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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.

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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

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Alfonso Bucero

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP®, RMP®, PfMP®, PMI® Fellow, is the founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting. He managed IIL Spain for almost two years, and he was a Senior Project Manager at Hewlett-Packard Spain (Madrid Office) during thirteen years.

Alfonso is a PMI® member, and a member of ALI (Asociación de Licenciados, Ingenieros y Doctores en Informática). Alfonso was the founder, Sponsor and President of PMI® Barcelona, Spain Chapter until April 2005, and he is an IPMA Assessor. He was a member of the CoPAT (Congress Project Action Team) of PMI® EMEA 2005 Congress in Edinburgh, 2006 PMI® EMEA Congress in Madrid, and PMI® EMEA Congress in Budapest. He was graduated in the “Leadership Institute Master Class 2007” in October 2007 in Atlanta (PMI® Global Congress). He was the second President of PMI® Madrid Spain Chapter. He was a PMI® Component Mentor for Region 8 South during three years, and a PMIEF® Engagement Committee Member. He received the PMI® Distinguished Contribution Award on October 9th, 2010. He also received the PMI® Fellow Award on October 22nd, 2011 and the PMI® Eric Jenett Excellence Award on October 28th, 2017.

Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree by “Universidad Politécnica (Madrid)”, a Master Science in Project Management by Zaragoza University (Industrial Engineering School), and now he is working on his PhD. in “Project Management” at the ISM University in Lithuania. He has 35 years of practical experience and twenty-nine of them in project management worldwide. He has managed and consulted projects in different countries along Europe.

Since 1994, he is a frequent speaker at International PM Congresses and Symposiums. Alfonso has delivered PM training and consulting services in Spain, Mexico, UK, Belgium, Germany, France, Denmark, Costa Rica, Brazil, USA, and Singapore. As Project Management believer, he defends that Passion, Persistence, and Patience are keys for project success.

He authored the book “Dirección de Proyectos, una nueva vision” published by “LITO GRAPO Editors) in IIL Mexico on June 2003. And he is a contributor to Chapter 7 of the book “Creating the Project Office”. Published on February 2003 by Jossey-Bass Editors (San Francisco/California), authored by Robert J. Graham., Paul Dinsmore and Randall L. Englund.

Alfonso co-authored with Randall L. Englund the book “Project Sponsorship” published by Josse- Bass Editors by May 2006. He has authored the book “Today is a Good Day” – Attitudes for achieving project success, published by Multimedia Publishing in Canada on last February 2010. He has also contributed to some professional magazines in Russia (SOVNET), India (ICFAI), Argentina and Spain. Alfonso co-authored with Randall L. Englund the book “The Complete Project Manager” and “The Complete Project Manager Toolkit” that was published by Management Concepts last March 2012. Alfonso got published the book: “The Influential Project Manager” on the first quarter of 2014 by CRC Editors in the US. On 2015 wrote a new edition of the Project Sponsorship book co-authored with Randall L. Englund. On April 2017 he got published the book “TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER” through Motivational Press Editors. On January 2019 he got published his book Passion, Persistence and Patience through BEP (Business Expert Press) in the USA.

Alfonso has published several articles at national and international PM magazines. He has been a Contributing editor of PM Network (Crossing Borders) during six years, published by the “Project Management Institute”®.

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Eileen J Roden

Eileen 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 the Author of P3O® Best Management Practice and co-author of AIPMO’s PMO Principles, Knowledge Management in a Project Environment, along with a contribution to many APM publications.  She is a frequent conference speaker throughout UK and Europe.”

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Ralf Müller

Ralf Müller is Professor of Project Management and former Associate Dean at BI Norwegian Business School – Oslo – Norway, as well as adjunct and visiting professor at many other institutions worldwide. He lectures and researches in PMO, leadership, governance, organizational project management, and research methods, which is also the subject of his approximately 200 academic publications. Among the awards he received are the 2015 PMI® Research Achievement Award (a life-time achievement award), the 2012 IPMA Research Award which he received together with Profs. Monique Aubry and Brian Hobbs (University of Quebec á Montreal) for their studies on PMOs, and the 2009 Project Management Journal® Best Paper of the Year Award. Before joining academia, he spent 30 years in the industry consulting with large enterprises and governments in more than 50 different countries for their project management, governance, and PMOs. He also held related line management positions, such as the Worldwide Director of Project Management at NCR Corporation.

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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:

  • Assisted 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.
  • As 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`.
  • As an associate trainer for the CIPD UK & ME he has delivers the programmes such as HR Strategy, HR Business Partner Programme and the Level 5 HR Diploma
  • As part of RAK Banks Emiratisation initiative he played a lead role in facilitating 4 different soft skills modules to over 200 UAE nationals.

∎ Education and Professional Qualifications

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Great Teams, Great Results, Great Leaders
  • Leading at the Speed of Trust
  • Strategies of Genius (Thinking Strategies Applications)
  • Pattern Detection (Understanding patterns of Human Behavior)
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Inside Out Coaching
  • NLP & HNLP Master Practitioner (Linguistics & human behavior)
  • MSc in Strategic Training & Development
  • Completed first year of a MSc in Transactional Analysis (Psychotherapy Training)

∎ Delivered people development solutions for the following organizations

  • Dubai Municipality
  • Dubai Chambers of Commerce
  • Dubai Parks & Resorts
  • Dubai’s Prime Minister Office for Innovation
  • Dubai World Trade Centre
  • Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing
  • Almarai
  • TECOM Group
  • Cognizant Technology
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Saudi Capital Markets Authority
  • Central Bank UAE
  • HSBC Dubai
  • RAK Bank
  • Signals Intelligence Agency
  • Sidra Medical
  • Equinix
  • RGA UK

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