PMI Belgium

The Human Side of The Project Economy™


Date: Thursday 27th of April 2023

Timing: from 19h till 20h30

Abstract of the talk about The Human Side of The Project Economy™

The Project Economy is a term coined by PMI in 2019, in its 50th anniversary year. It is the future, the evolution and the extension of project management to improve society, and the capabilities of organizations and people to make ideas a reality. We will see existing and upcoming components under umbrella of The Project Economy, like BIM (Building Information Modeling), OT (Organizational Transformation) and others.  

Humans are at the core of The Project Economy, in teams that deliver change, as users that need or receive change and society at large to become better for all. Leadership is needed more than ever in times of disruption, and it will serve humanity best if leaders act ethically. 

Questions that will be addressed  

  • How to become an ethical leader, how to become a better person?
  • Can there be a project without humans involved?
  • Which values might a human hive be based on?
  • How to influence stakeholders?  

This presentation will introduce philosophical views as well as practical tips for a Leader. 



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Mentoring. Building Wisdom. 

Not being afraid of the future. Offering perspectives.

Global Project Economy Expert. PMI volunteer since 1998.
PMI Fellow, Program Manager (PgMP), PMP and 31 years working for IBM customers.

Thomas Walenta works on projects and programs from 1974 and selected Project Management as his sole career profession in 1988. 

Currently, he is a Coach and Mentor for Project Management Professionals and In­­­­where he gained experience with setting up complex programs, running PMOs and turning around troubled projects for IBM clients in diverse industries and geographies. In parallel to his work he acts as a project management volunteer since 1998, as PMI Chapter President, PMI Board Director and received the PMI Fellow award in 2012. He is a frequent speaker at global conferences and published in several media. In 2017, he received a diploma qualification as a non-executive director from IoD, UK, which complements his 5 years as director on PMI’s global Board.

Thomas Walenta’s background is 49 years of working on projects, 35 years leading projects and 19 years in charge of programs. He initiated and ran PMOs, programs and projects for customers of IBM in system integration, software, outsourcing and strategy. He delivered turnkey projects, rolled out SAP to European country organizations, engaged and delivered large outsourcing contracts and integrated the full portfolio of IBM solutions in a key account role. Recently, he supported a German manufacturer to establish organization wide portfolio management and setup of a hybrid PMO, serving agile and traditional projects. His cultural experience gained is from government, insurance, banking, electronics and automotive industries as well geographically from most European countries, Russia, Japan, India and US. He visited about 100 countries.


In parallel, Thomas Walenta built a career as volunteer at the Project Management Institute (PMI) from 1998. He led the PMI Frankfurt Chapter for almost 8 years and served on the global Board of Directors twice (2006-2008 and 2017-2019). His volunteer career reached a milestone in achieving the PMI Fellow Award in 2012, which was granted to only 76 individuals in more than 30 years. From 2011-2016 he served on PMI's Ethics Review Committee, dealing with ethic complaints and violations. He is a member of PMI since 1992 and of GPM (IPMA) since 1995.

In addition to working for IBM and volunteering for PMI, he drove his own business since 2001, teaching project management at two Universities as well for clients since 2002, and taking engagements for strategic project management consulting. He is a professional speaker, was invited to more than 60 conferences and more webinars globally and published articles and book chapters about project management topics. He is one of the few global advisors for the independent PM World Journal ( Mr. Walenta proudly mentors about 15 individuals around the world.

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