder
  ICEAA Board President | International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association

Christina N. Snyder, CCEA® currently serves as the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) Board President. Mrs. Snyder is a CCEA® certified cost analyst with almost two decades of probabilistic modelling experience and is a senior analyst with Systems Planning & Analysis (SPA). In her current role, Mrs. Snyder acts as a strategic advisor to multiple clients, delivering products such as business case analyses, analysis of alternatives, risk/opportunity quantification, life cycle cost estimates, cost assurances, and “what-if” analyses. Building upon her mathematical foundation, her recent research has focused on effective communication to decision makers and within teams. Wanting to improve the literature on how to communicate cost estimates in a way that would inspire action and resonate, Mrs. Snyder presented “Storytelling for Cost Estimators” at the ICEAA Virtual Workshop in 2020.

In 2021, she received a best paper award for her original research surveying the cost estimating community to question “Does Cost Team Leadership Matter” –discovering that the soft skills of the cost team lead ultimately do impact team effectiveness. Knowing that technical skills alone will only take estimators so far, her 2022 paper “CE2: Communication and Empowerment for Cost Estimators” leveraged communication and empowerment training to demonstrate how all cost estimators can use soft skills to exponentially impact their analyses. Both of these papers were then published in the Journal of Cost Analysis & Parametrics.

In addition to continuously supporting the annual ICEAA Professional Development & Training Workshop, she has presented training to the U.S. Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Canadian National Defence Virtual Comptrollers’ Conference. Ms. Snyder holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Computational Mathematics with a Concentration in Statistics from Virginia Tech.





 
Anne Bamford OBE
  Director | 
International Research Agency & President | Education Inspiring Peace Laboratory

An educational futurist, Professor Dr Anne Bamford OBE is Director of the International Research Agency and President of the Education Inspiring Peace Laboratory and was the former Strategic Education and Skills Director for the City of London. Anne has been recognised nationally and internationally for her research in fusion skills, emerging literacies, and visual communication. She is an expert in the international dimension of education and skills and talent development and through her research, she has pursued issues of creativity, innovation, social impact and equity and diversity.





 
Teresa Blair
  First Assistant Secretary, Contestability Division | Department of Defence Australia

Teresa was appointed First Assistant Secretary Contestability Division in 2022.

In this role, she is responsible for providing decision makers with analysis of Defence's capability investment proposals as they move through the approval pipeline to Government consideration and beyond, as well as in ensuring the integrity and health of the overall capability system. She is also the Functional lead for the Capability Analyst Job family in Defence.

Teresa is a former Navy officer and ADFA graduate who has also worked as a project and program manager in industry for a number of years, before re-joining the Department in 2008 as a public servant. Key roles include working as a project manager in the Space Systems Program Office and as the Director of Major Program Control in the Defence Materiel Organisation. In 2015, Teresa joined the Capability Life Cycle design team, which had been formed in response to the 2015 First Principles Review.

In 2018, Teresa completed a Master's degree in Politics and Policy, specialising in public policy development in a Defence context, and was promoted to the SES, where she took up the role of Assistant Secretary Maritime Analysis in Contestability Division. In this role she was responsible for the independent assurance and analysis of the Department's maritime capability projects and programs, strategic cost assurance within Defence, and for the contesting of Force Design activities overall.

In 2020, Teresa was asked to lead the development and launch of the Defence Transformation Strategy, and led the team that developed and launched the first Defence Data Strategy 2021-23. Teresa also led the creation of the new Defence Data Division in its initial stages, including acting in the inaugural Chief Data Integration Officer role.





 
Drew Nugent
  Director (Defence) | TBH

Drew is an executive leader with over 23 years of experience in the defence industry across both Australia and the United Kingdom. He has held technical, management, and strategic leadership roles ranging across Shipbuilding, System Design, Combat Systems, Maritime Sustainment, and Aerospace.

Drew has significant experience in complex project planning and controls, PMO establishment, schedule risk analysis, and change management. His skills range from devising schedule development strategies through to fully integrated project controls solutions.

Prior to taking up his current role as a Director at TBH, Drew led a large multi-national project planning and controls organisation responsible for developing and maintaining the highly complex Hunter Class Frigate Program Schedule and integrating with the broader Global Combat Ship Program

Drew resides in Adelaide but leads a national program assisting clients across the country deal with big challenges.  Drew is passionate about the defence industry and enjoys working with government, business, and industry stakeholders at all levels to deliver efficient and effective business and project outcomes.

Drew’s Experience Includes

•             Establishing schedule frameworks for high complexity program schedules

•             Leading the development of complex program schedules for major programs of work

•             Assessing maturity and quality of schedule, project control, change control, and risk analysis models, processes, and deliverables

•             Schedule dependency and integration reviews and improvement actions

•             Preparation for internal and external audits including Earned Value System Reviews and Integrated Baseline Reviews

•             Schedule Risk Analysis network development, analysis, and iteration

•             Risk and Complexity Management





 
Ceilidh Armer
  Associate | TBH

As an Associate with TBH, Ceilidh has worked on several large and complex projects with a focus on project planning and scheduling, program reporting and supporting PMO implementation. These projects include maritime, network transformation, voice transformation, data centre builds, and enabling services.

Ceilidh was engaged as a scheduler and planner on the Hunter Class Frigate Program in the Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment Group. She conducted above-the-line project planning and quality assurance. Ceilidh has been involved in:

- Contract Work Breakdown Structure reviews,
- Contract Master Schedule reviews,
- Earned Value Performance Reporting analysis, 
- Review of contractable offers, and 
- Has been a Commonwealth Assessor in two Integrated Baseline Reviews.





 
Val Jonas
  CEO | Risk Decisions

Val Jonas has been CEO of Risk Decisions Ltd since 1998, and is recognised as a global risk management specialist. She works closely with clients and leads conversations on the cultural, process and technical issues within the project, product, strategic and enterprise risk management world, advising organisations implementing Risk Decisions’ Predict! risk system.

Today organisations face increased risk management pressures. To help customers navigate through this change, Val helps shape risk management standards and guidance. She delivers Risk Vision masterclass sessions and Connecting Risk workshops for managers and practitioners.

She is risk subject matter expert to ISO and BSI committees (ISO 258/WG12 Earned Value Management and BSI 202001 Project Controls guide), non-executive director for the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) and Chair of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) Risk Leadership special interest group. Val was involved in the UK Office of Government Commerce's 'Management of Risk' guidance and collaborated on risk management guidance with the Association of Project Management, Project Management Institute, College of Performance Management and US National Defence Industry Association.

Risk Decisions develops and sells the Predict! risk management software and supporting services to global organisations, to help bring major projects in on-time and on-budget.

Val has a joint honours BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Oxford University.



Invited Speakers



 
Mark Jeffries
  Partner, Defence Strategy and Industry | Synergy Group

I am currently focused on building Synergy's strategic policy and performance capability to provide coherent, evidence-based and decision-ready documentation for Defence and the national security community. Creating a strategy is only the start - our focus should also be on how that strategy is implemented through clear policy, how policy is executed through governance that provides assurance and accountability, and finally how performance is measured and reported.





 
Robert Osei-Kyei
  Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management | Western Sydney University

Presenter - Dr. Robert Osei -Kyei - Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management, Western Sydney University.

Research Project Team:
This study is sponsored by the Project Governance and Controls Symposium (PGCS) , Australia. The research team includes Dr. Robert Osei-Kyei, Associate Prof. Xiaohua Jin, Mr Isaac Akomea-and Frimpong from Western Sydney University; Mr James Bawtree from PMLogic and Mr Collin Smith from International Centre for Complex Project Management





 
Emiliya Suprun
  Lecturer | University of New South Wales, Canberra

Dr Emiliya Suprun is a Lecturer in Systems Engineering at the School of Systems and Computing (SYSCOM) and Capability Systems Centre at UNSW Canberra. 

Dr Suprun has worked on numerous research and consultancy projects with a range of large interdisciplinary teams in engineering, construction and environmental engineering and management research. Her PhD research was focused on modelling an innovation system in the context of the construction industry. Her research interests include digital engineering and industry digital transformation, systems modelling, scenario analysis, project management and operational research methods. Dr Suprun has been working closely with government agencies on projects associated with digital engineering, digital asset information management frameworks and industry digital transformation maturity.





 
Collin Smith
  CEO and Managing Director | International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM)

Collin has over 23 years of commercial and management experience in a variety of senior roles across various industry sectors.  Before moving to Australia, Collin spent 8 years as a Director and Principle Consultant for a boutique business transformation management consultancy in South Africa with a particular focus on strategy development and change management.  Collin’s Australian experience includes working for Queensland University of Technology where his responsibilities included the program management of QUT’s Executive MBA in Complex Project Management in Canberra as well as a series of customised customer specific and public executive education courses.  More recently, he was a Principle Consultant and business transformation practice lead for a local Canberra based consulting firm before joining ICCPM. Collin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Marketing Management) and a Master of Business Administration degree (General Strategic Management) and is a past member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA), The Southern African Institute of Management Scientists (SAIMS) – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, The Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches of Southern Africa (IMCSA).





 
Naomi Mathers
  Director, Industry Liason and Member Services | International Centre for Complex Project                Management (ICCPM)

Naomi works across government, defence, industry, academia and education to establish collaborative projects and build the capability needed to position Australian industry for future success. Previous projects included the establishment of Australia’s first space environmental test facility, the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) and the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC). Naomi is an experienced board director, having served on the boards of the DFAT Australia-Korea Foundation, the Space Industry Association of Australia (Deputy Chair), the Australian Government Space Industry Innovation Council, the International Space Education Board, and the ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and their Applications (CUAVA).  Naomi has a PhD, a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) and an Executive MBA. 





 
James Bawtree
  Founder and CEO | PMLogic

James Bawtree is PMLogic, a B-Corp’s Founder and CEO, and passionate about improving the way people sustainably deliver their strategic objectives. James is co-author of The Strategy Implementation Gap, won several awards and has over 25 years of experience in all major facets of strategy implementation and 20 years as a certified project management educator. He has led and advised strategic programs from several million to multi-billion dollars in value as well as Gateway and health check reviews in Australia, NZ, UK, France, Spain, and the US across many industries. APM & AIPM Fellow, Chartered Project Professional and Assessor, a PeopleCert Approved Trainer and PRINCE2 Ambassador. James is chair and director on a few educational organisations’ boards of directors and sub-committees. James is a DSS panel level-5 strategic advisor/pre-eminent expert and has designed and led the delivery of Sponsor & Executive Training for top-ranking executives and for 12 years designed and delivered Master level university courses in project management frameworks, strategy implementation, agile, strategic risk, procurement, program planning and delivery for Australian universities including QUT, University of Sydney, UTS, and Western Sydney University.





 
Shankar Sankaran
  Professor | University of Technology Sydney

Shankar Sankaran is a Professor of Organisational Project Management at the University of Technology Sydney and researches project leadership and governance. He is a member of the College of Leadership and Management at Engineers Australia in its Sydney Division. He leads an initiative to develop the capability of Engineers in project governance to improve the performance of major projects





 
Tom Crow
  Management and Project Consultant | Project Chambers

Tom is a graduate civil engineer with a Master’s Degree in Building Science and a Doctorate in Strategic Planning of Infrastructure Projects. He has practised as a certified management consultant for 40 years and is also an Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional. 

His experience encompasses all leadership and management responsibilities in the construction industry from project governance to client development manager, delivery strategic planning, team coach, management of change, post graduate trainer, performance auditor, project manager, supply chain manager and project controls. 

With this all-encompassing experience, in 2004 he was awarded a Doctorate in Strategic Planning of Projects. This included preparation of Maturity Models that assisted the effective formation, implementation and auditing of Project Governance Boards so as to achieve outstanding project development outcomes.





 
Ted Tooher
  Director | Tooher Gale & Associates.

Ted after qualifying in Computer Science and Civil Engineering he started as a Main Roads, Works Engineer for 200 staff and roads, bridges, and ferries. From these beginnings he went onto bigger projects including IT Health reform, and education. In 1980 with a master in Project management he moved to Project Management consulting in strategic planning, economic analysis, asset recycling, and gateway reviews for Health, Education, urban land, housing, Transport, Nuclear Fusion and Fission, Oil, and gas, Highrise, Industrial, Energy supply. He founded consulting companies in the UK, and Australia, including TSA Management in 1990, now over 500 staff. He served as Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Associate Professor, lecturing in Project Management. Author of several papers on Risk management and Complexity on projects he specialises in Economic analysis and Project Governance and gateway reviews.





 
Yvonne Butler
  Senior Research Fellow | National Security College, Australian National University

Yvonne Butler FGIA, FAIPM, FAICD

Yvonne Butler is a thought leader in strategy execution, governance, program management and risk management. She is highly regarded for her unique combination of deep industry knowledge, consulting expertise and global management experience across most industry sectors including not for profit and Government.

Yvonne is currently leading a project with the National Security College at the Australian National University to explore how the delivery of the Defence projects portfolio can be accelerated to meet emerging strategic threats in our region.  She is a Gateway reviewer with the Department of Finance and undertakes reviews of major Government projects.  She is also a member of the Faculty of the Australian Institute of Company Directors where she teaches Strategy and Risk on the Company Directors Course.

Yvonne was formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Project Management, and Australian delegate to the International Project Management Association.   She has been an Independent Board Member for the Department of Defence and has held senior positions in leading professional services firms such Allens, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Ernst & Young, the Kaplan & Norton Palladium Group, and major infrastructure organisations such as APP Corporation and Transfield Services.





 
David Leaney
  Managing Director | Strategium

David Leaney is a highly experienced management consultant, who understands strategy, people, process, and technology.  He has a track record of delivering benefits and quality outcomes across a range of business and technology assignments and understands how to get the best out of a team in a programme environment.  David is a lecturer in the MBA programs at ANU and the Australian Graduate School of Management, and has experience in government, utilities, banking, and engineering.  David's academic qualifications include BEng(Comms), MSc(Aero), and MBA(TechMgmt), and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML) and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).  David is the Managing Director of Australian management consultancy Strategium.





 
Alex Buchanan
  Director of Digital Transformation | Strategium

Alex Buchanan is a Principal Consultant, software engineer, and highly experienced program and project manager with 20 years’ experience in ICT, in a career that has spanned both government and private industry.  He is practical, positive, and action oriented, building strong relationships with stakeholders, staff, and partners.  His roles have included business management, product ownership, project and portfolio management, strategic business analysis, software development, quality assurance, and sales.  Alex is the co-founder of Strategium, and is the company’s CIO and CTO, leading Strategium’s work with AI.





 
Ali Dibaj
  Director | TBH

Ali is a civil engineering degree-qualified Principal with 20 years of experience, specialising in Integrated Project Controls (IPC), and Planning Management for complex projects across various industries, including extensive work across Australia, the Middle East, and Asia. His expertise encompasses the development and implementation of IPC systems and services, making significant contributions to multifaceted and multidisciplinary portfolios.

Ali initially started his career working on major construction projects, gaining excellent understanding of the technical aspect of construction.  His experience in the construction process, enables the development, implementation and management of accurate project controls systems and processes with a high focus on planning, cost management, estimation, risk, and quality assurance that can be practically implemented on site. Ali has excellent technical ability and analytical skills to provide accurate insight to enhance performance, overcome delivery problems and manage risk. 

Ali's expertise extends to major capital projects across diverse sectors including rail, energy, roads, water and wastewater, and oil and gas. He has demonstrated capability in handling projects with multiple delivery partners and complex interfaces, often working within high-pressure environments to solve challenging delivery problems. His recent years have seen him specialize in the development, integration, and establishment of IPC functions and systems, marking him as an expert in his field.





 
Ryan Darby
  Success and AI Lead | Sensei Project Solutions

Ryan is leading the drive for AI in project and portfolio management and control software at Sensei. Ryan has been implementing project management, controls and PMO's for over 20 years.

Ryan holds a Masters in Project Management, Masters in Computer Science, Advanced Certificate in Project Management from Stanford, and is a current PhD candidate in AI as applied to project management.





 
Simon Phillips
  Capability Uplift Manager | RMIT University

Simon has been leading and supporting organisational transformation through the successful delivery of projects, programs and portfolios for 25+ years. He has a held roles in a range of industries as a consultant, contractor and employee and been responsible for projects and programs valued at $100m+ and for portfolios that span multiple continents. ​With a background as an engineer followed by 10+ years in consulting, Simon is passionate about how technology can support people to deliver better. At RMIT he has been leading the uplift of project sponsorship through the review of all major projects as part of a mature Project Initiation Review (PIR) process.​ He is an active member of the Australian Institute of Project Management (registered as CPPD) and mentors other project managers. More recently Simon has been guest lecturing at the RMIT Bachelor of Project management.​ Outside of work Simon enjoys high-definition audio systems and vintage Italian cars.​





 
Kym Henderson
  Chair | PGCS

Kym Henderson is an accomplished information technology project manager and project controls manager experienced in the application of EVM on major Defence projects and also commercial sector projects utilising tailored, “EVM‑like” techniques. He is currently employed as an integrated project controls consultant – Defence by TBH Pty Limited, a specialist Australian project controls consulting organisation.

Professionally, in addition to being the Chair of the PGCS Limited, he currently has the following roles:

  • Chair Standards Australia MB-012 Committee (project, programme and portfolio management) from August 2023. He is currently establishing an MB-012 Working Group to examine the feasibility of developing an ISO Cost estimating standard which could then be adopted by Australia.

  • Convenor and Project Leader of ISO Technical Committee 258 (project, programme and portfolio management) Working Group 12 from 2019 where Kym is:

    • Has lead the development the ISO EVM Implementation Guidance which is the companion “how to” International Standard which describes how EVM can implemented in accordance with the ISO EVM standard and AS4817 – 2019.

    • Is currently leading the updates to the ISO EVM Standard and ISO Work Breakdown Structure standards
He has been a long standing passionate global advocate for the adoption of EVM and Earned Schedule.

The ISO EVM standard has globalized EVM and is a significant development in promoting the worldwide adoption of the method which is still regarded as a project controls “best practice”.





 
Dr Leila Moslemi Naeni
  Senior Lecturer, Project Management | University of Technology Sydney

Dr Leila Moslemi is an internationally acclaimed project management expert and the director of the UTS postgraduate Project Management program. Her research spans project controls, project performance evaluation under uncertain conditions, and the use of disruptive technologies for performance management. Her goal is to facilitate technological and industrial transformation by improving contemporary project management practices.

With a background in engineering and computer science and over seven years of experience in the construction industry, Leila takes a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to her work. She is renowned for developing and proposing fuzzy methods for project evaluation and for applying a broad range of mathematical modelling and data analysis techniques. Her current research focuses on the impact of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) on infrastructure projects, the role of technologies and gamification in project management education and managing uncertainties in project valuation and portfolio management.

Leila has published extensively in leading journals, including the International Journal of Project Management, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Computers & Operations Research and Expert Systems with Applications. She received the 2016 Project Management Research Award from the Australian Project Management Institute (NSW) for her research on using specialized control charts for monitoring project performance. She has held Project Management Professional certification since 2013 and she is an onsite team member of the PMI Global Accreditation Centre.

She has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle (2017) and a Master of Industrial Engineering (2007) from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, and a Bachelor of Industrial engineering (2004) from the Iran University of Science and Technology.





 
Wayne Greenwood
  Managing Director | Priority Management Australia

Over forty years operational and project experience in aviation, logistics, oil and gas, transport, education, government and tourism.  During the past 14 years I have has scheduled 23 oilrig refits for Transocean, Seadrill and Shelf Drilling in UAE, Scotland, Singapore, Bahrain, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In addition I have consulted on the construction of two new drill ships for Transocean. The Atlas and the Titan both were built at the Jurong shipyards in Singapore and are the most technically advanced drill ships ever constructed with a budget of 1.5 Billion USD per ship. My role was to examine the schedules for both ships and report back to the Project Manager and to Head office on why the schedules provided by the shipyard were not accurate and not likely to be met.  Other commercial projects include the planning of the Timbukai Oil Field for Vestigo, the Heat Shield Project on the Galaxy 1 project for Total and the Cobar Rail Freight Line. In addition I scheduled the Finance Track of the G20 Summit and the Election Ready Roadmap for the Australian Electoral Commission. I created the 10552NAT Certificate III in Project Administration in 2015 which was accredited by Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and reaccredited in 2021.





 
John Kanis
  Executive Director | Synergy Group

John is an exceptional professional with a true passion for helping organisations thrive. He excels at uncovering their strengths and crafting innovative solutions to address their challenges.

He has had the privilege of working with a range of government departments, senior leaders, executives, and APS staff throughout his career. This has provided him with a unique insight into the strengths and challenges of the sector. ​

John's exceptional communication and facilitation skills guarantee that every engagement is not just successful, but also surpasses the expectations of key stakeholders, forging long-term and trusted partnerships. ​

His expertise in Complex Facilitation and Negotiation; Integrated Business Planning; Business Optimisation, Independent Assurance; and Organisational Change Management; as well as Enterprise Performance Management and Benefits Realisation, brings value to any project or initiative.​



Masterclass Presenters



 
Glen B. Alleman, MSSM
  NIWOT RIDGE CONSULTING LLC | COLORADO, USA

Mr Glen Alleman more than 30 years’ experience in Program Performance Management includes aerospace, defence, electric utilities, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and enterprise IT.

Glen provides program planning and controls on US government contracts, for flight avionics systems, embedded control systems, enterprise business system, and biopharma product development.

Glen’s professional organization contributions include Joint Space Cost Council developing guidance for continuous risk management to Space Systems increase the probability cost and schedule growth in the presence of the uncertainty of complex system of systems.

Glen’s most recent book contributions include chapters The Practitioner’s Handbook of Project Performance: Agile, Waterfall and Beyond, 1st Edition, Routledge, 2019.

Journal articles and training materials or Risk Management, Earned Value Management, Government and Commercial Project Management. These works are based on a previous book Performance-Based Project Management, American Management Association, 2014 and contents in The Story of Managing Projects: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Edited by Elias G. Carayannis, Praeger, 2005.





 
Christina Snyder
  ICEAA Board President | International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association

Christina N. Snyder, CCEA® currently serves as the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) Board President. Mrs. Snyder is a CCEA® certified cost analyst with almost two decades of probabilistic modelling experience and is a senior analyst with Systems Planning & Analysis (SPA). In her current role, Mrs. Snyder acts as a strategic advisor to multiple clients, delivering products such as business case analyses, analysis of alternatives, risk/opportunity quantification, life cycle cost estimates, cost assurances, and “what-if” analyses. Building upon her mathematical foundation, her recent research has focused on effective communication to decision makers and within teams. Wanting to improve the literature on how to communicate cost estimates in a way that would inspire action and resonate, Mrs. Snyder presented “Storytelling for Cost Estimators” at the ICEAA Virtual Workshop in 2020.

In 2021, she received a best paper award for her original research surveying the cost estimating community to question “Does Cost Team Leadership Matter” –discovering that the soft skills of the cost team lead ultimately do impact team effectiveness. Knowing that technical skills alone will only take estimators so far, her 2022 paper “CE2: Communication and Empowerment for Cost Estimators” leveraged communication and empowerment training to demonstrate how all cost estimators can use soft skills to exponentially impact their analyses. Both of these papers were then published in the Journal of Cost Analysis & Parametrics.

In addition to continuously supporting the annual ICEAA Professional Development & Training Workshop, she has presented training to the U.S. Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Canadian National Defence Virtual Comptrollers’ Conference. Ms. Snyder holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Computational Mathematics with a Concentration in Statistics from Virginia Tech.





 Val Jonas

  CEO | Risk Decisions Group

Val Jonas has been CEO of Risk Decisions Ltd since 1998 and is a recognised global risk management specialist. She works closely with clients, runs risk masterclasses, and leads conversations on the cultural, process and technical issues across project, product, business, strategic and enterprise risk management. She advises organisations implementing Risk Decisions’ Predict! risk management system, and has many white papers, articles and presentations to her name.

She is risk subject matter expert to ISO and BSI committees (ISO 258/WG12 Earned Value Management and BSI 202001 Project Controls), non-executive director for the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) and Chair of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) Risk Leadership special interest group. Val was involved in the UK Office of Government Commerce's 'Management of Risk' guidance and collaborated on risk management guidance with the Association of Project Management, Project Management Institute, College of Performance Management and US National Defence Industry Association.

Risk Decisions develops and sells the Predict! risk management software and supporting services to global organisations, to help bring major projects in on-time and on-budget.

Val has a joint honours BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Oxford University.

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