IPMA – International Project Management Association

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Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland[1], International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the World's first global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 70 national project management associations worldwide, promoting its unique competence-based project management. The national associations professionalise project management taking into account country-specific cultural requirements. In order to guarantee consistently high quality and to maintain common standards, the IPMA issued and keeps updating the IPMA Individual Competence Baseline (ICB). It represents the basis of the national project management baselines, which in turn is the basis for the national certification programs.[2]

IPMA’s Vision

IPMA's vision is "IPMA is orchestrating the project profession for a better world".

IPMA’s Mission

  • Facilitate co-creation and leverage the diversity of our global network into benefits for the profession, economy, society and environment
  • Offer know-how, products and services to the benefit of individuals, projects and organisations across public, private and community sectors
  • Maximise the synergy in our global network to help all member associations develop according to their needs
  • Promote the recognition of project management and engage stakeholders around the world in advancing the discipline

Summary and outlook

  • IPMA is leading the evolution of the project management profession and the maturity of its practice
  • We form a unique global network that thinks globally and acts regionally as well as locally
  • Advanced, competence-based certification underpins a unique service portfolio offered through its network
  • We recognise, respect and build on diversity as the foundation for our global network
  • We actively seek alliances with those having complementary visions
  • IPMA is your partner for knowledge, competence and performance in project management


IPMA Governance consists of a Council of Delegates, the President and Executive Board, Executive Director, as well as the Global Coordinators, Committees, Boards, Project Managers, other officers, volunteers, and staff. The Council and Board Members are from all over the world and reflect the global nature of IPMA.

Presidents of IPMA:[3]

  • 1972–1976: Olof Hörberg (Sweden)
  • 1976–1982: Roland Gutsch (Germany)
  • 1982–1985: Steen Lichtenberg (Denmark)
  • 1985–1988: Eric Gabriel (UK)
  • 1988–1991: Roland Gutsch (Germany)
  • 1991–1994: Morten Fangel (Denmark)
  • 1994–1996: Klaus Pannenbäcker (Germany)
  • 1996–1998: Giles Caupin (France)
  • 1998–2000: Rodney Turner (UK)
  • 2000–2002: Daniel Scheifele (Switzerland)
  • 2002–2004: Miles Shepard (UK)
  • 2004–2006: Adesh Jain (India)
  • 2006–2008: Veikko Välilä (Finland)
  • 2008–2010: Brigitte Schaden (Austria)
  • 2010–2012: Roberto Mori (Italy)
  • 2012–2014: Mladen Radujković (Croatia)
  • 2015–2017: Reinhard Wagner (Germany)
  • 2018–2020: Jesús Martínez Almela (Spain)
  • 2021–2023: Joop Schefferlie (Netherlands)
  • 2024-present: Mladen Vukomanović (Croatia)


The exchange of experiences in IPMA (formerly INTERNET) has a long tradition since 1964. An European aircraft Project Manager, Pierre Koch of France, invited Dick Vullinghs from the Netherlands and Roland Gutsch from Germany to discuss the benefits of the Critical Path Method (CPM) as a management approach. CPM showed a way to manage large projects with international sponsors, uncertain results as well as with complex influences and dependencies from different technical disciplines. This group was chaired by Yves Eugene from AFIRO (Association Française d´Informatique et de Recherche Opérationnelle). Professor Arnold Kaufmann suggested the formation of an INTERnational NETwork, the INTERNET. In 1965, this group of people founded the IMSA (International Management Systems Association), independent from companies and officially located in Switzerland, the most respected and politically neutral country in Western Europe in these days of the Cold War. Two years later the Czechoslovak Project Management Science Group issued invitations to join the first “all-state” conference on the “Methods of Network Analysis” in Prague. PhD Vladimira Machova was the host beside the political officials in those days. Then, with the sponsorship of the International Computer Centre in Rome, managed by Professor Claude Berge, the first International World Congress took place in Vienna. From then on, INTERNET was the official association name.

In 1967, the two-year-old INTERNET society held its first International European Internet Congress in Vienna. In 1989, Advanced Courses for advancing competences of experts in project, programme and portfolio management are launched. In the mid-nineties, INTERNET got a namesake – a new international telecommunication system. The Executive Board (ExBo) renamed INTERNET to International Project Management Association, IPMA (our third and current name), but retained the logo. In 1998, IPMA starts with certification of individuals and the 1st version of ICB, v.1.0. is being published. In 2002, IPMA launched the IPMA International Project Excellence Award. In 2012, IPMA started offering organisational assessment and certification through IPMA Delta.

IPMA Standards

IPMA’s vision is “IPMA is orchestrating the project profession for a better world”. Therefore, IPMA has defined worldwide Standards for competences in the areas of Project-, Programme- and Portfolio Management:

IPMA also regularly issues other Publications in project management.

IPMA Research

IPMA hosts its annual IPMA Research Conference and promotes research cooperation, as a means to improve the knowledge sharing in the field of project, programme and portfolio management, to initiate joint research projects and programmes addressing the global challenges in this field, and to establish common baselines in research:

IPMA also carries research projects with corporations and academia, sponsors research projects in project management, and organizes Global Research Awards to promote excellence in the research community.

IPMA Awards

On a yearly basis, IPMA celebrates outstanding project management achievements by nominating and recognising individuals and projects at the IPMA Global Awards. This global recognition supports individuals, projects and organisations that have achieved exemplary results in project management.