Project Director for the IPMA 26th World Congress in Greece and current Chair of the IPMA Education and Training Board


Dr. John-Paris Pantouvakis

By Ed Naughton

Dublin, Ireland





Editor’s note: This interview was conducted by Ed Naughton, PMWJ contributing editor and PM World correspondent in Ireland, as they began their work together on the IPMA Education and Training Board in early 2013.  Prof Pantouvakis is also an academic advisor to PM World; read more about him at http://pmworldjournal.net/team/editorial-advisory-board/prof-john-paris-pantouvakis-phd/.

Ed Naughton: How did the discipline of Project Management emerge onto your radar?

Prof Pantouvakis: It was the mid 1980s when I was following postgraduate studies in the UK and came across the work of people such as Ron McCaffer and Martin Barnes. So, I was initially introduced to project management through construction management and more specifically through computer-aided estimating in an Academic environment.  Then, in the early 1990s I started working for a consulting firm implementing EU (then EC) funded projects in Eastern Europe, so I have had my first experiences of project management ‘in action’…

Naughton: You were the project director for the 2012 IPMA World Congress in Greece during a very difficult and turbulent economic time in your country . What is your abiding memory of that project?

Pantouvakis: My abiding memories are: that our (the organizing team) belief to succeed was stronger than the economic challenges we had been facing; and Our deep appreciation for the IPMA family who backed us during such a difficult time.

Naughton: What benefits do you think have accrued to the discipline of project management in Greece as a result of hosting the world congress there? Would you do it again?

Pantouvakis: The discipline was hosted in Greece during the world congress. We have benefited from the presence and active participation of PMs from around the globe. I think, we also conveyed the message that we try here in Greece and we are committed to success.

Greek project managers were able to meet and interact with their international colleagues and, I trust, the discipline will be  boosted  in the near future. At the same time, young people were introduced to project management at a high level and many took an interest in the discipline. I think this will be the outstanding legacy of the Congress.

Naughton: You are the current chair of the IPMA Education and Training Board. What are your objectives for your two year term of office?

Pantouvakis: As the IPMA Education & Training Chair I have the privilege to liaise and coordinate with the IPMA E&T Board, a panel of experts from seven different countries, both Academics and professionals. Together, our ambition is to bring Education & Training closer to the PM professional and our Member Associations and to bring new friends and more visibility to the area.


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About the Author

ed-naughtonflag-irelandED NAUGHTON 

Institute of Project Management 

Dublin, Ireland 

Ed Naughton, BE, C. Eng., F.I.E.I, IPMA-a, PMP, is the founder and current Director General of the Institute of Project Management of Ireland, the leading authority on the PM profession in Ireland.  On the international front, Ed was responsible for initiating cooperation agreements with both the PMI (Project Management Institute) USA and the IPMA (International Project Management Association). He is Ireland’s representative on the IPMA council of delegates, and a former Vice President-Marketing for the IPMA. He was also the first PMP registered in Ireland.  Ed has researched, published and presented many articles and papers on project management and is the author of the Irish Project Management Competence Baseline. During his thirty year career, Ed has worked as a project manager and/or project management consultant on a large variety of high profile domestic and international assignments. Ed Naughton is a graduate of University College Dublin (BE, civil), a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, a Chartered Engineer (Ireland), a Professional Engineer in Canada, and holds an IPMA Level A certification.  He is former founder and editor of the quarterly international publication “Project Management Practice”. One of Ireland’s most respected experts on the topic of modern project management, Ed is an executive advisor to PM World in Ireland.  Ed Naughton lives in Dublin and can be contacted at [email protected].