Interview with Dave Harbath

Motiva International
European Mentoring and Coaching Council of Turkey

 Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
Istanbul, Turkey

Dave Harbath specializes in coaching and training leaders, and teams with a particular focus on enhancing their Cultural Intelligence or the capabilities to function effectively across various cultural contexts.   One of his greatest passions as an advanced certified cultural intelligence facilitator and executive coach with more than 25 years experience leading global multi-cultural teams is to help executives and teams unlock the potential of their cultural diversity.

He’s a member of Motiva International’s team of professional facilitators and coaches, and holds a CIPD/EMCC Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring with distinction, and is a qualified Advanced CQ (Cultural Intelligence) Certified Facilitator, and Assessor. He is also an active member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council of Turkey and is a Former Member of the Board (2010-2012). He’s passionate about his family, friends, culture, sailing and anything to do with the outdoors and nature.

Note: this interview was conducted after Mr. Harbath’s presentation at the 2017 PMI Turkey Chapter’s PM Summit conference in Ankara.


Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Good morning Dave. Overall, how was the PM Summit for you this year?

Dave Harbath (Harbath): It was truly a pleasure and a personally rewarding experience being among such a high caliber group of professionals in Ankara as part of this years annual PMI summit.   I found the organizers, volunteers, participants and speakers to be highly energetic, engaged and passionate about this year’s event and in particular their focus on the well chosen theme of the human factors in project management.

Ozguler: What were the highlights in the PM summit?

Harbath: There were too many insights and highlights to be recounted here however there were a few which come immediately to mind. First and foremost I found the warmth and hospitality of the entire PMI team and volunteers to be beyond expectations making the entire experience a memorable one.   Other highlights for me were the amazing people I had the opportunity of meeting over the two days in Ankara, and I will never forget their commitment to the profession, as well as their curiosity, and drive for continuous development.   I found everyone to be truly supportive of each other and utterly open and honest in how they shared their personal experience and knowledge, all with the intent of further developing the PM profession.   And, lastly the other highlights which stayed with me throughout the entire conference were those made by opening key note speaker Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez in which he outlined the challenges in terms of where project management sits in the minds of top leaders and organizations, and more importantly the overall positive outlook he outlined for the future of the project management profession.   It was this positive outlook that resonated for me personally throughout the remainder of the two days in Ankara as I presented and listened to the other speakers.

Ozguler: What is your main topic in your speech? Please give detail information.


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About the Interviewer

İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected] Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/