Keynote Speakers

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

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As a project manager you are responsible for the success of a project and of course you want nothing more than to have successful projects on your CV. Yet it happens regularly that the 'wrong' project manager is assigned to the 'wrong' project and partly because of this the project fails. Why is this?


A client does not always check whether the project in question fits the project manager or not. Yet the realization of an infrastructure project requires a different project manager with a different balance of competencies than a healthcare project. 

We cannot place the responsibility for a good match between the project manager and the available project solely on the clients. As a project manager, you share this responsibility and should evaluate your strong and less strong competences.

Joop will share his know-how how to do this and how competent people make the difference.


Joop is IPMA President (2021 - 2024) and director of IPMA Certification. Decisive and result-oriented entrepreneur with a focus on the future and possible improvements. Realizes complex changes, recognizes opportunities and directs others in such a way that a translation is made from vision to reality. Passion for developing and improving project management. 

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By 2025, regardless of industry or sector, senior leaders and managers will spend at least 60% of their time selecting, prioritizing, and driving the execution of projects.

In fact, soon "we will all become project leaders, but many of us are not prepared for this shift” says Antonio.

According to recent research, the number of individuals working in project-based roles will increase from 66 million (in 2017) to 88 million (forecast 2027). And the value of project-oriented economic activity worldwide will grow from $12 trillion (in 2013) to $20 trillion (forecast 2027). Those are millions of projects requiring millions of project leaders per year.


In this landscape, which I coined as The Project Economy, the percentage of work activities performed as part of projects is markedly increasing as projects are becoming the essential model to deliver change and create value around the world. Yet despite this surge in project activities and project spending, the risk of project failure continues to be huge and will continue to increase unless organizations and governments embrace advanced project leadership practices. 

The key learning objectives are: 


  • Understand the Project Economy 

  • Learn new developments around project management

  • Understand the unique opportunities that the future can bring to you as a project management professional

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is the creator of concepts such as the Hierarchy of Purpose, featured by Harvard Business Review, the Project Economy, or the Project Manifesto. His research and global impact in modern management been recognized by Thinkers50 with the prestigious award "Ideas into Practice" and Global Gurus. He is currently writing the Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook (HBR, 2021). Antonio is co-founder of the Strategy Implementation Institute and recently created the global consulting firm Projects & Co. Antonio has held leadership positions in PricewaterhouseCoopers, BNP Paribas Fortis, and GlaxoSmithKline. He was the Chairman of the Project Management Institute in 2016, where he co-founded the Brightline Initiative. Antonio is the author of “The Project Revolution” (LID, 2019). "Lead Successful Projects" (Penguin, 2019) and “The Focused Organization” (Taylor & Francis, 2014). He is a visiting Professor of Duke Corporate Education, IE Business School, Skolkovo, Solvay and Vlerick.  



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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Project manager has to handle a bunch of skills to achieve their projects success. But in today's world traditional PM skills as communication, planning or team management aren’t top skills for PM. Today PM needs to behavior more like an insightful leader,  more like a business analyst and more like a sincere HR specialist. Can Project manager behavior beat the traditional PM skills?

Andrius Jakumas will share his know-how about PM’s behavior importance by providing three case stories from very different background projects:

  • Fast track companies merge/split  – what tools and techniques PM needs to merge companies with less pain?

  • Building automated sorting (logistic) center – Why in big projects with wow effect occurred the most basic problems?

  • Producing Microfabrication laser equipment – Project management is rocket science for rocket scientists.

Andrius Jakumas in past years was Project manager and Head of project management in Energy and Logistics industries companies and lead Business transformation programs. Now he’s leading LTG Link strategic program. Also he’s helping laser-tech companies to achieve their projects goals.

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Recently Danske Bank has undergone major agile transformation that fundamentally changed previous ways of working – now they have tribes & squads instead of classical departments that have full e2e responsibility of delivering products & services to the customer.

So, a natural question is how they combine agile and non-agile to achieve bank’s ambitions?

How project and program managers fit into agile organization? What is the future of project management in the new set-up?

Answers to these questions and much more you will hear during the conference. 


Eglė is result driven business and technology transformation leader with more than 15 years of hands-on experience in leading business acquisitions & divestment, financial regulation and technology change both as program manager and as a leader currently leading a global organization of 150+ change agents in Technology and Services area of Danske bank with focus on developing empowered team, maturing project management practices & adapting to the new agile ways of working.


Sophie is Head of the Agile Execution Center of Excellence leading Danske Banks transformation to Better Ways of Working within strategy, governance and funding with the overall ambition of going agile at enterprise level. For more than 10 years, Sophie has been working in the interplay of IT development investments, governance and performance management, and with a keen dedication to continuously improve the ways of working towards lean and efficient processes with decision making at the right level of combined insight and accountability.