2019 Conference

Sharing the Mindsets and Best Practices of PM² Methodology

November 4, 2019


This year the HAU, GBMC and the PM²Alliance joined forces to focus on the European Institutions’ choice for managing projects: the PM2 Methodology, its tools, techniques and mindsets and how they are implemented in various EU organizations within Europe and in Greece.

PM² (read “P-M-squared”) is a Project Management Methodology developed and supported by the European Commission (EC) and used and sponsored by many EU Institutions, private and public organisations across Europe.

The PM² Methodology incorporates elements from a wide range of globally accepted project management and agile best practices, standards and methodologies.

Presentations will be soon released for participants only.


Ilias Katsagounos, PM², PMP, Training Manager at European Security and Defence College (ESDC) 

Nicos Kourounakis, PM², IPMA, PMP, PM² Alliance Founding Member and CEO

Niels Lindenthal, CEO, OpenProject.ORG

Dr. Mladen Radujkovic, Head of International Doctoral Study in Project Management at Alma Mater Europea ECM University

Marios Skiadas, e-Government & Public Procurement Advisor, Expertise France 

Carolyn Thomas, PSAA PMO Lead, PSA Antwerp 

Maria Tikmanidi, Senior Project Manager -PANORAMED project INTERREG MED., European Academy

Dimitris Tolis, PM², PMP, CEO, Human Asset-Greece

Niels De Weyer, PM², PMP, CSM, Head of Operations, YPTO



08:30 – 09:00


09:00 – 09:15

Welcome by Conference Chair
Nicos Kourounakis, PM² Alliance Founding Member and CEO

Opening remarks: Ms Olga Kefalogianni, Member of the Parliament (A' Athens), Minister of Tourism (2012-2015), Attorney at Law

09:15 – 10:00

The PM² Advantage, the Alliance and Certification
Nicos Kourounakis, PM² Alliance Founding Member and CEO

10:00 – 10:30

PM² and Project Management at Alma Mater University
Dr. Mladen Radujkovic, Alma Mater University

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break 

11:00 - 11:30

Rolling out PM² at Belgian Rail: the business case, the challenges, the roadmap (PM² Case Study) 
Niels De Weyer, 
Head of Operations, YPTO NV

11:30 - 12:00

Building the PMO : A Journey to Evolve Capability & Maturity                                                                                                     
Carolyn Thomas, PSAA PMO Lead, PSA Antwerp

12:00 - 12:30

About OpenProject - the Open Source Project Management Application
Niels Lindenthal, OpenProject.org

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch break   Parallel Sessions - Workshops

  Parallel Sessions

14:00 – 14:30

PM² in EU Funded Projects 
Maria Tikmanidi, Senior Project Manager, -PANORAMED project INTERREG MED, European Academy

The Greek Open PM² Hub: An initiative to deploy the methodology across public sector ICT
Marios Skiadas
 - Expertise France - E-government & Acceleration of the Digital Transformation of the Economy projects

14:30 – 15:00

OpenProject Workshop
Niels Lindenthal, CEO, OpenProject.org

PM² and Organizational Change Management
Dimitris Tolis
, CEO, Human Asset

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break 

  Keynote Presentation

15:30 – 16:15

PM² Guide v.3 vs PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition - Friends or foes?
Ilias Katsagounos, European Security and Defence College


  Round Table Discussion 

 16:15 - 17:00 The PM² Advantage and the Future of PM² - Nicos Kourounakis (Chair), Mladen Radujkovic, Nicos Kourounakis, Carolyn Thomas, Ilias Katsagounos

 With the support of the PM2 Alliance