Keynote Speaker

Ricardo Vargas - keynote speaker on project management conference Bridge 2021 in Vilnius

Ricardo is specializes in implementing innovative global initiatives, capital projects and product development for more than 25 years. He has written 15 books on project management.

His work as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur in artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, chatbots and machine learning resulted in tools and products that have revolutionized how users bring agility and agile management into project management software. 

In his keynote, Ricardo will discuss the future of the project work and how to manage uncertainty and volatility in an ever-changing world. The presentation will cover: future and more fluid project management, paradigm shift on what stability means, technology and AI impact on project delivery.  

Be ready to meet one of the KEY project management global INFLUENCERS



Have you ever considered DIGITAL SECURITY as part of project management?


Edvinas Kerza, highly professional business resilience expert and the second our outstanding speaker, will tell us what we need to know about that. 


“Digital life is everywhere, and everyone is digital!” says Edvinas.


Facing the boom of digitalization and becoming remote employees, we realize that the previous “normal way of working” will never come back. So, what should be know working from home (or any remote work location) seeking to protect company’s property in the digital environment?

Edvinas will present trends in digital space including main security challenges illustrated by true stories and incidents. He will also share insights and recommendations how to manage projects in a secure way and how to protect your business information.

Edvinas Kerza specializes in digital corporate security as well as in compliance, risk management and business continuity issues. As a former Vice-Minister of National Defense (2017-2020), Edvinas took the responsibility of national cybersecurity policy, policy for development and security of electronic communication and information systems dedicated to national security and defense purposes.

Edvinas holds a master’s degree in Statistics and BSc Engineering Informatics degree at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. For his meritorious service, Edvinas Kerza is awarded with the Commemorative sign of the President of the Republic of Lithuania.

 Take a chance to hear Edvinas presentation and level-up your digital project management proficiency!


Frank will guide us how best to learn and master the top 6 PM techniques. There are many techniques that a PM should know and be able to practice and facilitate with confidence and Frank focuses on the 6 most important from his point of view and proposes a unique way to learn and master these techniques.


These techniques are:    

  • Project Canvas used to define the project  

  • Project / Deliverable breakdown (mind map / hierarchical map)    

  • Define clear and easy to understand requirements     

  • Using an online application to manage your project and show progress  

  • Stakeholder engagement and communications    

  • Daily follow up on Risk, Issues & Changes   

Frank is on a mission to help aspiring project managers gain practical experience. He does this through his writings, sample projects, tips, and innovative ways of teaching the PM methodologies. 
Frank is co-creator of https://p3.express/ which is a lightweight approach to project management and make project management easy to teach, learn and used. He is also a trainer for PRINCE2 Foundation, Agile, Scrum and ITIL4 Foundation. 


According to Ina, success is a journey of continuous improvement. Thermo Fisher Scientific relies on Practical Improvement (PPI) Business System seeking to create a culture of exceptional performance and strengthen company’s position as the world leader in serving science.  


PPI is about how we work and play in making better every day. This is how we deliver the best products and services to our customers, how we lead projects and at the same time make our job easier to our colleagues“ says Ina.  


Ina Vaitkevičė is a Staff Portfolio and Project Manager at biotechnological company Thermo Fisher Scientific, leading new product development projects and responsible for Nucleic Acid Therapeutics projects portfolio. Previously she held Research & Development as well as Intellectual Property positions within the company. Ina holds a Master degree in Biochemistry and Business Administration (MBA) at Vilnius University.   


COVID 19 has redefined the healthcare industry and its speed of digital transformation.

Project economy and the workforce of the future will be the new norm of healthcare industry worldwide. Healthcare digitalization journey is being accelerated in the last 6 months due to the collaboration of all stakeholders from payers, providers, regulators, pharma, patient advocacy groups to medical technology companies and biotech innovation organizations. This presentation will go through the features and characteristics of the new norm in project based and digital enabled healthcare ecosystem


Dr. Mazin Gadir is a Director of Partnerships, Bid Management and Client Relationships at IQVIA Payer Provider Government Management Consultancy. He is also an external Advisor at The Executive Office for Organizational Transformation, Dubai Health Authority with responsibility for Health strategy development, implementation, execution, and Transformation. Dr Mazin Gadir received his PhD in Quantum Electronics and Nanotechnology Innovation from The University of Leeds in the UK from 2000 to 2005. He also obtained an MSc in Management and Business Administration and BEng in Electronics and Electrical Engineering.  


IQVIA (NYSE:IQV) is a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions, and clinical research services to the life sciences industry. With approximately 70,000 employees, IQVIA conducts operations in more than 100 countries. To learn more, visit www.iqvia.com.  


Have you ever considered “What should not be forgotten when preparing for digital project management in construction”? Or why does digital project management in construction fail and is shaped by personal agendas? According to João Dias, Planning and Scheduling Expert, this is not a simple question with a simple answer. It is well known that productivity and digital adoption in the Engineering and Construction industry is behind when compared with other industries. 


From my experience all around the world, in very large infrastructure projects, the reasons above are all applicable. However, over the years I have realized that a greater part of the Construction Contracts, especially the ones prepared by inexperienced public infrastructure owners or private developers, are covering only - the Quantitative - components of the projects such as Costs, Time and Quantities, ignoring one of the most important components - the Qualitative - such as Processes, Procedures, Software and Systems” says João.

João Dias is a certified Planning and Scheduling Professional by AACE International. He has developed his academic interests in Heavy Infrastructures through the Integrated Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, between 2004 and 2009.

Further interests in Construction Management led him to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2012. Joao is a chartered Civil Engineer with approximately 12 years’ experience. Throughout this period his responsibilities included Planning, Scheduling, Cost Estimation and Control, and Change Management, performed in some of the world's largest construction companies and in large-scale international infrastructure and energy projects at tender and / or construction stages. His whole career has been developed in several different countries in Europe (Portugal, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Denmark), Africa (Algeria, Cameroon, Congo and Niger), Central America and the Caribbean, where he had the chance to be the counterpart of key stakeholders namely from major subcontractors, governmental clients, international consultants, among others, which has given him a truly global perspective of the Construction markets and business. Now João is a CEO & Planning and Scheduling Expert at Opdiro Consulting (www.opdiro.com)  


Join João Dias presentation at PM Conference and learn how to create the Project control plans aligned with innovative digital strategy, which is a step closer to a project control success, reducing the scope for personal agendas, irrelevant data management, non-transparent results and project management.  

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