Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement e. V. (GPM), 40 years membership anniversary with IPMA!
In 2023 the German Association for Project Management (GPM) celebrates its 40th membership anniversary with the International Project Management Association (IPMA).
GPM is a non-profit professional association for project management and forms a far-reaching network of project management experts from all areas of business, universities, and public institutions. It joined IPMA in 1983. The non-profit association makes a significant contribution to the professionalization and further development of project management in Germany and offers extensive opportunities for training and further education as well as project management certifications. GPM is connected worldwide via the umbrella organization International Project Management Association (IPMA®) and promotes the development of norms and standards on an international level.
For the special occasion of its 40-year IPMA membership anniversary, the Executive Board of IPMA came to Nürnberg where GPM is based to congratulate the President of GPM, its employees, and many volunteers.
The meeting also triggered fruitful exchanges on project management trends in the future and addressed some strategic topics related to the profession. GPM plays a key role in IPMAs global expansion by certifying project managers of big international companies such as Siemens, Siemens Energy, Siemens Gamesa and Infineon according to the IPMA Individual Competence Baseline ICB4.
A critical topic in Germany is the growing interest of public administration in project management training and qualification. Therefore, GPM organized a conference for Project Based Learning in cooperation with the Federal State Government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in December 2022. To promote the project management profession, for IPMA as well as for GPM the focus lies on interactive and practice-oriented exchange. A part of this is the discussion of ideas, instruments, and best practice examples about the future of work and training and the design and development of accompanying processes and skills in teaching and learning.
The great contribution of GPM to the IPMA family over 40 years must also be underlined regarding the international involvement and commitment of GPM volunteers to the governing bodies of IPMA. With three IPMA honorary fellows, GPM has the highest number of people who were granted this IPMA distinction.
GPM is also the largest promoter of the ICB4 standards in the IPMA family, certifying several thousands of project-, programme- and portfolio managers in Germany every year, contributing to the increasing worldwide need for PM professionals.
Indeed, according to recent statistics by 2027, employers will need nearly 88 million individuals in project management-oriented roles worldwide.
Finally, GPM is also a model for many IPMA member associations in many countries. Through its regional outreach in Germany, GPM manages a regional working group network of volunteers who advocate and promote the PM ecosystem with regional stakeholders, both in the private and public sectors ( https://www.gpm-ipma.de/netzwerk/regionalarbeit).
Congratulations on GPMs 40-year IPMA membership anniversary!
Amin Saidoun is Executive Director of International Project Management Association, an international federation of project management associations around the world. Amin Saidoun, is an economist and graduate from London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He is a project manager who gained his 20 years of experience in international projects both in medium sized and multinational organisations in auditing, consulting and the logistics domain. As Executive Director of IPMA, he is in charge of the area Finance and Administration, Business Development of IPMA activities in Africa and the Middle-East and involved is various internal development projects and governance. He is author and co-author on various project management and business administration related articles. Among his areas of interest: intercultural project management
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