Profiled PIPers

Mohamed Abdulahi

Introduction

While balancing time with his day job, Mo is currently completing executive studies at Harvard Business School, focusing on leadership development, innovation and change. When he’s not working with a client, studying, or spending time at home with his wife and two daughters, you will most definitely find Mo on an island filled with white sandy beaches. It’s his Zen place and one he’ll happily retreat to on any holiday. He claims New Zealand isn’t too bad itself, though - he has travelled around the globe, but says his hometown has some of the best scenery in the world so it’s convenient that Mo gets to work from home, visit clients and enjoy New Zealand’s “Days in the Office (DITO)”.

Mo is best known for his expertise in oil and gas, mining, energy, manufacturing and telecommunications. Before joining in 2008, he built up technical experience in materials-handling systems in the automotive industry and electronic systems, among others. When he joined Partners in Performance, Mo quickly picked up the necessary skills to help his clients optimise capital, source strategically and reduce costs. He has worked across North, Central and South America, along with Australia and New Zealand.

We’re all smiles. Our clients are too, thanks to consultants like Mo:

I love Partners in Performance for its innovative spirit that continually enables it to meet clients’ needs, the interesting work that fosters learning experiences, and the fact that we have become a global firm that is still growing. Being part of a team and working together in partnership is rewarding. Achieving the right results and seeing the client smiling really does have a special satisfaction to it.

Career snapshot

  • Reduced capital project cost by AU$1.7bn for a Queensland coal-seam gas company. This was achieved by running Structured Optimisation Sessions for the field development plans, gas processing facilities, pipelines and gathering networks.
  • Delivered AU$114m of cost savings and operational improvement within four months for a coal mine in Queensland, Australia. This included a 40% contractor-spend reduction in the implementation of rigorous contractor management procedures.
  • Identified a AU$200m net present value (NPV) improvement opportunity for a greenfield magnetite project in Western Australia. Efforts were focused on reducing electricity demand, crushing requirements, and mine-waste dump optimisation.
  • Delivered a CAD$5m in savings – 18.4% savings of the addressable spend – by rolling out a Strategic Sourcing programme for the global drilling services of a large mining house in Canada and Chile.
  • Achieved a AU$120m improvement for a major coal-mining house by improving the maintenance management workflow, the equipment utilisation, the availability and the compliance-to-schedule.
  • Identified a AU$40m cost-reduction opportunity at an open-cut coal mine by conducting structured Idea Generation Sessions (IGSs).
  • Increased throughput on two products by an average of 18% for a West Australian iron-ore port and rail client. This was achieved by a combination of debottlenecking and improving equipment reliability.
  • Improved project NPV by AU$140m during the selection phase for a brownfield underground coal mine. This was achieved by optimising the design, the development, and the operability of its longwall operations.
  • Identified more than AU$40m of overhead cost reduction by focusing on a variety of levers, including general and administrative expenditure (G&A), information communication technology spend, fleet management and procurement.
  • Identified an opportunity to reduce capital expenditure (Capex) by AU$900m for a AU$4bn coal mine in Australia. Established a more robust and clearly defined project scope for progression to a detailed design.
  • Improved speed of decision-making for capital projects at a major coal-mining house. Set up a tracking process to reduce the engineering time required to come up with the initial estimates of a capital project’s costs. 

Education

  • Master's in Engineering (First-Class Honours) in Electrical and Electronics.
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours and Ardmore Scholar) from the University of Auckland.