Speaker Spotlight: A quick chat with Pedram Danesh-Mand
- Tell us about your current role
As a Director of KPMG Australia in Project Risk Consulting, I lead and inspire our teams for providing the Integrated Project Controls (Scope, Time, Cost, Risk) and Risk/Contingency Management solutions to our public and private clients across a wide range of industries including infrastructure, transport, energy natural resources (ENR), telecommunication and Defence.
- What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
It is an easy question but a difficult one to answer, because I really believe every project and every team has its own challenges and opportunities to make a difference. I have been lucky enough to contribute to many of these impact making projects, including Building Education Revolution (BER), National Broadband Network (NBN), APLNG Upstream, Ichthys Power Plant, Ballina Bypass Alliance and Sydney Metro, but by far the most interesting program that I have worked on has been the Wave Control transformation program on $16B infrastructure projects for Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). As part of an integrated project team, we developed and implemented an integrated project controls platform including cost estimation, planning/scheduling, risk/contingency management and project/portfolio reporting as well as change management. In addition, we also trained 500 people on good practices of project controls and risk management across NSW. Helping others to be successful is by far my best moments.
- How would you sum up your approach to engineering in three words?
The only certainty is Uncertainty! All projects and decisions are surrounded by risks and uncertainties; it is how they are assessed, managed and communicated that really makes a difference. As engineers, we are at our most effective position when we help our clients to assess and manage risks and uncertainties or turn them into opportunities. Meticulous planning and a structured approach to risk management support effective decision making for optimum outcomes.
- Why do you think conferences like RISK-PCC are important?
I was attracted to the risk engineering profession by the diversity of the career and its practical application in every decision making – we are always learning, always having new experiences with new team members. Engineering profession is also giving us the opportunity to make a difference to our communities for good. Opportunities like RISK-PCC help raise not only our own career and personal profile but also the profile of our employer and profession. In addition, industry conferences like RISK-PCC can add a layer of group enjoyment to managing our career growth by mixing a social and networking aspect into our learning and personal branding efforts.
- What are your most looking forward to at RISK-PCC?
As a long term member of Risk Engineering Society (RES) and its current President in NSW, I have had privilege to attend many of these RISK conferences over my career. But every time, I am impatiently looking forward to meeting our RES members, industry peers, local and international high profile speakers, friends and colleagues. By sharing our experiences and knowledge, we will not only raise the profile of our profession but also attract and coach the next generation of us! This is an exciting journey together!
With a successful record of executive positions with high profile companies and as an industry innovation award winner, Pedram has contributed to a number of major projects across Australia and overseas.
As KPMG’s Director Project Risk Consulting, Pedram leads and inspires teams for setting a benchmark for delivery of Integrated Project Controls (Scope, Time, Cost, Risk) and Project Risk Management to provide clients transparent and practical risk engineering solutions.
Prior to this, Pedram was Jacobs Technical Director Risk Management across Asia Pacific and Middle East and also UGL Engineering National Head of Planning & Risk with in a wide range of projects across Water, Power Generation, Power Systems, Coal, LNG/Oil & Gas.
Pedram is an innovation award winner from Australia’s Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) authority and CPB Contractors for his exceptional knowledge and practical application of statistical analysis and the Primavera system in analysing project risks and schedules.
He has been the NSW President of Risk Engineering Society (RES) since 2013. Pedram has been a committee member of a number of industry events and conferences including a number of RES RISK conference as well as co-chair of the RISK and Project Controls Conference, May 2019.
Pedram is highly skilled in Project Planning, Controls, Monte Carlo Simulation, Schedule/Cost Risk Analysis, Earned Value (EV), and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). Pedram is also a casual lecturer and tutor on risk management (postgraduate level) at University of Technology, Sydney and Western Sydney University.
During his career path, Pedram has successfully helped high level Government Agencies, Law Firms and top contractors while working on many major projects including:
- $16b Wave Program, Roads & Maritime Services
- $11b Sydney Metro City & Southwest
- $11b WestConnex
- $11b APLNG Upstream
- $5b Brisbane Underground & Bus
- $900m Inpex Ichthys LNG CCPP Project
- $100m Solomon Power Station, FMG;
- RGP5, delay claim;
- Gold Coast Rapid Rail, Due Diligence RLB;
- Revesby Turnback Project, Thiess vs TIDC;
- NBN in TAS, NSW, SA;
- North West Growth Centre;
- Sydney Southern Freight Line;
- Upper Hunter Valley Alliance;
- $500m Ballina Bypass; and
- $200m North West T-Way.
Pedram is also the main author of RES Contingency Guideline, published by Engineers Australia Risk Engineering Society in May 2016.