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The IPMA Award Management Board (AMBo) focuses on advancing countries/regions to be positive IPMA contributors and contenders in the IPMA International Project Excellence Award contests at national, regional and international levels. This board fosters a distinctive performance, competition and learning as this attracts, retains and adds value to our stakeholders.

The mission of the AMBo is to facilitate IPMA Family members as instrumental partners in the development and promotion of project management towards Project Excellence with regard to individuals, teams, organisations in the respective direct and indirect environments.


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Mary McKinlay (UK)
Vice President, Awards, Research and Standards

IPMA Award Board Chair: 2015-2016

Erik Mansson (Germany)
Erik Månsson has 20 years of experience of projects in different context including the launch of the Euro and programme manager for the Single Euro Payments Area. He is a member of the Swedish and German project management associations. In 2009 he received the Otto Zieglmeier Award for his promotion of project excellence world-wide including active yearly participation in project assessment since the first Award 2002, trainer for PE at numerous occasions in Europe and China and member of the Award Management Board since 2007. Since 2009 he has been in the jury for the German PE Award.

IPMA Award Office

Please contact the Award Office with any questions regarding the IPMA International Project Excellence Award, IPMA Research Award as well as IPMA Achievement Awards.

The Award Office is responsible for: coordination of the marketing and assessment process for all awards, including organization of the assessors training, assessors’ team composition, preparation of the Jury and final reports. It is a first contact for the current and potential applicants and those who are interested in the Project Excellence Model. Additionally, the Award Office supports the establishment of the national Project Excellence Awards and Achievement Awards.

ewa_pm2pmEwa Bednarczyk (Poland)

IPMA Award Office Director

Ewa Bednarczyk has run the Award Office since 2007. In years 2010-2012 she served as SPMP (IPMA-Poland) Vice President responsible for the Polish Project Excellence Award. Ewa graduated from the Cracow University of Economics and Avans Hogeschool in Breda. She is an IPMA Level-D® and PRINCE2® Foundation certificates holder.

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IPMA Awards Board Members: 2013-2014

aw_DingDr. Prof. Ding Ronggui (China)

Dr. Prof. Ding Ronggui is the director of Project Management Institute in Shandong University, China. He is a vice president of Beijing Project Management Association, and has been teaching project management for EMBA  and EDP and MPM (Master of Project Management) students in universities in China, UK and Italy for more than 10 years. Because of his outstanding research outputs, he was honoured as an excellent talent by China Ministry of Education in 2007. Since 2006, Dr Ding has been an IPMA Award Assessor/Team Lead Assessor and assessed projects in Germany, Russia, Italy, Iran, etc. He was a member of the IPMA Award Management Board (AMBo) from 2007 to 2012, and has re-joined AMBo from 2014. He is also a member of PMI Global Accreditation Committee for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) in China, and the chairman of China Project Management Education Union.

Pau Lian Staal-Ong (The Netherlands)

Pau Lian is senior consultant at AT Osborne B.V., an independent management and consultancy firm in the Netherlands. Since 1999 she has been working for principals in the areas of large infrastructure projects as well as for principals in mostly the public environment. Pau Lian helps organisations during change processes, fulfils positions in the field of quality management, carries out audits and (project) evaluations and delivers lectures and training. In addition, her work week centres on the NETLIPSE programme ( that focuses on gathering and discussing good practices and lesson learnt on the management and organisation of large infrastructure projects in Europe. Pau Lian is NETLIPSE Programme Director. Since 2007 Pau Lian has been involved as (lead) assessor of the IPMA Project Excellence Awards. In 2011 she helped initiate the Project Excellence Awards scheme in the Netherlands and acts as one of the Assessor trainers.

Gholamreza Safakish, MSc, PMP
Gholamreza was a professional project manager who participated as project and project engineering manager in several international upstream oil field development and petrochemical projects. He has also experiences as a consultant with EPC contractors in Oil & Gas, Power and Steel plants. He delivers seminars, lectures and training courses covering a wide range of project management topics especially Communication and HR Management. As a freelance consultant, he also assists the project driven firms to adapt and improve their current methodologies. He joined IPMA since 2006 and was a Member of Tehran’s BOD and General Secretary since 2009. He is the president of national award program since 2010.

aw_DiegoArimanyDiego Arimany (Guatemala)
Diego Arimany is a serial-entrepreneur by nature and a project management & transformation consultant to senior executives the last 20 years. Diego is a servant leader in the development and execution of mission-critical Programs and Projects within organizations, across disciplines and industries, with experience operating internationally. He enjoys working with Social-entrepreneurs, Startups, Business transformation, and Projects in developing countries. Mr. Arimany attained a B.Sc. in Marketing and Managing Information Systems and holds an M.A. in Organizational Change & Development; he has received post-graduate courses in economics, leadership, and negotiations in US and European universities. Diego is PMO Director of Dintersa consulting in multinational and multicultural projects, but he also enjoys giving back to the community and currently serves as Director of the Certification Body of IPMA Guatemala, Director of Startup Grind Guatemala, and as of 2015, member of the IPMA Awards Management Board, and candidate to represent Latin America to the ISO/TC 258 PP&P Management board.


Dr. Les Squires (USA)

Dr. Squires’ middle name is Collaboration. Equipped with a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Columbia University, Teachers College, serving for 15 years on the 32,000 member Boston Computer Society, and having served as CEO of a Boston-based application development company for 30 years, he blends what makes for successful information technology projects and successful organizational development. Most recently Dr. Squires has been field testing social networking approaches in the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Nepal, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Poland, Crete, and South Africa. He has successfully implemented custom installations of Google Drive, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Ning in such disciplines as project management, alternative currencies, conference planning and community building.  In his capacity as a member of the Awards Management Board of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), he regularly presents hands-on training sessions at international conferences promoting the use of social networking in the 60 member countries of the IPMA, corporations and other organizations. He is currently designing and implementing the IPMA Knowledge Base to make searchable 10+ years of IPMA World Congress presentations on project management.

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