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nw-news-iconIPMA welcomes relevant IPMA News postings, IPMA Board, Member Association or strategic affiliate press releases, and other items of interest to our community. To submit news items to post on this page, email with the following information:

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IPMA 2014 Research Conference Call For Papers

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Abstracts are due 15 October; the event will be 1-2 December, 2014, in the Business School of Nankai University, Tianjin, China. This is the official IPMA research conference, organized by Research Management Board of IPMA to gather academic researchers, consultants and practitioners together to discuss “How to make Research meet the needs of PM Practice.” 

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TOPICS OF INTEREST

Topics should focus on “How to make Research meet the needs of PM Practice.” Examples of topics that could be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of theories in managing projects and best practice of project management
  • Things happening in China that are helping Research meet the needs of Practice in PM
  • Research on complex project management and emergency project management.
  • Research on project integrated management and project risk management
  • Research on organizations for projects or project oriented organization.

GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS

  • Language is English
  • Abstracts up to 1000 characters including blank characters.
  • Deadline for Abstract is 15th of October 2014.
  • Deadline for Full Text is 1stof December 2014.
  • Additional Guidelines for the paper:
    • Text size 20,000 characters incl. blank characters and incl. literature citations
    • Illustrations Up to 5 figures, black and white, as editable PowerPoint graphics
    • Character format Time New Roman font size 12 pt, 1.0 line spacing

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2014 IPMA Summit of PMO SIG Leaders a Success

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2014 IPMA Summit of PMO SIG Leaders celebrates Project Management Offices as key enabler for project-oriented organisations

The Project Management Office is not an invention of this century, but it is getting more and more recognition throughout the world. This is the main message from IPMA´s 2014 PMO Summit. At the end of June. about twenty experts from twelve countries met in London to share their experiences. PMOs are a hot topic for IPMA´s member associations; about twenty of them have a Special Interest Group (SIG), and more are considering forming such a group in near future. The 2014 IPMA Summit of PMO SIGs aimed at bringing together key people of the PMO SIGs within the context of IPMA, informing about respective activities, exchanging ideas as well as forming an international network of PMO SIGs.

As with all IPMA events, the PMO Summit was planned for a maximum of interaction using a variety of facilitation methods, such as Elevator Pitch, World Café and Workshops.

The participants of the 2014 IPMA PMO Summit (photo: Les Squires, IPMA)
The participants of the 2014 IPMA PMO Summit (photo: Les Squires, IPMA)

After a general introduction, the participants shared their understanding of what a PMO is. The answers demonstrated the huge variance in PMO practices. Some see a PMO as standard setting body. Others define the PMO as support unit, helping the practitioners to apply the standards according to their needs. Only a few participants defined a PMO as a project management unit, performing project management (e.g. for internal projects) and being accountable for the results. PMOs have definitely a role in managing multiple projects, portfolio management or as support for the Governance function / body in the world of projects, programmes and portfolios (e.g. supporting the decision making).

Read the full Press Release

Press Release by Reinhard Wagner, IPMA VP of Standards, Research & Awards

IPMA and apfpm sign MoU

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June 1, 2014: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mladen Radujković, IPMA President, and Bill Young, President of the apfpm, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with apfpm, the Asia Pacific Federation for Project Management. Leaders of the two organizations have maintained a dialogue of support for each organizations’ initiatives.

The dialogues often include leaders of related industry associations. For example, in the photo below, Mladen, at left, joined Wu Tao (center), Chair of China Construction Management Association (CCMA), and Bill Young (at right), in Beijing during Summer 2013. They discussed ways for the respective organizations to further increase joint efforts.

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CCMA is a strategic alliance partner of IPMA and of PMRC, the Project Management Research Committee. PMRC is IPMA’s member association in China, and is also a member of apfpm, reflecting the common interests of the organisations in this MoU.

About the MoU

IPMA and apfpm have similar interests in applying the power of effective project management to significantly increase the success of project teams, organizations, and nations. This MoU engages the organisations in jointly promoting the profession of project management in the Asia Pacific region, emphasizing common interests and objectives. Priorities among these include:

  • General sharing of information where practical, particularly in relation to knowledge, education and research development in Project Management.
  • The apfpm will actively promote IPMA’s Project Excellence Awards program and IPMA membership.
  • Participate in each other’s featured events.
  • Collaborate on new opportunities to advance our common interests and objectives.

See the full Press Release, here at the IPMA website.

IPMA Releases 2014 ICB4 Survey Results

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June 1, 2014: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Reinhard Wagner, IPMA VP of Standards, Research and Awards, with the support of the ICB4 Project Team, recently announced the public availability of the summary results of an extensive survey for ICB4, the fourth release of the IPMA ICB®, the Individual Competence Baseline.

The ICB4 project team has been working on the structure, definitions and support materials for ICB4 since early 2011, and surveyed professional programme and project managers to discern trends, innovations, priorities, preferences and perceptions about our profession. This sense of stakeholder engagement and attention to customer needs is one reason why IPMA’s standards tend to have nine or ten year lifespans.

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Photo by Les Squires, IPMA

Survey Drawing Winner
ICB4 Project Secretary and Project Lead Tim Jaques (shown at right) announced the survey results and drew the Survey respondent winner at the March Council of Delegates meeting in Toronto, Canada.

The survey ran in February-March 2014. To increase survey engagement, IPMA offered a drawing for an iPad Mini for those who completed the survey. An IPMA member from Egypt (her name is withheld) won the drawing. She is an IPMA Level C® Certified Project Manager, and her husband is also an IPMA Level C® Certified Project Manager. Congratulations!

About the Survey
“This survey demonstrates the need for true competency based PM certifications. In today’s world of faster business cycles and projects, having a strong team is more important than ever,” said IPMA Vice President Reinhard Wagner. “These results directly support the long term goals of IPMA to make our certification process even more relevant and effective for individuals.”

“Our goal for the survey is to gather evidence that will help IPMA define the market needs and desires for a new, even better, Individual Competency Baseline,” said Tim Jaques, ICB Project Secretary and Product Lead. “We have received some excellent feedback and insights that will help us to shape the forthcoming ICB4.” ICB4 will be released at the IPMA World Congress in Panama, in October 2015.

Key findings include:

  • Project Managers are using standards and tools in their day-to-day work.
  • It is imperative to continue engaging younger project management practitioners into project management. We can do this via university programs.
  • The PMI PMBOK® Guide and the IPMA ICB3 are the top industry standards, according to the respondents.
  • Project managers today make good use of online communities. More than 75% of respondents interacted with a community daily, weekly or monthly.
  • Project managers, sponsors and other stakeholders view compentence as important to project success.

According to Tim, “these findings represent just a fraction of the trove of data to be found in these results. We are immensely grateful to the participants for taking the time to respond.”

Summary Survey Results Are Available Now
While the ICB4 Project team scours the survey responses and insights, IPMA Member Associations—and their Standards, Education and Certification bodies–will also receive the detailed results. A summary of the survey results is available to the public and to respondents, at the IPMA website. Just click this link to download the Survey Summary.

And, we are beginning a dialogue about the implications of the survey findings at the IPMA LinkedIn Group. That dialogue begins with this announcement of the availability of the results. Please note: a LinkedIn login and joining the IPMA group are both required to see and participate in these discussions. And, because IPMA’s insights about project and programme management include our focus on people, we do require that those who wish to join our LinkedIn group must post your photograph in your LinkedIn profile.

About IPMA
ipma logoFounded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the World’s first global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 55 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.

The IPMA World Congress is one of the most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. This year, the Congress is in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 29 September—1 October. We hope to see you there!

President of IPMA for 2014 is Professor Mladen Radujković. For further information about IPMA’s contributions to programme, project and organization success, please navigate to www.ipma.ch.

Press Release Contact
Stacy Goff, IPMA VP of Marketing & Events. .

AXELOS and IPMA Sign MOU for Best Practice

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PRESS RELEASE: 23 May 2014, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS. AXELOS and IPMA to work together on the development of Global Best Practice in project management. AXELOS and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) have reached an agreement which will lead to the two organizations working closely together in the development and improvement of project management products, services and practices.

nw-axelos-hepworthThe 12-month memorandum of understanding (MoU) announced today sets out a framework of how AXELOS and the IPMA will cooperate in multiple countries worldwide.

As well as agreeing to work together on the improvement of products, the agreement includes a commitment by the two parties to promote each other’s activities and services via appropriate media such as websites, conferences and seminars.

Peter Hepworth, AXELOS CEO, says Since the formation of AXELOS our user community has asked us to continue to show how our products fit with other frameworks and approaches. The MoU with IPMA demonstrates our commitment to fulfilling such requests.

“PRINCE2 and the IPMA framework, IPMA Competence Baseline, are complementary approaches for project management. It can only be good that the owners of these two approaches are working together to clarify how PPM practitioners can get the best of both worlds.”

nw-ipma-reinhardIPMA is a federation of over 60 nations’ project management Member Associations (MAs). The MAs develop project management competencies in their geographic areas of influence, interacting with thousands of practitioners and developing relationships with corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, as well as training organizations and consulting companies.

Reinhard Wagner, IPMA Vice President of Standards, says “This is a wonderful opportunity for two globally recognized organizations to work together to progress the profession of project management. Practitioners will understand our respective frameworks better and when to use them, while our members and partners will profit through synergies between these offerings.”

See the full Press Release

2014 IPMA World Congress Update

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We offer the announcement below from the World Congress organizers, with some reminders about World Congress links. We hope to see you in Rotterdam, September 29-30 and October 1.

IPMA 2014 CongressWe are pleased to invite you to the 28th IPMA World Congress from September 29th to October 1st in the City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This year’s theme is…Innovation through Dialogue. In 3 days, experts from the business and academic worlds will share their experiences and insights about innovating the world through dialogue.

With already over 300 tickets sold, this event includes site visits to impressive projects, informative and compelling paper presentations, an extensive exhibition area, and exciting social events. We are well on our way to making this the most comprehensive and inspiring PM event of 2014. All this in the City of Rotterdam, recently voted 10th in the list of 52 Places to Go by the New York Times.

Over 300 papers from over 30 countries submitted.
Gert van de Donk Conference Organizer, tells us that the Call for Papers for the 28th IPMA World Congress has resulted in over 300 submissions from over 30 countries (both Academic and Best Practice). A great result and our thanks goes out to all submitters for their effort. Due to the number and quality of the submissions, the program teams face the challenging task of making the best selection. First notifications will be sent out soon (now estimated for mid-May–the notifications were delayed due to the volume of papers and the extension of the submission date). (more…)

IPMA Young Crew Announces Innovation Contest

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IPMA Young Crew  is proud to announce: THE GLOBAL CALL FOR NEW PROJECTS

Are you interested in:

  • Participating in a global network of PM community, to which you do not have access?
  • Getting  your ideas funded by IPMA?
  • Exploring new ways to create services and products which will raise visibility of the IPMA Young crew?
  • Better understanding  and improving your project management competencies?
  • Going to the Global Young Crew  Workshop 2014 in Rotterdam, 26-28th Sept. 2014?

The call for 2014 is running under the topic of: RAISING THE VISIBILITY OF IPMA YOUNG CREW

Do you have an idea that will answer this call? If yes, please click on this link to download the application template. (more…)

Gower Offers e-books to First 10 Delegates per Month

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Gower Publishing is a valued partner of the IPMA World Congress. They will not only be present with a PM Book Store at the World Congress in Rotterdam, but will also give away 40 e-books of choice to our delegates.

The first 10 delegates to register for World Congress in each of the months of April, May, June and July may choose a free e-book from the Gower PM catalogue.

So time your registration carefully and you can choose from a range of over 100 titles from classic project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge works. Thank you, Gower Publishing!

Note that Gower Publishing also offers IPMA members a 25% discount on books at their website. Use this link to the IPMA section of the Gower website, and you now are eligible for a 25% discount when you use the code G13HZJ25 during checkout.

2013 World Congress Papers Available on Procedia!

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Gordana Blazevic, Croatia, has announced the publishing of selected Scientific Papers from the 2013 IPMA World Congress. Gordana (Goga) is Young Crew Croatia Chair and key leader of the team that, with Project Manager Mladen Vukomanović, organized one of the best-ever Congresses.

Procedia Journal106 of the best 2013 Scientific Congress papers have been published and are available online, as an issue of the Procedia Journal. You can find the issue at this link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18770428/119

On behalf of the 2013 IPMA World Congress organizers; Croatian Association for Project Management and International Project Management Association, we would like to thank you once again for attending, engaging and participating and thus making this congress a tremendous event.

John-Paris Pantouvakis, PM Greece, pioneered this relationship with Procedia for the 26th IPMA World Congress in 2012. The juried publishing of selected scientific papers helps IPMA move forward in research, academic citation, and improving the practice of competent and performing project and program management. As mentioned in our January newsletter, see 49 Scientific papers from the 2012 Congress at this link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18770428/74

We hope to see you all again this year, September 29th to October 1st, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (www.ipma2014.com).

Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences–sciencedirect.com
Published in the online version of Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences at ScienceDirect.com, the world’s leading platform for high quality peer-reviewed full-text journals.

IPMA & PMI® Renew Memorandum of Understanding

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13 March, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. IPMA, the International Project Management Association, announces today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IPMA and Project Management Institute. This is a renewal of cooperation between the two professional organisations that began in 1996, and has continued since, in multiple areas of common interest.

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Photo by Les Squires

Discussions of the areas of interest for this renewal of the MOU began in mid-2013, and were finalized at the two professional associations’ respective Congresses. At the IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in early October, 2013, Carla Messikomer, PhD, Manager, Academic Resources with PMI®, met with IPMA board members, including Mladen Radujkovic (Croatia), IPMA President, and Reinhard Wagner (Germany), IPMA VP of Research, Awards and Standards.

Later in October, at the PMI North America Congress, in New Orleans, Mladen and Stacy Goff (USA), IPMA VP of Marketing & Events, met with Carla Messikomer and Stephen Townsend. Stephen is Director, Global Alliances & Networks at Project Management Institute. “Stephen has been a key participant in helping to coordinate the interests and approvals of the organizations,” acknowledged Stacy, thanking Stephen for his efforts. (more…)

IPMA Has a Winner in Competence Survey

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© Wavebreak Media; Thinkstock photos
© Wavebreak Media; Thinkstock photos

IPMA has just launched a new global survey, designed to collect information from project, program, and portfolio managers about your use of project standards.We are seeking respondents from all over the World, so we have a representative global sample.

This survey will help drive the content for the upcoming IPMA Competence Baseline version 4.0.

To inspire your participation, IPMA is offering an iPad Mini to one lucky winner, chosen at random, who completes the entire survey. Take the survey, which should require 10-15 minutes, by clicking here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ICB4.

We urge you to complete the survey soon, because we will hold the drawing for the iPad Mini as soon as the 500th survey is submitted.

Update: As announced, we held the drawing after receiving the first 500 responses. We held the drawing at the March 29-20 IPMA Council of Delegates meeting, and the iPAD Mini winner is a respondent from Egypt. More information to follow. Thank you to all respondents!

Contact if you have questions, or for more information.Thank you!

If  you are interested in IPMA, see our website. If you are interested in joining one of our 55+ Member Associations, and advancing your practice in project and programme management, see our Member Associations pages.

Submit your 2014 IPMA PE Award Application!

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On behalf of the Award Management Board, it is our pleasure to invite you to apply for the IPMA Project Excellence Award 2014. The Application deadline for the IPMA Project Excellence Award 2014 is on 7 April 2014.banner_nr1_800px

The IPMA awards excellent projects from different industries and organizations worldwide. Excellent projects are recognized by going through the annual assessment process based on the IPMA Project Excellence Model. This year we would like to invite your company to take part in this prestigious event. (more…)

APM Group Chairman Alan Harpham passes away

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Alan Harpham, 5 December 1945 – 6 January 2014

140111-pmwj19-alan-IMAGE11 January 2014 – London, UK – Alan Harpham, Chairman of the APM Group and a well-known advocate for the project management profession, died on 6 January 2014 following a heart attack in England.  He had been in the hospital recently for unrelated health issues. IPMA offers our comfort to Alan’s wife Di, and their two sons. And we celebrate his achievements and contributions in his life.

According to the APM Group announcement: As Chairman of the APM Group from 1996 to the present day, Alan Harpham worked tirelessly to build APMG’s international networks and reputation. He provided steady and considered guidance to APMG through many years of considerable growth for the organisation. He was appreciative of other people’s views and had a way of finding common ground when these views were opposed. His ability to embrace diversity of thought acted as a catalyst for improvement and change.

Alan’s international work built professional communities on a foundation of respect; he was an ambassador for APMG’s Accredited Consulting Organisation Scheme, and a thought leader in the project management world. Alan managed to write several books and leading articles during his time with APMG, and combined all of this with many hands-on charitable activities.  In a sense he was a classic portfolio person with fingers in many pies. He was a dedicated mentor and coach to more junior members of staff.

See more about Alan Harpham at the PM World Journal site.

2014 IPMA World Congress site visit updated

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31 January, 2014; The Netherlands. We are pleased to introduce you to City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with a video of our Site Visit of the venues for the IPMA World Congress, to be held September 29-October 1, 2014.

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Press Release: IPMA Releases IPMA OCB

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OCB-Front-sm1 December, 2013; Nijkerk, The Netherlands. Reinhard Wagner, IPMA Vice President for Standards, Research & Awards, announces the approval and official release of IPMA OCB, the IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline. The new standard was approved for release by the International Project Management Association’s Council of Delegates at the recent meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

In announcing the release, Reinhard added, “The IPMA OCB provides valuable insights for Executives who design organisations to meet the increasing requirements of project-related work and management. It could act as basis for an assessment with IPMA Delta to analyse the actual situation and to improve the organisational competence of managing projects in an holistic way. All in all, it opens a new dimension for organisations to be more successful in projects.”

In addition to its usefulness for executives, this standard is for managers, key influencers and project management offices in project-oriented organisations. It introduces the concept of organisational competence in managing projects. It can help organisations to strengthen their management of projects, programmes and portfolios. IPMA OCB is built on the strong heritage of the International Project Management Association (IPMA®), the global leader in competence certification.

The Organisational Need
During the last few decades, a majority of organisations of all sizes and in all sectors have given emphasis to the successful delivery of projects.  An increasingly complex and dynamic world requires organisations to meet the more demanding expectations of their stakeholders through the better management of projects, programmes and portfolios.

These aspirations are despite various constraints such as deadlines or fixed budgets. In addition it is expected that projects should operate effectively and efficiently with optimal use of resources. While it is, of course, necessary to develop the competence of individuals, it is also necessary to analyse and develop the competence of the organisation.

See the full IPMA-OCB Press Release!

Or, go to the OCB Download Page. Thank you for your interest!

2014 World Congress Call for Papers Due Soon

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Rotterdam, Netherlands –– The Call for Papers for the 28th IPMA World Congress on Project Management to be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is underway. The 28th IPMA World Congress, with the theme “Innovation Through Dialogue,” will be held from 29 September to 1 October 2014 at the World Trade Center in the City of Rotterdam.  Information can be found at http://www.ipma2014.com/

IPMA Netherlands invites you to become a part of the leading world conference on project, program and portfolio management by submitting an inspiring academic or best practices paper. The Call for Presentations closed on January 15th, 2014, but IPMA members in good standing have a possible extension. Contact your Member Association! We have also extended the super Early Bird registration.

The Academic and Research streams will have this main theme: Human factors in Project Management – The role, influence and understanding of ‘human factors’ within project, program and portfolio management will be the focus of the Academic and Research streams. Contributors are encouraged to consider the following sub-themes (along with related factors) in their submissions: Attitude, Acceptance, Commitment, Credibility, Creativity, Ethics, Leadership, Nurture, Personal Development, Trust, Well-being, Willingness. Proposals must be according to guidelines at http://www.ipma2014.com/call-for-papers-academic/. (more…)

Letter to Gilles Caupin on behalf of Roberto Mori

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On the occasion of his retirement from active roles in service to IPMA, Chairman Roberto Mori writes the attached letter of gratitude for Gilles’ services to IPMA and the profession of project management.

Gilles has served in many roles in support of IPMA, including founding of IPMA member associations, serving as Key Account Manager to Global Corporations, and serving as Certification Chair and IPMA President. Most of all, Gilles is a friend to us all. Thank you Gilles!

27th IPMA World Congress Wrap-up

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PRESS RELEASE, 3 October, 2013; Dubrovnik, Croatia. From 30 September to 3 October 2013, Croatia had a great privilege of hosting the 27th IPMA World Congress and welcoming some of the most prominent and the best project managers from around the world. The Congress was held in Dubrovnik and it was organized by the Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM).ev-27th-congress

The Croatian Association for Project Management is one of IPMA’s (International Project Management Association) 55 non-profit member associations. The IPMA World Congress has a long tradition, and it is recognized as one of the world’s leading events in the field of project management, program and portfolio management which gathers the world’s prominent experts, managers, company representatives as well as academics and young people interested and involved in the field. The Congress was held under the patronage of the Croatian president Ivo Josipović, the Croatian Government and the University of Zagreb.

„I’ll take the freedom, and compare this Congress to the Olympics. It is an exceptional event in the field of project management and it also represents an amazing opportunity for our people to come and see the best practices, and to see how the best people work and think, as well as to network, communicate with each other, exchange experience and promote the spirit and the importance of international project management and personal training and education in the field“, said professor Mladen Radujković, the President of IPMA.

See the full press release.