PE Award Training

Professional assessment of the projects applying for the Award is possible thanks to the mature process of training and mentoring. We constantly turn years of experience into action. That’s how we make sure that all of the applying projects have a chance to be assessed according to the highest standards. 

IMPORTANT: Please note that all potential assessors are required to participate in at least one of the Assessor Training courses if they want to become elligible to partipate on an Assessor Team in the Award process. In 2017 we offer webinars only for those who were trained in 2016.



Type of training



Training fee

28 January 2017

Webinar for PE Award Assessors 2017

PE Assessment Webinar (only for assessors trained in 2016)

Pau Lian Staal-Ong

free of charge


22 February 2017

12:00-13:00 CET

Webinar for potential applicants 2017

Introduction to the IPMA Project Excellence Award and  Model

Pau Lian Staal-Ong

free of charge


4 March 2017

Webinar for PE Award Assessors 2017

PE Assessment Webinar (only for assessors trained in 2016)

Pau Lian Staal-Ong

free of charge


WEBINAR: Introduction to PE Award and Model Purpose of the webinar: An opportunity for potential applicants to the PE Award 2017 to learn about the benefits of participation and to get a brief introduction to the award process and Project Excellence Model. Please contact the Award Office: [email protected] to schedule a webinar.


All of these training sessions are led by the experienced trainers who have participated in the Project Excellence Award process for several years. Also variety of participants from several industries and large amount of exercises give a great chance to exchange knowledge and experience in all areas of project management.

Pau Lian Staal (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. Member of the IPMA Award Management Board since 2013 and co-author of the first edition of the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline (2014-2015).

aw_Grzegorz_szalajko-225x300Grzegorz Szałajko (Poland)

Grzegorz is a strategic and project management advisor, trainer and coach who brings international experience and passion for projects to many organizations worldwide. He is involved in the International PE Award since 2005 when he became an assessor, and later a Team Lead Assessor. In these roles he has assessed various large and mega projects in Asia, both Americas and Europe. As a leading author of the current assessors training program, Grzegorz became an official PE assessors trainer in 2009. He was also a member of the IPMA Awards Management Board (2011-2014) and a Leading Editor of the first edition of the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline (2014-2015). He has contributed to the development of national Project Excellence Awards in Poland and Nepal. His main expertise includes strategic projects portfolio management, project governance, deployment of agile methods and recovering control in troubled projects. He is also teaching strategy and project management in a number of MBA and postgraduate programs.

aw_Marco Bujinsters_120x165pxMarco Buijnsters (The Netherlands)   

Since 1984 Marco has been involved in project management, the management, development and training of project managers and project organisations throughout the world and is since 2007 employed as project management consultant trainer & coach for Balance in The Netherlands. Next to that he develops his own business for project management training and serious project management business games. Marco is since 2009 involved in both Dutch as well as international Project Excellence Award processes in various roles; initiator, organizer and assessor trainer in the Dutch PEA and internationally as assessor, Team Lead assessor, Team Lead assessor trainer, co-author of the TLA-Handbook and reviewer of the new PEB. He has assessed and audited a large number of projects for IPMA and his employer throughout the world in both public and private sectors.As a long time member of IPMA Netherlands he has participated in many interest groups and is currently chair of the Dutch Project Planning & Control interest group as well as the IPMA-NL board member for events & awards. He has a background in mechanical engineering and business administration and has also been trained as a professional trainer at TC-University in The Netherlands.

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.

aw_Graham_Woodward_120x165pxGraham Woodward (UK)

Graham Woodward (United Kingdom) has been practicing Project Management for over 40 years including being an external reviewer of Projects for the last 20 years. He is qualified in PM to the highest UK standards, those of CPM & RPP. After a 35 year career in the Aerospace industry he is now involved with three UK Universities (Warwick, Salford and Manchester) covering Project Management & Risk modules. He has been active in assessing awards for some 12 years, including the running of the UK National Awards for most of that time. He has brought this experience to the IPMA Aw
ards from 2005 including training assessors for the last 7 years. He has also contributed to the development of many other national awards processes worldwide.

aw_grzegorz-dzwonnikDr. Grzegorz Dzwonnik (Poland) 

Grzegorz is experienced manager having a professional record in different sectors and capacities. He holds a degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Economics. Since 2012 he has been practicing as consultant & coach helping enterprises worldwide to develop their corporate strategies, redefining business models, designing or improving PMO and excelling P3M methods. He is also academic director of joint MBA programme realized by Poznan School of Banking (PL) and Franklin University (USA). Board member of IPMA Polska responsible for Polish Project Excellence Award. For more than ten years an active assessor and Team Lead Assessor of International Project Excellence Award.

aw_Brian_CracknellBrian Cracknell (Malaysia)

Brian was born in the UK but has lived in Malaysia for 32 years. In that time, he has worked as project team leader on numerous training and development projects in Asia and the Middle East with his company, Language Works. Clients include those from Banking, IT, Media, Telecommunications, Energy and Education sectors, as well as Public-sector/government bodies. He has been involved in sustainable learning and professional communication since the mid-1980s, when he worked for the International Islamic University. After that, he joined the Kuala Lumpur British Council, where he gained a reputation for combining a very practical approach to learning with his knowledge of language, communication and business. Among Brian’s many roles, he particularly enjoys working as: Team Lead Assessor for International Project Management Association (IPMA) Project Management Excellence (PME) Award and Accredited Green Project Management trainer for GPM Global’s certificated programme, Projects Integrating Sustainable Methods (PriSM). In October 2013, IPMA awarded Brian the Otto Zieglmeier Achievement Award for Excellent Project Management Performance. In 2015, GPM Global awarded Language Works its first Training Partner of the Year Award.

Michael Boxheimer (Germany)

Michael held management and project management positions in international companies. Today he is a consultant, trainer and coach and works with customers on conceptual and operative assignments. He is also teaching project management in Master and postgraduate programs. Michael has a background in business administration and earned a MA in systemic consulting. He is certified in Project Management by IPMA and APMG (UK). He has been active in assessing PE awards for more than 10 years in different roles, including the running of the National PE Award in Germany for 4 years. He has brought this experience to the IPMA Awards as assessor and Lead assessor from 2008 including training assessors for the last 5 years. In these roles he has assessed various large and mega projects in Asia and Europe. He was also a member of the IPMA Awards Management Board (2011-2014) and a Co-author of the first edition of the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline (2014-2015). He also contributed to the development of the national Project Excellence Awards in Germany.