PMI Global Volunteer Summit 2023, Madrid (Spain)


Together We Can! Together We Did!



By Dr. Deepa Bhide and Yasmina Khelifi

India and France

Dr. Deepa Bhide and Yasmina Khelifi, both volunteer contributors to PM World Journal and PMI Global Volunteers, participated in the PMI Global Volunteer Summit in Madrid from the 14th to the 17th of March. Here are some highlights from the summit.

Yasmina (left) and Dr. Deepa (right)

Executive Summary

To tackle the current need of businesses worldwide, the Project Management Institute (PMI) showed how important camaraderie, communication, and collaboration (3Cs) support the project management discipline. The pandemic left behind a trail of changes and impacts in our personal and professional lives like never before. New challenges, such as lack of resources, climate changes, conflicts, war and economic instability, and many more, are staring widely at us. Understanding, assimilation, flexibility, and action with discipline are the need of the hour.

The project management community and PMI, the leading organization for Project Management, are responsible for leading the change for a more inclusive and sustainable world.


The PMI Global Volunteer Summit took place from the 14th to the 17th of March in Madrid (Spain). This summit has gathered 170 volunteers from around the world. The event was themed “Together We Can.”

The summit was a mix of formal presentations by PMI about the strategy, panel discussions, workshops, working sessions in volunteer teams, and delicious networking lunches and fun parties.

Message from PMI CEO and President (Pierre Le Manh)

Pierre Le Manh, PMI CEO, and President could not attend the summit in Madrid as he had to fly to China to renew the agreement between China authorities and PMI – a strategic activity for PMI. He, however, had recorded a video for the audience about his thoughts and the organization’s current and future. Presenting the new PMI organization and the main pillars, his e-presence was insightful for the global PMI volunteer community assembled.


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How to cite this work: Bhide, D. and Khelifi, Y. (2023). PMI Global Volunteer Summit 2023, Madrid (Spain) – Together We Can! Together We Did! report, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue IV, April. Available online at: https://pmworldjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/pmwj128-Apr2023-Bhide-Khelifi-report-from-pmi-global-volunteer-suumit-2023-1.pdf

About the Authors

Dr. Deepa Bhide

Hyderabad, India


Dr. Deepa Bhide, MBBS, DCH, PMP, has over 20 years of professional experience where she has blended medical practice and research with IT and Project Management. She juggles consulting, training, and operations and is proficient in clinical medicine, project management, and healthcare information technology. Starting her career as a medical practitioner, she has worked with varied organizations before her current stint as director and clinical expert for Inventurus Knowledge Solutions.

Her passion for IT and Project Management was born from her day-to-day patient interactions. Deepa’s growing interest and work in these areas helped her view Project Management as a backbone of progressive healthcare. Her paper on “Patient Care – A Project Management Perspective” has received global recognition and acclaim. Deepa is an active contributor to PMI with her articles on a cross-domain confluence of Healthcare and Project Management. With a physician background as a solid foundation to leverage IT/PM skills and knowledge, Deepa has blended her broad-based experience and learnings to present a unified, holistic, wholesome view of Project Management and Healthcare. Through various webinars, events, talks, and writings across platforms, Deepa has been an evangelist in championing global project management during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Gold medalist from Osmania University for standing First in the MBBS course and also for Human Physiology, she went ahead to pursue her DCH in Pediatrics and Child health. Deepa is an active member of their volunteer initiatives. Deepa has served a variety of roles in local and global PMI regions. The part of Council Lead for PMI’s Healthcare Community of Practice for two years (2013-15) involved identifying and mentoring volunteers and collaborating across geographies for knowledge assets. Deepa remains actively engaged with PMI and has been a participant and speaker for various meetings and online events.

Deepa lives in Hyderabad, India, and loves to travel, sing and experiment with global cuisine. She can be contacted at deepabhide@gmail.com.


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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