Speakers

The Organizing Team is pleased to announce height (8) international experts competitively selected to deliver papers and presentations for the Third Edition Pan-African Project Management Conference to be held from 28 to 30 October 2020 to the great benefit of the expected 800 Delegates and finally all the African Community and interested parties.

The selected international speakers are listed below by conference topic:

Herman van Zyl, PhD

International Speaker

Conference topic:

Human resources management and project organization

Herman van Zyl, PhD

Executive Director,

Partner of Safety Boot Camp

Dr.Herman van ZylisExecutive Director, Partner of Safety Boot Camp. Having gained over 20 Years’ experience in both business and mining, engineering, construction management mega high complexity projects. I have had the privilege to have worked in highly hazardous Greenfield and Brownfield projects in both open pit and underground heavy and complex industries and have achieved multiple awards both locally and internationally.

He heldmajor positions: (i) Manager, Program Controls - Group Mega projects; (ii) Manager, Controls – PMO (Africa); (iii) Head of Projects; (iv) Senior Specialist - Portfolio Management and (v) Chief Operating Officer.

Major achievements:Selected judge and final juror for global PMO awards 2019 & 2020; International Professor on Business economics, Engineering and Project management; Multiple awards local and in international within MEC within projects, of which two have been towards designing and executing; Most scientific resource tool in projects; Resource modelling around contractors and performance and Part of highly confidential international team reviewing Feasibility studies towards Mergers and acquisitions of new sites in Africa.

Dr.Herman van Zylis a holder of many diplomas and credentials:PhD in Industrial Ecology and sustainable mining; MsC - Management Engineering; Degree - Human Resource management; Diploma - Construction technology: Civil Engineering; NCert - Advanced Project management; NCert - Project management; Cert - QMS Practitioner; Cert - Safety Risk Management. His e-mail is: info.sbootcamp@gmail.com

Amin Saidoun

International Speaker

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Conference topic:

How to design an organizational structure suitable for a 

given project

Amin Saidoun

Senior Economist
IPMA certified project manager
IPMA Executive Director

Amin Saidoun is Executive Director of International Project Management Association, an international federation of project management associations and which is based in Zürich (CH). He completed is studies in business administration in France and Germany prior to completing his postgraduate studies in economics in the UK (London School of Economics). He is an IPMA certified project manager and has gained 25 years of international professional experience in the areas of audit and consulting (Thornton Group), logistics (DHL), fundamental research and in association management (IPMA). He also lectured at the universities of Cologne and Bonn in Germany in the field of business administration.

At IPMA he is in addition to his Executive Director duties responsible for the development of the network in Africa and the Middle-East. He is author and co-author of several articles in economics and project management. Among his areas of interest: project management, intercultural competences, diversity.

Dr. O. Chima Okere

International Speaker

Conference topics:

- Adapting the organizational structure during the project life cycle
- Adapting the organizational structure to achieve successful operation and sustainability of the project deliverables after the closing phase of the project

Dr. O. CHIMA OKERE 

Ph.D., MBA, PMP
Managing Director and CEO of Total Technology Consultants, Ltd

Dr. O. Chima Okereke is Managing Director and CEO of Total Technology Consultants, Ltd, a project management consulting company working in West Africa and the UK.  He works from his office in the UK while his consultants are based in his office in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. His company, Total Technology Consultants Limited, a project management consulting company, in Africa and UK, is an Oracle gold-level partner, and a Microsoft Network Partner.  Between 2002 and end of 2015, the company trained over 500 project professionals on enterprise project management courses in Nigeria and Gabon.

Chima is a visiting professor, an industrial educator, a multidisciplinary project management professional, with over 25 years’ experience in oil and gas, steel and power generation industries. For example, On December 26th 2013, he completed an assignment as a visiting professor in project management; teaching a class of students on Master’s degree in project management in the Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia. In August and September 2013, he conducted an innovative, and personally developed training programme for seventy six well engineers of Shell Nigeria to enhance the efficiency of their operations using project and operations management processes.

Before embarking on a career in consulting, he worked for thirteen years in industry rising to the position of a Chief engineer with specialisation in industrial controls and instrumentation, electronics, electrical engineering and automation. During those 13 years, he worked on every aspect of projects of new industrial plants including design, construction and installation, commissioning, and engineering operation and maintenance in process industries. Chima sponsored and founded the potential chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, acting as president from 2004 to 2010.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos, and a PhD following research in Robotics and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Bradford in the UK in 1994 and 1995 respectively.  He also has a PMP® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI®) which he passed at first attempt.  He has been a registered engineer with COREN in Nigeria since 1983.  For many years, Total Technology has been a partner for Oracle Primavera Global Business Unit, a representative in Nigeria of Oracle University for training in Primavera project management courses, and a Gold Level member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN. He is a registered consultant with several UN agencies.  More information can be found at http://www.totaltechnologyconsultants.org/. Chima is an international editorial advisor for the PM World Journal and PM World Library. He has written over thirty published papers for the journal. Hecan be contacted at chima.okereke@totaltechnologyconsultants.com   or info@totaltechnologyconsultants.org .

Lynda Amadagana

International Speaker

Conference topics:

- Common organizational structures of SPVs
- Roles or functions of SPVs in the governance and financing of major projects (project-finance)
- Requirement for adaptation of SPVs during the life cycle of major projects

Lynda AMADAGANA

Lawyeradmitted in Paris and Cameroon Bars
Vice-President of the Club Diallo Telli (France)
Vice-President of the African Business Lawyer’s Club (ABLC), France 

Lynda AMADAGANA is the Founding Partner of AMADAGANA & PARTNERS, a business law firm with a recognized expertise in the legal structuring of projects. Lynda is registered at the Paris and Cameroon Bars.

Prior to founding A&P, Lynda worked as a lawyer in international law firms such as Orrick, Clifford Chance or Simmons & Simmons. She was also the General Counsel of Cameroon Power Holdings, the investment subsidiary of Actis Fund.

Since 2008, Lynda has worked on several projects and concessions as well as on project finance in Europe and Africa involving setting up of SPVs.

In Africa, she has been involved with transactions carried out in a number of OHADA member countries. Her e-mail is: lynda@amadagana-partners.com

Carleton Chinner

International Speaker

Conference topic:

Benefits generally derived from PMOs in organizations

Carleton Chinner
Certified Practicing Project Director (CPPD)
Managing Director of MagniStrat
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Managers

Carleton Chinner is Managing Director of MagniStrat, a Brisbane based management consultancy with a comprehensive focus on project management practice. He is well known in the project management community as a successful project management consultant, speaker, and author of project management articles.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM), a Certified Practicing Project Director (CPPD), and an International Project Management Association (IPMA) Projects Director. His e-mail is: cchinner@magnistrat.com

 

Thomas Walenta

International Speaker

Conference topic:

How to create, organize, operate, evaluate and revise a PMO?

Thomas Walenta

PMP, PgMP and PMI Fellow
Global Project Economy Expert
Former Chair of PMI Frankfurt Chapter
Former member of PMI Board of Directors
Former member of PMI Ethics Review Committee

Thomas Walenta, PMP, PgMP and PMI Fellow worked for IBM from 1983 to 2014 in a variety of client projects, programs and PMOs. He worked in his first project 1974 and build his first PMO from 1995.

He is a member of PMI since 1992, and of GPM/IPMA since 1995. As a PMI volunteer from 1998, he led the PMI Frankfurt Chapter for 8 years, was elected to the PMI Board for 2 terms of 3 years each and was a member of the PMI Ethics Review Committee for 6 years.

He is a keynote speaker since 2000, attending more than 50 conferences globally, e.g. speaking for IPMA at the GPM Forum 2015 and the IPMA 50th anniversary in Panama. He also is one of the few global advisors for the PMWorldJournal, published by David Pells.

Today he is coaching executives, teaching within a MBA program and mentoring about 10 people in parallel. He considers himself a Global Project Economy Expert, covering all aspects of a new project management paradigm for people from 5-75, across all value delivery frameworks and helping the global society to improve. His e-mail is: thwalenta@online.de

Ben Bolland

International Speaker

Conference topic:

PMOs and governance framework for projects and programmes

Ben Bolland
Project and quality management consultant, lead auditor
Het BEVON Gilde BV, Netherlands
GPM, Green Project Management Accreditation Board member
ISO/TC258 Subject matter expert (SME) on behalf of NEN and IPMA-Netherlands

Ben started his career in 1979 in engineering functions in the Paper board and Aluminum industry. With his growing interest in business management, he moved to IT management related functions in local government and a regional public health care organization. After his last management role (1989-1997) as Head of IT in Public Transport, Ben has fulfilled assignments in temporary roles as interim manager, project manager and quality manager for over 20 years.

The first ten years acting as a project manager and project portfolio manager in (semi-) governmental and education sectors, since 2008 mainly supporting senior management in Small and Medium size enterprises on business management, project and quality management related assignments.

His interest in using best-practices and recognized standards to help organizations achieve improvements and implement innovations triggered him to join the NEN and ISO standards committee for project management in 2011.

Since then he has been actively involved in the development of ISO standards for project, programme and portfolio management at ISO/Technical Committee TC258.

Ben is holder of a BSc. in Chemical Engineering and in Business Economics, Hanze University, Groningen-NL (1979), Post-Bachelor courses in IT (1991) and Projectmanagement at IPMA-B level (2001), Prince2 Practitioner, GPM-b (Green project management), CISA, Certified Information system Auditor and Certified Lead auditor ISO 9001:2015 and ISO27001:2013. His e-mail is: Ben.bolland@bevon.nl

Mario Trentim

International Speaker

Conference topic:

Innovative PMO VALUE RING methodology and certification

Mario Trentim

Chief Executive Officer of PMO Global Alliance
Project Management Research Director at IBSAmericas University
Managing-Partner at Trentim& Associates
Former PMIEF Board of Directors (2016-2018)
Instructor for the PMO-CP® Certification Class

Mario Trentim is the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of PMO Global Alliance, the largest community for PMOprofessionals in the World. He is also an international consultant, professor and author of books on projectmanagement, business strategy and innovation.

He is the Project Management Research Director at IBSAmericasUniversity and Managing-Partner at Trentim& Associates. Former PMIEF(PMI Educational Foundation) Board of Directors(2016-2018) and former PMWB(Project Managers Without Borders)Director (2014-2016).

He is the instructor for PMO-CP (PMO Certified Practitioner) Certification Class or session. His e-mail is: mariotren􀆟m@pmoga.world

Husam Saud

International Speaker

Conference topic:

Organization structure for Traditional Projects Vs Agile transformational Projects

Husam Saud

Telecom. Eng. B.Sc., MBA, M.Sc.PMP®,PMI-ACP®, ITIL®,PRINCE2®,MSP®,P3O®,
SSGB®,ISO 9001 LA, ISO 21500 LPM
Chairman & CEO of PMD Consulting Company

Husam Saud  is a competent and trustworthy, PMO Consultant, Portfolio, and ProgramManagement. A Project Management (PMP/ Prince2 Trainer), Project/ Program managerwith more than 15 diversified years of progressive work in managing telecommunicationsprojects, industry and Project governance.

Practiced at leading cross-functional teams of professionals with high caliber in developmentof project planning, executing and follow-up of several projects with multiple vendors andoperators.

Beside he established PMD Consulting Company in 2013 in Sudan to provide theknowledge and experience required to start-up, extension of PMO services, andestablishment of a Project Management Methodology.His e-mail is: husam.saud@pmdimension.org

Darya Duma

International Speaker

Conference topic:

Project Governance and Decision Making forDeveloping Economies – A Practical Application

Darya Duma

BESc, PEng, PMP
Microsoft Certified Professional for Microsoft Project
Senior Trainer and Consultant, Owner of 4DPM
Member of Procept's ManagementAdvisory Board
Vice-chair of the ISO/TC 258 Canadian Mirror Committee

Darya Duma is a Senior Trainer and Consultant, Owner of 4DPM and member of Procept's Management
Advisory Board. She has been designing and leading training courses in Project Management theory and
application for 20 years and providing consulting services in project management for 15 years. She createsProject Management training for delivery by herself and others, designs PM frameworks and methodologiesfor clients, coaches and facilitates schedule development, Microsoft Project deployment, and schedulingtemplate development, and facilitates the implementation of PM practices. Darya teaches atQueens University, UNENE, ADMI and has designed courses for Bruce Power LP, Public Works and
Government Services Canada, Ontario Power Generation, National Energy Board, Vale and University of
Toronto. Darya is active in ISO/TC 258 on projects, programmes and portfolio management, served as theediting chair for Working Group 2 on the governance of projects, programmes and portfolios, and is the Vice-chairof the ISO/TC 258 Canadian Mirror Committee. Darya is currently the Chair of the InfrastructureProjects Task Force with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

Darya is a practicing Project Manager for over 20 years, first in “hard” projects managing industrial elevator
installations with a mechanical contractor, and then in “soft” projects developing national and international
standards with CSA International. A few of the projects that she has managed include providing elevators forHibernia GBS, Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, Ontario Hydro, Alberta Power, and Vancouver Port. With theCanadian Standards Association, she managed the development of codes and standards for subsequentimplementation in provincial regulations, as well as the development of ISO standards for the elevatorindustry. She continues to practice project management with her clients, when developing project
management frameworks and courses. She has extensive international experience with clients in Europe,
Asia, Africa and North America. Darya has also been a member of PMI’s Registered Education Provider
Advisory Group.

Darya holds a degree in Engineering Science from University of Western Ontario, as well as additional
credentials in adult education design and facilitation. She is designated as a Professional Engineer and as aProject Management Professional by PMI, and has held the designations of Planning and Scheduling
Professional by AACE, PRINCE2® Practitioner by APMG (now owned by AXELOS) and Microsoft CertifiedProfessional for Microsoft Project.Her e-mail is: duma.4dpm@bell.net

Carmine Paragano

International Speaker

Conference topic:

Typology of PMO

Carmine Paragano

Senior Engagement Manager – Consulting | NTT DATA Italia
Responsible for the Master in Project Management in Niccolò Cusano University
Director of PMI Central Italy Chapter

Carmine Paragano has over 20 years of experiences in Project Management and IT Governance withtraditional and agile approaches.
NTT DATA Italia Engaged Manager and Practice Leader Program Management & Governance. Italian reference for Agile within the internal Agile global network. Trainer and Coach for the development of traditional and agile project management methodologies.

He is Responsible for the Master in Project Management in Niccolò Cusano University, Director of PMI Central Italy Chapter and DA (Disciplined Agile) Champion in PMI Central Italy Chapter.

He is Co-author of the book ‟ La gestionegrandiprogetti di ingegneria. Manualeragionatoteorico e pratico-comparativo” and speaker many events or conferences.He holder of many professional certifications: in Project Management (PMP Certified); in Scaled Agile (SPC Certified); in Agile (PMI-ACP Certified); in Cobit 5 (Foundation Certified); in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL v.3 Foundation Certified); in Agile methodology (Scrum Master and Product Owner course) and in 7 Habits (course). His e-mail is: carmine.paragano@nttdata.com

Rania Al-Maghraby

International Speaker

Conference topic:

PMO Maturity Assessment

Rania Al-Maghraby

MSc, EMBA,PMP®, SFC, ITIL®, TOGAF®, SixSigma Green Belt, OPM3®
Owner and General Manager of the OneWayForward Inc.
Founder of the EAITSM Inc.

Rania Al-Maghraby is an experienced management consultant and entrepreneur. Rania is the owner and general manager of the OneWayForward Inc., a sole proprietary management consultation firm based in Egypt, with business activities extending across the regional and global landscape (www.OneWayForward.com). She is the founder of the EAITSM Inc. NPO (www.eaitsm.org), an activist organization in the IT Service Management field with region-wide extension. She is a speaker at several professional events including PMI Global Congress and IPMA World Congress. She has published a number of papers and articles in wide spread international magazines, journals, conference proceedings, and authored books. Rania has contributed to professional development over years as a member in a number of committees and professional organizations including PMI, DMTF, itSMF, IPMA, The Open Group, the Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA), and the Egyptian Organization for Standardization (EOS). At the international level, Rania has been invited to participate as a question setter in the development of the Global Commerce License (GCL) program launched by the European Economic Chamber. She has worked across local, regional, and international private sector companies, NPOs, and governmental organizations of various industries.
Rania holds a number of professional certificates in several disciplines, including PMP® certified, Scrum Fundamentals Certified (SFC), ITIL® Foundation certified, TOGAF® Certified Enterprise Architect, SixSigma Green Belt certified, MSc Computer Science, and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA). Rania is a certified OPM3® Consultant, world's topmost score. Rania is based in Egypt, and is a native Arabic speaker, fluent in English, and intermediate in Japanese. With passion in translation, Rania has earned a Foundation Certificate in Translation and Interpreting. Rania is also a qualified mediator for business dispute resolution. Personal Website: www.OneWayForward.info. Her e-mail is: rania@onewayforward.info

Pedro Engrácia

International Speaker

Conference topic:

How PMO structures can drive efficiency in the public sector

Pedro Engrácia

Director of Strategic Planning and Management Control for eSPap
Director of the new PMO Shared Service for the Public Sector
President of the Portuguese Standardization Entity for
Project, Programme and Portfolio Management

Pedro Engrácia is Director of Strategic Planning and Management Control for eSPap, the Portuguese’s public shared services company. He is also de Chief Communication Officer of the company.
He has MBA in Project Management, a degree in Computer Science and specializations in Software Development, Project Management and Public Management.
Since 2003 working as a Project Manager, he is the Head of Shared Services Project Management Office since 2012.
Since 2014, he is also the director of the new PMO Shared Service for the Public Sector. He is also the president of the Portuguese Standardization Entity for Project, Programme and Portfolio Management and the former President of Portuguese Standardization Technical Committee (CT175/TC258).

Meanwhile, Pedro occasionally teaches, writes and lectures about Project Management. His e-mail is: pedro.engracia@apogep.pt

Teri Okoro

International Speaker

Conference topic:

The New Normal: Organisation and Leadership Strategies for Collaborative Remote Team Working

Teri Okoro

BA Arch, MBA, PhD, RIBACertPM, RPP, FAPM, FRIBA
Founder and Director of TOCA consultancy and P3MAfrica
Chair (2012-2016) APM Women in Project Management
Member APM Professional Conduct Panel

Dr Teri Okoro , Director of TOCA consultancy and Founder of P3MAfrica has extensive experience of leading and delivering projects in UK and Africa, several involving remote team working. Her consultancy experience spans several sectors. She sits on the Diversity Panel of the UK Construction Industry Council, the Advisory Panel of Historic England and has extensive C-suite leadership experience. She has been assessor / judge on numerous international project awards.

A practicing architect and Chartered Project Professional, Teri has also been UK National Chair of the APM Women in Project Management and has a special interest in developing diverse talent and inclusive leadership.

For over a decade, she has presented, written and published widely on leadership and project excellence in UK, Europe and internationally including at Project Spring 2016, Lithuania, IPMA 2015 Conference, Panama, Pan- African PMC 2017 and 2018, PMI Africa 2018 and PMI SA 2019. Her e-mail is: teri@toca-uk.com

Jennifer Tharp

International Speaker

Conference topic:

Transforming Project Management Through Design Thinking

Jennifer Tharp

BA Arch, MBA, PhD, RIBACertPM, RPP, FAPM, FRIBA
Founder and Director of TOCA consultancy and P3MAfrica
Chair (2012-2016) APM Women in Project Management
Member APM Professional Conduct Panel

Jennifer Tharp , based in Silicon Valley, advises startups and multinationals including eBay, Genentech, Cisco and Nikon on difficult governance problems. She works closely with boards and executive teams to increase oversight, transparency and accountability. She's currently Director of Project Management at Santa Clara County, one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leading through the crisis meant doing everything possible to flatten the curve - ensuring medical systems, social services and technology systems were prepared. She's now targeting lessons learned by designing a next-level business continuity approach for the County. She is a recognized expert in project and program management, data privacy, agile development, strategic planning, cyber-security and compliance risk.

Ms. Tharp co-authored the ground-breaking book, Sustainability Integration for Effective Project Management, with project managers and researchers around the world, the first to offer direct guidance to project managers on the long-term social, financial and environmental impacts of the work they do. She has taught project management, risk, leadership and sustainability at University of California, Berkeley. Her e-mail is: jennifer.tharp@bod.pmi.org

Elise Ngo Nyobe

International Speaker

Conference topics

- Types and characteristics of legal entities generally created for the purposes of carrying out major projects (public limited companies, real estate companies, etc.)

Elise Ngo Nyobe

Lawyer admitted in Cameroon Bars

Senior Associate at AMADAGANA & PARTNERS

Former Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax & Legal in Cameroon

Elise Ngo Nyobe is a lawyer at the Cameroon Bar and a Senior Associate at AMADAGANA & PARTNERS, a business law firm with recognized expertise in the natural resources, water, energy and infrastructure sectors. Before joining the firm, Elise worked for more than ten years in several business law firms including Soppo Sandrine and Marie Andrée Ngwe law firms in Cameroon. She also worked as a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Tax & Legal in Cameroon. As a Senior Associate at PWC, Elise notably led the following trainings: "Good governance in commercial companies in the OHADA Zone" and "Mastering innovations and changes in the Reform of the law of struggling companies for an optimal security of your interests". Within A&P, Elise is involved on corporate transactions, contract reviews, project financing, projects and concessions in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. She also advises on transactions carried out in several OHADA member countries. Her e-mail is : enyobe@amadagana-partners.com