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Professor at BI Norwegian Business School, Adjunct Professor at SBS Swiss Business School
Dr. Ralf Müller is Professor of Project Management at BI Norwegian Business School and their former Associate Dean for the BI-Fudan MBA programs in China. He holds adjunct professor appointments at Dalian University of Technology in China, and University of Technology Sydney. Governance roles he fullfills include member of the Senate at ISM University, Lithuania, Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Project Management Officers, Board member of the Institute for Project Management at the University of Iceland, and Director of the Research Lab at the Europen School of Governance.
Among the awards he received are the 2019 IPMA Global Research Award, 2019 Walt Lipke Award for Project Governance Excellence, 2019 Antura Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016 PMI Fellow of the Institute Award, the 2015 PMI Research (lifetime) Achievement Award, the 2012 IPMA Research Award, the 2009 Best Paper Award by the Project Management Journal, the 2011 Emerald Publishing Best Reviewer Award, and the 2011 AACSB Best Paper in Operations Management Award of the Academy of Business Research Conference, the 2010 Emerald Outstanding Paper Award, the 2010 Highly Commended Award Winner of the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, the IRNOP 2009 Best Conference Paper Award, the Emerald 2009 Outstanding Reviewer Award. Furthermore the Nimbas University 2005 Best Supervisor Award. His doctoral thesis was ranked by EDAMBA among the top eight best doctoral theses in business and management in 2003.
Adjunct Professor at SBS Swiss Business School
Prof. Dr. Martina Huemann is Adjunct Professor at Swiss Buisness School and Professor at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business where she heads the Project Management Group in the Department Strategy and Innovation and is the Academic Director of the Professional MBA Program: Project Management. She has published widely in the fields of Project Management and Human Resource Management. For her Research on Human Resource Management in Project-oriented Organisations, she received the IPMA Research Award 2015.
Martina Huemann has 20 years of experience in research, teaching and consulting. Martina Huemann has strong links in the research and practice communities, and a broad international network. Between 2006 and 2013 she has served on the Research Management Board of the International Project Management Association. Between 2009 and 2019 she was a member of the Academic Member Advisory Group at Project Management Institute. As an academic advisor of NETLIPSE, she contributes her knowledge to an international network on managing large infrastructure projects in Europe. In Austria she is board member of Projekt Management Austria. Since 2018, Martina serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Project Management, the prime academic journal in the Project Management field. In 2020, she established the new open access journal “Project Leadership and Society” (Elsevier)
PMP®, IPMO-E®, MAPM
James started his career in industry, in international and then national sales and marketing management roles (including product management), before entering management consulting, where he worked on a number of high profile engagements for multinational organisations. He specializes in end-to-end strategy, from setting direction, analysis, making choices, implementing plans and evaluating results.
He has designed and delivered learning interventions since 2002, including open enrolment and in company training, professional development short courses, as well as non-accredited and accredited university certificate programmes between levels four and seven of the European Qualification Framework (graduate to post graduate studies level).
With experience in over 35 countries on four continents, across a wide range of industry sectors, including private sector, NGO, university and the public sector, James is able to relate to most people and establish good working relationships.
James holds a Certificate in Management Studies, a Master of Science degree in Consulting, is a Project Management Professional (PMP® awarded by the Project Management Institute), holds the prestigious IPMO-E certificate and is a full member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM).
PMP®, PgMP®, PfMP®, CEng, IEEE, MBCS
Professor at BI Norwegian Business School
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 (PMI-SP), PMI certified Agile Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) and 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
MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow,
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. 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.
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