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Research is an essential aspect of any profession and the role of IPMA’s Research Management Board (RMB) is to provide the link between the research community and IPMA members. RMB achieves this overall objective by participating in a variety of research oriented events such as specialist conferences, through promoting our Festivals of Knowledge and by organising Expert Research Seminars and Workshops. We recognise research excellence through a programme of Research Awards and encourage researchers by providing prizes for research papers at conferences.The RMB vision is to create a global value space for research to shape the future of Project Management. This vision is reached by promoting and supporting advances through focused efforts in three areas, Standards, R&D and Awards.

Through standards, IPMA is the reference for worldwide, cross-cultural competent and performing Project, Programme and Portfolio Management (PPPM).

  • Through R&D activities, IPMA ́s differentiating strengths are clear to all interested parties, from PPPM practitioners, to managers and executives, to nations, to society and IPMA is the reference for worldwide, cross-cultural competent and performing PPPM.
  • Through awards, IPMA ́s visibility is widespread and the brand value of IPMA is verifiably clear, especially in the area of our top product “IPMA Project Excellence Award”.

Mary McKinley, VP Research & Awards

Mary McKinley (United Kingdom)
Vice President, Research and Awards

Following a degree in Systems Engineering, my career has encompassed working on a range of complex multinational projects . After 30 years in aerospace and defence, I founded Mary McKinlay Projects Ltd in September 2005. Recent work has included Project Health Checks in Construction , Learning from Experience Workshops in Finance, Training for Railway Project Managers, Assessment of Chemical Plant Construction & Power Station Projects and an investigation into an IT project in a Music School.

In 2005 I was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Project Management at Skema and teach and prepare project management courses on the Lille and Paris Campuses. I also work with the National Centre for PM at the University of Hertfordshire and am teaching on a Masters course for PM practitioners.

My industrial experience has been complemented by work on research programmes involving collaboration internationally between industry and academics. I have produced many papers and am a frequent Conference speaker worldwide.

The job of interesting young people in engineering careers has long been of interest to me and I am a STEM Ambassador with special responsibilities as a Bloodhound Ambassador (Bloodhound SSC project)

More locally, have just been appointed to our local Parish Council.

IPMA Research Management Board, 2013-14

Chair: Prof. Anbang Qi (China); RMB Contact, Prof. Qi: [email protected]

Prof. Qi is the Deputy President of PMRC China,  Professor and director of PM Research Center and Master of PM Program of Nankai University.He is the IPMA Research Award Winner in 2009, winner of China National Excellent Bilingual Course of PM 2008 and winner of China National Excellent Course of PM in 2005.Prof. Qi graduated with a master’s degree in economy from Jilin University in 1986. He taught and worked on research on Project Evaluation and Management in 1986-1990. He studied at Leeds University of UK as a visiting Scholar in 1990-1992. He taught and worked on research on IT Development Project Management in 1992-1997, studied at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the USA as a visiting scholar in 1998-1999.

Prof. Qi graduated from Nankai University for Doctor of Management in 1999. Presently he lectures and works on research on project evaluation and Management in Nankai University.

Prof. Qi has published more than 20 books and translated and published more than 15 books. He has published more than 60 papers and executed more than 30 research projects funded by the government and organizations. He has delivered training programs for more than 100 organizations, including a program on China Central TV Channel one. He teaches PM courses for EMBA/MPM of 18 famous universities like Qinhua, Zhejiang, Jiaotong University.

IPMA Research Management Board Members, 2013-14
Dr. Helgi Thor Ingason  (Iceland)

Helgi Thor Ingason  holds a PhD in process metallurgy from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), MSc in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Iceland and a Stanford Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University.

He is an IPMA Certified Senior Project Manager (B level).Dr. Ingason is an associate professor at the University of Reykjavik. He is the head of the MPM – Master in Project Management – program at the university. The research fields of Dr. Ingason range from quality- and project management to system dynamics and renewable energy, production, transport and utilization, changes in the energy infrastructure and energy carriers of the future.

Dr. Ingason has reported on his research at conferences and in several reviewed conference and journal papers. He is the co-author of 6 books in the Icelandic language on project management, strategic planning, product development and quality management. He is also a co-author of the book “Project ethics”, published by Gower in January 2013.

Dr. Ingason was interim CEO of Orkuveita Reykjavikur (Reykjavik Energy) from 2010 to 2011. A co-founder of Nordica Consulting Group, Dr. Ingason is a management consultant and a recognized speaker.

rs-mariaMaria do Rosário (Portugal)

Maria do Rosário has a BSc in Mathematics, a MSc in Project Management and is currently completing a PhD in Strategy, Programme and Project Management at SKEMA Business Scholl, France.

She has about 30 years in consultancy and project management experience in the IT area and, currently she is managing partner of a Project Management consulting and education company in Portugal, with a large experience in project management professional consulting and training.

 She is IPMA Level B certified, founder of Portuguese Project Management Association (APOGEP), 4-L-C assessor, former Certification Body President and Supervisory Board member. She has a long history of collaboration with IPMA, as MA delegate to the Certification System Panel, Certification of Consultants project manager, participation on ICB4 consensus programme and, since 2013, IPMA validator.

Since 2007 she is an invited teacher at Instituto Superior Técnico, and since 2011 at Information Management School, booth in Lisbon.

She is a member of ISO TC 258 Working Group currently preparing a new standard for Governance of projects, programmes and portfolios.

re-yvonne1Yvonne Schoper (Germany)

Yvonne Schoper was educated in Germany, UK and France. She has a BSc in Engineering Management, an MSc International Business and a PhD in Industrial Engineering.

She worked as project manager for a well-known German car manufacturer where she was responsible for several international automotive development projects.

Since 2004 she is Professor for International Management, Project Management and Innovation and Technology Management at the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim. Since 2009 she is associate Professor for Project Management at the Tongji University in Shanghai (China). Since 2013 she is Professor at HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences.

Since 2012 she is Executive Board Member of the GPM where she is responsible for the area of research. In this function she is the substitute delegate in the IPMA Council of Delegates. Since end 2014 she is Vice Chairman of the GPM Board.

Her special research interests are intercultural project management, future trends in project management, women in project management and the further development of the profession of project managers.

Jouko Vaskimo (Finland)Jouko Vaskimo

Jouko Vaskimo holds a D.Sc. (Tech.) in Project Business from the Aalto University School of Science, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, and a M.Sc. (Tech.) in Mechanical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering.

He is an IPMA Certified Senior Project Manager (IPMA Level B), IPMA Certified Project Manager (IPMA Level C), PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), as well as a Certified Scrum Master, and holds a PRINCE2 Foundation certificate.

Dr. Vaskimo is a project management practitioner with over 20 years of practical project management experience from several sectors, from several business areas, and from several national and international projects.

He has served as the Chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body for ten years, and an assessor in the same body for 15 years.

Dr. Vaskimo is the chairman of the Finnish Mirror committee to ISO/TC 258, the Head of the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258, and a Senior Contributing Editor for the Project Management World Journal. Dr. Vaskimo is a member of the PMI Core Committee working on PMI Organizational Project Management standard.

He has published papers and delivered presentations in several national and international conferences. He is a renowned lecturer in project management in several universities including Aalto University, Helsinki University, and University of Oulu.

Mr. Michael Young (Australia)

Michael Young is an award-winning project, program and portfolio manager and is also Managing Director of a consulting and education organisation in Australia.  Michael plays an active leadership role in the Australian project management industry. He is a past AIPM board member, the author of the Australian competency standard for portfolio management and currently chairs the AIPM Knowledge and Research Council and the AIPM Standards Committee.Michael is a member of the IPMA Research Management Board and is the Australian delegate to the ICB4 consensus program.

Michael is a Fellow of the AIPM, Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Certified Practicing Project Director and Certified Computer Professional. Michael is currently completing his PhD and holds an MBA and BSc, as well as vocational qualifications in management, auditing, training and assessment, project management and strategic procurement.Michael has published papers and presented new project management concepts at conferences internationally. He is currently co-editing two books on project management research in the Asia Pacific with Dr Beverly Pasian.