Past Public Lecture – Managing stakeholders

Managing stakeholders in a complex rail project

By Sudath Amaratunga


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pexels-photo-207441Past public lecture organised by IESL NSW Chapter was held on Wednesday the 22nd of February 2017 at the Institute of Engineers,  Australia auditorium (8 Thomas street, Chatswood NSW 2067 ) 6.00pm for 6.30 start.

Stakeholder management is an important aspect of any project. Most projects involve multiple stakeholders with varying interests, and each one potentially has the ability to speed up, slow down or completely obstruct your progress. Stakeholders may not be in the driving seat, but they can be extremely useful advocates, sponsors, and agents of change.

Most of the project managers may not appreciate, how deep the benefits of effective stakeholder management will offer. Often, the process of managing stakeholders is viewed by project managers as a form of risk management. After all, keeping shareholders happy and meeting their expectations will certainly reduce the risk of negative influences affecting your project. Though this view is not inaccurate, it over-simplifies the issue.

Good stakeholder management will not only clear the path of potential obstructions, it will actively support swift progress and ultimately improve the quality of the results we deliver. It goes beyond keeping stakeholders happy – it’s also about using their time, expertise and influence to help you reach your goals.

Stakeholder management skills separate the very best project managers from the average performers.

During this presentation and the Q& A session, Sudath will elaborate effective techniques used in managing stakeholders in complex projects and getting their support to achieve desired outcomes. This will include few case studies.


Eng Sudath AmaratungaSudath
Technical Manager (Precincts & Infrastructure – TfNSW)
BSc.Eng. ( SL), MBA( Aust)

Sudath is a Senior Engineer with more than 30 years experience in Major construction, Infrastructure development, Business operations and Management. He is working as a Senior Rail Professional for the Precincts & Infrastructure group of Transport for NSW.

Sudath Graduated from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and is a Chartered Civil Engineer. He has worked in Department of Buildings, DFCC Bank and Maga Engineering in Sri Lanka playing key Engineering , Management and Project Financing Roles. He managed two companies of Ceylinco group as the General Manager.

Sudath joined the Rail Industry in 2004 as a Design Engineer in RailCorp. Sudath has been working with Transport for NSW since 2007, and has managed the design development, finalisation and construction support functions of several major complex projects such as Richmond Line Duplication project, Kingsgrove to Revesby Quadruplication project, Glenfield Transport Interchange project and the unique Sydney Light Rail Project. He has delivered more than ten presentations in Rail conferences during this period.