Hossein Derakhshanfar, mentee in the 2019 Energy Minerals Resources program in SA (The University of South Australia)

Hossein is a Project Engineer (Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) with 10 years experience working on infrastructure projects ranging from $30k to $1.4 billion in Renewable Energy and Oil & Gas sectors. During this, Hossein provided project engineering and project management activities from technical and economic feasibility studies to design, construction, commissioning and handover of projects. It includes leading and coordinating the engineering team, design reviews, and providing technical support in procurement, installation, commissioning and operation of equipment. Hossein has worked in project teams of 10 to 150 members, and was involved with various stakeholders including PMO, project managers, functional managers, engineers, sponsors, clients, and owners. Hossein is a board member and Marketing and Communications Director at Project Management Institute Adelaide SA Chapter, where he is involved in defining high level strategies, objectives, and KPIs.

He is carrying out a PhD in Project Management, where he is working on making use of historical information and lessons learned in risk identification and analysis. His research includes identifications of the risks that may delay construction projects in Australia and their associated factors. Hossein found out that project risks do not stand individually and exist in a string of possible events, then explored the associations among the risks. He also developed a framework that would enable construction practitioners to identify at the early stages of their projects the most impactful risks that may arise in the course of a project. He also defined the project phases in which those risks are likely to happen.

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