Industry Fellows

Dr Darius Danesh
Dr Darius Danesh

Industry Fellow - Portfolio Management

Darius has been working in various executive engineering and management roles in government and private sectors. He advises on a range of subjects including project portfolio management, infrastructure development, multi-criteria decision-making and decision support systems, strategic leadership and knowledge management, organisational performance improvement, quality audit and risk management.

Samin Pedram
Samin Pedram

Industry Fellow – Infrastructure Development

Phone: +61 2 6268 8593

Location: Room 228, Ground floor Bld 21

Email: samin.pedram@adfa.edu.au

Sam is a registered project director and an urban planner with experience in a variety of planning and management roles in government and private sectors. She holds a Master’s degree in Planning, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and a Diploma in Project Management.

She has been an active member of several professional institutions including the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and provides mentoring and coaching through various professional mentoring programs.

She undertakes research and advises on a range of subjects including urban and regional planning, infrastructure development, and program and project management.

In addition to being an Industry Fellow, Sam is responsible for coordinating all projects that are undertaken by the Capability Systems Centre. She works closely with project team members, managers and clients to help deliver projects on time, within budget and to high quality standards.

Bradley Flux
Bradley Flux

Industry Fellow – Defence and C4I

Brad’s career in Defence spanned a number of diverse roles over a 30-year period that included engineering, project management, leading change initiatives and cost analysis.  Career highlights include Acting Electronics Systems Division Head, Director General Command and Support Systems and Head Cost Analysis Branch.  Brad’s responsibilities for project delivery and sustainment extended to Army, Navy, Air Force and CIOG Capability Managers.

Brad joined the Capability Systems Centre at UNSW Canberra in Mar 2017 where he has supported capability development, including integration and interoperability, preparation of CLC artefacts, technical investigations, identification of Defence projects’ lessons learnt and preparation of training courses.

Dr Shari Soutberg
Dr Shari Soutberg

Industry Fellow – Defence and Systems Engineering

Dr Shari Soutberg has over 30 years experience in the Defence sector, with a focus on materiel acquisition, sustainment, organisational improvement and reform. Shari is currently an Industry Fellow at the UNSW Capability System Centre. 

Significant activities include development of a framework for delivery of joint force outcomes, training courses on capability development in Defence, and an analysis of systemic issues in Defence projects.

Prior to this, Shari was the acting Chief Systems Engineer for CASG and a member of the Defence First Principles Review (FPR) Capability Lifecycle (CLC) team which developed capability management reform initiatives. As Director Systems Engineering and later Director Materiel Engineering in CASG, Shari led the development and implementation of Defence engineering policy and guidance, including changes arising from the WHS Act 2011. Shari provided stewardship of the Defence Engineering and Technical Job Family through establishing learning and development structures and supporting Defence corporate engineering and technical workforce planning including industrial relations engagement. Whilst in the Office of the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Industry, Shari was a significant contributor to the Defence Industry Policy leading to the role of Director Industry Policy.

Shari joined the Department of Defence as an undergraduate cadet engineer after which she worked on maritime platforms and equipment and as a project manager for naval projects. Shari has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), Masters of Management Economics, and a Doctor of Philosophy which addressed requirements development in Defence capability management.  

Matthew Colbert

Industry Fellow – Defence and C4I

Matt is a systems and telecommunications engineer with experience in Defence communications and information systems, and Defence project and capability management.

During his 20 year Air Force career, Matt planned and conducted ICT aspects of military operations, managed Defence communications and surveillance projects, and oversaw Defence’s strategic satellite communications operations.

Matt lectures and consults on communications systems, and has particular interests in satellite communications and space situational awareness.

Chris Miles
Chris Miles

Industry Fellow – Capability Development and Complex Program Management

Chris is an experienced capability development and complex program management professional, having held senior executive level appointments domestically and abroad.

During his military career, Chris developed and analysed various land based capabilities for Australian Government approval. Furthermore, he managed and directed large scale acquisition and sustainment programs for the Australian Defence Force.

In recent times, Chris was employed internationally as a senior advisor, where he provided expert high-level advice and mentored senior executives to achieve strategic and operational level capability development, acquisition and sustainment outcomes.