Young PM of the Year


About the category

The IPMA Young Project Manager Award is awarded annually to recognize and motivate young professional project managers around the world. It recognizes rising talent in the project and program management industries by honoring young project managers for their accomplishments early in their careers. These
honorees have demonstrated invaluable impact to both their profession and their companies, and are on the fast track to becoming influential project leaders on an international scale. 

Who may apply?

The IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year is open to project managers aged between 18 to 35 at the time of applying; project professionals who have worked or are currently working on a project for at least six months. The criteria for evaluation of the award is based upon the ICB4 (IPMA Competence Baseline), and finalists will be chosen based upon the strength of their overall competence development.

Members and non-members of IPMA are eligible to apply.

“I am just honored to be a finalist…I was blessed with a talent and your talent is God’s gift to you, what you do with it is your gift back to God! My colleagues and team members are very proud and I believe this is just a way to give back what the respective project teams that I was involved in put in! The project is the foundation. The team is the project fix asset and the individual the contributor! Being a finalist was a team effort… like in sport… the individuals and manager will flourish if the team perform!!! I was blessed with good mentors who guided and assisted me and who I know will always assist if need be in the future. I would recommend applying for YPMA as the process provides me with an opportunity to stand still, reflect and discover my own successes and capabilities. I consulted various professionals during the application and learned so much about myself from them. One will never “waste” ones time to apply! I would like to motivate young Project Manager to take on this amazing journey with a very passionate young community! If you can dream it… you can achieve it…”. Barend Daniël Peters , South Africa- Award Winner 2016

Photo_Amila_AluthwalaBeing awarded as the IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year in 2015 is once in a life time achievement for me which elevate me and my team to a greater heights within the company. On the other hand, IPMA being one of the largest Project Management body in the world, gives an international level accreditation to me and my employer which even appreciated at state level. Therefore I would like to invite all project management professionals in the world to showcase their good work at IPMA Awards which definitely add value in their respective careers.” Amila Aluthwala, Sri Lanka- Award Winner 2015


“Winning the 2014 IPMA Young Project Manager Award is certainly a great recognition for me and my teams. This has not only contributed in elevating my career but has also branded my company with a great honour. The IPMA is the world’s largest professional project management body, so this is recognition on an international scale. I would strongly encourage project management professionals to apply for the award and get internationally recognised.” Mehmood Alam, UK- Award Winner 2014

Special benefit:

Finalists and the winner of the international award will receive a financial sponsorship package to attend the IPMA Global Young Crew Workshop (GYCW) in Astana in September 2017.
Application process and procedures:

The selection for the International level of the award will take place in July 2017. Among all participants, only the one with all the documentation filled as guidelines requirements will enter the second round of selection starting from mid-July 2017. The names of the top three finalists will be announced the beginning of August 2017. Find more details about the award at

The IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year will be awarded during the Young Crew Gala Dinner at the GYCW.

Enter your submission via the new online registration form.