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Amin Saidoun is Executive Director of International Project Management Association, an international federation of project management associations around the world. Amin Saidoun, is an economist and graduate from London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He is a project manager who gained his 20 years of experience in international projects both in medium sized and multinational organisations in auditing, consulting and the logistics domain. As Executive Director of IPMA, he is in charge of the area Finance and Administration, Business Development of IPMA activities in Africa and the Middle-East and involved is various internal development projects and governance. He is author and co-author on various project management and business administration related articles. Among his areas of interest: intercultural project management

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Anita Ceric is a Professor at the Department of Construction Management and Economics at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden in Germany. Anita’s research interests are in risk management and human resource management in the context of construction project management, as well as maintenance management and facilities management in the context of corporate real estate management. She serves on editorial boards of several academic journals. She is a member of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM); Working Commissions W55 on Building Economics and W65 on Construction Management of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB); the International Project Management Association (IPMA); the Engineering Project Organization Society (EPOS); the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); and the Academy of Management (AOM).

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Benedict Gross is as programme manager in charge of the German Project Excellence Award at GPM. Before taking over this duty in 2014 he was involved in the update of the Project Excellence Model by GPM since 2011. After intense revisions in the last years, both the German PE Award and PE Model are now modern concepts and ready for many future applications and strategic development in the portfolio of GPM.

Beside his engagement for GPM, Benedict works as expert and consultant. The focal point of expertise lays on crisis- and risk management related topics on the interfaces of business management and leadership. He is a project manager certified according to IPMA and PMI and has an academic background consisting of degrees in Business Law, Disaster Management, and Forensic Psychology. Project assignments spread over several sectors including engineering, IT, healthcare, and public safety.

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Brigitte Schaden is acting President of Projekt Management Austria (pma), Austria’s largest project management association and IPMA® member association. She also holds the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of GAPPS (Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards), leads through IPMA® certifications as International Assessor on a global scale and has given speeches on six continents. As Managing Director of BSConsulting, she advises national and international corporations, organisations and individuals on a wide range of topics. She gives also lectures at several universities in Austria and is part of the expert network enable2change. Before being named President of pma in 2003, Brigitte Schaden successfully built a career in the international quality- and project management industry. Brigitte Schaden fulfilled various functions within the IPMA®, including four years as Vice President for Certification. From 2009 to 2010 she acted as the organisation’s first female President.

 

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Carmina Costa – Global Young Crew Workshop Porto 2016 project Manager. Carmina, is part of YCP since 2011, and assumed several roles in the YC organization, like project manager of “PM4ALL 2012 Porto”, project manager of “Tertúlias – à conversa sobre a gestão de projectos” (talks about projectmanagement), C4D Portugal team member in one edition, and part of YCP Management Board since 2014 as responsible for Finance and Planning. Carmina has a Civil Engineer background with specialization in Geotechnical Design.

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Ed Naughton is the Director General of the Institute of Project Management Ireland, a former Vice President of the IPMA (International Project Management Association) and is an internationally respected expert in the discipline. Since 1990 he has been pioneering the development and promotion in Ireland of project management as a unique discipline. He has extensive experience in project management – as a practitioner, leader, writer, coach and instructor.

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Fahri Akdemir is a PM Soft Skills Trainer and the project manager of IPMA Coaching for Development. His professional and academic work is dedicated to his main curiosity: behavioural competences of the human in the project environment. He holds a BSc Degree in Systems Engineering and MSc Degree in Strategic Project Management. So far he has designed and facilitated workshops in 16 different countries. Now he is working on his PhD research focused on leadership in dance projects as part of Cross Cultural Complex Project Management Program in Germany. He is a member of German Project Management Association (GPM), honorary member of Project Management Association of Nepal (PMAN), and project excellence award assessor of IPMA PE Awards. www.fahriakdemir.com

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Gundars Strazdins is freelance project manager specialized in events management with more than 5 years experience. He is involved in IPMA Young Crew initiatives and projects both locally (Latvia) and internationally. Board member of Latvian National Project Management Association (LNPVA) since March 2016. Apart from managing projects, Gundars is also an experienced graphic designer and expert on visual communication.

 

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Helgi Thor Ingason holds a PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, MSc from the University of Iceland and a SAPM degree from Stanford University. He is a Certified Senior Project Manager by IPMA. Dr. Ingason is an professor at Reykjavik University. He is the co-author of 6 books on management in Icelandic and English. He is a management consultant and a member of the Research Management Board of IPMA.

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Dr. Joel Carboni has over 20 years in project, programme and portfolio management having led initiatives in Aerospace, Finance, Government and Technology. He is a Certified Sr. Project Manager (IPMA Level B®), Certified Green Project Manager (GPM®) and holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and Environment. He is the vice President of asapm (IPMA-USA) and the founder and President of GPM Global (Green Project Management)

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JOSEFINA DE LOS SANTOS. Economist, MBA, MPM, Has been working with Project in energy sector. She was professor of Organizational Management in catholic University. In the past 20 year she held leading different position in Human resource, Administrative area, NGOs. She had been part of a team in Gender research and municipal projects. Now she is part of the board of the Transmission Electrical Co. in Dominican Republic and President of Dominican Association of Project Manager.

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Lucia Nievergelt joined the board of the swiss management association spm in 2014 and is Co-leading the IPMA Young Crew in Switzerland since 2013. After starting her career in the traditional project management field of construction, she is especially interested in ways to adapt agile methodology into real estate projects. She loves to push others to think out of the box and be creative and playful in their everyday tasks. Lucia considers herself a feminist. She enjoys discussions about all kinds of gender issues and dreams of a future where a lot more women will be working in project management.

If Lucia is not working for the spm or the IPMA young crew, she is working as consultant for real estate projects at RESO Partners AG near Zürich.

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Professional project management is already for decades Marco’s passion. His belief is that with more professional project management, projects and programmes can be managed in a more predicable and more successful way, leading to higher customer satisfaction. By linking his knowledge and over 30 years of (project) management experience in The Netherlands and many countries abroad, as well as learning not only by himself but also through and from others, he has obtained a pretty good idea about what works and what doesn’t work in project management. In his role as project management consultant, trainer, coach and auditor he therefore supports organizations, project teams and individuals to do a better project management job.

Marco is next to his professional career with Balance and BPC from The Netherlands, part of the Dutch IPMA-board and chairman of the local IPMA interest group on project planning and control. He is also author of a number of project management handbooks for industrial organizations and published and presented papers on project management related issues throughout the world.

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Martin Sedlmayer leads complex changes as a programme manager. He has worked in the domain of project management for more than 30 years, as a project manager, programme leader, portfolio manager, and leader of project organisations. His special interest is the issue of competence development in project management. He was project manager and lead editor for the new ICB4® (global competence standard for individuals working in project, programme and portfolio management). Currently, he serves as Vice President of IPMA’s Executive Board for Products and Services. Martin is IPMA Level A® certified, acts as an assessor for fifteen years in various countries and holds a MBA in International Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Berne Switzerland, the University of Freiburg Germany, the State Polytechnical University of St., Petersburg Russia, the Babson College of Boston USA and Jiao Tong University of Shanghai China. He publishes regularly, speaks at conferences and events worldwide. He can be contacted at martin.sedlmayer@ipma.world.

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Mary Koutintcheva has more than fifteen years’ experience in the financial industry working for two of the largest Swiss banks – UBS and Credit Suisse as a program and project manager in Business and IT, implementing global solutions for Private and Investment Banking. She won the PE Award with her UBS IT team in 2003. Ever since, she has stayed with the PE Awards in a number of functions, including  jury member, jury chairman and award ambassador. For eight years in a row, she has steered the IPMA Award Management Board in the role of the Award Board chairman. Tirelessly, she has been active on stage and behind the scenes to keep the PE Awards alive and to promote them

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Michael held management and project management positions in international companies. Today he is a consultant, trainer and coach and works with customers on conceptual and operative assignments. He is also teaching project management in Master and postgraduate programs. Michael has a background in business administration and earned a MA in systemic consulting. He is certified in Project Management by IPMA and APMG (UK). He has been active in assessing PE awards for more than 10 years in different roles, including the running of the National PE Award in Germany for 4 years. He has brought this experience to the IPMA Awards as assessor and Lead assessor from 2008 including training assessors for the last 5 years. In these roles he has assessed various large and mega projects in Asia and Europe. He was also a member of the IPMA Awards Management Board (2011-2014) and a Co-author of the first edition of the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline (2014-2015). He also contributed to the development of the national Project Excellence Awards in Germany.

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In his every day job, Mladen works as Assistant Professor at the University of Zagreb. He teaches Project Management and Construction Management at graduate and post-graduate courses. Holding a Ph.D. in Performance Management Systems in Project Environments, during the last ten years he published and presented on the global scene. His is particularly interested in: Performance management, Benchmarking, TQM, Strategic Management and Project Management Processes. He is the co-author of 4 books. Besides working for the university he is actively involved in IPMA. He has been member of the IPMA Council of Delegates (COD); he took part in IPMA Organizational Competence Baseline (OCB) and currently takes part in IPMA ICB/ICR 4.0 programme. He is a member of the IPMA President’s Advisory Group (PAG). Locally, he is the member of the Executive board of Croatian Association for Project Management (IPMA member).

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Paul joined Siemens in 1984 as a graduate trainee and within two years entered the world of Project Management. His enthusiastic approach and project business success was recognised in his project management of some key projects; most notably in the then government owned British Rail; the implementation of communications infrastructure programme for London Undergrounds’ Jubilee Line Extension and a major telecommunications refresh programme across the Government Department of Social Security as well as in leading the communications implementation project for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. From February 2006 until June 2013, he was responsible for leading the PM@Siemens programme (Siemens global programme addressing project business) across the UK and North West Europe where his motivational and inspirational leadership style led to even greater levels of project and programme business success. His efforts led Siemens UK plc in 2008 to become the first corporate organisation in the UK to receive accreditation from the Association for Project Management. This was in recognition of Siemens UK plc’s commitment to professional project and programme management development. In April 2009, Paul was nominated by ‘Project Magazine’ as one of ten ‘key influencers’ in the UK in relation to the profession of project and programme management. This recognition placed him in the company of the then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone and Sir David Normington, the then Permanent Secretary to the UK Government Home Office. In July 2013 he established his own business, Paul Hodgkins Project Consultancy, where he has already begun to help businesses “unleash the power of projects and programmes”. He continues to be recognised for his contribution in developing the project management profession and has written articles for and appeared in numerous project management publications. Paul was appointed as a Fellow of the Association for Project Management (FAPM) in October 2009 and represented Siemens as part of the PMI Global Executive Council and APM Corporate Leaders Advisory Group. Paul also guest presents as part of University College London’s MSc on the Strategic Management of Projects.

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Peter Milsom is an entrepreneurial advocate and thought leader for sensible sustainable change delivery practice adoption around Project / Programme / Portfolio / Risk / Value and Benefits Management. Peter has over 25 years serving diverse private and government clients across North America, Eurasia and Africa leading successful change delivery and transformative engagements.

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Peter Tarnoki has been active for 40 year in the field of foreign trade participating first in multiple complex export projects and later export-import barter trade projects of professional companies. During those 4 decades was serving also at the Hungarian Foreign Trade Missions in Iraq and in Kuwait representing as Commercial Counselor almost the full Hungarian industrial sector excelling in successful project achievements in those Middle-Eastern countries. The last 15 years spent at the Hungarian Trade Licensing Authority as Senior Chief Counselor. Parallel to his professional assignments he entered the field of non-governmental activities by his appointment as Secretary General and CoD of FOVOSZ(IPMA.HU) in 1998. Ever since he is active member of the IPMA-family: main architect of setting up the Hungarian Certification Body in 2001, and as host project owner of the 18th IPMA World Congress 2004 in Budapest.

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Reinhard Wagner has been active for more than 30 years in the field of project- related leadership, in such diverse sectors as Air Defence, Automotive Engineering, and Machinery, as well as various not-for-profit organizations. As a Certified Projects Director (IPMA Level A), he has proven experience in managing projects, programmes and project portfolios in complex and dynamic contexts. He is also an IPMA Certified Programme and Portfolio Management Consultant, and as such supports senior executives in developing and improving their organizational competence in managing projects. For more than 15 years, he has been actively involved in the development of project, programme and portfolio management standards, for example as Convenor of the ISO 21500 “Guidance on Project Management” and the ISO 21503 “Guidance on Programme Management”. Reinhard Wagner is President of IPMA, Past President and Honorary Fellow of GPM (the German Project Management Association), and founder and CEO of Projectivists, a PM Consultancy.

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I was born in the 8th of August 1972 in the city of bejaia a coastal town in the eastern of Algeria. I have a Bachelor degree in English teaching and a Mater in Business Administration from l’UQAM. I started my career in 1999 as Expat Personal Administrator in Shlumberger Algeria , then i occupied the post of Human Ressources Manager in Shlumber Tunisia. In 2004, i founded a vocational training center INSIM BEJAIA , followed by another one in the region of Setif which are subsidies of one of the biggest vocational training group in Algeria INSIM. In 2014 I have initiated a carrer center and and an entrepreneurship center. By September 2015, i have been elected President of the Algerian Project Management Association APMA, and currently enrolled in a DBA Program from the American Leadership University of Florida.

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Sandra is Assistant to the IPMA President and Executive Director. Since joining IPMA in 2012, Sandra worked in FMCG sector as Customer Business Development Assistant for Procter&Gamble. She holds Master in Economisc from Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. After graduation she continued at the same University the doctoral programme in Business Economics. Her particular interest in project management is related to megaproject management, PM schools of thoughts and cultural diversity.

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Vlatka Večerin is a Marketing Professional currently holding the position of Junior Brand Manager in Carlsberg Croatia for local beer brand Pan where she works on different marketing, sales and international intercompany projects, As a member of IPMA Young Crew Croatia for the last 4 years, she was the part of different IPMA YC projects from which she stresses out IPMA Library and GeCCo (2013-2015). In 2012 she graduated  from the Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb on the marketing field. During her student days, she started her career in media marketing as assistant working for the daily newspapers Večernji list.  Among her many brands marketing and innovations related interests, she is an virtual project management enthusiasts in which she belives lies the future of project management.

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