PMO Summit – June 2021



Compiled and Edited by Ipek Sahra Ozguler

International Correspondent

Istanbul, Turkey

PMO Summit is the first and only Project Management Office Summit in Turkey. This year the Summit focuses on: Knowledge Management, Strategy Implementation & Benefit Realization Management, Digital Transformation. The Summit was held  between 18 and 19 June.

The report brings some of the speakers together and provides brief information about the PMO Summit.


Mustafa Hafizoglu

Antonio Nieto- Rodriguez

Douglas Weidner

Robin Speculand

Ozkan Oncu


Mustafa Hafizoglu

Summit Coordinator
Founder of PYO Zirvesi
Strategy Implementation Professional
Knowledge Management Expert
Program Director, SDT

Ipek Sahra Ozguler (Ozguler): Good morning Mr. Hafizoglu.  Thank you for taking time to be interviewed. Can you please share with the PMWJ readers a little bit about you, who you are and what you do?

Mustafa Hafizoglu (Hafizoglu): I’m an expert on seeing the big picture, decomposing it into the project level and leading teams to achieve the organization’s strategic goals via projects and programs.

Passion on Benefits!

I have 22 years of Project/Program Management experience on complex software and hardware R&D Projects; I’m a speaker at Global Congresses and founder of Turkey’s first PMO Summit: www.pyozirvesi.com

I have over 10 years of volunteer experience at Project Management Institute at various levels and co-founder of PMI Turkey Chapter and 2017 President of the chapter. I teach at various universities on Project Management. I’m the co-writer of the book: Project Management Analytic Approach and contributing expert on PMWorld 360 PM Magazine. I’m currently working as the Program Director at SDT Space and Defence Technologies.

Ozguler:    Actually, the PMO Summit was held between 18 – 19 June 2021. Can you tell me a little bit about its history?

Hafizoglu:     PMO Summit was first organized in 2019 in Istanbul to gather PMO Leaders and project management professionals. There was a need for an event which was particularly addressing to the PMOs and their problems. Since each PMO has unique characteristics depending on the expectations in their organizations, they tackle with various challenges. PMO Summit aims to establish a platform to share knowledge between PMO Leaders so that the similar challenges they face with can be solved more effectively.


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How to cite this work: Ozguler, I. S. (2021). PMO Summit – June 2021, report, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue VII, July. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/pmwj107-Jul2021-Ozguler-PMO-Summit-June-2021-report2.pdft

About the Author

Ipek Sahra Ozguler

Istanbul, Turkey


Ipek Sahra Ozguler graduated from the Istanbul University, Turkey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University, Turkey with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 13 years of experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has gained broader insights in a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, aviation and finance sectors. In addition, she has been working as an 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 Istanbul,Turkey and can be contacted at ipeksahra@gmail.com. Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/ and https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/.