Professor at BI Norwegian Business School, Adjunct Professor at SBS Swiss Business School
Dr. Ralf Müller is Professor of Project Management at BI Norwegian Business School and the former Associate Dean for the BI-Fudan MBA programs in China. He holds adjunct professor appointments at Dalian University of Technology, China, and University of Technology, Sydney. His governance roles include being the member of the Senate at ISM University, Lithuania, Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Project Management Officers, Board member of the Institute for Project Management at the University of Iceland, and Director of the Research Lab at the European School of Governance.
He has received several awards, including the 2019 IPMA Global Research Award, the 2019 Walt Lipke Award for Project Governance Excellence, the 2019 Antura Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2016 PMI Fellow of the Institute Award, the 2015 PMI Research (lifetime) Achievement Award, the 2012 IPMA Research Award, the 2009 Best Paper Award by the Project Management Journal, the 2011 Emerald Publishing Best Reviewer Award, the 2011 AACSB Best Paper in Operations Management Award of the Academy of Business Research Conference, the 2010 Emerald Outstanding Paper Award, the 2010 Highly Commended Award Winner of the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, the IRNOP 2009 Best Conference Paper Award, the Emerald 2009 Outstanding Reviewer Award, and the Nimbas University 2005 Best Supervisor Award. His doctoral thesis was ranked by EDAMBA among the top eight best doctoral theses in business and management in 2003.
DBA(c), PM² and PMO Consultant, Coach, Author of “The Lean Project Manager”
Laurent Kummer is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in leading projects and project teams. Consultant and entrepreneur, he is also involved in academic research on Project management methodologies. He is one of the key contributors to PM², the official project management methodology of the European Institutions, which has been released to the public in 2016. As a teacher, he has been sharing his passion for project management through countless classes, lectures, and seminars over the last ten years and keeps current by leading several projects at the highest level of the European Commission.
He has developed a deep expertise in EU-funded development and research projects. Laurent used to represent the Belgian project management community at the International Standard Organization and has participated at the making of the ISO 21500 standard family on project management. Before this, he spent over a decade leading quality and IT infrastructure programs for General Electric in France, Eastern Europe, and Middle East. During his time in various sectors (banking, aviation, energy, oil & gas), Laurent earned a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification and since then has been a pioneer and active promoter of Lean project management to which, in 2017 he authored his best seller “The Lean Project Manager”. Laurent holds an engineering degree in Computer Science from the French National School of Electronics and several project management (PMP, PM²) and Agile certifications (Scrum, PM² Agile).
LARA M. PAIR
CEng, ACE, IPMO-E, PfMP, PgMP, PMP
MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow
Alfonso Bucero managed IIL Spain for almost two years, and he was a Senior Project Manager at Hewlett-Packard Spain (Madrid) for 13 years. Alfonso is a PMI member, and a member of ALI (Asociación de Licenciados, Ingenieros y Doctores en Informática). He was the founder, sponsor, and President of PMI Barcelona, Spain Chapter, until April 2005. He is an IPMA Assessor. He was a member of the CoPAT (Congress Project Action Team) of PMI EMEA 2005 Congress in Edinburgh, 2006 PMI EMEA Congress in Madrid, and PMI EMEA Congress in Budapest. He graduated in the “Leadership Institute Master Class 2007” in October 2007 in Atlanta (PMI Global Congress). He was the second President of PMI Madrid Spain Chapter.
He was a PMI Component Mentor for Region 8 South during three years, and a PMIEF Engagement Committee Member. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in October 2010. He also received the PMI Fellow Award in October 2011 and the PMI Eric Jenett Excellence Award in October 2017. Since 1994, he is a frequent speaker at the International PM Congresses and Symposiums. He has delivered project management training and consulting services in Spain, Mexico, UK, Belgium, Germany, France, Denmark, Costa Rica, Brazil, USA, and Singapore. As a project management believer, he believes that passion, persistence, and patience are keys for project success. He authored the book Dirección de Proyectos, una nueva vision, published by LITO GRAPO Editors in IIL Mexico in June 2003. He is a contributor to Chapter 7 of the book Creating the Project Office, published in February 2003 by Jossey-Bass Editors (San Francisco/California), authored by Robert J. Graham, Paul Dinsmore, and Randall L. Englund. Alfonso co-authored with Randall L. Englund the book Project Sponsorship, published by Josse- Bass Editors in May 2006. He has also authored the book Today is a Good Day – Attitudes for Achieving Project Success, published by Multimedia Publishing in Canada in February 2010.
Adjunct Professor at SBS Swiss Business School
Dr. Martina Huemann is Adjunct Professor at Swiss Business School and Professor at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, where she heads the Project Management Group in the Department Strategy and Innovation. She is also the Academic Director of the Professional MBA Program: Project Management. She has published widely in the fields of Project Management and Human Resource Management. For her research on Human Resource Management in Project-oriented Organizations, she received the 2015 IPMA Research Award.
She has 20 years of experience in research, teaching, and consulting. She has strong links in the research and practice communities, and a broad international network. Between 2006 and 2013, she served on the Research Management Board of the International Project Management Association. Between 2009 and 2019, she was a member of the Academic Member Advisory Group at the Project Management Institute. As an academic advisor of NETLIPSE, she contributes her knowledge on managing large infrastructure projects in Europe. She is a board member of Projekt Management, Austria. Since 2018, Martina has been serving as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Project Management, the prime academic journal in the Project Management field. In 2020, she established the new open-access journal Project Leadership and Society (Elsevier).
MBA, CEO of the Life and Career Design Consulting GmbH and owner of ChangeStrategy Consulting
Dr. Günther Singer, MBA, is Professor and specializes in human resources, change management, online education, and the accreditation of institutions in higher education. He is CEO of the Life and Career Design Consulting GmbH and owner of ChangeStrategy Consulting. He designs and implements corporate change processes, conducts audits, and supports organizations as a coach and management developer. As a professor, he focuses on graduate and post-graduate courses at Universities and Business Schools. As Executive Coach, he supports decision-makers.
In his career, he has held various positions: CEO, Academic Director, Dean, Senior Researcher, Sales Manager, and Regional Director Europe for a US Accreditation Organization. Dr. Singer worked on various projects as a consultant, typically involving concept of the project, implementation, training, and/or coaching of key-performers in the following industries and sectors: Air Navigation Industry: process consulting for top-management – company strategy development and implementation; Automotive Industry – retail group: change consulting due to the restructuring of sector due to new European Union regulations; Bank: post-merger change management consulting, training of coaches; Electric Power Industry: process coaching due to re-structuring; High-Tech Company: change management due to the introduction of process management/implementation of skill management and development; Industrial Production Plant of a multinational corporation: implementation of lean management, team development; Media Industry: implementation of performance management; Public Administration: training of managers as coaches; United Nations: Human Resources Development and Consulting Services.
Carl is a Chartered Project Professional with more than 30 years of experience establishing, developing and maturing PMO’s in Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa. He is involved in academic research on Knowledge and Innovation Management and Complexity within Project Management and the Project Management Office.
Carl is an active promotor of Lean Construction and Sustainable Methods of Construction and is currently researching solar sintering of sand combined with recycled plastics and rubber. Carls involvement in education has ranged from being a former STEM Ambassador in the UK; talking about Knowledge, Innovation, Creativity and Technology and writing engaging and educational short stories for 6-8 years through to delivering Project Management disciplines in the Middle East, based on the PMI’s Processes and Areas of Knowledge to large auditorium audiences and classes of up to 30 students.
He has Senior Management experience of delivery in challenging and dynamic environments having worked in the capacity as the client, developer, consultant and contractor and has been a trusted advisor at Premier, Ministerial, Government and Board level. A former mentor and coach and co-founder of Highways England ‘Thought Leadership Challenge’ and Technical Board Representative on the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.
Carl is currently leading an Executive Portfolio Management Office in the Middle East.
Matt Swan, MPM, BEng, IPMO-E, is Head of Projects at the Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI), developing Australia’s national precision medicine capability and first comprehensive cancer centre, focused on children’s cancer. He is an associate lecturer in undergraduate and graduate programs in project management at the University of Sydney.
He is co-authoring AIPMO’s book on PMO competencies, and has contributed to competency frameworks for the Global Alliance for the Project Professions (GAPPS) and the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM).
Matt has advised the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) as an industry advisory group and observational board member, co-founded Future Project Leaders, and judged the project management achievement awards.
He has 17 years of experience in designing and delivering, major and megaprojects, in research infrastructure, business transformation, construction, and mineral processing. He has worked as a consultant and trainer, developing the capability of organisations and thousands of project management professionals across banking, construction, defence, for-purpose, government, infrastructure, and logistics sectors.
SAJAAD ASHRAF MINHAS
Sajaad is a PMO Principal Consultant, with 16 years PMO/programme Management demonstrable track record in the design and establishment of PMOs; project, program, and portfolio management; and education and training. He has helped major service providers across the UK, Europe, and the Middles East to successfully formulate and execute their strategic plans. He has built/mobilised Transformation Management Offices (TMO), and worked as a subject lead advisor, consultant, and trainer to c-suite executives, ensuring the delivery of benefits is understood by all stakeholders and is delivered utilising all available resources efficiently and effectively.
Some of the Career highlights for Sajaad include: Portfolio design and implementation of an Oversight function for the Ministry of Health, North and South Regions, set up a PMO, 4 staff, responsible for planning, governance and performance; Portfolio managed the approval of the Hail Health Cluster Long Terms Strategy Plan (LTSP), gaining approval from the H.R Minister for Health. Personally, authored the TMO Governance and the Two-year strategic implementation programme plan, with Boston Consulting (BCG); Set up the TMO, for a merger of two government social insurance bodies, writing the Portfolio design and execution plan, to fit the Target Operating Model.
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