November 26, 2018

13th International Conference

June 12, 2017

12th International Conference

The Future of European Project Management

December 16, 2016

11th International Conference

ATHENS, GREECE

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

TRAINING FORUMS

Sharing Perspectives and Best Practices

The 2018 Conference in its 13th year anniversary is organized by the HAU Centre of Excellence in Project Management and Global Business Management Consultants.

 

Keynote speakers
(and the list is currently updated)

Is there value in project management in a production environment?
Rocio Davila
, BPO Program Management System, AGC Automotive Europe

IT Governance, Project & Portfolio Management - the applied perspective
Sakis Maraslis
, Deputy Head of Unit -DIGIT A.1 Customers, Communications and Governance, European Commission

MSF: a 5-year journey implementing an activist PMO in an activist organization
Robin Vincent-Smith
, Programme, Change & Knowledge Manager, General Directorate, Médecins Sans Frontières

Enhanced business support for Business Analysis and Portfolio Management using sophisticated tools
John Waring
, Corporate Programmes and Projects Officer, European Defence Agency

 

Conference workshops & facilitators (26/11)

The Agile Toolbox: 3 agile techniques
Apostolis Apladas
, Software Architect and IT Project Manager at the European Commission

Strengths and weaknesses of the "notorious" Risk Matrix: One size does not fit all
Ilias Katsagounos
, Project Manager (e-training & communications), European Security and Defence College

Balancing the Ps of Project Management
Nicos Kourounakis
, Senior Consultant, Project Management Methodologies, OPM2

Benefits Management
George Merguerian
, Senior Partner, Global Business Management Consultants

Advanced collaboration tools for a team that rocks!
Theodore Moulos, Group CEO, GrowthRocks

A chameleon without borders - helping MSF to become a learning organization
Robin Vincent-Smith, Programme, Change & Knowledge Manager, General Directorate, Médecins Sans Frontières

 

Pre-Conference Workshops (21-24/11)

Post Conference Workshops (27-29/11)

This event offers up to 56 PDUs towards PMI® credential retention (16 up to 24 PDUs for each workshop and 8 PDUs for the conference)

 
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Speakers (in alphabetical order)

KEYNOTES

 

Sakis Maraslis, Deputy Head of Unit - DIGIT A.1 Customers, Communications and Governance, European Commission

Educated to B.Eng Honors in Computer Systems Engineering and MSc in Management with a Diploma in Finance, Sakis is a certified professional Project Manager and Chartered Engineer, currently working as Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Informatics.  He has a strong knowledge base on technology, business acumen and methodology as well as deep interest in Digital Administration, Corporate Governance, Customer Relationship Management and Communications.  Before joining the EU Institutions, Sakis worked for eight years in private Telecoms, getting deep insight of the solid links between the IT and communications world, and the importance of strong but practical governance in the delivery of ICT projects.

Michael Robbs, Business English & Communications coach, Hellenic American Union.

Mike is a professional trainer in English and soft business skills. He develops and teaches groups and individuals tailor made courses for local and international businesses operating in the areas of: cosmetics, maritime, tourism, transportation, construction, production, finance, insurance, and law. He has delivered a variety of workshops to both large and small audiences on: cross-cultural understanding, presentation skills, dealing with difficult people, etiquette, customer service, managing formal meetings and job-seeking. Mike has also extensive experience as an examiner, test developer.  He has co-chaired for the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) procedure. He has an M.A from Saint Michael’s College, a B.A. from Bradford University and Ludlow College 

Robin-Vincent Smith, Programme, Change and Knowledge Manager, Médecins sans Frontières

Robin Vincent-Smith graduated in Modern Languages and worked as an Expedition Leader before joining Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) in 2003. He spent several years in the field (Ethiopia, Congo, Chad, South Africa, Liberia, etc) in Logistics and Tuberculosis Infection Control before returning to Belgium to work as Logistics Training Officer and raise a family. In 2013 he started a 6-year mandate as Programme, Change and Knowledge Manager for the General Directorate of MSF Operational Center Brussels with the objectives of implementing a Programme Management Office incorporating Change Management and increasing organizational Knowledge Management maturity.

 

John Waring, Programmes and Projects Management Officer (PMO) at the European Defence Agency (EDA)

John WARING is the Programmes and Projects Management Officer (PMO) at the European Defence Agency (EDA).  He created the PMO function on joining the Agency in 2016 and is accountable for programme and project governance cutting across all aspects of EDA activity in a European and international defence setting.  His role includes coordinating, developing and reporting on yearly programmes, strategic plans and annual project budgets as well as tender evaluation and implementing a project tracking system and associated business intelligence.  Previously John was a Crisis Response Planner within the Military Staff of the European Union; this role was the culmination of a 26-year career within the UK Royal Navy where he has run projects as diverse as developing an in-country salvage diving capability for the Mauritanian coastguard to providing a leadership training initiative for the Palestinian police and security services.                                              

 

WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

Apostolis Apladas, Software Architect and IT Project Manager, European Commission

Apostolos (Tolis) Apladas has contributed for the past 7.5 years in several multi-million projects as a Scrum Master, Software Architect, IT Technical Manager and lately as an IT Project Manager. Tolis is certified in PM2 methodology and his mission is not only to manage projects by using PM2 but also assist other Project Managers and Institutions to adopt it. He is also trained in AgilePM2and Scrum methodologies which he uses on a daily basis to complement PM2. Tolis graduated as an Electrical and Electronics Engineer from the University of Patras, Greece and he immediately started working in international and multi-cultural environments. After a successful career in Siemens Enterprise Networks in Greece and Germany he joined the Directorate General for Informatics (DG DIGIT) of the European Commission in January 2011 as external consultant.

 

Sorin Cristescu, Blockchain Competence Centre Leader at European Commission (DIGIT)

Sorin Cristescu has been Head of the European Commission DIGIT Blockchain Competency Centre since 2017. Sorin holds a Masters' in Molecular Biology from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and the Paris XI University. He switched to IT 20 years ago and earned a second Masters' in Computer Science from the Nancy I University. After working in the private sector, he joined the Commission as an Enterprise Architect in 2012. He is obsessed with the role of trust in shaping society and passionate about blockchain since he realized it is the ultimate "trust machine".

 

Themis Gkion, Learning Experience Architect, Flow Athens

Themis founded the educational organization Flow Athens, shaping how he imagines inspiring learning. He currently trains business executives, teachers, students and pupils on 21st century skills, such as: creativity, collaboration, mechanisms for innovation, effective communication, flexibility in problem solving and design thinking. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and Pedagogics at the School of Pedagogical & Technical Education. He holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD. He was awarded the gold medal at the National Mathematical Olympiad and bronze medal at the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad. After a long journey of career exploration, which started from his love for mathematics and challenges, and his involvement with education, he is back to where it all began; developing initiatives for meaningful education to meet the changing needs of people. He gained expertise in diverse business sectors, along his career path. He developed textile machinery, as a research & development engineer. He traded financial derivatives at the global markets division of a bank. He explored entrepreneurship and leadership training during his MBA at INSEAD. He is a Teacher Trainer and Lead Facilitator for Partners for Youth Empowerment and a Lecturer at University of Derby.

 

Ilias Katsagounos, Trainer, European Security and Defense College

Ilias Katsagounos is an active Military Officer with a growth mindset and proven, 25 years of experience in personnel development, team building and operational capacity enhancement. He is a fervid advocate of the “lateral thinking” approach in all aspects of the decision making procedure.  He holds a Masters Degree in techno-economic systems and is currently engaged as a PhD candidate focusing his research on the optimal manipulation of a medium to small number of experts in order to derive to accurate probabilistic forecasts for events with limited historical data.  He is also a certified Project and Risk Management Professional (PMP, PMI/RMP) providing his services, for more than 10 years, at various public and private sector companies as instructor/consultant in the aforementioned fields of expertise.  Currently he is working as a National Expert at the European Security and Defense College (ESDC) in Brussels and he is refocusing his project management approaches by immersing in the new PM2 world.

 

Nicos Kourounakis, MASc, PMP, PM², MBA, Senior Consultant, OPM²

Nicos Kourounakis is a Project Management Consultant with expertise in Project Management Methodologies, Portfolio Management and Organizational Project Management Maturity.  Nicos has been involved in many international projects in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Austria and Greece, working with both large organizations and smaller ventures and start-ups. As a Product Manager he also managed the successful development and launch of an innovative Enterprise Project Management application which is currently used by several EU Agencies. Mr. Kourounakis also has several years of experience in training and public speaking. As an Adjunct Professor at the Professional MBA program of the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece, he has taught courses and delivered seminars on Project Management, Portfolio Management, Value Chain Management and Management of Information Systems. He has also been involved with Project Management Institute both as a speaker at the 2011 PMI Global Project Management Congress in Dublin, at PMI-Istanbul 2012, and PMI BeLux in 2012 (Keynote Speaker), and as an elected Vice President of the Board of Directors of the PMI Chapter in Athens, Greece (2008-2011).  Mr. Kourounakis holds an MBA from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, a MASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria, Canada, and a BSc in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Nicos is also one of the first 100 professionals to be certified in PMI's Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3)®.

 

George Merguerian, Global Business Management Consultants

George Merguerian, is Senior Partner and Management Consultant at Global Business Management Consultants (GBMC). He has 30 years experience in managing large scale and other projects, programs and operations  in Europe, Asia, the Middle-East and North America. George has expert knowledge in management areas like strategy development and execution, portfolio development and management, risk management and productivity improvement. George’s clients include the European Commission, EASA, NATO, the European Defence Agency, Fusion for Energy, ABB, Actelion, AGC Auromotive, Air Liquide, Ashland, Atos Origin, BIC, Biomet, Carmeuse, Coca Cola, CCHBC, Conference Board, DSM, IDF, Idorsia, FMC, Goodyear, GSK, Diversey, Idorsia, Infineum, Intrasoft, Ipsen, Leaseplan, LJA Engineering, Médecins sans Frontiéres, Hexion, Omron, Pliva-Teva, QAD, Schlumberger, SMIT International, Solar Turbines, T-Online, UCB Pharma, UHDE Industrial, Yara and many others. George holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP® ) and a certified Project Portfolio Management Professional (Pf.M.P®.).  He is a member of the Project Management Institute,  faculty member for project management programmes at the Management Centre Europe in Brussels, Rotterdam School of Management, the Hellenic American Union and the International Management Institute in Kiev .He has also served as faculty for MBA programmes at various institutions. He has authored and co-authored papers on technical and management subjects.

 

Elias Michelioudakis, Managemenet Consultant, European Commission

TBA

 

Anastasia Moira, Senior Human Development Consultant, Author of the CAVE® Approach

Anastasia is a practitioner in the field of Performance Improvement with studies in Psychology and 20-years experience in productivity and performance management projects. As a Senior Consultant and Project Manager, she has participated and led projects of large scale reorganization and change in multinational and local companies.  Anastasia has significantly contributed through her products and services to the successful application of performance management systems for client companies, and she has designed numerous training programs, tools and methodologies for people's development. In the recent years, she has been committed to establish virtues as vital parameters of Performance in every context through the CAVE Approach©, an online assessment that enables their systematic assessment and development. She spreads the CAVE Approach through her publications and writings, through training workshops, private and group mentoring sessions, and speeches.

 

Theodore Moulos, Group CEO, GrowthRocks

Theodore has a 15-year experience in running successful and profitable software products. Currently, he is the Group CEO of GrowthRocks. His career includes managerial roles for companies both in Greece and abroad and he has significant skills in intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship.

One of his major career achievements was building i-docs an international product in Customer Communication Management and segmatiX, a product on marketing automation which quickly found traction in important markets in Europe. He is also a guest lecturer in NYU - Executive MBA, co-founder, and Instructor of Growth Hacking Academy and Instructor in several Digital Marketing Diplomas.

 

Robin-Vincent Smith, Programme, Change and Knowledge Manager, Médecins sans Frontières

Robin Vincent-Smith graduated in Modern Languages and worked as an Expedition Leader before joining Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) in 2003. He spent several years in the field (Ethiopia, Congo, Chad, South Africa, Liberia, etc) in Logistics and Tuberculosis Infection Control before returning to Belgium to work as Logistics Training Officer and raise a family. In 2013 he started a 6-year mandate as Programme, Change and Knowledge Manager for the General Directorate of MSF Operational Center Brussels with the objectives of implementing a Programme Management Office incorporating Change Management and increasing organizational Knowledge Management maturity. 

 

 

 

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