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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb March 2012
On the move International student Gbemi Okunade aspires to be a jet-setting international project manager. His first career move? Attend the IPMA World Congress. WHEN OLUWAGBEMIGA (GBEMI) OKUNADE learned the 25th IPMA World Congress would be held in Brisbane, it wasn’t a question of ‘if ’ but ‘how ’ he would attend. Being a full-time student left a very small pool of funds for anything other than living expenses. But this wasn’t going to stop him. “ When I saw the Congress program and who would be speaking, I knew I had to be there to understand where project management is going in the next five years,” Gbemi said. He contacted the event organiser and offered to volunteer at the event in exchange for registration. Gbemi’s story reached AIPM National President David Hudson, who approved the work arrangement. “AIPM was indeed fortunate to have someone so passionate available to assist at the Congress,” he said. “He is focused on growing his project management career and AIPM is pleased to assist him as he continues on his journey.” Gbemi performed a number of duties at the Congress , such as circulating microphones at sessions. It was a small price to pay for the exposure to thought leaders and industry practitioners, he told Project Manager. “As a student, it is critical to my career development to learn about what’s actually required of project managers in real- world environs, particularly as it relates to stakeholders and complex projects.” A career is born Gbemi’s passion for project management was ignited while studying a Masters of Business Administration (International Business) in Malaysia. He saw an opportunity to be part of an exciting and, most importantly, international profession. “I saw that many large organisations were increasingly outsourcing many of their key operations to separate projects located around the world. This is a golden opportunity for project managers willing to travel internationally.” Since that moment, his ambition to become an international project manager has grown exponentially. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Gbemi studied and currently lives in Malaysia. He travels to Australia often to complete a Masters of Project Management at the University of Southern Queensland. “I really enjoy my visits here and would be thrilled at professional opportunities with Australian companies,” he added. ••• PEOPLE HE IS FOCUSED ON GROWING HIS PROJECT MANAGEMENT CAREER AND AIPM IS PLEASED TO ASSIST HIM ON HIS JOURNEY www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 35
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