Interview with Brigitte Schaden


Lessons and Reflections from a

Professional Life

Interview with Brigitte Schaden

Past President and Chair, IPMA
President, Projekt Management Austria
Chair, Global Alliance for the Project Professions (GAPPS)
Chief Consultant, Coach and Business Mediator
Managing Director, BSConsulting
Vienna, Austria

Interviewed by Yasmina Khelifi
International Correspondent, PM World Journal
Paris, France

Introduction to the interviewee

Brigitte Schaden is a Managing Director of BSConsulting, Chief Consultant, Coach and Business Mediator. She is President of Projekt Management Austria, Chair of GAPPS – Global Alliance for the Project Professions, an International Assessor of IPMA, First Assessor of the Certification Body of the Romanian Project Management Association, First Assessor of the Certification Body of the Greek Project Management Association and First Assessor of the Certification Body of Projekt Management Austria. She is an IPMA Honorary Fellow, an Honorary Fellow of the Project Management Associations in Australia, Greece and Nepal and a Member of the IPMA Ethic Committee.

Brigitte Schaden studied Insurance Mathematics at the University of Technology in Vienna and Computer Technology at the University of Vienna. She has a Certificate of Proficiency in English of the University of Michigan, a Curriculum in Consulting and Coaching – CONECTA (ÖGGO), was Certified Senior Project Manager (IPMA Level B) and has a Curriculum Business Mediation from the University of Klagenfurt/Falk group.

In her Professional life she spent many years in the field of IT in bank and insurance companies, she was IT-Manager of an international trading company and Manager of the Project Management Competence Center of Libro AG. She spent many years in the field of Quality- and Project Management, Training – Communication and Project Management. She was Manager HR & Organisation & Project Portfoliomanagement of Lion.cc Libro Online AG.

In IPMA she has been a Member of the Certification Validation Board, Vice president (certification), President and Chair. She has delivered presentations and speeches at national and international conferences in many countries (Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, Germany, India, South Korea, Nepal, Panama, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, etc.). She has lectured at the University of Klagenfurt, Donau University and several Universities of Applied Science.


 Q1:     First of all, thank you for accepting an interview request from PMWJ. Let us explore the different aspects of your career. You are the president of the Projekt Management Austria. What are the missions and goals of this organization?

Brigitte Schaden (Schaden): Projekt Management Austria (pma) is a platform for trends and innovation in project management and for the further education of project managers. In addition, pma also sees itself as a network for young professionals and experts from all sectors.

The certification and the introduction of measurable standards in project management promote the establishment of the job profile “project manager”. pma deals with project and program management, the management of project-oriented companies and management in the project-oriented society.

Q2:     What are your activities there?

Schaden:      You mean my personal ones? I am responsible for PR & Marketing, new business models and further development of the organization. For example, we have set up a new project in which we are digitizing the entire critical knowledge of the organization. For the first time, we have a system that is easy for any employee to understand and access. For the first time (at least for us), we have processes that are not just filed somewhere, but can really be lived.

Q3:   You are also the chair of GAPPS (Global Alliance for the Project Professions). What are its missions?


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How to cite this interview: Khelifi, Y. (2023). Lessons and Reflections from a Professional Life, Interview with Brigitte Schaden, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue III, March. Available online at https://pmworldjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/pmwj127-Mar2023-Khelifi-Interview-with-Brigitte-Schaden-3.pdf

About the Interviewer

Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France


Yasmina Khelifi, PMP, PMI- ACP, PMI-PBA is an experienced project manager in the telecom industry. Along with her 20-year career at Orange S.A. (the large French multinational telecommunications corporation), she sharpened her global leadership skills, delivering projects with major manufacturers and SIM makers. Yasmina strives for building collaborative bridges between people to make international projects successful. She relies on three pillars: project management skills, the languages she speaks, and a passion for sharing knowledge.

She is a PMP certification holder since 2013, a PMI- ACP and PMI-PBA certification holder since 2020. She is an active volunteer member at PMI France and PMI UAE, and a member of PMI Germany Chapter. French-native, she can speak German, English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and she is learning Arabic. Yasmina loves sharing her knowledge and experiences at work, in her volunteers’ activities at PMI, and in projectmanagement.com as a regular blogger. She is also the host and co-founder of the podcast Global Leaders Talk with Yasmina Khelifi to help people in becoming better international leaders.

Yasmina can be contacted at https://yasminakhelifi.com/ or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasminakhelifi-pmp-telecom/

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