IPMA Achievement Awards – Making a Difference.

Report from the PM Profession 

Ewa Bednarczyk- Poland 

Alan Tupicoff- Australia


IPMA Excellence Award provide opportunities for industry recognition, at both the project and individual level, and for project teams and project managers to celebrate their achievements.

Get familiar with 3 new IPMA award categories: 

  • Community Service/Development Projects
  • Internationally Funded Humanitarian Aid Project
  • Project Manager of the Year

The International Project Management Association (IPMA) current Project Excellence awards program is the largest, most prestigious global recognition program devoted solely to the advancement of the project management (PM) profession. In 2013, IPMA have expanded the program to include its new Project Achievement Awards.

For the first time in its history, IPMA will be recognising project management achievement within the sectors of “Internationally Funded Humanitarian Aid Projects” and “Community Service / Development Projects”. Coupled with these awards will be an award to recognise the individual career achievements of Individual Project Managers.

Projects within the Humanitarian and Community Service sectors are often the projects which make a real different in the social, cultural and economic development of many of the world’s most vulnerable people. Project mangers working within these sectors are often required to have highly developed communication and innovative ways of delivering often sensitive and complex projects in remote locations.

By recognising the importance of such projects, IPMA is not only seeking to recognise achievement by project management teams responsible for the delivery of these projects, but also to facilitate further development of project management skills to improve the effectiveness of delivering a sustainable environment to the people in these regions.


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About the Authors

flag-polandEWA-BEDNARCZYK-bioEwa Bednarczyk

Krakow, Poland

Ewa Bednarczyk currently works for the International Project Management Association (IPMA) where she has administered the IPMA International Project Excellence Award Office since 2007. She is responsible for the coordination of the projects’ assessment process, including organization of the assessors training, assessors’ team composition, preparation of the Jury and final reports. She is the first contact person for the current and potential applicants and those who are interested in the Project Excellence Model. Moreover she supports the establishment of national Project Excellence Awards among IPMA member associations around the world.  Ewa is also a partner in a company pm2pm sp. z o.o. which offers project management training in Poland. Pm2pm mainly trains candidates for the IPMA certification.   In year 2010-2012 Ewa served as the IPMA-Pl Vice President responsible for the Polish Project Excellence Award. Ewa graduated from the Kraków University of Economics and Avans Hogeschool in Breda. She is an IPMA Level-D certificate holder. In her free time she regularly plays squash and treks. Her favorite destination is Nepal.  Ewa is also an occasional International Correspondent for PM World in Kraków, Poland.  She can be contacted at: [email protected]. 

flag-australiaalan-tupicoffAlan Tupicoff


Alan Tupicoff is the Director of ATsolve, an Australian based training and consulting company specialising in contract and project management. The company delivers Prism (GMP) training courses within Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. He has extensive experience over more than 35 years, in all aspects of building and construction within both private and public sector. From 2003 to 2011, Alan was a National Director of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), and is an AIPM Fellow. Alan has also lectured in aspects of contract and project management within the Vocational Training sector, and continues an active involvement in the Asia-Pacific Federation of Project Management (apfpm) and International Project Management Association (IPMA) – project management awards programs.   Alan can be contacted at [email protected].