November 2021 Project Management Update from France


PMI France and the Association for the promotion

of project management in France (SMaP) +

Interview with Frédéric d’Arrentiéres, SMaP President



By Yasmina Khelifi

International Correspondent

Paris, France


In each report, ‘ ‘I’ll try to give you insights about project associations in France and some projects: this month, ‘ ‘we’ll discover PMI France and SMaP.


PMI France was founded in 1995.

PMI France was founded in 1995 and unified as one chapter in 2013.

With more 5200+ members, PMI France is the 1st Chapter outside of the U.S., 1st in Europe and regularly between the 3rd to the 5th in the world.

PMI France is a unified Chapter with 13 regional-land “branches”: each branch can sorganize events, networking events, conferences, webinars, workshops, networking events, to name a few.  To leverage this diversity, every two years, a “Forum of the Regions” is arranged; it is literally a nationwide Tour de France of Congresses: it is a series of local congresses in each land around a same common theme.  It is an itinerant forum: kakemonos, and remaining marketing documentations are sent to each region.

This year forum took place on 1st of October and for the first time in a virtual mode.

  • 28 sessions with 5 conferences and 23 breakout sessions
  • 9h45 of events !
  • 8 partnerships virtual booths

Please navigate to https://pmi-france.org/ for general information on the PMI France Chapter and its events.

Association for the promotion of project management in France (SMaP), one of the 72 Member Associations of IPMA.

Interview with Frédéric d’Arrentiéres

SMaP President

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

Frédéric d´Arrentières is Expert Leader in project management for Renault. With 30 years of experience in automotive project development in France and abroad (Brazil, Korea, Turkey, China, etc.) at different levels for the group, he was more recently responsible of the Fluence international project portfolio and quality director for the C-segment cars. He is now in charge of a strategic domain of expertise to advice, develop & transform the project management within the Renault group, developing for instance skills and leadership within project,  and introducing agility at scale in large automotive industrial projects. Frédéric is also IMPA level A certified and president of SMaP in France (Association for the promotion of project management) an association member of IPMA network.


Q1:  First of all, thank you for accepting an interview request from PMWJ. Could you tell us more about when the SMaP was created, the number of members?

The French association for project management (SMaP) was created in 2006, taking over from AFITEP born in 1982 after financial difficulties. SMAP is an association which now has today around 1000 members , mainly in France.

We have also 5 global companies member of SMaP : Thales, Naval Group, Nexter, Renault & Alsthom, 13 companies involved in several SMaP working groups and regular contact with universities or business schools. Our favorite image to describe SMaP is the bridge.


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How to cite this report: Khelifi, Y. (2021). PMI France Update from France: PMI France and SMaP; report, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue XI, November. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/pmwj111-Nov2021-Khelifi-pmi-france-and-smap-update-from-france-report.pdf

About the Author

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.

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