AFTER the National Project Management Professionals Conference  2019, Interview, Awards and Winners in Istanbul

May 2019 PM Update from Istanbul and Interview with Cem Melik



By İpek Sahra Özgüler

International Correspondent

Istanbul, Turkey



The National Project Management Professionals Conference (UPMK) is organized annually by the Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute. After this conference, Cem Mekik shared his observations.


Overall, how was the National Project Management Professionals Conference (UPMK) for you this year?  

First of all, it is my privilege and pleasure to note that this was the tenth gathering of the conference. Tens years in a row with something new every year, has been challenging for us to deliver and I hope also refreshing for our participants to enjoy. It was during these gatherings that we decided to establish the TPPMI (Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute); to declare that project managers wanted to be heard as opinion mentors in society, just as the business people, politicians or scientists do; or to start the Tough Nut Project Managers’s Awards program, regarded as the “Oscars of Turkish Project Managers”; and most importantly the official establishment of the National Project Management Standards for certification through the Professional Qualifications Agengy of the Turkish Government.

This year has been particularly successful in terms of our key note speakers, panelists, posterists and overall participation and sponsor support. I would like to extend my deep heartfelt thanks to the exceptional skills and dedication of our organization committee members, in particular to Seçil Fırat, Nedret Orbay and Remime Koçoğlu, the senior mentors and creative influencers.

What were the highlights in the conference?


More, including winners of project management awards…

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How to cite this report: Özgüler, I. S. (2019). AFTER the National Project Management Professionals Conference 2019, Interview, Awards and Winners in Istanbul: May 2019 PM Update from Istanbul and Interview with Cem Melik, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue IV (May).  Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/pmwj81-May2019-Özgüler-After-UPMK-Conference-2019.pdf



About the Author

İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey



İpek Sahra Özgüler graduated from the Istanbul University with the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014. She works as international correspondent at PMWJ. Before joining PMWJ, she worked for global multinational companies and leading local companies such as Coca Cola, Deloitte, Turkcell Superonline,Havelsan and TAV IT.  Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in managing various medium and large scale projects, programs and portfolios.

Her article named “When I Decided to Develop Multi Processing Project Manager’s System” was published in the book “A Day in the Life of a Project Manager”.  She has published several articles in the PM World Journal and one in PMI’s PM Network magazine. Ipek is actively involved in sailing, writing and discovering new cultures.  She can be contacted at ipeksahra@gmail.com.


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