2017 Conference

Next generation Project Management: Agility, Methodologies, Leadership

June 12, 2017


Introducing the new PM2 Project Management Methodology developed by the European Commission

The 2017 Conference is the 12th year anniversary landmark event organized by the HAU Centre of Excellence in Project Management and Global Business Management Consultants. This year's conference brought together project management practitioners and EU PM2 Methodology experts and trainers to exchange success stories and lessons learned.

The Conference presented the story and best practices of the recently released Project Management Methodology of the European Commission (PM²) which is a free and open source project management methodology available to all EU Institutions, Public Administrations, Contractors and Citizens.

Presentations and panel discussions referred to best practices that enable better Project Management in the EU and help projects and organizations deal with the challenges of funding, performance, collaboration, stakeholders engagement and managing contractors.  The conference also presented a variety of methodologies, tools and techniques driven from international complex projects in order to share insights on how dynamic organizations deal with a rapidly changing business environment.

The conference concluded with a panel discussion on the future of EU project management.



08:30 – 09:15

Registration and coffee


09:15 – 09:30

Introductions & Welcome
Mike Staunton, Principal Consultant, Global Business Management Consultants (GBMC)

09:30 – 10:15

The Future of Work and Transformation Management.
Mike Staunton, GBMC

10:15 – 11:00

The PM² Story – The Project Management Methodology of the European Commission.
Nicos Kourounakis, MASc, MBA, PMP, IPMA-D, P2, PM2 Certified, Senior Consultant, OPM²

11:00 – 11:30

The Joinup Platform - Sharing and Reusing Solutions within the EU.
Ioannis Sagias, Programme Manager, European Commission, DB Research & Innovation

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee break and networking

12:00 – 12.30

The Value of Project Governance - the PM² Roles & Responsibilities.
Pierre Leclercq, PM2 Certified, Principal Consultant, GBMC

12:30 – 13:00

The Project Management Office: Just a cost centre or does it add benefit?
John Waring, Corporate Programmes and Projects Officer, European Defence Agency

13.00 – 13.30

How to get the best out of the people you work with.
Mike Robbs, Business English & Communication Coach, Hellenic American Union

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch and visit of Sponsors’ stands



TRACK 1 - EU Projects Related

TRACK 2 - Agile

14:30 – 15:00

An inside look on EU-funded projects: project development, grant writing and project management.
Michael Kraack, Managing Director of EMCRA GmbH

Agile PM² - A case Study
Elias Michelioudakis, PM2 Certified, Agile@EC Expert, P2, Senior Consultant, Riedenschneider Consulting


15:00 – 15:20

IT methods and processes to support the implementation of regulations and directives in European Institutions and Agencies.
Markos Papoutsidakis, CBAP®, PRINCE2® Certified, Scrum Master, Scrum Product Owner, Service Delivery Manager, TRASYS Greece (part of the NRB Group)

Sharing Experiences from the application of Scrum in the manufacturing industry.
Murat Ozbilen, PMP, MSE, Senior Partner, Managing Director MEA, Regional Director Southern Europe, GBMC

15.20 – 15.40

Coffee break and networking

15:40 – 16:00

Managing Organizational Change in Projects - the PM² Business Implementation Plan.
George Merguerian, BE, MBA, PMP, Senior Partner of Global Business Management Consultants, Managing Director, European Operations

The Agile Approach To Launching & Growing A Software Startup

Savvas Zortikis, Co-founder, CEO, Viral Loops




16.00 – 16.15

Application of IPMA Principles to a project in Alpha Bank

Aglaia Ntriva, B.Sc., M.Sc, IPMA, ITIL, Seasoned Project Manager & IT Relationship Manager, Alpha Bank, PM-Greece representative

The PM2 Mindsets

Nicos Kourounakis, MASc, MBA, PMP, IPMA-D, P2, PM2 Certified, Senior Consultant, OPM²


16:15 – 17.15

Panel Discussion
The Future of EU Project Management

Chair: Elias Michelioudakis
Participants: Nicos Kourounakis / Michael Kraack – EMCRA GmbH / George Merguerian – GBMC / John-Paris Pantouvakis – PM-Greece / Ioannis Sagias - EC DB Research & Innovation / Mike Staunton, GBMC 

17.15 – 17.30

Summary and Closing Remarks - Mike Staunton, GBMC


Post-Conference networking