Maurício Lopes named International Correspondent for PM World Journal in Brazil


Experienced local project management leader joins correspondents team in São Paulo to report news leading up to World Cup and Olympics in Brazil

21 March 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro – PM World has announced that Maurício Lopes, PMP has been appointed an International Correspondent for the organization in São Paulo, Brazil.  Mr. Lopes is an experienced project management leader working in the engineering and construction projects area in Brazil.

140321-pmwj21-lopes-IMAGE1 LOPESMaurício Lopes, PMP is a Project Management Specialist. He is a PMP certified in 2000. He is a civil engineer with MBA in Project Management. He was one of the founders of the São Paulo PMI Chapter and Financial Director, Administrative Director, member of the Steering Committee from 1998 to 2003. He was vice-coordinator of the Project Management Division of the Engineering Institute of São Paulo from 1998 to 1999.

Since 2004 Maurício Lopes has been speaking in project management courses for CPLAN, FATEC, INPG, IETEC and FIA. He has 20 years of experience in project management with main focus in the engineering & construction area. Currently, he is associate director of M2L Project Management (www.M2L.com.br), a company specialized in project management consulting and implementation operating in over 40 large engineering & construction projects. Maurício Lopes is author of articles for Revista Grandes Construções, magazine specialized in engineering & construction, and he has the main characteristics related to project management – lean, practical and systematic ways.

140321-pmwj21-lopes-IMAGE2 SAO PAULOAccording to Wikipedia, São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city proper in the southern hemisphere, in the Americas, and the world’s seventh largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to the São Paulo metropolitan area, ranked as the second most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and among the ten largest metropolitan areas in the world.

São Paulo (city center pictured) is the capital of the state of São Paulo, Brazil’s most populous state. It exerts strong regional influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment and a strong international influence.

The metropolis has the largest economy by GDP in Latin America and Southern Hemisphere. São Paulo has significant cultural, economic and political influence both nationally and internationally. It is home to several important monuments, parks and museums such as the Latin American Memorial, the Museum of the Portuguese Language, São Paulo Museum of Art, Museum of Ipiranga and the Ibirapuera Park.

The city holds high profile events, like the São Paulo Art Biennial, the Brazilian Grand Prix of Formula 1, Sao Paulo Fashion Week, ATP Brasil Open. It is home to the São Paulo Stock Exchange, the Future Markets and the Cereal Market Stock Exchanges (the second largest stock exchange in the world, in market value). São Paulo is also home to several of the tallest buildings in Brazil, including the building Mirante do Vale, Italia, Altino Arantes, North Tower of the UNSCOM (United Nations Centre Enterprise) and many others.

The city, which is also colloquially known as “Sampa” or “Cidade da Garoa” (city of drizzle), is known for its unreliable weather, the size of its helicopter fleet, its architecture, gastronomy, severe traffic congestion and skyscrapers. The city is considered a global city according to several classifications. According to one source, São Paulo is expected to have the second highest economic growth in the world between 2011 and 2025, although New York City and Tokyo were expected to remain the largest in 2025.  The city will be one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. [1]

140321-pmwj21-lopes-IMAGE3 BRAZILBrazil (Portuguese: Brasil), officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region. It is the world’s fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population. It is the largest Portuguese language country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.

Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 km (4,655 mi). It is bordered on the north by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the French overseas region of French Guiana; on the northwest by Colombia; on the west by Bolivia and Peru; on the southwest by Argentina and Paraguay and on the south by Uruguay. Numerous archipelagos also form part of Brazilian territory. Brazil borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and occupies 47% of the continent of South America.

Brazil was a colony of Portugal beginning from the landing of Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500.  Independence was achieved in 1822 with the formation of the Empire of Brazil. The country became a presidential republic in 1889; its current Constitution, formulated in 1988, defines Brazil as a federal republic. The Federation is formed by the union of the Federal District, the 26 States, and the 5,564 Municipalities.

The Brazilian economy is the world’s seventh largest by nominal GDP and the seventh largest by purchasing power parity, as of 2012. A member of the BRIC group, Brazil has one of the world’s fastest growing major economies, and its economic reforms have given the country new international recognition and influence. Brazil is a founding member of the United Nations, the G20, CPLP, Latin Union, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the Organization of American States, Mercosul and the Union of South American Nations. Brazil is one of 17 mega-diverse countries, home to a variety of wildlife, natural environments, and extensive natural resources. Brazil is an emerging power in international affairs. [2]

According to PM World President and Managing Editor David Pells, “I am very happy to have Mauricio join our correspondents team in Brazil.  We first met in 2002 when I was in Sao Paulo to speak at the PMI-SP annual project management conference, a big event of 1,000 attendees. He was one of the leaders of the PMI chapter at that time; he was young, active and very well respected.  We met again on my second visit to Brazil, and have remained friends. This is a wonderful development.”

Mauricio Lopes stated, “It will be my honor to represent PM World in Sao Paulo, and a pleasure to work with David again. While I have been most active in the construction sector, I keep up with developments in the project management field and at the PMI Sao Paulo Chapter.  And the World Football Cup tournament is coming this year.  It will be fun and interesting to report from here.”

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is published by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers, and stories about projects and project management in many countries and industries.  PM World also produces the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.


[1]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Paulo

[2]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil