Rocio Zelada named International Correspondent for PM World Journal in Bolivia


Project management leader joins correspondent team in Santa Cruz to report on professional news and developments in Bolivia

21 June 2014 – Dallas, TX, USA and Santa Cruz, Bolivia – PM World has announced that Rocio Zelada, PMP has been appointed an International Correspondent for the organization in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.  Ms. Zelada, a prominent local project management professional leader, is current president of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), the world’s largest member-based organization for the project management profession.

140621-pmwj24-Zelada-IMAGE1 ZELADARocio Zelada, PMP is Business Development Manager at Cognos Group in Santa Cruz and a consultant, instructor and facilitator of various courses, workshops and seminars on leadership, project management, business analysis, personal relationship and related topics.  Her previous experience includes operations manager with Axxon Consulting Bolivia; systems developer, project manager and specialist in business development for YPFBTransporte; technical advisor for Microsoft Bolivia; and project manager in the energy to market sector.

Rocio holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with specialization in project management.  In addition to her PMP® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI®), she is a Certified Facilitator (SDI L1-Personal Strengths) and a Microsoft Certified .NET Professional (ASP.NET).  She has experience and solid knowledge in project management; business analysis and process reengineering; design, programming, implementation, testing and management of information systems and technology, including ITIL, COBIT and ERP systems; software architecture; object oriented programming; processes for management of transport of hydrocarbons; education and knowledge transfer; human talent, interpersonal relationships and conflict management; and corporate change management.

140621-pmwj24-Zelada-IMAGE2 SANTA CRUZAccording to Wikipedia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, commonly known as Santa Cruz, is the capital of the Santa Cruz department in eastern Bolivia. Situated on the Pirai River in eastern Bolivia, the city of Santa Cruz and its metropolitan area are home to over 70% of the population of the department and it is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. [1]

The city was first founded in 1561 by Spanish explorer Ñuflo de Chavez about 200 km (124 mi) east of its current location, and was moved several times until it was finally established on the Pirai River in the late 16th century.  The city is Bolivia’s most populous, and the Department of Santa Cruz, ranked second in total population, produces nearly 35% of Bolivia’s gross domestic product, and receives over 40% of all foreign direct investment in the country. This has helped make Santa Cruz the most important business center in Bolivia and the preferred destination of migrants from all over the country. [1]

140621-pmwj24-Zelada-IMAGE3 MAPBolivia, officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is a landlocked country located in western-central South America. It is bordered by Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay and Argentina to the south, Chile to the southwest, and Peru to the west. Bolivia is a democratic republic that is divided into nine departments. Its geography is varied from the peaks of the Andes in the West, to the Eastern Lowlands, situated within the Amazon Basin. It is a developing country, with a Medium Human Development Index score, and a poverty level of 53%. Its main economic activities include agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, and manufacturing goods such as textiles, clothing, refined metals, and refined petroleum. Bolivia is very wealthy in minerals, especially tin. [2]

The Bolivian population, estimated at 10 million, is multiethnic, including Amerindians, Mestizos, Europeans, Asians and Africans. The main language spoken is Spanish, although the Guarani, Aymara and Quechua languages are also common, and all four, as well as 34 other indigenous languages, are official. The large number of different cultures within Bolivia has contributed greatly to a wide diversity in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music. [2]

According to PM World President and Managing Editor David Pells, “We have been referred to Rocio by Cecilia Boggi, our correspondent in Argentina and a regional mentor for PMI, as a dynamic professional leader in Bolivia.  We are honored that she has agreed to join our global team, and look forward to learning more about the project management profession in her country.”

Rocio Zalada stated, “It will be my honor to represent the PM World Journal in Bolivia, and a pleasure to share professional news from here with the rest of the world.  There are many good developments in Santa Cruz, for example, that I will love to describe.  I hope to hear from others who are interested in project management in Bolivia and look forward to introducing everyone to Santa Cruz.”

For information about Cognos, visit www.cognosys.com.bo.  Rocio can be contacted [email protected] or bo.linkedin.com/pub/Rocio-zelada-pmp/22/b12/a33/

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[1]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cruz_de_la_Sierra

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