Professional Development Programme

May 13, 2009 - May 13, 2009
09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Dubai, UAE
Target Audience: HR/L&D Managers, Senior managers/managers who manage people working on projects, Project managers, director of PMOs and program Managers.


Professional development in a project management environment is becoming more and more a priority in the region for a variety of factors. Further, we often think of professional development as training or attending seminars and workshops. True professional development is more profound and comprehensive that what is stated here. The key question is how to structure a dynamic professional development program to be flexible yet comprehensive enough to deal with todays challenges of limited resources and fast rate of change?

This presentations below deals with the above questions via introducing a professional development program that could be implemented in whole or in part in a short time. The proposed program is also partially based on an actual case study where a similar program was proposed and quite a few of its components implemented effectively.The case study was an implementation at a global petroleum company. The discussion will include the principles that were followed in the development of such a program. The program major components includes: on-the-job and off-the-job educational events and training, individual development plans, frequent events for young professionals (new graduates), professional certification program, professional job-based competencies, and most importantly a mechanism to ensure implementation.


Speaker Name:
Mounir A. Ajam, MS, PMP® (CEO - SUKAD FZ-LLC)
Speaker Profile:

Mr. Ajam is a senior professional with more than 20 years of professional experience in the Engineering, Construction, and Process Industries (oil & gas, petrochemical, utilities) and most of his experience has been on the management of projects. His experience is Global obtained in the United States, United Kingdom, South East Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Ajam is the senior partner and co-founder of SUKAD FZ-LLC (SUKAD), a professional consultancy and training service provider that is based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates but operating across the Middle East. Mr. Ajam is currently serving as SUKAD Chief Executive Officer and lead consultant. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Ajam has held numerous volunteer leadership roles. These include: serving on the 2008 PMI® EMEA Congress Project Action Team (CoPAT), International Correspondent for PMForum and PMWorldToday (two leading web portals dedicated to promoting Project Management). Mr. Ajam also a co-founder and the first chairman of the Board for the recently established Global Project and Process Management Association (GPPMA), which is based in Dubai, U.A.E. He has been a Project Management Professional® (PMP®) for more than 10 years. He is a graduate from the Project Management Institute® (PMI®) prestigious Leadership Institute Masters Class. Mr. Ajam has a Master Degree in Engineering & Construction Management from the top ranking university of California Berkeley. Please click here to visit Mr. Ajam Personal Page.

Speaker Name:
Luc A E Bauwmans, M.Arch, PMP® (VP Construction Management)
Speaker Profile:

Mr. Bauwmans is a senior executive with more than 24 years experience in the projects industry, having worked on capital projects in architecture, urban design, engineering and HR disciplines. In conjunction with the above, Mr. Bauwmans has also been a lecturer at various Academic institutions in South Africa, lecturing topics such as architectural theory, history and design, construction methodology, acoustics and interior design.

Since obtaining his PMP® credential in 1998, Mr. Bauwmans has further engaged in training of various Project Management disciplines to clients in mining, petrochemical, construction, engineering, transport, communications and heavy manufacturing sectors. In the last 8 years he has delivered over 10,000 delegate-days in training project management and related topics, through organizations such as BRP Project Management and PangaeaWorleyParsons, both South African based.Mr. Bauwmans specializes in project management and contract management training in NEC (New Engineering Contract), competency standards development and competence assessment in PM related fields. He is a constituent assessor in PM for the South African Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SSETA), and was part of a Subject Matter Expert (SME) panel for the South African PM Standards Generating Body (PMSG).

Speaker Name:
Nada Chaban, MS (Business Development Manager)
Speaker Profile:
Ms. Chaban is an honors graduate and holds a Master degree in Project Management from Université du Quebec en Outaouais and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Damascus University.  Ms. Chaban has eight years Marketing and Sales Manager experience. Prior to SUKAD, Ms. Chaban had provided professional services in various global locations; such as Canada, and the Middle East. She has developed innovative and cost effective strategy, consumer communication strategies and provided training and development opportunities to improve employee's' skills.



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