On 12 November 2015, the PMI Lebanon Chapter organized its Second National Project Management Conference in Beirut, Lebanon.
The event was made even more special this year for its patronage and sponsorship by the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications, the participation of a wide variety of local and international sponsors, as well as high caliber speakers from both the public and private sectors. The PMI Lebanon Chapter was able to capture the attention of the media whereby Future TV received PMI Lebanon Chapter President, Dr Claude Khalil, PMP, live on air to promote the chapter and their annual event. More than 150 attendees from different sectors and industries in Lebanon gathered for a full day packed with highly educational content and networking opportunities.
PMI Lebanon Chapter Marketing Advisor, Dr Mona Zoughaib, was the main host of the event and led the opening ceremony. She introduced the different speakers starting with PMI Lebanon Chapter President, Dr Claude Khalil, who gave the opening speech and outlined the achievements and vision of PMI, setting the tone for the whole event by providing a positive outlook regarding the role of project management in local projects.
The first speech was delivered by his Excellency Boutros Harb, Lebanon’s Minister of Telecommunications, represented by his senior advisor and engineer, Wassim Abi Saab, who explained the importance of project management in governmental institutions. The programme also featured great presentations on the application of project management in the public sector, with, for example, a presentation on Youth & Job Opportunities in Lebanon by Simon Abi Ramia, member of Lebanese parliament. PMI Region 12 Mentor for the Middle East, Abul Nahid Kamal, PMP, a special guest who came straight from Dubai for the occasion, gave a brief overview of PMI, its regional chapters and available support through region mentors and partners.
Another remarkable keynote speaker was Adib Chreif, CIO of MEA Airlines, who discussed the impact of project management on the private sector. He showcased the company’s continuous transformation through applying project management standards and introducing a new framework to all IT projects. Mr. Khalil Harfouche, the President of the Union of Jezzine Municipalities and CEO of CODE Technologies dazzled the audience while discussing the Municipal strategic planning applied to Jezzine – a beautiful town in Lebanon.
Nine speakers in three parallel sessions presented various topics related to the future of project management, as well as challenges and vision. They also enlightened the audience on the theoretical side of project management, which included a new strategic performance framework, agile project management, cloud project management, and combining Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) into a unified quality management system (QMS).
The crucial part of the conference took place in the last session when attendees explored project management in practice. Discussions between speakers and participants provided real accounts of how managers run projects in Lebanon and the type of problems they face.
Additionally, the conference featured a wide range of sponsors from different areas of expertise who had a unique opportunity to showcase their products and services. The event ended with a lunch in a friendly and less formal atmosphere, accompanied by the famous Lebanese violinist Vanessa Nassar. A selfie booth was also available for participants and directly connected to the PMI Lebanon chapter’s Facebook page.
The Second National Project Management Conference would not have been a success without the joined efforts of the PMI Lebanon Chapter board , and specifically the steering committee that was responsible for planning and executing this event from beginning to end.
A word from PMI Lebanon Chapter
During an interview at the event, Dr. Mona Zoughaib, PMI Lebanon chapter Vice President / Director of Marketing, stated: “What made this year’s annual Project management conference a successful one is the patronage of this event by the Ministry of Telecommunication and their valuable sponsorship. Other reasons are the assignment of a qualified project manager, the project team from PMI LC board members, the selection of experienced volunteers to run this project, and the adoption of a challenging marketing strategy. Our target was to increase the number and quality of sponsors and speakers, introduce project management concepts to governmental institutions and apply a new marketing strategy to promote PMI Lebanon chapter. This has eventually succeeded and it was reflected in the high caliber of attendees, and have led to a significant number attending the event which exceeded 150, which proves their solidarity with project management community in general and to our Lebanese chapter in specific”.
To answer the question: “Do you consider that you have achieved your target during that event?”, Dr. Zoughaib said: “As a matter of fact, we succeeded in achieving the majority of our targets and most importantly building a solid basis for the upcoming PMI events based on the new partnerships signed with international sponsors and governmental institutions. I am confident that the upcoming events will be even more exciting and more appealing. We as board, are aiming high, and our objective is to reach 1000+ members. And our mission will be
“Stimulate, Inspire and continuously seek more effective practices in project management, leadership and business strategy among the Lebanese community.
We offer opportunities to educate, connect, and develop leaders of today and tomorrow.”
But this can never be achieved without the continuous support of our highly esteemed sponsors, continuous engagement of high caliber speakers, and constant engagement of attendees from within or outside the project management community. For that, we will continue thriving in that area till our objectives are fully achieved. The journey has just started”. – Dr. Mona Zoughaib, PMI Lebanon Chapter VP/ Marketing director.