Ed Naughton and Bob Youker named IPMA Fellows


3 October 2013 – Dubrovnik, Croatia and Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced the appointment of Ed Naughton and Bob Youker as new IPMA Fellows.  This is the highest individual honor afforded by IPMA.  The announcement was made during the IPMA Awards Banquet on 1 October 2013, day two of the 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

131015-pmwj16-two-new-IMAGE 1Mr Ed Naughton, BE, C. Eng., F.I.E.I, IPMA-a, PMP, is a graduate of University College Dublin where he read for a BE (civil). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland; a Chartered Engineer (Ireland); a Professional Engineer in Canada (British Columbia); holds the highest level of IPMA certification; and was the first PMP (Project Management Professional) in Ireland  from the USA-based Project Management institute.  He also holds a Diploma in Applied Finance from the Irish Management Institute and an Honorary Master’s degree from University College Cork for his contribution to the development of project management in Ireland.

Ed founded the Institute of Project Management of Ireland (IPMI) in 1989; IPMI was accepted as a member association of IPMA in 1999. He introduced the IPMA 4 level certification system into Ireland and was the author of the original “National Competence Baseline Ireland” and the Certification Handbook which stipulates the rules and regulations associated with the certification system. He has been an ardent advocate for the adoption of IPMA certification in Ireland and ten years after its formal introduction in 2002 the number of Irish certified IPMA professionals is approaching 3000.

In 2004 he was elected to the Executive Board of IPMA and was awarded the Marketing brief. During his two year tenure on the board (2005-2006) he was a very active advocate for IPMA. As well as his normal ExBo duties, he hosted an ExBo meeting in Dublin and introduced the IPMA organization and the board to the then Minister for Health, Mary Harney – the Irish government’s largest spending department; founded and edited the IPMA quarterly publication “Project Management Practice;” re-designed the IPMA website and dramatically increased traffic; and succeeded in getting the then European Commissioner for Competition Charlie McCreevy to participate in the promotional launch of ICB3.

Ed Naughton has attended and actively participated every Council of Delegates Meeting since 2000; hosted a CoD meeting in Dublin in 2009; hosted an ICB4 workshop in Dublin in 2011; dopted IPMA Delta and organized a training programme for it in Dublin in 2012; ensured Ireland’s participation in international validations and assessments; was selected as a member of the Education & Training Board (2013/2014); and represented IPMA At PMI congresses in Washington, Dublin (EMEA) and Vancouver in 2010, 2011 & 2012 respectively.

According to Ed in his acceptance speech, “this honour is a reflection on the fact that a small country such as Ireland with a 4.0m population can be very influential in its contribution to the world of international project management. In many facets of sport, arts, music and business, Ireland punches above its weight – we must use these international networks in a strategic way.  This connectivity and international collaboration allows countries to share costs and risks of tackling common project management challenges.  The IPMA family provides a platform for all nations to have a serious input to many of these challenges”.

robert-youker-bioMr Robert “Bob” Youker is a co-founder of both the Project Management Institute (PMI), and asapm, the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management in the United States. A long-time contributor to the practice of project management, he was a Director of IPMA from 1977 through 1988.  He participated in many IPMA Conferences from 1974 through the early 2000s, presented several keynote addresses, and organized panels and workshops. He introduced IPMA into a dozen government agencies and businesses around the World, and in many cases, connected those agencies and businesses with IPMA leaders.

Bob introduced and popularized innovations to the practice of project management, from his work in Xerox in the 1960s, to his leadership in the first manual project management planning and tracking tools (Planalog President, 1968-1974). In his work for World Bank, Bob developed training that benefited thousands of project and program managers, and government officials, mostly in developing countries. He was the author and developer of the World Bank’s CD-ROM based project management training kit titled “Managing the Implementation of Development Projects”, still available and widely used today.  His 1975 article on Organizational Alternatives for PM and making the matrix work has been reprinted in 10 books and used in hundreds of training courses.  He presented early papers on key subjects like managing stakeholders, implementing change, the hierarchy of objectives and managing the project life cycle.

Bob Youker was recognized by IPMA for his massive contributions to the profession and practice of project management, IPMA and society.

According to Bob, “I have been a very strong supporter of IPMA since before 1974 when I attended a Paris IPMA conference and presented a paper on installing a strategic and operational planning system in a large government agency, an interesting application of project management.  I like the model of IPMA of a confederation of national associations versus a one size fits all model.  I have greatly valued my relationships with the many people I have met and worked with at IPMA. Russ Archibald was and is my mentor and I took his place on the IPMA board when he had to leave.  I always told people that the IPMA conferences were much more fun than PMI’s and I was pleased when Eric Jennet, another mentor, attended an IPMA conference and agreed with me.”

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 55 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, representing over 50,000 project management practioners and experts. The president for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic. For more information visit www.ipma.ch