December 2016 Project Management Update from Madrid


PMI Madrid Chapter’s XIII Annual Congress; Interviews with Claudia Alcelay and Charo Fresneda

By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent & Editorial Advisor

Madrid, Spain

The PMI Madrid Chapter celebrated its XIII Annual Project Management Congress

Last November 24th, I had the opportunity to attend the 13th Project Management Congress in Madrid at “Hipódromo de la Zarzuela”. All event attendees considered that event as a great success, not only because the content but also because its organization. Almost 400 professionals joined this event, one day long and with a tied and intensive agenda. I had the opportunity of interviewing two project professional colleagues from the PMI Madrid Chapter, Claudia Alcelay, PMP and current PMI Madrid Chapter President, and Charo Fresneda, PMP and PMI Madrid Chapter volunteer, event project manager. I will summarize both interviews as follows:


Claudia Alcelay

PMI Madrid Chapter President

Claudia, what were the event objectives?

Alfonso, our Board of Directors has as an objective to expand and attract project Management practitioners from other sectors, organizing events with different focus or area of expertise. We expected the following objectives:

  • Opening project Management to different sectors, attracting new audiences and new organizations to practice project management
  • Sharing what is done outside with the PMI Chapter members, thinking “out of the box”

Claudia, could you update us about the PMI Chapter status since you are Chapter President?

Alfonso, I can perceive an exciting Chapter, a Board of Directors with a lot of interest to get things done and make it happen. We have some volunteers, but they sometimes lack motivation; I believe we need to reinforce the volunteers’ recognition and contribute to motivating them.

Thanks so much Claudia, go ahead!


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About the Author

Alfonso Bucero

Contributing Editor
International Correspondent – Spain



Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow, is an International Correspondent and Contributing Editor for the PM World Journal in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Bucero is also founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting.  Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and president of the PMI Barcelona Chapter until April 2005, and belongs to PMI’s LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group).  He was the past President of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter, and now nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 29 years of practical experience and is actively engaged in advancing the PM profession in Spain and throughout Europe. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award on October 9th, 2010 and the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011.  Mr. Bucero can be contacted at [email protected].

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