John Varano is a Senior Manager at Rheinmetall Defence and Researcher at the University of Oxford – Saïd Business School. His experience encompasses across a broad range of areas including strategy, organisation design, change management, and transformation programme and project management.

John has worked at a number of global consulting organisations, including Accenture. As a management consultant, his experience focused on advising and supporting C-suite and senior executives to deliver large scale transformation programmes and projects. He has acted as a consultant to ASX listed companies, international organisations, and federal and state government departments. John’s professional experience extends across multiple geographies, including Australia, the US, UK, and Europe.

As a researcher at Oxford, John’s research centres on the challenges of managing projects. His main research interests are change management, capital projects and project management. John’s articles have been published in The Conversation, Yahoo! News and Sports, The Spectator, Institute of Public Affairs, Reaction and EconoTimes.

He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

John holds an MBA in Finance from The Johns Hopkins University, an MA (Research) in International Political Economy with first class honours from The University of Melbourne, and is an MSc candidate at the University of Oxford in Major Programme Management. He completed his undergraduate studies with honours at Monash University.


John and his wife Yana live in Melbourne with their son. He enjoys spending quality time with them and is passionate about photography and travelling.