Dr Dominic Ahiaga-Dagbui

Group Leader

Transport Infrastructure, Cost Management, Industry 4.0, Front-End Project Governance, Risk Management

Dominic’s research focuses on delivery of large and complex infrastructure projects, taking into consideration future operational costs, adaptability and end-user needs. His academic contributions are in the areas of construction cost overrun, future-proofing infrastructure, front-end project governance and client-capabilities for cost-effective asset procurement.

+61 35 227 8074


Dr Jamal Thaheem

Group Co-Lead

Risk Management, Decision-making, Sustainability, Circular economy

Jamal’s research focuses on managing risk and making decisions in large public-sector infrastructure projects delivered through alternative modes like public-private partnership. Alongside, he also does research on the sustainability of the built environment. He teaches a variety of construction management subjects ranging from contract administration to project planning and management.

+61 3 522 73716


Asheem Shrestha

Dr Asheem Shrestha

Theme Leader

Risk Management, Public Private Partnerships, Water Infrastructure

Asheem is a senior lecturer at the School of Architecture and Built environment, Deakin Universitry. He was trained as a civil engineer and has 20 years of experience in construction practice, teaching and research. Asheem’s research expertise is in mega projects delivery and public private partnerships, particularly in areas of risk assessment, management and allocation. His other research interests include procurement of large infrastructure projects, construction economics and sustainable built environment.

+61 3 522 78068


Dr Ameeta Jain

Theme Leader

Resilience and Sustainability

Ameeta’s research centres around issues of sustainability and resilience. Most recently the focus of her work has been on policies relating to sustainable cities, specifically the application of SDG in national and regional settings. Ameeta has worked with local councils in Victoria to map their localisation of the SDGs. She is currently working on projects addressing the resilience of the real-estate and property industry in Australia. She has been invited by media and industry groups on various occasions to discuss her research.

+61 3 924 46151


Associate Professor Kris Law

Theme Leader

Organisational Learning & Developments, Infrastructure Systems, Business Ecosystems, Project management, Innovation and Knowledge Management, Entrepreneurship

As/Prof Kris Law is an active researcher with extensive international exposure. She was the Discipline lead in engineering management at the School of Engineering, Deakin University. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary engineering management and organisational development topics around Organisational Learning & Development, Infrastructure Systems, Business Ecosystems, Project management, Innovation and Knowledge Management, and Entrepreneurship.

+61 3 522 73533


Dr Jerry Liang

Theme Leader

Value capture, public investment, transportation economics, housing economics

Dr Jian Liang a senior Lecturer of Property and Real Estate in the Department of Finance in Deakin Business School. His research interests include value capture of infrastructure and public investment, transportation economics, urban development, and housing economics. Dr Jerry is currently involved in the following projects – Value capture of transportation infrastructure in Australia, Impact of COVID lockdown on the housing market and urban structure, and CSR performance in property industry

+61 3 9246 8991


Dr Nateque Mahmood

Theme Leader: Sustainability and Asset Management

Sustainable Infrastructure, Infrastructure Policy, Asset Management

Dr. Mahmood is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University. He has more than 14 years of experience in civil and residential construction. Nateque’s research interests are in sustainability in infrastructure projects, infrastructure asset management, and infrastructure policy. He had been involved in research at the CRC for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM), Airport Metropolis Project (ARC Linkage), Strategic Asset Management project with DILGP in Australia.

+61 3 522 73778


Anthony Mills

Prof Tony Mills

Infrastructure Procurement, Alliance Contracting, Risk Management, Value Management, Cost management

Professor Anthony (Tony) is Chair of Construction Management, and formally Head of School of Architecture and Built environment, Deakin University. Tony’s research expertise is in project procurement in particular relationship-based approaches, including alliancing and public private partnerships. His other research interests include cost management of large infrastructure projects, construction economics and sustainable built environment practice. Prof Mills has a long history of leading teams on industry research projects, in collaboration with; Local, State, and Federal Government authorities, and also with private consultants and contractors. He is formally the National President of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, and is currently international Vice President of the global network of the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors.

+61 3 522 78311


Dr Matteo Donato

Industry Liaison

Supply Chains, Organisational Behaviour, Procurement, Recycling and reuse, Logistics. 

Matteo has 35 years of construction management experience in both Civil Construction and Commercial Buildings.  Matteo’s industry experience was gained through working with a number of civil contractors particularly on the reuse and repurposing of excavated material. His research career focuses on the areas of procurement processes, supply chain relationships and Project Management, examining how resources availability influences the behaviour of supply chains.


John Kite

Industry Liaison

Infrastructure, Social and Affordable Housing and Construction Safety

John Kite has a diverse background in the building industry, which includes many years in senior roles in Construction Management. John was the key “architect” who designed and managed an innovative training program which was implemented at RMIT. This program was the winner in the Industry Collaboration Award in partnership with Metricon and the Master Builders Association at the 2016 Victorian government Training Awards. John supports academic teams with industry engagement to enhance industry research.

+61 3 522 78478


Strategic Industry Advisory Panel

The Megaprojects Group engages with several stakeholders in the engineering and construction industry. Our Strategic Industry Advisory Panel provides input into our research so that our outputs can be practical, topical, innovative and industry-leading.

Sonya Campbell

Deputy Secretary, Commercial

NSW Treasury

Sonya joined NSW Treasury in September 2018 following an extensive career in the private sector specialising in PPP and major project procurement. Prior to the current role, Sonya was the Executive Director and Head of the Infrastructure and Structured Finance Unit at NSW Treasury. Sonya joined NSW Government with a passion for improving the efficiency of infrastructure procurement and delivery. Sonya is a member of the IPFA Australia Branch Council, the NSW Construction Leadership Group (CLG) and Construction Industry Leadership Forum (CILF). Sonya is at the forefront of work being done by the NSW CLG to implement a program of specific measures to improve collaboration and risk allocation across the construction sector.

Lisa Kinross


Civil Contractors Federation (Victoria)

Lisa is a highly qualified, experienced executive and transformational leader with over 20 years’ experience in management, human resources and education/training. Recently Lisa has been a leader and advocate for innovation and driving future skills development across the Water Industry nationally. She is a strategic advisor to industry, invited to sit on a number of industry committees and is highly networked. Drawing on her networks she passionately brings about collaboration and sharing of ideas, knowledge, resources and experience.

In her recent role as Head of the National Water and Safety Centre at Chisholm, she has been an industry disrupter and has delivered year on year outstanding growth in both revenue and client satisfaction.

Damien Augustinus

Managing Director, Origination


Damien leads the Melbourne Origination team, which focuses on the bidding and development of infrastructure and property projects in the Asia-Pacific region. Since joining Plenary in 2010, Damien’s project experience includes leading numerous bids and involvement in projects such as the Sydney Metro Northwest, Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, High Capacity Metro Trains and the Western Roads Upgrade. Before joining Plenary, Damien gained significant Australian and international infrastructure development experience as a Director in the Infrastructure Finance team at Babcock & Brown based in Singapore and Melbourne, and as an Associate Director in the Infrastructure Capital Group of ABN AMRO based in Melbourne.

David Radcliffe

Strategic Advisor

Suburban Rail Loop Authority, Victoria

Colin Lang

Senior Commercial Manager

Major Road Projects Victoria

Jane Northey

Conversions Lead

John Holland

Aman Khan

Planning Manager (Enterprise / Portfolio)

Metro Trains Melbourne

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