IPMA International Project Management Association
4 May 2015 / 5:02

IPMA present in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

IPMA participated in the 4th Saudi Project Management conference that took place from 28 to 29th September in the Kingdom’s capital Riyadh, under the patronage of the Custodian of the two holy Mosques King Salman and organised by the Saudi Council of Engineers. 300 attendees (200 initially expected) participated in the conference which had one important highlight: The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between IPMA and the Project Management Chapter of the Saudi Council of Engineers, an organisation that counts 120.000 members.

Reinhard Wagner’s Keynote “The next dimension in project management: organisational competence and” Amin Saidoun’s presentation on “IPMA’s project excellence award: on way to best practices in PM” triggered a discussion with the audience which showed high interest in the behavioural and cultural dimension of project management. During a three hours workshop preceding the day of the conference, Amin Saidoun introduced IPMA’s international competence baseline and the certification system of individuals to 40 Saudi project managers from sectors such as construction, oil and gas, defence, health, telecommunication and banking.

Workshop and conference were the occasion to better understand the country’s needs in project management education and training and to get an overview on the main PM challenges the country (80% of the population is below 25 years old) is facing. The conference was run professionally thanks to a dedicated and committed event management organisation, numerous conference sponsors, the well-chosen 5 stars venue of Maryott Hotel and a great hospitality of our hosts.

Being in Riyadh, Reinhard Wagner and Amin Saidoun were invited by the Thales Certification leader Philippe Brun (also Vice-President of SMAP – IPMA’s Member in France) the day before the conference to participate in an official ceremony of certification handover to 3 local project managers (2 IPMA level C and 1 IPMA level B) of Thales Saudi Arabia. The multinational company Thales certifies more than 200 project managers a year with IPMA. It was the opportunity to meet the CEO and the top management of Thales Saudi Arabia and to further promote the IPMA certification system in KSA. In 2015, 7 candidates (5 IPMA level C and 2 IPMA level B) will be presented!

The conference was followed by working meetings with members of the top management of the PM chapter of the Saudi Council of Engineers in order to discuss the elaboration of a roadmap for 2015 and 2016 and fill the signed Memorandum of Understanding with substance. This is the start of a new collaboration of IPMA with a strategic country in the Middle-East. KSA wants to increasingly develop and rely on national Project management resources and find alternatives to the well-established PMI certification system. This move is totally in line with IPMA’s strategic initiatives of membership development willing to reach 90 members by 2020, inchallah !

Signing ceremony with SCE


From left to right: Mohammad Alsharif (Chairman of PM Chapter of Saudi Council of Engineers, SCE), Dr Jameel Jara Allah Al-Baqawi (President Board of Directors of SCE), Reinhard Wagner (President of IPMA). From left to right: Mohammad Alsharif (Chairman of PM Chapter of Saudi Council of Engineers, SCE), Dr Jameel Jara Allah Al-Baqawi (President Board of Directors of SCE), Reinhard Wagner (President of IPMA)



Thales certification handover ceremony



Business lunch with Saudi Arabia colleagues

The right to left: Abdulrahman Alhazaa, Chairman of Board, Dr. Faisal Al Sharif (Chairman of PM Chapter of Saudi Council of Engineers), Reinhard Wagner (President of IPMA), Amin Saidoun (Executive Director of IPMA), Mohammad Fatein (Board Member of PM Chapter of Saudi Council of Engineers), Dr. Khalid Al-Gahtani, Supervisor of Kind Saud University Colleges, Mohammed Hilal Abdul Karim, Board member of PM Chapter of SCE, Muhammed Safar Almutairi Vice-Chairman of PM Chapter)


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Author of this post

Amin Saidoun is Executive Director of International Project Management Association, an international federation of over 72 project management associations around the world. Amin Saidoun, is an economist and graduate from London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He is a project manager who gained his 25 years of experience in international projects both in medium sized and multinational organisations in auditing, consulting and the logistics domain. As Executive Director of IPMA, he is in charge of the area Finance and Administration, Business Development of IPMA activities in Africa and the Middle-East. He is involved is various internal development projects and governance. He is author and co-author on various project management and business administration related articles. Among his areas of interest: intercultural project management, leadership and digital transformation.