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Message from the Board. April 2018 Newsletter


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Author: Agata Czopek, PMP

Dear Friends,

The last two months has been extremely busy for me. Thanks to you:) 

I was overwhelmed by the number of people that contacted me after our Annual Membership Meeting with a question – “Can I join PMI Educational Foundation Department”?

Happily I can announce now that we have built a new great team! But what do you do? – you might still ask… We are taking small steps to reach our desired state where project management skills are known in Swiss schools. Where kids are doing small projects in classrooms, when teachers teach team building, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving through project based learning. Where we are magnifying the power of Non-profits and Non-Governmental Organizations in delivering their missions through the application of project management.

Want to join us?

Please contact me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I will never be able to reach our goal alone:)

Agata Czopek

VP PMI Educational Foundation

PS Want more? Read our small section below to find out more about our team!

Editorial April 2018 Newsletter

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Author: Carlos Martinez Arteaga, PMP

Dear Members and Newsletter subscribers,

Recently I have been in two situations where the simplest solution fixed my problems.

One was related to the layout of rooms in my house, and the other within a project team.

In both cases I had done several changes, thinking that they would solve my problem, these had not been easy to implement, and brought along complications, mainly regarding the duration to implement these and the side effects once implemented.

I had really thought about these changes, thinking that they would definitely solve the problem, but no, the problem did not go away.

Finally, I realized that I had gone maybe too far, making things even more complex, and with a simple and quick fix, I found out that sometimes things can be fixed easily.

I learnt that having a clear idea of what the problem is can then result in an easy fix and that we should strip out those things that surround a problem but are not actually the problem.

Spring arrived and brought longer and warmer days. 

Enjoy the newsletter and take care.



Message from the Board. February 2018

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The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Embrace diversity! Our lives and organizations are becoming more complex, more global, more diverse. Let's welcome all voices to invite the potential that lives in the wide range of people, cultures and ideas. Project management is evolving, inviting the emerging future to meet us where we are. 

Being masters of change, in our projects we bring together new methods with good practices - seeing diversity as the difference that makes the difference. 

PM Master Class: Live with Stress, Not Led by Stress

Empower yourself! In this full-day classroom training, you will experience and learn how to navigate stormy waters in a calm mindset. Diving with Guus Oosterop into self-management strategies at Zurich Airport on Saturday, March 24th, from 9 am to 5 pm.  

More information can be found here.

Please register and enjoy!

Our Board Members 2018.

Welcome continuity. Paul Selwold (new President); Irina Petkova (VP Events); Manju Bohra (VP Sponsoring); Loïc Hascher (VP Members) and Serge Garazi (VP Operations) will continue their mission with great dedication. Thank you all!

Embrace change. Starting Feb 1, Agata Czopek (VP PMIEF); Elena Milusheva (VP Volunteers); Julia Posselt (VP Special Projects); Karolina Letowska (VP Finance) and David Fowler (VP Communications & Marketing) are bringing their energetic drive and beautiful minds to the board. A warm welcome! 

For Special Projects, Mark Veraguth will hand the baton over to Julia Posselt. Being part of the PMI Zurich Events Team, Julia now looks forward to inspiring and creating together with the Board members.

Your participation drives what we do. 


Julia Posselt and Mark Veraguth

VP Special Projects

Election Commitee Announcement. February 2018

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Results of the 2018 Elections

The elections of the PMI Switzerland Chapter took place between November 12th and December 10th, 2017. With a total number of valid votes received of 225 out of 1554 members (=14% of membership as of November 2017), the votes have surpassed the quorum of 5% and the elections are therefore valid.

The elected candidates for our Chapter Board are:

  • Irina Petkova                 176/225 (78%)   Elected (2 years)
  • David Fowler                 173/225 (77%)   Elected (2 years)
  • Agata Czopec               169/225 (75%)   Elected (2 years)
  • Paul Selwold                 167/225 (74%)   Elected (2 years)
  • Julia Helen Posselt        165/225 (73%)   Elected (2 years)
  • Elena Milusheva            163/225 (72%)   Elected (2 years)
  • Manju Bohra                  159/225 (71%)   Elected (2 years)
  • Karolina Letowska         159/225 (71%)   Elected (2 years)

The board has already elected a president and assigned the following roles:

  • President - Paul Selwood
  • VP Finance - Karolina Letowska
  • VP Professional Development - Irina Petkova
  • VP Members - Loic Hascher
  • VP Sponsoring - Manju Bohra
  • VP Special Projects - Julia Posselt
  • VP Communications & Marketing - David Fowler
  • VP Operations - Serge Garazi
  • VP Volunteers - Elena Milusheva
  • VP PMI EF - Agata Czopek

The elected candidates for our Financial Auditors Committee are:

  • Yann Steimer                212/225 (94%)   Elected (2 years)
  • Carolina Thomaz            Ad-hoc election at AMM: Elected (1 year)

The elected candidate for our Nomination Committee is:

  • Sascha Wyss                203/225 (90%)   Elected (2 years)

The Nominations Committee thanks all our members who voted for the Election 2018 and especially all candidates for their interest and participation.

We would like to congratulate all the elected Officers and wish them a successful and motivating term, as leaders of our professional association!

Out of the 225 voters, 3 were selected by PMI as the winners of 3 award-winning Project Management books. They are: 

  • Erhard Zingg
  • Luca Massimo Chelli
  • Christopher Troxler

Again, the Nominations Committee would like to thank all 225 members who participated in the elections.

Marina Satapathy & Carlos Martinez

Message from the Board. January 2018

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Sascha Wyss, PgMP, PMI-ACP, PMP

Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,

As project managers it is our mission to enable change - it is the very core of our profession and without the omnipresent need for change we would become obsolete..... At the same time our very profession is also in a constant change - what was 5 years ago state of the art project management is today already outdated....

PMI Switzerland offers a community for an always changing profession that enables change itself. It is only logical that our chapter can only accomplish this, when it changes with it and adjusts itself to the constant changing needs of our members.

The new year will start with a big change for PMI Switzerland - half the board will be renewed and a new president will take over and might set sail into a new direction. Fresh ideas will be put into action by new board members full of energy, especially since they know they were truly elected by you. This year it was not a formality - you really had and made your choice! Thanks a lot to all who voted!

I wish you all the best for the new year and hope, that whatever changes in your life will be for the better. 


Kind regards,

Sascha Wyss 

Chapter President