Sustainability Session Featured at IPMA World Congress 2012


Sustainability in Project Management is an increasingly important topic, and it will be a highlight at the 26th IPMA World Congress 2012 in Greece on 29th to 31st October 2012. The stream, Project Management and Sustainable Development will include practice leaders and educators speaking to the topic. And, you will recognize them at the Congress, because the speakers will be wearing green IPMA polo shirts. How appropriate!

This very special session will be presented in a stream of speakers on Tuesday morning and afternoon, 9:00-17:15, in the Congress venue’s Minos East room. Keynote sessions, breaks and lunch will separate the three Sustainability blocks.

About the Speakers

Martina Huemann is faculty member of the PROJEKTMANAGEMENT GROUP at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and an Adjunct Professor of Project Management at SKEMA, Business School, France. She has project management experience on research, marketing and organizational development projects.

Her research addresses Human Resource Management in the project-oriented company, competencies and capabilities in project-oriented companies, sustainable development in project management, as well as auditing of projects and programs. Martina Huemann is also a consultant at Roland Gareis Consulting and trains project personnel and consults for projects, programs and project-oriented companies internationally.

Joel Carboni, a project manager of 15 years in the private and public sectors is the President of GPM Global, a US based project management organization. GPM is dedicated to the advancement of the practical application of sustainable project practices to decouple environmental degradation from economic growth.

Joel is the co-author of the PRiSM project delivery method and supports training providers, academic institutions and associations around the world as an advocate of sustainability. He has been recognized internationally for his work to promote Peace, Culture, and Education and serves on the board of directors for a regional science center as well as a tech coalition dedicated to empowering youth to engage in STEM. An active member of asapm (IPMA-USA), Joel holds the credentials of MPM, CIPM, and GPM.

Prof. Gilbert Silvius is a professor at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht in the Netherlands and principal consultant at Van Aetsveld Project and Change Management. He is founder and program director of the first Master of Project Management program in the Netherlands.

This innovative program focuses on project management from an organizational change perspective. The Master of Project Management has a special focus on the integration of the concepts of sustainability in Projects and Project Management. Also in research, Gilbert focuses on sustainability in Projects and Project Management. He is lead author of the recently published book ‘Sustainability in Project Management’

Ron Schipper Msc. is project manager and principal consultant at Van Aetsveld, a leading consulting firm in project and change management in the Netherlands. He has more than 15 years of experience as a project manager in realising (organizational) change in various organizations. Next to executing projects, he is interested in developing the profession of project managers and transferring this knowledge to other people in Netherlands and developing countries. With sustainability as emerging theme for the world, it got his attention in the implications for projects and project management and the development of the professional role of project managers. He is co-author of the recently published book ‘Sustainability in Project Management’.

Since 2009, Claudia Weninger has been a junior researcher of the Project Management Group, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna), and is currently writing her PhD thesis on project management. Born in 1985, Claudia holds a Magister Degree in Project Management and IT from the University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna. Her research focuses on sustainable development in project management. She was a project team member of the research project “SustPM” and currently, she is the project manager of the PMI®-sponsored research project, “Rethink!PSM (Rethink project stakeholder management). She is a certified IPMA, junior project manager, and active member of PMI.

Additional presenters for this special session tentatively include Frank Anbari, Rodney Turner, Lynn Keeys, and Erwin Weitlaner. What an interesting group!

About the Programme

The crossroads of sustainable development and project management is rapidly gaining attention in both the professional and the academic community. And although for many organizations this topic is at the moment first of all a debating issue, an increasing number of publications show guidance, implications, case studies and some first theories.

Given the increasing importance of sustainable development in organizational strategies and the changes and projects needed for this, the attention for the relationship of sustainable development and project management is not surprising. However, most project management methodologies and practices still lack attention for this responsibility.

This stream will present position papers, research results, case studies as well as hands on exercises on the topic to demonstrate the benefits of integrating sustainable methods to existing competencies. The stream conveyers are all opinion leaders in this field that can mobilize their networks for high quality contributions that will provide new insights and guidance to project management professionals.

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The 26th IPMA World Congress will be held on one of the most popular islands in Greece, at an exclusive 5 star Convention and Golf resort where the dialogue for the advancement of academic and professional project management will meet 5,000 years of history, idyllic beaches and a bouquet of fascinating parallel activities. Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2012 IPMA World Congress on Project Management. For information, visit www.ipma2012.gr.

Crete is the largest island in Greece. Next to being the home of the first European civilisation – the Minoan civilization dating 5000 years ago, the island offers mountains and sandy beaches which belong among the finest in the world. Crete has a mild Mediterranean climate and the conference participants will have the opportunity to taste one of the oldest and most tasty gastronomic traditions in the world and to enjoy the famous Cretan hospitality.

The 26th IPMA World Congress is being organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek member association of IPMA, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure. The Chairman for the 26th IPMA World Congress is Dr. John – Paris Pantouvakis, Associate Professor, Director of the Department of Construction Engineering & Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering, NTUA, Athens, Greece. Professor Pantouvakis can be contacted at [email protected]

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the world’s first project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, expert seminars and global knowledge. IPMA’s annual world congress is one of the most important meetings of the world’s project management experts and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2012 is Roberto Mori. Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch/