Judges are chosen for their depth and breadth of knowledge.
All Judges work under a non-disclosure agreement and are asked to identify any potential conflict of interests prior to judging.
The Judging panel will be:
Peter is inspired by delivering project and portfolio change - based on my portfolio, project and change management experience in food manufacturing and export supply chain improvements.
Currently my focus is project portfolio management for Global Operations, Fonterra's New Zealand based manufacturing and logistics division. This supports a wide range of capital investments and business improvement projects. It’s a great opportunity to guide the development and capability of people, processes and our business performance.
My work is based on a career across a wide range of roles: programme management, business capability improvement, SAP deployment, technical management, product development, and Quality Assurance.
Dr Fahimeh Zaeri
Dr Fahimeh Zaeri is a Business Improvement Consultant who has successfully lead engagements to develop a data-driven culture and improve the use of technology solutions in both the Public and Private sectors. Fahimeh has been driving process and performance improvement in projects and organizations in New Zealand and overseas and achieved successful outcomes by development and implementation of results-driven, data-oriented, evidence-based, and proactive management cultures. Her improvements areas have focused on data and technology while she has been working as a consultant/advisor for over 15 years to promote data visualisation and simulation solutions in government organisations and building & infrastructure sectors.
Fahimeh’s latest consulting project within a public sector agency in NZ focused on “Business Intelligence and Performance Reporting” where data analytics strategy plan, visualisation and reporting products have been designed and implemented for a target group of 100+ audiences at a national level. Through this consulting role, she designed solutions in which allowed the client to effectively use their existing technology solutions (from Microsoft Suite to specific Technology solutions for Project Management services) and the power of data towards achieving quality measurable outcomes that align with business and stakeholders requirements.
Through her academic and research background, Fahimeh also contributed to the delivery of fieldwork research outcomes that have been nominated for multiple awards. She has demonstrated the value of fieldwork research by the completion of her doctoral degree in one of the largest infrastructure projects in New Zealand, the Auckland Waterview project. Fahimeh’s fieldwork research contributed to the successful delivery of the project using technology (simulation) for operations management, and promoted a Lean culture using a Data-driven approach.
Gary Nelson, PMP
Gary M. Nelson has worked on and managed information systems projects since 1989. His international experience includes projects in New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US and Canada, and “virtual” engagements with hundreds of teams around the globe. He has managed projects in the telecommunication and public sectors, ranging from public education to local government and healthcare. He is currently a Change Manager at Waikato District Health Board, supporting a large programme of healthcare improvement projects.
He is also the author of six project management books, a past chair of the Northern branch of PMI New Zealand, and a past VP Communications for the PMI-West Coast BC Chapter in Canada. His Project Kids Adventures series of PM novels for youth have been translated into Portuguese, Japanese and Spanish, with a Manga graphic novel adaptation in progress.
Dr. Wallace Imoudu Enegbuma
Wallace is a senior lecturer with Victoria University of Wellington, delivering building information modelling (BIM) integrated project management expertise to future project management graduates and post-graduates. He has published over 30 academic articles comprising book chapters, journals and conferences. His research has been extensively cited by fellow academics in construction research.
His research focus is on BIM adoption with specific interest in retrofitting, cost analysis, heritage, smart building and project management. He has also been appointed reviewer, session’s chair, and editorial committee for several international conferences. He holds membership and service with Project Management Institute (PMI), New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB), Association of Researcher in Construction Management (ARCOM) and New Zealand BIM Education Working Group (NBEWG). He enjoys travel and chess during leisure.
Phil Guerin is a Gateway reviewer and Certified Management Consultant (CMC). He is a director of Hague Consulting Ltd and has been a project manager, programme manager and project consultant. He is now a management consultant specialising in strategy implementation. His work includes process improvement, strategic review, options analysis, project and programme design, project rescue, and project and programme management.
Phil has worked extensively in the public sector, private sector and for NGOs. His background is in finance, operations and information systems. He is Lean Six Sigma certified and has consulted internationally on business excellence. Phil is the current President of Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) New Zealand, a member of PMI New Zealand and a member of the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation and Business Excellence Institute (Dublin). Phil has been a judge in the PMINZ awards in two previous years.
Ben Holland Meng (Hons) MTech FEngNZ CPEng CEng MICE
Ben has over 25 years’ project management and directorship experience predominantly in the design and delivery of transport infrastructure. He is currently General Manager Transformation, Commercial and Major Project Governance WSP. He emigrated to NZ in 1998 with his wife, he now has two children both of whom are at university. In the last ten years, he has been driving the project management process improvements for WSP (formerly Opus). His improvements have focused on policy, process and system improvements as well as developing training courses for all levels of individuals and developed their PM accreditation process. He has recently taken on the Challenge of running the WSP Transformation programme. In his free time ben enjoys tramping and music.
Shankar is a successful Senior Executive who has had an extensive experience in a variety of roles in Engineering and Project Management. He started his Electronics Engineering career with Siemens in their Power Electronics Division and later moved into Information Technology working for IBM and successfully managing and delivering a variety of projects such as Systems Integration, Package implementation, Applications development and maintenance, I T Consulting etc. for organisations world wide in different sectors such as Banking, Transport, Communication and Engineering. He has been an active speaker in conferences ajnd teaches Project Management at the Unitec Institute of Technology Auckland. He is an active volunteer member of PMI, New Zealand chapter.
Shankar is an electrical and electronics engineer by education, from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India and a Post Graduate in Industrial Engineering from National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai. He obtained his PMP certification in April 1999 and continues to maintain it.
Shankar is currently the Managing Director of the Electronic Partners Limited, an Electronics design and development firm in Auckland, New Zealand. He is also passionate about technology and enjoys producing innovative products and services for clients to solve their business problems.
Simon has been in the IT industry for 30 years, in roles spanning the software development lifecycle and into leadership. He has project managed the delivery of some significant public sector solutions including the Case Management System for Justice, the National Student Index for Education, and RealMe for State Services Commission. He is passionate about the creation of enduing assets of value to customers, as well as team dynamics, project management, leadership and motivation styles that foster successful outcomes for all involved. Although he never attained PMP status (which we forgive him for), he did embark on the training in 2007 until a promotion to Business Manager derailed his intentions. He remains a keen supporter of PMI as an organisation, and the PMP qualification as a quality project management standard. His long-term involvement in the in-school programmeTechHub, which encourages students of varying experiences into Digital Technology, won him the ‘New Zealand IT Professional of the Year’ award in 2018.
Donna brings a wealth of experience to her roles with 26 years’ experience in the fields of engineering and project management professional services, business continuity and technology sectors. Extensive experience has been gained through leadership positions in New Zealand, across the APAC region as well as from significant time spent working in Europe and the United Kingdom. Donna holds current PMP certification, is a Chartered Engineer in Electrical and Management practice areas, is a certified business continuity professional and is Southern Forum lead for the Business Continuity Institute in NZ.
Donna currently holds a Market Leader leadership role spanning NZ, Australia and Asia and has significant Operational Management experience and Technical Leadership experience gained through global engineering firms, recently leveraging technical excellence and championing Diversity and Inclusion as an APAC ambassador across teams of circa 1100+ professionals.
Donna is an appointed Board Member for an NSO and is a member of their Audit and Risk Committee. In addition, Donna is a member of the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee (EPAC) for Engineering New Zealand. EPAC advises the Engineering New Zealand Board on matters of engineering practice, fore sighting, key issues and government policy proposals that could impact the profession and its reputation with national and global stakeholders.Donna has previously been a judge for Engineering New Zealand Awards of Excellence and as judge for globally recognized Technical Services Awards of Excellence for a global engineering company, on a regular basis.
Shane Hastie is the Director of Community Development for ICAgile. He joined them in 2017. Over the last 35+ years Shane has been a practitioner and leader of developers, testers, trainers, project managers and business analysts, helping teams to deliver results that align with overall business objectives. Before joining ICAgile he spent 15 years as a professional trainer, coach and consultant specialising in Agile practices, business analysis, project management, requirements, testing and methodologies for SoftEd in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. He has worked with large and small organisations, from individual teams to large transformations all around the world, across all levels of Information Technology and software intensive product development.
Shane was a director of the Agile Alliance from 2011 to 2016 and was the founding Chair of Agile Alliance New Zealand. He leads the Culture and Methods editorial team for InfoQ.com where he hosts the weekly InfoQ Culture Podcast. He is co-author of the recent book #noprojects - A Culture of Continuous Value, available on Amazon and from InfoQ
“I firmly believe that humanistic ways of working and the agile mindset are desperately needed in organisations all around the globe today. Taking agile values and principles beyond software is important and making sure they are properly embedded is absolutely crucial for success – we’re in an industry that touches every aspect of people’s lives and massively influences society as a whole and I want to be a part of making sure that industry is both ethical and sustainable.”
Puvana Natanasabapathy is a lecturer with over 17 years of experience in the tertiary sector. She teaches business management courses, one of which is Project Management at the Open Polytechnic. She was a member of the PMINZ conference organising Committee in 2015 as the Concurrent Sessions Lead and as a Reviewer in 2016. Besides being an advisor and reviewer of policies at PMINZ, she was the Convenor for the 2018 PMINZ Board of Directors Elections. She holds a BSc from University of Canterbury, MBA and Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from Massey University.
Malcolm Savage is a Principal Consultant at Sentient PPM. He is an experienced EPMO Manager, having implemented and then managed the Air New Zealand Enterprise PMO for 12 years, with a Portfolio spanning multiple functions including Property, Engineering, Airports, Digital, Aircraft inductions and more. His background spans New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the USA. He has project managed large projects, run a professional services team, and designed and implemented Portfolio, Governance, Benefits and Project Methodology frameworks.
Malcolm holds the Management of Portfolios (MoP) certification and is an expert in Portfolio Management and Prioritisation, Project Governance, Project Manager Capability development, Project Management methods, and Benefits Management. He has successfully implemented PPM and project tools. Malcolm is a founding member and co-chair of the Auckland PMO forum, comprising a selection of Auckland’s most reputable companies. The forums focus is on leveraging and developing PMO and project competency.
Malcolm has been on expert panels at events in Cape Town, Rome and Auckland, and spoken at PMO conferences at both National and International events. He has also presented at PMI events and spoken multiple times at PMO Forum events.
His passion is to ensure that a PMO demonstrates agility, is closely aligned with Business Strategy formation and delivery, delivers real value to the organisation, that the right projects are initiated through a portfolio prioritisation process, and that those projects are successful through effective project processes, project governance, lessons learned, project oversight and project team support. The goal being to ensure successful project outcomes and maximised value of project spend to the organisation.
Iain Sutherland PMP, CPEng (NZ & Int.), MEM, BE (hons)
Iain has over 18 years’ national and international experience in managing multi-discipline construction projects plus managing programmes of work. He has delivered projects in a variety of sectors including: Food & Beverage, Water & Wastewater, Oil & Gas, Recycling, Rail and Government/Local Authorities.
Iain was the winner of PMI NZ’s ‘Project Manager of the Year 2017’ and has delivered several award-winning projects including Emerson’s Brewery in Dunedin and the Burwood Landfill Gas Utilisation Scheme in Christchurch. He also chairs Beca’s Project and Cost Management ‘Technical Discipline Group’, which is responsible for Beca’s technical framework, processes, tools and knowledge management.
Craig has been a PMO and delivery professional across a wide range of organisations over the past 20+ years including; hi-tech start-ups, large corporates, and government organisations, both in NZ and internationally.
With a proven track record of delivering portfolio, programme and project governance and initiatives Craig has established and lead a variety of high performing teams, playing a key role in delivering strategic and technological transformations and supporting organisational growth in challenging and complex environments. With a strong IT & technology background Craig is passionate about incorporating traditional as well as emerging principles and practices in agile, lean and design thinking into the profession.
Craig is actively involved in the PMO, Project Management and Agile communities to promote learning and an agile mind-set where practices utilised are balanced with a common sense approach to delivery. A pragmatic agilest and a member of PMI since 2003.
Rachel is an independent Agile consultant, facilitator and coach, specialising in working with leaders and teams across industries to build agile capability. She combines her expertise in coaching with a deep knowledge of organisational culture and team dynamics to enable authentic transformative change.
She is an experienced leader with roles in adult education, project management, coaching and consulting. Rachel’s industry insights span 30 plus years in New Zealand and Australia including tourism, sales, law, software development, government, finance, education and manufacturing. During the decade Rachel worked in Australia she served on the PMI Queensland Board as Professional Development Director and Vice President, and has been a PMP in good standing since 2008.
Peter is the Business Agility & Enablement Lead for the Adept Group . HIs career started at Unisys Germany as a 4GL Developer, moved soon into Project Management. He moved to New Zealand in 1997 and worked 3 years for ASB as a Project Manager. In 2000 Peter had the opportunity to be part of a mobile telco start-up in Switzerland with a new Mobile Internet team. By the end of 2002 ASB re-employed as a Project Director for big infrastructure projects, then moving into Programme Management.
In late 2008 he was appointed GM of the Portfolio Management Office (PMO). After 10 years at ASB he decided to do something completely different …and was the ‘chosen one’ to set up a Portfolio Delivery function at Genesis Energy. In late 2016 he had a second go at running his own consultancy company and run initiatives in the transformation space. In 2019 he joined the Adept Group to establish a new team in the business agility area.
Horia is a practitioner of Kaizen and Kaikaku. Kaizen is often roughly translated as continuous improvement. It is the art of nurturing a culture of disciplined, incremental improvement. Kaikaku refers to radical change, in either practice or method, and with either local or global impact. Both require an artistic rather than mechanistic approach because people are of central focus, and humans are not predictably repetitive machines.
He is trained as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and hold a PhD in Computer Science. He coaches and mentors numerous leaders and teams to transform their thinking, organizational and action habits to achieve better outcomes, all while improving professional and personal satisfaction for everyone involved.
By the way … his name is intended to be pronounced Ho-ré-ah Sloo-shan-ski