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.

Nick Stoker
Nick Stoker

Industry Fellow – Defence and Maritime

Email: n.stoker@adfa.edu.au

Nick has over 30 years of experience in Defence, with more recent focus on capability development and management within the maritime domain during implementation of the Defence First Principals Review (FPR) and the reform of the capability development process. Nick is currently an Industry Fellow at the UNSW Capability Systems Centre.

During his military career as a Principal Warfare Officer he fulfilled several command appointments and capability sponsor roles across a number of major capital acquisition programs associated with implementation of the Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Plan including the ADF’s Joint Amphibious Capability and Offshore Patrol Vessel. His capability management experience has supported government decision-making by leveraging Defence Capability Life Cycle (CLC) ‘behavioural’ changes to meet strategic and operational capability outcomes.  

Nick holds a Master’s of Arts in Strategic Studies; a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography; a Graduate Diploma of Management (Defence Studies) and a Diploma of Applied Science in Meteorology.

Bernard Edwards
Bernard Edwards

Email: bernard.edwards@adfa.edu.au

Bernard has had over 30 years of experience in Defence & Defence Industry. He has recently finished a 16 year career with Thales where he was extensively involved with Vehicle Electronic Systems both on Bushmaster (Protected Mobility Vehicle Medium) and Hawkei (Protected Mobility Vehicle Light). He has implemented several contracts with Defence. During his military career he was involved with Project BLUEFIN, the Counter Terrorist upgrade for the Sydney Olympic Games. He completed 6 ATSOC and has a natural affinity for military technology. Given the combination of his Defence and Industry experience he brings a unique skill set to the CSC.
 
Bernard holds a Master in Defence Studies from Kings College, University of London: a Masters in Management (Integrated Logistic Support) from UNSW Canberra, a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy & Politics) from Macquarie University and Diploma of Teaching plus a host of Industry related short courses.