IPMA Press Release - Keynote Speakers for 26th IPMA Congress
PM-Greece have announced the keynote speakers for IPMA's 26th World Congress on Project Management. The
theme of the Congress, which opens in Crete's Creta Maris Beach Resort on 29th October, is Integrating Project
Management Standards. Register now for the IPMA World Congress, at www.ipma2012.gr.
Dr Martin Barnes CBE, President of the Association for Project Management. Integrating
Project Management Standards
The three standards of achievement in project management are the achievement of the
objectives for the project for completion time, total cost and, most important, the function
or performance of the finished project. Project managers have to balance these often
competing standards in all their decisions - big and small. The most important skill of the
project manager is integrating the three standards in all decisions taken by him or her and
by all the other decision makers contributing to the project.
Martin Barnes was a speaker at the IPMA congress in Stockholm in 1972 when he an-
nounced the magical triangle - Time - Cost - Quality. Since then, he has spoken at many congresses. His career has
been as a project manager working mainly in the engineering and construction industries but also in such diverse
areas as managing business mergers and making television programmes. He has been a project management ad-
viser to many important organisations internationally including the World Bank. He is an Honorary Fellow of IPMA
and is President of the Association for Project Management in the U.K.
Dr Lynn Crawford, Bond University, Brisbane, Australia. Competition, Comparison, Collabo-
ration - Mapping a Pathway through Project Management Standards
For over a decade the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) has been
providing an independent benchmark and a basis for transportability and mutual recognition
of project management standards and qualifications. This presentation will provide back-
ground and current status of this volunteer driven initiative that offers a platform for global
collaboration in advancing project management.
Dr Lynn Crawford
Dr Lynn Crawford is Professor of Project Management at Bond University, Australia and Visit-
ing Professor at Cranfield University, School of Management (UK). As a Director of Human Systems International
she works globally with corporations and government agencies interested in improving their project management
capability. Ongoing research includes PM competence, business change, contextual variation and public sector pro-
ject governance. She is an Honorary Member of IPMA, Life Member of AIPM, Co-Vice-Chair of PMI's Global Accred-
itation Center Board, a director of the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) and was recipient
of the 2011 IPMA Research Achievement Award.
Prof Dr Nino Grau Vice President, IPMA Executive Board responsible for Standards and
Awards. Standards and excellence in Project Management - in whom do we trust?
Different Standards serve for different purposes. Can the use of standards guarantee the ex-
cellent performance of a project or is the result just a good and acceptable project? These
questions will be answered with regard to the new ISO 21.500 guideline for project manage-
Prof Dr Nino Grau
Prof. Dr. Nino Grau was born in 1950 in Zagreb, Croatia. He has lived in Germany since 1966.
As a professor of project and process management he has been in the Department of Indus-
trial Engineering and Business Administration at the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen since 1991.
Keynote Speakers for 26th IPMA World Congress
Professor Grau worked for nearly a decade in different companies in the private business sector, responsible for
communication in different international projects. His main area of interest today is project and process manage-
ment. He was a member of the board and deputy president of GPM the German Project Manager Association. At
IPMA-Level he was a contributing member of the Research and Development Management Board, Trainer for As-
sessors for the International Project Management Award, member of the programme committee at numerous na-
tional and international congresses and author of a wide selection of lectures and publications in the field of pro-
As a Vice President of IPMA he started the IPMA activities concerning the development of the new ISO 21 500 and
has been Head of Delegation representing IPMA at ISO. He was responsible for the IPMA Young Crew and is now
responsible for Standards and Awards within IPMA. He has been responsible for introducing the first postgraduate
degree course in project management in Germany, which started in September 2002. He was Dean, Member of
Senate of his University and Member of Senate of GEA College in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Mr. Michel Ledun & Mr. Pierre Parent (France) Thales "International Project Manage-
ment within Thales"
Internationalisation of Project Management Practices in Thales started in 2008 with the
implementation of a corporate improvement programme to mitigate the root causes of
main project failures. Main causes were mostly related to the bids preparation, the com-
plexity of proposed solutions and associated supply chain and the full application of the
operational processes by all. The Thales "Probasis" improvement programme related to
bids and projects, includes the following domains:
* Project management international network organisation with identification of main
stakeholders within the Group
* Organisation & Governance, with the clarification of intra-group business models,
management reviews, unified reporting and implementation of PMO's
* Processes, with the alignment on the international standards, a seamless integration of
bids and projects activities, along with their associated tools
* Project performance improvement, with variance analysis and corrective actions plan
at projects portfolio level
* Reviews and support, with the objective to anticipate project issues and support criti-
cal projects execution
The programme emphasizes skills and competences, with the alignment of project managers competences on the
IPMA ICB(R), associated training and the implementation of a Global Company Certification in liaison with IPMA and
associated Member Associations.
Michel Ledun has been working for Thales during his entire career; he is currently in charge of Bids & projects as VP
at Thales HQ. He is the Group Process Owner for "Manage Projects, Programmes and Portfolio" and of Non Quality
Costs in the frame of the Probasis transformation plan. His experience in capturing the broad picture gives him a
special aptitude for handling complex and wide-ranging issues in project management at international level.
Michel was in charge, during his career, of operational management direction: design office, engineering, produc-
tion and business units in a multicultural environment: Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore, KSA & UAE, and
Russia. Michel is graduate of Arts et Metiers and certified IPMA level A.
Pierre Parent has been working with the Thales HQ Project team for the past 3 years in charge of the implementa-
tion of the project management reference system and the project managers' certification program in the Thales
Group worldwide. His experience is mainly in various fields of engineering (Systems, SW, and services), applied in
industrial control systems, transport and ticketing systems, completed lately with the participation as a design au-
thority to international bids & projects relating to ticketing systems (Singapore, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Australia).
Keynote Speakers for 26th IPMA World Congress
Pierre graduated from School of Mines (Paris) and received a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Uni-
versity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA).
Prof Hiroshi Tanaka, (Japan), Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Keio
University Graduate School of Business Administration (Japan), SKEMA Business School
(France), Kiev National University of Construction and Architecture (Ukraine), National
Shipbuilding University (Ukraine), Immediate Past President of Project Management As-
sociation of Japan (PMAJ). Standards in the Changing Landscape of Project and Program
The standards in project and program management have contributed tremendously to
the outreach of project management profession to every corner of the society. Especially,
the ICB and NCBs have steadily served as framework models of approaching new busi-
Prof Hiroshi Tanaka
ness and social missions in a balanced way thanks to their three eyes of competence. The
ICB and NCBs represent a multi-value approach to the project management discipline.
Meanwhile, the market, or more broadly the ecosystem of project and program management, is changing rapidly
due to profound complexity woven by the persistent worldwide economic recession, the EURO crisis, geographic
shift of economic vigor, and aftermath of disasters. Here we cannot escape from asking a primary question as to
how a value added project can be produced, and how a program of innovation formulated by way of structured
knowledge vis-a-vis the ecosystem. An additional module of standard would be worthwhile considering.
Professor Hiroshi Tanaka is Presidential Advisor and Immediate Past President of Project Management Association
of Japan (PMAJ), principal of Pacific PM Innovation, and professor of strategy, program and project management at
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Keio University Graduate School of Business Administration,
both of Japan; SKEMA Business School of France; and Kiev National University of Construction and Architecture and
National Shipbuilding University, both of Ukraine.
He has 42 years of professional experience in the engineering and construction industry with his former employer
JGC Corporation of Japan; 13 years as president of Japanese project management association; and 10 years of
teaching at graduate schools in Europe and in Japan. Professor Tanaka has been honoured with thirteen interna-
tional and three Japanese awards of project management on five state/public, three industry, five professional
community and three academic levels. He co-authored two Japanese, two English (McGraw-Hill), and two Russian
books on project and program management and is an author of numerous industrial research and scientific papers.
He holds Ph.D. in France and Academician - Doctor of Science Diploma of Ukraine. He is member of PMAJ, PMI,
honorary member of IPMA's UPMA of Ukraine, SOVNET of Russia and PMA of India
Professor Theodosis Tassios (Greece) Professor (Emeritus) National Technical
University of Athens, Member of the Academy of Sciences, Turin (Italy), President
of the Association for the Study of Ancient Greek Technology (EMAET). An intro-
duction to the Ancient Greek Technology
This invited lecture refers to a very important component of the Ancient Greek
civilization. In fact, Greeks adored Technology since the very beginning of their
history, i.e. the second millennium BCE. They included Engineer-gods in their Pan-
Prof Theodosis Tassios
theon; they constructed very large land-reclamation works, together with large
ship construction used in their commercial businesses across Mediterranean Sea, since the 14th century BCE.
During the 6th century BCE, a cross-fertilisation of the newly born Greek Science and existing empirical Technology
took place with considerable results. Finally, the culmination of Greek Technology was reached during the Hellenis-
Keynote Speakers for 26th IPMA World Congress
All branches of engineering flourished in Alexandria, for more than four centuries-including the development of
complicated machinery and automats. Invention and construction of scientific instruments (including the analog
computer of the Antikythera Mechanism) were the reward of Technology to Science. Professor at the National
Technical University of Athens, Greece, he is a Member of the Academy of Sciences of Turin, Doctor hoc of several
Greek and foreign Universities, and author of 400 papers and 40 books in several languages, is President of the As-
sociation for the Study of Ancient Greek Technology (EMAET).
About the Congress
The 26th IPMA World Congress will include opening plenary sessions,
professional presentations and discussions sessions along 14 different
themes (tracks), seven special sessions on important current aspects of
project management, opening welcome reception, networking lunches
and breaks, a world-class exhibition of PM-related products and ser-
vices, and a spectacular gala banquet.
The three-day congress will be preceded by the Young Crew Global Workshop, and meetings of various IPMA
boards and committees. For IPMA member associations in more than 50 countries, the annual world congress is
the largest and most important opportunity
to meet with colleagues and friends from
around the world. The 2012 IPMA World
Congress will be held on Crete, one of the
most popular islands in Greece, at the beau-
tiful 5-star Creta Maris Beach Resort and
Conference Centre. Mark your calendars and
plan to attend the 2012 IPMA World Con-
gress on Project Management. For infor-
mation, visit www.ipma2012.gr.
The 26th IPMA World Congress is being organized by the Network of Project Managers
in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek member association of IPMA, in cooperation with
the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic
Ministry of Infrastructure. The Chairman for the 26th IPMA World Congress is Dr. John
Paris Pantouvakis, Associate Professor, Director of the Department of Construction
Engineering & Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering, NTUA, Athens, Greece. Pro-
fessor Pantouvakis can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Man-
agement Association (IPMA) is the World's first project management organiza-
tion. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 cooperating and inter-
acting national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Europe Australia and the Americas. With its unique 4LC (FourLevel
Certification) program for PM Competence, IPMA offers a career progression from Project Associate or team mem-
ber to Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Programme Manager, and/or Projects Director. IPMA is the clear
choice for those who understand the need for PM Competence and business performance.
Most people don't know that IPMA's earlier name was INTERNET, 20 years before the name was adopted for the
World Wide Web. IPMA's Annual World Congress is one of the most important gatherings of project management
authorities and industry leaders each year. IPMA and Member Associations present awards to International and
National project teams that prove their achievements in project management. By recognizing project teams that
succeed in project management, IPMA sets an important and innovative example. The President of IPMA for 2011
2012 is Roberto Mori, from Italy. For more information about IPMA, please visit www.ipma.ch.
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