Head of Infrastructure and Urban Development at World Economic Forum to headline Project Management South Africa conference in September



Growing Project Management in South Africa is theme for biennial national conference in Johannesburg

25 July 2014 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) has announced the slate of keynote speakers for their Biennial National Conference 2014 scheduled for 29 September – 1 October 2014. The 2014 conference with theme of “Growing Project Management in South Africa” will be held at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Gauteng. PMSA has announced that Pedro Rodrigues de Almeida, Head of Infrastructure and Urban Development at the World Economic Forum, will be a headliner at the PMSA event in September. For more about the conference, go to http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/?page=Conference2014

140725-pmwj25-wec-IMAGEThe World Economic Forum recently released the report: ‘African Strategic Infrastructure: Initiative – Managing Transnational Infrastructure Programmes in Africa – Challenges and Best Practices.’ The study takes us into the heart of infrastructure development on the continent, identifying challenges and proposing solutions that will resonate with the problem solver in every project manager. Pedro Rodrigues de Almeida was intrinsically involved in this report.

Pedro holds a PhD in Physics; MSc in Engineering Physics; MBA in Marketing Strategy and Communication; Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management and has over 17 years’ professional experience in various industrial settings. He has solid experience in infrastructure project management (on multimillion dollar CAPEX projects), strategic decision and risk management, and economic valuation studies. He has held senior positions in numerous countries and in a variety of industry sectors, and currently serves as Head, Infrastructure & Urban Development Industry, World Economic Forum, working out of Geneva and New York.

His main professional responsibilities and interests are related to today’s challenges in strategic infrastructure and urban development projects as well as the management of relationships between the Forum and the leaders of global companies in the EPC, real estate and urban development sectors. No doubt his talk in Johannesburg in September will be enlightening.

In 2014, Project Management South Africa celebrates the professional practice of project management and its relevance on the African continent, acknowledging the determination, innovation and creativity applied to overcoming some of the challenges associated with achieving project success in Africa. Through its Biennial Conference, PMSA aims to explore the nature of projects in Africa and what it takes to achieve success and contribute to a body of learning that can guide strategic project management and thus serve contemporaries in the project disciplines across the spectrum of industries.

Many good practices and project innovations were grown in Africa. Others have been borrowed from the ‘developed’ world and made relevant to the local reality. Still others have yet to be discovered while South Africans develop a better understanding of what Africa needs and how the stakeholders in project management can provide it.  Join PMSA and your peers in project management for a three-day journey of learning and knowledge exchange as we remind each other why we believe in this continent and the many opportunities she presents.

For more, go to http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/?page=Conference2014. To see all keynote speakers, visit http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/?page=ConfSpeakers14

The Conference organisers have also created a comprehensive set of sponsorship opportunities. Make sure you don’t miss this chance to showcase your products or services to the PM community. Kindly click here for more information.

Project Management South Africa (PMSA) is a Section 21 (not-for-gain) professional association representing the interests of project, programme and portfolio management practitioners in South Africa. PMSA has a membership of over 1 500 project management practitioners at various career stages and has existed as an autonomous representative body for 15 years. PMSA sponsors regional and national conferences and other events on a regular basis. For more information, visit http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/ or contact [email protected].

Source: Project Management South Africa