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The IPMA Education and Training Board is responsible for our involvement in academic education and learning programmes, and for professional training and development programmes. As well, Education and Training supports other IPMA areas, including Certification, Awards, Membership, and Research.

A key challenge facing all PM practitioners is to assure that their PM learning and training efforts and costs actually return the intended benefits. We all face this challenge, whether the purpose of the learning is individuals’ career development, their certification, or for increased project or programme success, or for improved performance of the sponsoring organizations. The goal of IPMA Education and Training, together with IPMA Competence Baseline, our framework for relevant learning, is to assist all our Member Associations and their stakeholders, to succeed in this challenge.

Dr. Jesús Martínez Almela (Spain)
Vice President, Education & Training, Young Crew

IPMA Education and Training Board Chair: 2015-2017

et-con-john-parisJohn-Paris Pantouvakis (Greece) Board Chair and E&T Board contact.

John-Paris Pantouvakis (Greece), M.Eng., M.Sc., PhD, C.Eng; following a ten year career in industry moved to Academia and is now Full Professor at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). John-Paris is also an Adjunct Lecturer and a Postgraduate Module Coordinator at the Hellenic Open University and a past Visiting Professor at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. John-Paris chairs the E&T Board since 2013. He is the President of PM-Greece, the Greek IPMA Member, a First Assessor for IPMA Certification in Greece and a trained IPMA Project Excellence Awards Lead Assessor. He also serves as a Member of the Editorial Board of several Journals and as an International Editorial Advisor for the PMWorld Journal. He has organized several project management events in Greece including chairing the 26th IPMA World Congress (2012). More information is available at his personal website.

IPMA Education & Training Board Members: 2015-2017

Ahad Nazari (Iran)

Ahad Nazari , PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran. He is scientific secretary and scientific board member of the International Project Management Conference, which takes place annually in Tehran, Iran. Ahad is also a member of Iran PMA Board of directors. He is the author and translator of 5 books and more than 50 papers on project management, risk management and value engineering subjects. In addition to the academic activities, he has more than 15 years of experience in different industrial sectors such as oil and gas, energy and road and transportation.

Hans Knoepfel (Switzerland)

Hans Knoepfel, Dr. sc. techn., has been responsible for the Advanced Study Courses in the continuing PM education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne in addition to his responsibilities in practice. His teaching and research engagement include Universities in Europe, the United States and Asia. He has published about 80 papers on project management in German, English and other languages. He contributed to the IPMA Competence Baselines, the IPMA Certification Systems for Individuals and Organisations, IPMA Expert Seminars and Professional Journals. Hans is an IPMA Fellow and an Honorary President of the Swiss Project Management Association.

Vladimir Obradović (Serbia)

Vladimir Obradović is an Assistant Professor at University of Belgrade, Director of the Serbian Project Management Association Certification Body, IPMA PE Assessor and EU Project Assessor. He has published over 70 papers on various management topics. Besides academic work, Vladimir works as a strategy and project management consultant for numerous organizations such as Government of Serbia, local government, NGOs and various companies.

John Vickery (Ireland)

John Vickery MSc., CEng, FIEI., FIMechE was formerly Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Institute of Technology Tallaght in Dublin and is now Registrar with responsibility for academic affairs. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of both Engineers Ireland and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK). He provides leadership and direction in cross institutional, national and transnational initiatives in higher education and training.   A proven leader in academic affairs he has extensive experience of strategic planning, widening participation, quality management, teaching, learning and assessment.   He has project managed transnational projects in higher education across Europe, China and South East Asia.

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