An expert is a person who has found out by his own painful experience
all the mistakes that one can make in a very narrow field.
After several years in Project Management, Fred setup his first Program Management Office in 2007 for a major pan-European telecommunications provider operating a network of 60'000 km of lit fiber. Since then, he successfully deployed PMOs of different breeds on three continents, and in several industries, including nuclear, theme parks, defense, real estate, airports, and facilities management. Fred put a name on his job late in his career when he discovered the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) and joined the Project Management Institute in 2006. He pursued his Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification in 2007 and joined the Program Management Office Community of Practice (PMO CoP, formerly known as PMOSIG) in 2008, became Director of Members Management in 2009, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors in 2010, and has been serving as Vice President for Technology & Communications until it was dissolved. During his tenure, he was Program Chair for the PMO Symposium in 2011 (Orlando) and 2012 (Las Vegas), and Judge for the PMO of the Year Award in 2013, and 2014. He then served on the founding Board of Directors of the PMI UAE Chapter from 2014 to 2015. Since 2015, he is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Dubai International Project Management Forum, and has served as a Judge on the PMO Global Awards. Fred has also been featured in numerous PMI® publications, like PM Network (in June 2013, August 2015, September 2017) or their famous Projectified podcast.
Fred is a recognized inspirational speaker. Active Toastmaster for several years, he completed the Presentation Mastery curriculum and was awarded the prestigious Triple Crown in 2018.
He started public speaking in June 2008, in Prague (Czech Republic) when he gave a keynote at the first Project Risk Management Forum on Managing Risk Attitude. He is frequently asked to speak at conferences and seminars. Here is a selection of some of his past speaking engagements.
Features of Performing PMOs was presented in March 2014 at the PMI AGC PMO Symposium in Muscat (Oman). Based on his previous works with PMI®, he presented the various PMO Archetypes and their key attributes, showcasing Best Practices from past PMO of the Year Award finalists.
The Essential of Risk Management was presented in April 2014, at the Project Management Asia Conference in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). This was a very hands-on presentation on how to setup a Project Risk Management function from scratch.
Using budō to Win the War for Talent, was presented in November 2015, at The Big 5 Project Management Conference in Dubai (U.A.E.). In this presentation, Fred adopted a different outlook on Talent Retention based on his personal experience as a Martial Artist.
Portfolio Management Best Practices was presented in Amsterdam at the 10th Strategy Execution Forum. In this presentation, Fred emphasized the EPMO as the vehicle for Strategy Execution, and both his content and his delivery were acclaimed by the attendees and organizers alike.
How to Train your Project Managers was presented in November 2018, at The Big 5 Project Management Conference in Dubai (U.A.E.) and described the project management professional development program Fred perfected for the past four years to increase his organization's project management maturity.