IPMA Council of Delegates convenes in Dublin, Ireland


By Jouko Vaskimo (Finland)

Espoo, Finland


International Project Management Association (IPMA) Council of Delegates (CoD), the highest decision-making body of the first global project management association, convened on March 28th … 29th 2015 in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, with delegates from 52 out of the 58 IPMA Member Associations (MA) in attendance. The meeting was organized by the Institute of Project Management Ireland (IPMI), the local IPMA MA, and hosted by IPMI Director General Mr Ed Naughton.

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In the photograph: Professor Mladen Radujkovic, Chairman of IPMA Council of Delegates, addressing the IPMA Council of Delegates opening plenary (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Mr Naughton (pictured at right) opened the meeting, welcomed sincerely the IPMA family to Dublin, and introduced former Irish Prime Minister, Mr John Bruton, who delivered a welcome address. Mr Bruton narrated the path of Ireland emerging as an independent state through its inward-looking period during the 1950s and 1960s and its subsequent embracing of Europe and the benefits that flowed as a result. He described the background factors to the rise Irish economy, subsequent economic collapse and endurance of seven years of austerity.

He also gave a brief narrative on his perspective of the current geo-political environment with particular reference to Greece, Russia, USA, China, France, Germany and India. In the context of project management, Mr Bruton supports the concept that the IPMA Council of Delegates provides an opportunity for delegates from all countries to exchange ideas on today’s project challenges and emerging trends, to enjoy networking and to sample the culture of the host country. In conclusion he stated “Ireland, as a Member Association, is proud to play a full and active role in IPMA. We welcome the IPMA family to our country and wish the organization a happy birthday in this its 50th year.” Mr Naughton can be contacted at [email protected] . (photo courtesy IPMI)


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About the Author                                                          


pmwj34-May2015-Vaskimo-PHOTOJouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland




Jouko Vaskimo works as Development Manager at Aalto PRO, the Professional Development unit of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. He is also an International Correspondent and Editorial Advisor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992. Since then he has held project management related assignments with increasing levels for responsibility at Sinebrychoff Ltd, the oldest brewery in Scandinavia; Kemira Engineering Ltd, the leading chemicals manufacturer Finland; DNA Finland Ltd, a large Finnish mobile phone operator; Nokia Business Infrastructure; and Ixonos PLC, one of the leading Finnish ICT consultancies. Jouko holds the IPMA Level C (Project Manager) and Level B (Senior Project Manager) certificates and is the chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. He is a member of the Project Management Association Finland Board of Directors and a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter. He received the PMP certificate in 2003. Since October 2007, Jouko has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/PC 236 and ISO/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo“at”aalto.fi .

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