Chief Executive Officer
John Grill Centre for Project Leadership
The University of Sydney
Suresh Cuganesan is CEO of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership and a Professor at the University of Sydney Business School. Suresh’s research focuses on the areas of strategy execution, leading change and governance. His area of focus is on how public and private-sector enterprises can improve their achievement of policy and strategic goals through being better aligned, collaborative and innovative in their programs and projects.
Prior to his academic career, Suresh worked in institutional banking and management consulting in charge of research, strategy analysis, business development and project delivery.
Suresh has also held leadership positions in the higher education industry, including as Associate Dean of Research and Foundation Research Centre Director, and is passionate about applied research and executive education that delivers a real impact for organisations.
He has advised and consulted for organisations in financial services, energy, law enforcement, transport, government and recruitment services. Suresh has published numerous academic research articles in leading international and national journals and has been successful in generating over $2.5 million in external funding (including Australian Research Council Grants) for his research.
CEO John Grill Centre for Project Leadership | Professor at University of Sydney Business School | Strategy execution, leading change and governance | Published in numerous leading international and national journals
New practices creating strategic value through projects and change programs – Insights from executives
A portfolio of projects and programs must collectively advance the organisation to deliver on its strategy. C-suite executives are slowly recognising the link between an organisations success in achieving its strategic goals and the leadership of individual portfolios and projects.
A series of interviews with senior executives from iconic organisations leading major and transformational projects in Australia has put a spotlight on the current pressing challenges facing organisations and how they are addressing these challenges to make a headway in their portfolio of projects.
The presentation shares insights and practical lessons on how these progressive project-facing organisations are embracing new practices to adapt to these challenges through:
- Creating a customer centric and stewardship culture
- Ensuring project and change delivery is central
- Rethinking governance
- Addressing capital allocation differently
- Placing partnerships over procurement
These insights and lessons are invaluable for the project management community and the future leaders of projects to learn about the strategies of leading organisations to thrive in increasingly complex project environments.