Interview with Dr. Angélica Larios


Perspectives of Latin American Women in Project Management

Interview with Dr. Angélica Larios

Author, Advisor, Volunteer Leader
Alacontec, Mexico City, Mexico

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

Introduction to the interviewee

Angélica Larios, DSL, MBA, PMP, is co-author, along with Ipek Sahra Ozguler, of a newly published book of interviews with female project managers titled “Perspectives of Latin American Women in Project Management”.

Angélica Larios is a Project Manager with over 20 years of experience implementing software projects related to business intelligence, planning and budgeting, and software application-based financial consolidation solutions to support the business decision process. She owns ALACONTEC, an I.T. consulting firm founded in Latin America. She has held various positions in private and public organizations, such as the Ministry of Health in Mexico as I.T. Director and as Business Manager for several Mexican firms.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in addition to her studies in Project Management and her ® Professional Project Management (PMP) certification, which have helped her consolidate her career and to have a better understanding of what companies and projects need today. She holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership from Regent University, VA, USA; and she has been a volunteer since 2007 for the PMI local chapter in Mexico, being Former President, and in various positions within PMI (CMAG, BVAC, EMAG). She is the author of several published articles in project management, pmworldjournal and Grebennikno in Russia. Angélica has been elected as a member of the board of directors (BOD) of the ILA (International Leadership Association) (2021-2024). Angélica also serves as an International Correspondent for the PMWJ in Mexico.

Angelica can be contacted at:  angelica.larios@gmail.com

Angélica Larios (https://angelicalarios.com)


Q1.      Angélica, thank you for accepting the invitation for this interview with PMWJ. We were expecting the interview to be with both you and Ipek Sahra Ozguler, your co-author, but we understand that Ipek was unavailable.  Nevertheless, we were glad to learn that you both together have authored and published an interesting book with interviews. Why to do such a great project?

Angélica Larios (Larios): Thank you Yasmina for this opportunity, as you know Ipek and I are passionate about project management and have dedicated many years to being part of a beautiful profession. Not only as practitioners but also as volunteers, and contributors in different arenas. Ipek published in 2020 a compilation of international women leaders around the world to see the female perspective; I was invited by her to be part of this initiative and loved the idea to replicate the feeling of Latin America women and the profession. The idea of the book was to give voice to many women that are searching for an opportunity to develop themselves in wherever area they want to focus. The idea was to give an overview of the status of project management through the eyes of a variety of women located in Latin America, brand new professionals, seasonal professionals, retired, volunteers, with different backgrounds and experiences but with the love and passion for managing projects.

Ipek, is currently focused on other projects so she was not able to join in the interview, however, I would like to recognize her contribution and the teamwork we did together to achieve this wonderful goal.

Q2:   What was the initial vision and goal that prompted writing a journalistic book, “Perspectives of Latin American Women in Project Management”?


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How to cite this interview: Khelifi, Y. (2022). Perspectives of Latin American Women in Project Management, Interview with Angélica Larios; PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue VI, June. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/pmwj118-Jun2022-Khelifi-Interview-with-Angelica-Larios.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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