From Spain to Peru to Texas – IPMA Vice President Jesús Martinez-Almela Shares Global Perspective at UT Dallas Symposium


16 September 2013 – Richardson, Texas, USA – Over the last five years, Dr. Jesús Martinez-Almela has been one of the world’s most widely traveled project management leaders, spending much of his time in various South American countries. He shared some of his global experience and perspective related to multi-cultural aspects of project management during the Friday morning plenary session at the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium.  The symposium was held during August 15-16, 2013 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the campus of The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) in Richardson, Texas, USA.


The theme for the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium was “Project Management: Optimizing Value to Stakeholders.”  The topic of the presentation by Jesús Martinez-Almela was “Local, Regional and Global Cultural Impact on Stakeholder Engagement.”

According to Jesús’ presentation, many aspects of change – speed, direction, content, resource utilization – are central to project management stakeholder engagement. Managing change in cross-cultural dimensions: local, regional and global as well implies dealing with the complexity of social, economic and environmental challenges now and in the future. This raises the bar of ‘skillsets’ that a successful program or project manager needs in relation to, for example, inter-disciplinary understanding, emotional intelligence and idiosyncratic sensitivity.

Dr. Martínez-Almela also discussed the importance of project management stakeholders to corporate governance. Effective cultural awareness during stakeholder engagement can help ensure that an organization’s project portfolio is aligned to the organization’s objectives, is delivered efficiently and is sustainable. Cross-cultural stakeholder governance depends on contextual competences and also supports the means by which the board and other major project stakeholders exchange timely, relevant and reliable information.

Jesús Martínez-Almela, PhD is IPMA Vice President for Education, Training & Young Crew.  He is a Professional Engineer (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering), Certified Projects Director (IPMA-A), and the Principal of Bioagroprojects Biotech based in Spain.  He is very active for many years in Latin America, as visiting professor, lecturer and researcher at the Politechnical Universities of Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, Murcia and Valladolid in Spain, and in a few countries in North, Central and South America. He was member of the IPMA EU Task Force in Brussels, former member of IPMA’s Education & Training (E&T) board, Certification Validation Management Board (CVMB) Validator, and Training Aid Programme – Latin America Caribbean Countries (TAP-LACC) Director.  He is Foreign First Assessor and IPMA Delta Assessor. He is also the 1st VP of AEIPRO and OCDP Chairman as well (The Spanish IPMA MA and CB).

Jesús is a graduate of GMTSC program, Stanford University School of Engineering, USA; IESE Navarra University, Spain; and North Carolina State University, USA.  He spent five intense years in the United States from 1999-2004 working with the Agricultural Research Service, Florence Lab, South Carolina; as program manager for an international team of researchers for NCSU and the US Department of Agriculture; and as VP of engineering for a North Carolina-based firm.

The conference is organized each year by UT Dallas in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Journal.  The annual two-day PM conference focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including information technology, healthcare, telecommunications, energy, transportation and others.  This symposium is now recognized as one of the best regional project management conferences in the United States, and one of the best values for a full two-day professional conference.

A special feature of the UT Dallas PM Symposium each year is the opportunity to meet and hear top leaders from both IPMA and PMI as keynote speakers on day two.  As has been the case in several previous years, two IPMA executives attended this year.  In addition to Jesus, IPMA vice president for public relations Stacy Goff also attended, presenting a paper on stakeholder management.

To see the results of this year’s symposium, including videos of keynote speakers, copies of presentations and papers, go to pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

Symposium Organizers

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).  Registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.), the program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with more than 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org .

The PM World Journal is an online publication produced by PM World Inc. 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 different countries and industries.  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.