Project Management Institute’s Ireland Chapter holds biggest national conference to date

The Ireland Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) will highlight the theme of ‘Leadership in Delivery’ and the importance of the project management profession to foreign direct investment, at its national conference in the Aviva Stadium today.

Three hundred delegates at the sold-out event will hear that Ireland is the leading European location for the profession. Several multinationals run their project management operations from here and more than 50,500 people are employed in project-management related roles in Ireland.

Speaking ahead of the conference, PMI Ireland Chapter President Niall Murphy said “Irish project managers are now internationally recognised for their skills, experience and the calibre of their third level qualifications. We are witnessing a new trend whereby several multinationals which are headquartered in other countries, are locating the project management side of their operations in Ireland. The sector has a significant impact on foreign direct investment here and our project managers should be very proud of that fact.”

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Gary Keegan, Director of the Irish Institute for Sport, will give the keynote speech at the conference. He will be joined by a number of other high-profile speakers, including Three Ireland’s Chief Commercial Officer Elaine Carey and Motivational Speaker Paul McNeive.

Commenting on his keynote address, Gary Keegan said “There are many parallels between effective project management and successful sports leadership. At the Institute of Sport, we are focused on creating a structured, managed environment to lead our Olympians and Paralympians to deliver at Rio. To succeed in sport, like business, you need a plan. For a project or plan to be implemented successfully, you need leadership. For Irish project managers to remain world-leaders, it’s vital that they understand the importance of leadership in the profession. This is why the theme of ‘Leadership in Delivery’ is so fitting for today’s conference.”
Delegates will also hear that Ireland has the highest percentage of female project managers in Europe, with 30% of roles here filled by women. The PMI has more than 482,000 members worldwide and the Ireland Chapter is the biggest per head of population in Europe, with 1,000 members.
The PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project management profession, spearheading project management certification, education, research and training.