Interview with Roberto Toledo


Interview with Roberto Toledo

Member, 2020 Board of Directors
Project Management Institute

Interviewed by Ipek Sahra Ozguler
International Correspondent
Istanbul, Turkey


Introduction to interviewee

Roberto Toledo, MBA, PMP, is CEO and founder of Alpha Consultoria, SA, one of Latin America’s leading project management training and consulting firms, founded in Mexico City in 1997. He is also founder and chief learning officer at Alpha PM Consulting, Inc. headquartered in Chicago, USA. Both companies have trained more than 30,000 executives and has received two PMI professional awards, the first in 2009 and another one in 2011.

Mr. Toledo has been a speaker at forums in 17 different countries in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Since 1996, he has been part of the faculty of Mexico’s Institute of Technology (ITAM), where he currently heads the Master’s Certificate Program in Project Management, and lectures at the graduate level on project management and strategy execution. He is also an instructor with the Inter-American Development Bank.

An active PMI volunteer for more than 12 years, Mr. Toledo served on the PMI Educational Foundation’s board of directors from 2012 through 2016. He was chair of that board in 2014. Previously, he held different leadership roles in the PMI Mexico Chapter. He graduated from the Leadership Institute Master Class in 2012.

Mr. Toledo holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from Iberoamericana University (UIA), an MBA from ITAM, is a Certified Company Director with the Institute of Directors of the United Kingdom and has been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® since 2002. He was born and raised in Mexico City, then moved with his wife and three sons to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, USA for five years, until 2015 when they came back to Mexico. Mr. Toledo speaks Spanish, English and conversational Portuguese and devotes all his spare time to his family and playing golf, even though he is not a very good player.


Ipek Sahra Ozguler (Ozguler):    Roberto Toledo, thank you for accepting the interview invitation of the PMWJ. Please tell us about yourself for PM World Journal readers get to know you.

Roberto Toledo (Toledo):        I was born, raised and currently reside in Mexico City. I have lived here my entire life, except for the five years I lived in Texas. My wife and I have three sons, and we just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, which was a major milestone for us.

I am the Managing Director, CEO and Founder of Alpha Consultoria, a project management training and consulting company, founded in 1998. We started as a small company and today have more than 40 employees. I have been fortunate to be able to run this company for more than 20 years and have worked with great clients along the way.

Project management is work I am passionate about. I first got involved with PMI around 2000, but it wasn’t until 2006-2007 when I decided to volunteer for the Mexico City chapter. I have been a senior volunteer for the last 10 years, including five years with PMI’s Educational Foundation Board of Directors, and three years with the PMI Board of Directors.

Ozguler:        As CEO of Alpha Consultoria, one of Latin America’s leading project management training and consulting firms, the mission is to enhance the company’s abilities and knowledge, thereby increasing productivity and performance in the projects. How do you achieve this?

Toledo:    For over 20 years, we have been consulting and training individuals and organizations on project management techniques, not only in Mexico but across Latin America. This has been the foundation of our company and it is still the core business that we perform today.

Over the last six or seven years, we have expanded our services and now provide project management training and consulting services across all methodologies. We are also involved in business analysis, strategic planning and other services organizations need in order to implement their objectives and strategies.

We have always made a case to work with our clients, not only to help the project managers become better at doing projects, but to also help the organization achieve its objectives. We strongly believe that project management is the key organizations need in order to implement their strategies and achieve the vision they foresee. By using more efficient and effective project management methodologies, we help them achieve those objectives. We believe that when organizations have a more streamlined and structured process in order to perform, they will be much more productive in providing value to their clients.

Our work is twofold – we need to develop the processes and procedures used to complete the project, but more importantly we must develop the people. This is what we try to accomplish with our clients, either through training the people from the organization, training the different team members on the project, or helping the organization develop their own project management culture.

Ozguler:        Additionally, you’re a Chief Learning Officer at Alpha PM Consulting. What are the key duties of the CLO?



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How to cite this interview: Ozguler, I.S. (2020); Interview with Roberto Toledo; PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue IV, April.   Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/pmwj92-Apr2020-Ozguler-Interview-wtih-Roberto-Toledo.pdf



About the Interviewer

Ipek Sahra Ozguler

Istanbul, Turkey



Ipek Sahra Ozguler graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

Ipek is the creator and editor of the highly acclaimed book, The Perspective of Women Project Management Professionals, interviews with leading female PM experts and professionals around the world. The book was published in March 2020 and is available here.

Ipek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at ipeksahra@gmail.com.  Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Ozguler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/