Thursday, November 13, 2008

150 participants celebrated the International Project Management day in an event organized by PMI GREECE!

The PMI Athens, Greece Chapter celebrated the International Project Management Day on 6th of Nov. 2008. More than 150 people participated in this event that took place in the auditorium of JP-AVAX, the biggest Greek Construction company.

Welcome speeches at the event were delivered by:

  • Mr. Ioannis Koumenos, HR Director of JP-AVAX and

  • Dr. George Diakonikolaou, VP Events, PMI-GREECE
The guest speaker at the event was Mr. Joe Brannon MBA, PMP®, CSM (VP of Professional Development, PMI Puget Sound Chapter - Seattle, Washington) who presented the topic:«Lean Thinking Concepts for Project Management!». The presentation introduced the concept of creating and responding to change in a fluid environment using Lean project management that delivers customer value quickly with quality results.

After the networking break, Mr. Theofanis Giotis MSc, PMP®, Ph.D. Cand. (President of PMI Greece Chapter), presented the topic: «Leading Through Conflict Management!». The presentation focused on conflict in project teams and how it must be managed effectively for successful project delivery noting the conflict is one of the most difficult soft skills that someone can master and develop, but it is considered as a core leadership competence.

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Joe Brannon short CV

Mr. Brannon currently serves on the PMI Puget Sound Chapter (Seattle, Washington) PMI Board as a Vice President of Professional Development.

Previously he held the position of Vice President Programs.He is a project management and technology professional currently employed as a Project Manager – IT with Starbucks Coffee Company. Mr. Brannon is an Adjunct facility member at CityU of Seattle and University of Phoenix teaching project management and information technology courses.

In 2003, Mr. Brannon earned the prestigious PMP® certification from PMI. He earned a BSc degree in Business Systems from the University of North Carolina, possess’ an MBA with a technology emphasis, and is a Certified Scrum Master.

Theofanis Giotis short CV

Mr. Theofanis Giotis is Co-Founder and CEO of ITEC and Co-Founder and President of PMI Greece Chapter. Theofanis has over 20 years of professional experience in Project, Information Technology and Management and has worked in different cultural environments mainly in EMEA region.

Since 1987 he has managed hundreds of IT/TELCO projects. Since 1992, he was heavily involved in Project Management as part of a team that setup the first PMO in Greece for managing a €200 million project. He has given more 100 presentations in ICT & Project Management and has published more than 120 articles for Project Management.

Theofanis holds a BA in Economics (University of Athens), and a MSc in Management (O.R.) (Lancaster University, UK). Also Theofanis holds a Computer Programming/Systems Analysis degree from ACE College, Athens. Since 1993 he has passed more than 80 professional certifications, he was certified as PMP® in 2004 and he has graduated from PMI® Leadership Institute Masters Class (LIMC) in 2007.

He is a visiting professor at University of Piraeus, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and BCA College teaching Management Information Systems (MIS), Project/Portfolio Management and Enterprise Project Management at MBA level. Since 2001 he has taught more than 75 Project Management and PMP® preparations courses. Finally, he serves as the International corresponded of in Greece and he is a PM AmbassadorTM.


The PMI Athens, Greece Chapter was founded in 2004, is a non-for profit professional association and it is operating as the Greek PMI Chapter of Project Management Institute. PMI Greece has 390 members from 230 companies that represent all financial sectors in Greece (information technology, telecommunications, construction, banking, public sector etc.)

For more information please contact:
PMI Athens, GREECE Chapter
Mr. Theofanis Giotis
President and Co-Founder
Grammou Str & 45 Agias Kiriakis Str.
175 64 Athens, GREECE
Tel: +30 693-22.13.502