Books and Beyond

Have you ever wanted to ask the author of the book you're reading a question?  Now you can, as hosts Sharan Sekhon and Ilinca Nicolescu interview the authors of some of our favorite Agile, PMO and Project Management books.

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Is the Project Management Office Still Fit For Purpose?

Author Fatimah Abbouchi will share insights and perspective on the white paper Is the Project Management Office Still Fit For Purpose?  The white paper  aims to identify the challenges and issues surrounding the PMO and to address the lag between the PMO and Project Management practices across an organisation.  Join the discussion as host Ilinca Nicolescu goes beyond the book with Fatimah Abbouchi.

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Ilinca Nicolescu

"Be the change you want to see in the world"

I was Born and raised in Romania, taught in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Business Management, career started in the same industry. Curious about research, I continued to work my way up into Drug Development and quickly discovered the passion for Project Management which, happy to say, today I have even more than before. I have exercised being a Project Manager for more than 6 years now in a professional environment and also on a personal level, being my own PM when moving to Canada.

I am a very curious personality, looking to understand the WHY and find the ideal HOW. What I like the most about being a PM is the opportunity to connect people and find and give them the right tools they need to be best versions of themselves. I am a true believer that with an open communication and collaborative approach anything can be achieved no matter how challenging and I strive to inspire the same to anyone I interact with.

Davit Iskandaryan

Davit Iskandaryan has over 15 years of experience in project management and management advisory. Starting his career from the banking sector, Davit gained professional experience in finance, investments and project management.   

In line with his professional background Davit Iskandaryan has over 15 years of academic experience. The main teaching spheres include trainings in project management and startup engineering. With his expert support many students initiated and implemented their start up projects, progressed their carrier in project management.  

Davit managed projects from different industries, including, regional development, agricultural, capacity building and research, as well as supported to startups in tech. industry. Besides, he was involved in projects with the United Nations Development Program, UN Women, delivered project management advisory support to different private projects.  

Davit Iskandaryan holds a PhD degree in Economics. He is a qualified project manager (PMP®) certified by the Project Management Institute, and since 2017 holds the position of VP of Finance at PMI Armenia Chapter. 

“Project management is a very demanded skill for life, not only professional domain”, - Davit thinks. 

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