Industry Fellows

Dr Darius Danesh
Dr Darius Danesh

Industry Fellow - Portfolio Management

Location: Room 232, Ground floor Bld 21

Email: darius.danesh@adfa.edu.au 

Dr. Darius Danesh is a Fellow Certified Practising Portfolio Executive (FAIPM CPPE) and a Fellow Chartered Professional Engineering Executive (FIEAust CPEng EngExec RPEQ NER APEC Engineer IntPE) with extensive experience in a variety of engineering and leadership roles in the government and private sectors. He has worked across a diverse range of industries including Defence, Infrastructure, Transport, Energy, Oil and Gas, and Mining.

He has led many complex programs and advises on a range of subjects including Project Portfolio Management, PMO Development and Management, Program Management Centre of Excellence, Organisational Change Management and Performance Improvement, Organisational Maturity Assessment, Strategic Leadership and Asset Management, Multi-criteria Decision-Making and Decision Support Systems, Infrastructure Development, Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Programs, Quality Audit and Risk Management.

Darius holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees in Engineering Science and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Project Management from the University of New South Wales (UNSW); and a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Project Management. He is an Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) endorsed RegPM Certification Assessor and has been a panelist for numerous Chartered Professional Engineering (CPEng) assessment interviews.

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.

David Brown, CSM
David Brown, CSM

Industry Fellow – Naval Combat and Weapons Systems/Systems Engineering

Email: david.brown2@adfa.edu.au 

David Brown is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Marine Engineer (CMarEng), through Institute of Marine Engineering, Science, and Technology (IMarEST) with 24 years of experience operating and supporting submarines and surface combatants as a Navy Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer. He specializes in the upkeep, update, upgrade and employment of sensors, communications systems, combat management systems and associated weapons and payloads.

He has lead and managed engineering departments on both submarines and surface combatants during the preparation for and conduct of a diverse range of overseas operations. He worked for three years as a Deputy Project Manager in the US Naval Sea System Command managing the development, production and support of submarine tactical and weapon control system under an Armaments Cooperative Project between Australia and the United States of America, where he worked with Defence and Industry to optimize capability outcomes for both Navies.

David was the inaugural Technical Requirements Manager and Combat System Engineer for Australia’s Future Submarine Project (SEA1000), where he coordinated the establishment of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Modelling and Simulation to provide compelling and defensible evidence-based decision support. David also has experience in Seaworthiness, certification and safety, and gained broad exposure to a range of contemporary capability issues during his last role before joining Capability Systems Centre in 2019 as the Deputy Director Submarines–Engineering within Navy Headquarters’ Submarines Branch.

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electrical) Honours Class 1, and Master’s degrees in Project Management, Defence Capability Development and Acquisition, and Systems Engineering, all from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow with Institute of Engineering, Science, and Technology (IMarEST), and a member of Engineers Australia (IEAust), International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).