Jesús Martínez-Almela

International Project Management Association


Invited lecture:
The Future of Project Management in Rurality and Trust in Sustainable Food Production in 2050


Rural World, in each country and region, hold its own and legitimate rights, needs, expectations and life projects toward its present and future. To be Smart implies the justice, the intelligence and ethic awareness to recognize it. However, have we really a ‘competent system conceived to promote that?  What should be, indeed, the scope of Change and Transformation in rural development projects? The biggest challenge faced by our current technologies is not how to continue their linear –and often blind– march towards greater “inward” design sophistication, but the greatest challenge will be to know how to lead this technologies “outwards” that is, to aim them towards the creation and promotion of knowledge, expertise and even sensitivity in order to contextualize them in a timely, systematic and progressive manner within the scenarios of objectively important human needs –properly understood and diagnosed. Technology does not really depend on its advanced design-function but in our competences to implement, it is a crucial step to be able to learn, conceive, design and conduct every technical-instrumental effort into the holistic view of human change and transformation. Smart Project Management focus as alternative initiative capable of reconciling the potentials of technological innovation with economic-social integration strategies for the improvement of quality of life in rural populations, its actual participation and capabilities development, to fight against poverty and the correlated environmental damage (indeed, the most intelligent “device” in rural development). This uses various approaches, methods and technologies, which, nevertheless, will continue to represent the challenge of constituting a specialized and flexible arsenal. It should be capable of being shared and powered for the benefit of management, formulation and evaluation of rural environment projects. These precedents are essential for progressing towards the generation of international standards specializing in the management, formulation and evaluation of rural development projects

Dr.Jesús Martínez-Almela

  • IPMA President
  • Principal of Bioagroprojects Biotedch PPM
  • Agriculturaland BiosystemEngineer, PDG Universidad de Navarra;
  • Certified level A & Delta
  • PM engineer specialist with> 500 projects and programmes since 1988
  • Owner of 5 patents and visitor, lecturer and profesor in Europe, USA, Asia and Latin American
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Name           :    Jesús Martínez-Almela

Titel              :    Certified Projects Director

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer

Date of birth  :    1961, January 10th

Address        :    Urb. Madrigal-Vgen. Gracia, c/Bisbal s/n

E-12540 Villarreal (CS) Spain

Function        :    Principal

Bioagroprojects Biotech Programs & Portfolio Management

Email            :;


Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer, Agricultural Economics, Polytechnic

University of Valencia (UPV),Spain,1986

     PDG-IESE, University of Navarra,Spain,1988

     Environmental Engineering Post Degree, Lleida University, Spain,1997

     Wastewater Treatment Specialization Post degree, Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain,1998

     Stanford School of Engineering, Stanford UniversityIESE Navarra University STMC Based Technology Program, 1999


     In 1987 founded SELCO MC Advanced Engineering Services, with headquarters in Castellón (Spain) and offices in Italy, Portugal, Chile and the United States. From 1988 to 2009 holds the position of Chief Executive and President of SELCO MC, and is Vice-President of Engineering and Design at Super Soil System Inc., with headquarters in Clinton, North Carolina, the United States. President and Chief Executive of the companies Ibericos y Wagyu del Maestrazgo and Nuevo Orden Zootecnico, in Spain.

     In 2009 founded Bioagroprojects Biotech Programs & Portfolio Management. Across Bioagroprojects he directs programmes and projects worldwide in various sectors in multicultural and complex environments, for engineering and consultancy services as coaching for the professional competence development in PPP management too.

     Developer and owner of 5-five invention patents (1987-2003) for the treatment and valorization of animal wastes in Spain, Italy and the United States.

     Project and Program Manager: 1987-present day: designed, managed and directed over 500 Projects and Programmes in various sectors (environment, agriculture, food products, manufacturing industrial, renewables energies and rural development as well) in USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Croatia, Morocco, Algeria, Kenia, Indonesia, Japan and China. Some example about most representative projects and programmes are:

o  USA:

  • Environmental Superior  Technologies  Project  Demonstration. North and South Carolina, Virginia, DC, Iowa.1999-2004. With more than 100 stakeholders from > 10 Worldwide Nations, > 42 million $US budget

o  Mexico:

  • Rural development, Agricultural development, Agricultural Agribusiness with several States and National Farmers Associations and Official Bodies (Inca Rural, CNC, Sagarpa, SEP). 2007-today. > 100 million $US budget, > 8.000 stakeholders.

o  Panama:

  • Panama Canal Extension Program: Atlantic Site Locks, deputy and consultant to Jose Reyes (2009-2015). Total Program Budget investment 6,4 billion $US, > 45.000 workers, > 40 Nations Worldwide.

o  Mexico, Colombia and Dominican Republic:

  • Generation, transportation  and  distribution  electrical energy through National Bodies and regulators. Strategy Plans, consultancy, training and mentoring (2003today). > 100 million $US investment, > 500 stakeholders.

o  Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile:

  • Programmes and Projects integration in the field of protein production for feed-grade, livestock (especially monogastrics like poultry, pigs and acquaculture). Since 2000 today. Including barns constructions, waste management treatment plants and slaughterhouses and packing. > 1 billion $US investments, > 1.000 stakeholders.

o  Spain, Portugal and Italy:

o  Chemical and Mining Sectors: factories, facilities construction and full installations as EPM and EPMC (1998-2009). > 1 billion Euros investment, > 5.000 stakeholders.

o  Ceramics (floor and wall tiles): facilities construction turnkey projects (1987-2004). > 2 billion Euros investment, > 3.000 stakeholders.

o  Logistics Centres for  packing industry: facilities construction EPC and EPCM and PM projects (1990-2008). > 100 million Euros investment, > 1.000 stakeholders.

o  Pharma for feed and food grade and cosmetics industry: laboratories and industrial facilities including trainings and post commissioning services. > 10 million euros investment with more than 200 stakeholders.

o  Olive Oil, winery, almonds derivate production facilities from soil agriculture production, harvesting, processing to packing in the field of Agricultural Cooperatives (Intercoop Group with 468 Cooperatives and > 48.000 workers in Spain, Argentina and Hungary, under Intercoop Fundation Coop (Almassora-Spain), 2008-2012). > 300 million Euro investment.

o  European Commission:

o  Rural  Evolution  Programme  (2006-2009).  European Program-EACI involving 7 EU Nations, 34 Organizations (privates and publics) looking to create Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Energy Generation.

o  RURENER Programme (2010-2014). European ProgramEACI involving 9 EU Nations, > 90 Organizations (public and privates, municipalities, regional governments, Universities and research centres, > 1.000 participants > 100  million  euros  budget.  After  commissioning RURENER constitutes the largest European Association in the Field of SMART Villages in Europe looking for the sustainability in the rural villages with < 3.000 inhabitants.

o  China:

o  Feed grade Programme for rice and fish flour. SpanishChinese cooperation programme for feed grade production for gastric bow livestock (pig, trout, salmon). 2000-2007. > 1 million Euro, > 300 stakeholders.

o  Japan:

o  Hitachi Plant and Construction, Mitsui, Super Soils System USA: projects research and projects demonstration in Japan and USA for N-d-N bacteria immobilization in PEG for nitrogen removal and disposal for agricultural and irrigation application. 1997-2005. > 100 participants, > 10 million dollars investment.

     Project Director for 6 R+D projects in collaboration with various universities and research centres throughout Spain, Europe, Japan and the United States. Projects focus on the optimisation of stage separation, the development of new NDN systems, anaerobic digestion, and gasification of animal wastes. 2005-2008: coordinates the SELCO MC LabGem Molecular Biology Laboratory in the Veterinary Medicine Faculty at the University of Murcia, which is dedicated to the development of new genetic markers in livestock breeding and other applied bioengineering projects.


     From 1999 certified in all the levels of the IPMA 4LC universal model of competences against the versions ICB1( level D), ICB2(levels C and B) and ICB3 (level A, recertified level A since 2007), in 2007 he was the first certificate in level A in Spain. In 2012 also holds is Certificate as IPMA Delta Assessor. From 1993 Auditor of Quality Managements System, Labs testing and calibration and Defence Industry for AENOR-Spanish Association for Normalization and Standardisation.


     1993-present day: author of more than 200 technical and scientific documents and co-author of 8 books, systems and models of cattle waste management, animal by-products treatment and valorization, and new processes for sustainable farming production and Projects and Programmes Management.


     Has lectured honours courses in the following universities: Polytechnic Universities of Valencia, Madrid, Zaragoza and Bilbao, Sevilla, Valladolid, Oviedo, Castellon and Burgos (all in Spain). Scientific Collaborator and Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Animal Production, University of Murcia Faculty for Veterinary Medicine (Spain), and lectured visitor in the main Latin America Universities as Tech Monterrey, Francisco Narro, and Cohauila (Mexico), Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala), Tecnologico San José (Costa Rica), Latina, Tecnologica and Nacional (Panama), Distrital de Bogota (Colombia), Universidad de Piura (Peru) and Catolica de Santiago (Chile).Chairman of the IPMA-ASPM International Expert Seminar (2012 and 2016) in ETH-Zürich. Professor in PhD Project Management Programme Alma Mater Europea University (Austria, Slovenia and Croatia since 2017). Professional Trainer in Companies in the field of Project, Programmes and Portfolio Management in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia in different sectors like Agribusiness, Energy, Retail, Communication, Transportation, Chemicals, Infrastructures.


     Currently chairman of AEIPRO OCDP (Organismo Certificador de la Dirección de Proyectos de la Asociación Española de Ingeniería de Proyectos – Spanish IPMA CB’ Certifying Body for the Spanish Association for Project Management Engineering). Board Member First Vice-President of the Spanish Association for Project Engineering (AEIPRO). Certification Assessor for D, C, B and A levels in Spain and Worldwide. During her Presidency of the OCDP, Jesus obtained the Accreditation of the OCDP against the ISO17024 and international procedures of the IAF (2009). International Cert Assessor for Mexico, Panama and Peru.

     Former IPMA Member on EU Task Force in the European Commission Brussels (2008-2012), and IPMA LACC Programme Director (2007-2017), member of ICCPM-International Centre for Complex Project Management (groups of interest 2009-2012) IPMA E&T Board member (2010-2012) and IPMA-CVMB Validator (2008-2012). Under the LACC Programme to the date has obtained the establishment of 12 IPMA MA’s and his CB’s in Latin America countries (Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile) and actually promoting other 6 IPMA MA’s  project in Paraguay, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Cuba as well. As well in Africa with IPMA Associations of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Kenya.

     IPMA Vice President for Education, Training & Young Crew during 2013-

2014 and reelected for the same VP’s for a new period 2015-2017. He is also IPMA LATNET Sponsor (IPMA Network of Latin National Associations based in Panama, City of Knowledge).

     IPMA Worldwide President (2018-2020 period).


     He has been rewarded since the year 1999 with international prizes in his areas of professional specialities in different countries worldwide as follows:

o USA 2000: Environmental Superior Technologies Project Demonstration Award. Agreement with General Attorney of North Carolina State, Premium Standard Farms, Smithfield Foods, EPA, USDA-ARS and NCSUAWMC. Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

o Spain-International 2000: 1st  Award of International Congress of Projects Engineering (AEIPRO-IPMA, Lleida University, School of Agricultural Engineering).

o Spain-International 2002: Special Award and Mention for Contributions in the field of innovation for Project Management and Project Engineering in the field of Animal Agriculture (AEIPRO-IPMA, Navarra University-UPN, School of Industrial Engineering).

o Spain National 2004: 1st Award on CONERR, National Congress of Sustainable Energy Production for Biogas production and cogeneration from Animal waste with Anaerobic Reactor (STIR). Alicante, Spain.

o Spain-International 2005: 1st  Award for the contributions in research about the education about the role of project and project management in complex environments. AEIPRO-IPMA-Extremadura University, Badajoz.

Baabak Ashuri, Ph.D., DBIA, CCP, DRMP

School of Building Construction and the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech, USA


Keynote lecture:

Project Finance and Public-Private Partnership (P3) for Transportation Infrastructure Mega Projects in the United States: A Critical Assessment of Barriers and Enabling Mechanisms

Abstract: State Departments of Transportation (state DOTs) in the United States seek private investments to leverage their shrinking financial resources and fulfill their growing funding shortfalls. The private sector can provide innovative ideas through establishing effective public-private partnership (P3) contracts for design, construction, and operations of major transportation infrastructure assets in the U.S. Decisions to involve the private sector in financing, developing, and operating transportation mega projects vary from state to state in several aspects. This research talk aims to capture the underpinnings of P3 and private financing as utilized by state DOTs in development of transportation mega projects.

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Bio: Baabak Ashuri is Associate Professor in the School of Building Construction and the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech where he directs the Economics of the Sustainable Built Environment (ESBE) Lab. Dr. Ashuri specializes in innovative project delivery, alternative contracting, cost forecasting, project data analytics, and public-private partnership (P3). He is the developer of CRAFT©, Comprehensive Risk Assessment for Transportation, the risk analysis software developed for the Office of Program Delivery at the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). Dr. Ashuri also developed “Next-Gen Design-Build (DB) Assessment tool” – an automated software system specifically designed to assess the cost-effectiveness of selecting design-build for a GDOT highway project. This research project received the 2013 AASHTO High Value Research “Sweet Sixteen” Award.

Johnson Yi

Director of Project Management Center of Excellence, HUAWEI, China


Keynote lecture:

Building Customer Trust in Mega Projects – experiences from 5G projects at HUAWEI

  • 30 years of work experience in project management, one of the witnesses and builders of HUAWEI project management development
  • Expert in Huawei’s integrated process and transformation project management
  • Member of HUAWEI Project Management Expert Committee
  • Gold medal lecturer and professor at HUAWEI University

HUAWEI is the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones. HUAWEI had won more than 25 commercial 5G contracts and shipped more than 10,000 base stations for 5G. HUAWEI is winning the trust of more and more customers through its 5G projects.

Soonwook Kwon

Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea


Keynote lecture:

Opportunities of Digital Transformation for Better Project Management

Professor Soonwook Kwon is a Professor of School of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Landscape Architecture and a Chair Professor of Graduate Program for Future City Convergence Engineering Department of Sungkyunkwan University, Korea.  He is also a board of director of IAARC(International Association of Automation and Robotics in Construction).

His research interests are IT and automation technology for construction industry including IoT(NFC, USN, MEMS and RFID etc.), Rapid Prototyping Technology (Laser Scanning, Stereo Camera, AR, VR, HR and Drone etc.), Smart Wearable Devices  (Smart Glass, Smart Band and Smart Jacket etc.), Reverse Engineering Technology (Retrofitting for Industry Facility, 3D Printing, BIM), Equipment Automation Technology, and Gerontechnology.

Peter Jedelhauser

Swiss Federal Railways, Director of the programme “Léman 2030”, Switzerland


Keynote lecture:

Creating Trust in Mega Projects – experiences from two railway mega projects in Switzerland.

According to SBB predictions, between 2010 and 2030, the program will double transport capacity from 50,000 to 100,000 passengers per day.

This 4 billion CHF megaproject is designed to substantially improve the offer, timetables and capacity of rail transport (passenger and freight) along the Lausanne – Geneva corridor. It includes, among others, the implementation of new rail traffic regimes in the Lausanne area, the complete modernisation / extension of the Lausanne and Renens railway stations as well as the construction of a new underground station in Geneva.

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Short CV of Peter Jedelhauser.
Name:               Jedelhauser, Peter
Date of birth:     9. Juli 1959
Family:              Married, 4 children
Since 2010:       Assessor IPMA Level A
2009:                 Certified Projects Director IPMA Level A
1983:                 Master of Science Civil Engineering Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich
Professional Experience:
Since October 2016:         Swiss Federal Railways, Director of the programme “Léman 2030”.
This 4 billion CHF programme is designed to substantially improve the offer, timetables and capacity of rail transport (passenger and freight) along the Lausanne – Geneva corridor. It includes, among others, the implementation of new rail traffic regimes in the Lausanne area, the complete modernisation / extension of the Lausanne and Renens railway stations as well as the construction of a new underground station in Geneva.
April 2011 to Sept. 2016:   Swiss Federal Railways, Director of the Gotthard north-south axis project organization.
This project organization was designed to manage all activities and responsibilities of the Swiss federal railways related to the commissioning of the Gotthard- and Ceneri base tunnels, building up of related operation and maintenance organization, modernization of rolling stock, about 40 major projects to improve the access lines, training of 2’900 persons and the design and construction of the 4 meter corridor.
Oct. 2004 to April 2011:    Swiss Federal Railways
Head of different business units in charge of  railway infrastructure projects.
2000 – October 2004:       Alstom Hydro (Switzerland) Ltd:
Head of turnkey business unit responsible for the construction of new and refurbishment of existing hydropower plants in Europe, Turkey, Middle East and Asia
1985 – 1999:                      Electrowatt Engineering Ltd, Zürich and Bangkok:
Various positions in project management and head of business units for the development, design and construction supervision of hydropower and irrigation projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East.
1984 – 1985:                      Swiss federal Institute of technology Zürich.
Head of a team for geotechnical field works in Western Africa.

Miklos Hajdu PhD

Budapest University of Technology


Keynote lecture:

Planning and scheduling mega projects: A case study of a nuclear power plant


According to one of the definitions among many others for mega projects „Megaprojects are temporary endeavors (i.e. projects) characterized by: large investment commitment, vast complexity (especially in organizational terms), and long-lasting impact on the economy, the environment, and society”.  Nuclear power plants, by all means, can be considered as mega projects. Mega projects due to their complexities have a long record of poor delivery and nuclear power plants are no exceptions. Consequences of poor delivery can have fatal and long-lasting consequences for millions of lives therefore all the steps of the project – including construction – must be carefully designed, executed and controlled.  Construction of nuclear power plants therefore are helped/controlled by international agencies by collecting and evaluating events in other nuclear facilities, publishing safety guides and technical report, sharing best practices, etc. in order to ensure safety above all. These safety guides are more about the expectations and less about the „hows”. This paper presents the work that aims to give clear directives about planning/scheduling and monitoring requirements of the construction of nuclear power plants by avoiding being too specific but yet direct enough to ensure maximal expectations regarding general safety.

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Bio: Miklos Hajdu PhD received his PhD degree in construction management in 1995 at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He is a civil engineer with 30 years of experience in both industry and academia. His research interests focus on project planning and controls. He was the founding president of the Hungarian Project Management Association, and the vice-president of the Hungarian Scientific Society for Building. Professor Hajdu serves as the editor-in-chief and member of the editorial board of numerous Hungarian and international journals. He has several dozens of publications including books and papers in internationally indexed journals. He is a fellow of PMCOS (Project management College of Scheduling)