MEET OUR EXPERTS

MOHAMED KHALIFA

Regionally recognized as a Portfolio, Program, Project Management, and PMO expert and a world-class speaker, Mohammed Khalifa possesses a combination of technical knowledge and broad-based business management skills, gained from more than twenty years of experience in strategic planning & business management. Mohamed has used internationally acclaimed standards to successfully manage complex projects. With a rich history of working with multinational companies, Mohammed has also gained valuable experience in dealing with a culturally diverse workforce.

Mohamed has managed and supported strategic planning and implementation in Singapore, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Sudan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. He has worked across many sectors including IT, Research, Oil & Gas, Telecom and Government. Mohamed has developed, implemented and operated many Project/Program Management Offices (PMO), conducted OPM3® assessment and implement Project Management Information Systems (PMIS) MS Project 2007, 2010 and 2013. He has hands-on experience in automation of project planning, control, reporting and contract administration through Primavera / Microsoft Enterprise Project Management.

Mohamed was the first certified Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, PMI certified Scheduling Professional (SP)®, PMI certified Agile Practitioner (ACP)® and PMI Risk Management Professional (RMP)® and PMI Organization Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3)® Assessor and Consultant in Kuwait. Mohamed participated as a Global Sustainability track Chair in PMI North America Global Congress in 2011 and in PMI EMEA Global Congress in 2012. Mohamed Khalifa is an aPRO Recognized Assessor from American Society for the Advanced Project Management. Mohamed Khalifa is PMI LMC Alumni in 2013.

SIMON HARRIS

Simon Harris is a project management veteran with nearly 40 years of experience in projects gained within large-scale blue-chip environments across defense engineering, oil & gas, finance and banking IT, government and not for profit.

Simon’s training deliveries include in person and virtual learning deliveries. Titles range from Strategic Alignment and Program Management to Leading Complex Projects and Rapid Assessment and Recovery of Troubled Projects as well as both PMP certification, PRINCE2 and PRINCE2Agile certification and basic beginners ‘Managing Projects’.

Simon’s background is 11years in the London Stock Exchange’s IT function as developer and Project Manager (1979-1990) and for the years since has contracted for and consulted with clients such as GE, the UN FAO, and many similar large scale blue-chip organizations or their supply-chain.

Simon set-up his first PMO in 1999 in the insurance industry and now specializes in sharing his experience of behaviors, attitudes, tools and techniques that are helpful in building teams to deliver in complex projects, programs and organizations. Simon’s interest is cross-organizational competency development incorporating individual skills development into improved organizational ability via relationship building, organizational maturity and governance structures overseeing mixed predictive and agile development approaches.

Simon has designed, constructed and delivered organizational project and program capability development programs in organizations such as BAE and ABB.

Eileen J. Roden

Eileen is the Author of P3O® Axelos Best Management Practice and works with Boards, Executives, Sponsors, Project Managers, Project Teams and PMOs to improve their program and project delivery capability. Her approach ensures that a pragmatic approach is taken to program and project delivery, grounded in research and best practice, tailored to suit the culture and maturity of the organization. She works across a wide range of industry sectors including transport, defense, financial services, pharmaceuticals, defense, utilities, and the public sector.

Eileen has 15 years practitioner experience in a variety of project management roles (predominantly PMO management) along with IT and functional HR roles, with a variety of UK, EMEA, and global responsibilities. Her practical experience is supported by both academic and professional certifications including a Masters in Applied Project Management (with distinction), AIPMO-E, PRINCE2®, MSP®, MoP®, Managing Benefits®, Better Business Cases®, Program and Project Sponsorship®. She is now a Consulting Director of PMO Learning, AIPMO’s UK partner.

She is a published author along with a contribution to many APM publications.  She is a frequent conference speaker throughout UK and Europe.”

OMAR ISMAIL

Omar Ismail is a People & Organisational Development Executive, MSc, MNLP & HNLP Certified, who is also known as Omar the Energizer.

He is an international expert based in the UK and has over 26 years of people and organizational development experience. He is a published author of “Leading Cats & Dogs in the Workplace” and specializes in developing leaders, their teams and organizations. During his career, he has held several senior positions such as, Head of Learning & Development, Director of People Development, HR Director and been a faculty member for Imperial Business School and Cass Executive Education. Omar is a highly experienced educator, trainer, facilitator and personal & professional performance improvement coach and now travels internationally to meet his client’s needs.

Having spent the last 5 years being based in the UAE and working throughout the GGC region, he had the privilege to work with great organizations on engagements such as assisting the L&D & leadership teams within Dubai Parks and Resorts in defining their brand proposition and behaviors, wrote & delivered future leadership programmes for Almarai high potential leaders programme, being an adjunct trainer for PWC training academy created & delivered a wide range of corporate skills & organizational development programmes, as an assistant programme director and facilitator for Imperial College Business School, he partnered the Dubai’s Prime Minister’s Office for Innovation to deliver a 12month UAE Public Sector Innovation Diploma for government officials from all the emirate states.

Peter Taylor

An experienced Change and Transformation Specialist who has operated at a global scale within many industries, for organisations ranging from small to enterprise.

Peter is the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’, along with many other books on Project Management, PMO Development, Executive Sponsorship, Transformation Leadership, and Speaking Skills.

He has delivered over 380 lectures around the world in over 25 countries and has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’.

Key strengths include: Embedding robust governance to ensure successful delivery of £multi-million change programmes and working with stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle to ensure delivery of tangible business benefits; as well as introducing best practice processes aligned with an organisation’s culture and maturity. Working across multiple industries including Manufacturing, Health, Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, Aerospace, HR, Public Sector, Education and Finance. Deep understanding of the project economy world and internal/external stakeholder interaction. PMO design, build and re-engineering expert. Strong communication skills and the ability to engage effectively at all levels within an organisation, shop-floor to board level.

Taher AbdelAziz

Eng. Taher is an expert instructor holding both project management experience and knowledge ,(PMP) by Project Management Institute (PMI) , Project Management Office Certified (PMOC) from AALPMO, Risk Manager Professional (RMP) by PMI ,Registered Project Management Professional (IPMA-C) by the International Project Management Association (IPMA), Certified PM Consultant Engineer (PMCE) by Egyptian Engineering Syndicate.

He has more than 29-years service record in many countries providing project management to over 40 projects in both Private and Governmental Sectors with a total value of more than US $2.5Billion.

He is thoroughly experienced in managing construction projects and claims analysis/prevention using most popular PMIS. From 2001 to 2003, he worked as a contracts sector manager and a financial controller for the construction projects. From 2004 Up till 2010 he worked as a Project control manager which responsible for creating PMO Systems for many Construction Companies and Governmental Sectors, Also he provided Project Management consultation for many Industrial Projects in Saudi Arabia (Aramco, Sabic) and in Egypt.

During 2011 he started a new carrier as a CEO for VBS-Egypt, Project Management Consultant Company, through this period VBS worked as PCM for VCG (Vision Capital Group) Saudi investor owned project portfolio with a value of 500M SR. he is responsible for creating, implementing & applying PMO, at the same time VBS worked as the project Manager for some of VCG’s projects.

He developed and provided vast number of project management courses for diversified public and private sectors training providers in all Gulf Countries (KSA, UAE, Oman, Qatar & Kuwait).