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Yvonne Schoper – IPMA Research Conferences Coordinator (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.

Reinhard Wagner – IPMA President (Germany)

Reinhard Wagner has been active for more than 30 years in the field of project- related leadership, in such diverse sectors as Air Defence, Automotive Engineering, and Machinery, as well as various not-for-profit organizations.

As a Certified Projects Director (IPMA Level A), he has proven experience in managing projects, programmes and project portfolios in complex and dynamic contexts. He is also an IPMA Certified Programme and Portfolio Management Consultant, and as such supports senior executives in developing and improving their organizational competence in managing projects.

For more than 15 years, he has been actively involved in the development of project, programme and portfolio management standards, for example as Convenor of the ISO 21500 “Guidance on Project Management” and the ISO 21503 “Guidance on Programme Management”. Reinhard Wagner is President of IPMA, past President and Honorary Fellow of GPM (the German Project Management Association), as well as Managing Director of Tiba Managementberatung GmbH, Germany´s No. 1 PM Full Service Provider.

 Beverly Pasian  (Netherlands)

An experienced project management professional in education, industry and government.

Educated at the graduate level (Master’s) in Education and Project Management (Professional Doctorate) and Business Administration (Executive MBA).

15 years experience in developing and teaching project management courses, working in Canada, US, Australia, China, UK, Netherlands.

Widely published author & conference presenter

Editor-in-Chief, ‘Project Management Research & Practice’

Expertise: Project Management; education, business administration. research, publishing.

Carl Marnewick  (South Africa)

Carl Marnewick, PhD, is a professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He traded his professional career as an Information Technology (IT) project manager for that of an academic career. The career change provided him the opportunity to immerse himself in the question why IT/IS-related projects are perceived as failures and do not provide the intended benefits that were originally anticipated. This is currently a problem internationally as valuable resources are wasted on projects and programmes that do not add value to the strategic objectives of the organisation. It is an international problem where there is a gap between theory and practice and he is in the ideal position to address this problem. The focus of his research is the overarching topic and special interest of the strategic alignment of projects to the vision of the organisations. This alignment is from the initiation of a project to the realisation of benefits. He developed a framework (Vision-to-Project i.e. V2P) that ensures that projects within an organisation are linked to the vision. Within this framework, a natural outflow of research is the realisation of benefits to the organisation through the implementation of IT/IS systems. Benefits realisation is part of a complex system and his research to date has identified the following impediments in the realisation of benefits: (i) IT project success rates as well as IT project management maturity levels did not improve over the last decade and these results are in line with similar international research; (ii) IT project managers are not necessarily following best practices and industry standards; (iii) governance and auditing structures are not in place and (iv) IT project managers’ training and required skills are not aligned. If these four aspects are addressed through research and practice, then benefits realisation can occur.  His research has given him national and international presence. He was actively involved in the development of new international project management standards ISO21500 and ISO21503 (portfolio management) as well as PMI’s Standard for Program Management (4th edition).  Project Management SA awarded him the Excellence in Research Award as recognition for his active contribution to the local and global body of knowledge by conducting and publishing scientific research in portfolio, programme and project management.

He is currently heading the Information Technology Project Management Knowledge and Wisdom Research Cluster. This research cluster focuses on research in IT project management and include amongst others governance, auditing and assurance, complexity, IT project success, benefits management, sustainability and Agile project management.

Won-dong Cho  (South Korea)

Dr. Won-dong Cho is the president of IPMA Korea, the 65th Member Association of IPMA. He is also the chair professor of economics at Joongang University. He was the first senior economic secretary to the former government and played an instrumental role of formulating economic policy for the Korean government.

Dr. Won-dong Cho also served as served as a vice-minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). As the secretary-general to the Prime Minister, he was involved in the policy formulation with regard to Korea’s green growth strategy and coordinated policy dialogue among ministries.

Most of Dr. Cho’s government career lay at the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MOFE). Since he joined the Economic Planning Board (EPB) in 1980, he enriched his experience in project evaluation, industrial policy and international trade policy. At the time the EPB merged into Ministry of Finance and Economy (MOFE) together with Ministry of Finance in 1995, he was seconded to the President’s Office, joining a policy development team.

Dr. Cho worked for the International Monetary Fund as the senior advisor to the Executive Director representing Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Philippine as well as ten Pacific island member countries from January 30, 2001 till October 4, 2004.

After nearly four years of service at the IMF, Dr. Cho returned to MOFE to assume the post of Director-General for Economic Policy. He used to be the Deputy Minister at MOFE right before he moved to the PMO.

Dr. Cho finished his undergraduate course at the Seoul National University in 1980 and got the PhD degree in Economics at Oxford University in his government career during the period between 1985 and 1989.