26th IPMA World Congress Closes in Crete, Greece


by Jouko Vaskimo ([email protected])

1 November 2012, Greece – Professor Dr John-Paris Pantouvakis, the Chairman of the 26th IPMA World Congress and Mr Roberto Mori, the President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) closed the 26th IPMA World Congress in the Mediterranean island of Crete on 31st October 2012. The theme of the 26th IPMA World Congress, the first one to be organized in Greece, was “Integrating Project Management Standards”. The congress, which comprised an extensive system of plenary sessions with keynote presentations by some of the most renowned experts in the profession, simultaneous parallel sessions with both practitioner and scientific foci, and a generous offering of social events surrounding the official congress program, took place at the Creta Maris Convention Centre, located in the Hersonissos district of Crete on 29th … 31st October 2012. The congress was organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek IPMA Member Association, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure.

Professor Pantouvakis closing the 26th IPMA World Congress (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Professor Pantouvakis, the Chairman of the 26th IPMA World Congress, was pleased to see the congress proceed according to plan, and become the latest link in the long tradition of IPMA World Congresses. In his closing remarks Professor Pantouvakis sincerely thanked the congress participants, everyone involved in planning and organizing the event, and sincerely wished everyone a safe journey home.

Mr Mori thanked Professor Pantouvakis warmly for an excellent IPMA World Congress: Mr Mori was very happy with the arrangements and the number of participants under the circumstances, which were the most difficult he had seen in the history of IPMA World Congresses.

Finally Professor Pantouvakis handed the task of organizing the next IPMA World Congress to the organizing committee of the 27th IPMA World Congress.

Professor Mladen Radujkovic, the current IPMA Vice President of Research and Education / Training, President of Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM), IPMA 2013 … 2014 President Elect, and Chairman of Organizing Committee for the 27th IPMA World Congress, thanked Professor Pantouvakis, and formally took on the role of the organizer of the next IPMA World Congress. He warmly invited the entire IPMA family to the 27th IPMA World Congress which will be organized in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in the Valamar Resort Babin Kuk on September 30th … October 3rd, 2013. The theme of the 27th IPMA World Congress will be “Finding balance and moving forward”. The congress is organized by IPMA and CAPM in co-operation with the Civil Engineering Faculty of the University of Zagreb, the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Baltazar Adam Krčelić College of Business and Management. For further information please navigate to www.ipma2013.hr .

Professor Radujkovic (pictured at right) is excited about the 27th IPMA World Congress, and comments “I thank Professor Pantouvakis sincerely for an excellent congress. At the same time I kindly invite you to take part in the IPMA World Congress 2013 and to contribute to the development of the project management profession. Come to Dubrovnik to find balance and improve your project management competences and thus push your projects forward.  We will be expecting you in the city of Dubrovnik, the historical republic from 1358-1808, whose cultural monuments still today bear witness to projects from past centuries.” Professor Radujkovic can be contacted at [email protected] .

The closing ceremony participants were also addressed by Mr Michel Ledun and Mr Pierre Parent from Thales, who delivered their keynote presentation “International Project Management within Thales”. In the previous session Professor Theodosis Tassios and Professor Hiroshi Tanaka provided keynote presentations to the congress plenary; Professor Tassios on “An introduction to the ancient Greek technology” and Professor Tanaka on “Standards in the changing landscape of project and program management”.

For further information on the 26th IPMA World Congress please navigate to www.ipma2012.gr .

Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece) is the National Member Association of IPMA and ICEC. It originates from the PM-Greece Yahoo group established in 2001 to link together people from universities, contractors, construction management companies, and specialized software houses with an active interest in the application of project management in Greece. Since 2005 PM-Greece has been legally established in Greece as a non-profit scientific association and is a member of IPMA. PM-Greece membership is open to anyone with an active interest in Project Management who lives, works, or has an interest in Greek project affairs. For further information please navigate to www.pmgreece.gr .

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA annual World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .