Project Management Update from Istanbul


Interview with Dr. Al Zeitoun, PMI Board Member

By İpek Sahra Özgüler

International Correspondent

Istanbul, Turkey

Ipek Sahra Ozguler has reported the latest news about project management from Turkey. This report is a contact point between Turkey and the world.

Today, I have a special guest. I’ m sure most of you had heard this name before. Dr. Al Zeitoun. He serves as Director at the 2015 PMI Board. His curriculum vitae on the PMI web page is as follows:

In his current role as the Corporate PMO Executive Director for Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Dr. Zeitoun’s impact includes creating the structure and discipline necessary for delivering on one of the largest projects in the Middle East, while building an enterprise portfolio and program management culture.

In 2007 Dr. Zeitoun was appointed by the PMI Board as a director-at-large. He chaired the Board nominating committee and volunteer appointment committee. He was past board member of the Accreditation Center, founder and past chair of PMI IDSIG, founder of the PMI Wichita, Kansas and MENA Chapters, as well as the chair of the PMI Central Indiana Chapter. Dr. Zeitoun was a keynote speaker at the 2014 PMI Turkey congress, the 2010 PMI® Global Congress in Brazil and at PMI Benelux Day in 2007. He continues to contribute to PMI standards.

Acting formerly as Booz Allen Hamilton’s representative on PMI’s Global Executive Council, Dr. Zeitoun led the firm’s Middle East North Africa Portfolio Management Solutions. In that role, he strategically envisioned Booz Allen Hamilton’s advisory necessary for customizing EPMO playbooks and mapping the relevant capability development.

Previously, as a Chief Projects Officer for International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL), Dr. Zeitoun was responsible for thought leadership and executing project management methodology. He was a key contributor to IIL’s 12-fold increase in global business size, and screened qualified IIL instructors to create a strong presence for the organization within global C-suites. He also has previous experiences in IT, manufacturing, construction and engineering.

Dr. Zeitoun holds PhD, MSc and BSc degrees in civil engineering; in addition, he received a diploma in project management from the University of Bremen.

In addition to his work with ENEC, Dr. Zeitoun continues to educate, such as his work at the University of Maryland. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, tennis, reading and contributing to various transformation efforts.


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About the Author

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Istanbul, Turkey

İpek Sahra Özgüler graduated from the Istanbul University with the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014. Ipek works as project portfolio manager at TAV IT Project Management Office. TAV IT is a core technology provider and systems integration company specialising in aviation. It delivers turn-key airport systems and infrastructure solutions for various parties at airports, including airport authorities, airlines and ground handling companies. Her main responsibility is to move the organization to the future by executing the organization’s strategy through portfolio management. Before joining TAV IT, she worked for global multinational companies and leading local companies such as Coca Cola, Deloitte, Turkcell Superonline and Havelsan. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in managing various medium and large scale projects, programs and portfolios.

Her article named “When I Decided to Develop Multi Processing Project Manager’s System” published in the book “A Day in the Life of a Project Manager”. She has published several articles in the PM World Journal and one in PMI’s PM Network magazine. Ipek is actively involved in sailing, writing and discovering new cultures. She can be contacted at [email protected].

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