Project Management Institute Celebrates Excellence in the Project Management Industry with Winners of 2023 PMI® Awards


Since 1974, PMI has honored organizations and project professionals whose passion, talent, and expertise have made the greatest contributions to project management and PMI. The celebration showcased winners of the PMI Professional Awards, Chapter Awards, Academic & Research Awards, and the coveted Kerzner Award in front of their peers and PMI leadership.

“Across sectors, transformation is critical, and project professionals are the people leading the change,” said Pierre Le Manh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Project Management Institute. “This year’s PMI® Award honorees model the qualities that drive the world forward. They turn challenges into opportunities. We must continue to honor and celebrate this excellence because it advances the field and our world.”

PMI® Awards:

PMI® Project and Organizational Awards:

PMI® Project of the Year Award – This award is the highest honor, recognizing a single project leading the way in the project management profession. Projects winning this award have achieved excellence of project management practices including superior organizational results, innovation, collaboration, and making positive impacts on society.

  • Winner: Caterpillar Prototype Battery Electric Mining Truck

PMI® Large and Mega Project Award and PMI® Small and Mid-Size Project Award – These awards recognize excellence in project management practices including superior organizational results, innovation, and positive impacts on society. Awards are budget-based.

  • PMI® Large and Mega Project Award – recognizes projects with budgets over US$50 million

    • Winner: British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the Reopening the Coquihalla after the 2021 Atmospheric River Event
    • Finalist: Burns & McDonnell Key Crossing Reliability Initiative
  • PMI® Small and Mid-size Project Award – recognizes projects with budgets below US$50 million

    • Winner: The National Bank of Bahrain’s Transformation Project – Tylos
    • Finalist: Fujitsu Commonwealth Games Telecommunications Infrastructure Project
    • Finalist: Alluvionic Space Force Rocket Launch Checklist Modernization

PMO of the Year® Award – This award honors PMOs that add value to their organization by supporting successful strategic initiatives and demonstrating superior organizational project management capabilities, as well as having established a vision for value delivery and a positive impact on business results.

  • Winner: Mayo Clinic Enterprise Portfolio Management Office (EPMO)
  • Finalist: The Saudi Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority PMO
  • Finalist: University Hospitals Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO)

PMI® People Awards:

PMI® Fellow Award – This is the highest and most prestigious PMI® individual award, honoring professionals for their sustained service to PMI and the project management profession.

  • Jean-Claude Dravet, PMP
  • Steve DelGrosso, PMP
  • Deanna Landers, PMP

PMI® Eric Jenett Person of the Year Award – This award recognizes and honors an individual who made an outstanding contribution(s) to the project management profession or its practice through leadership, technical project management, and strategic and business management acumen.

  • Martin Härri, PMP, PMI-SP, PMI-ACP, PMI-DASSM

PMI® Rising Leader Award – This award recognizes and honors young professionals who made significant impact in advancing the knowledge standards, practices and ethics of project management.

  • Maher Aljohani, PMP
  • Olalla Garcia Pérez, PMI-ACP, PMP

PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) Kerzner Award for Excellence in Project Management – This award, sponsored by International Institute for Learning, Inc., recognizes a project manager who exemplified superior performance and outstanding project management methods, skills, and techniques, and their important contributions in business, industry, government, community or not-for-profit environments.

  • Laura Jones

PMI® Research and Academic Awards

PMI® Research Achievement Award – The PMI Research Achievement Award recognizes and honors an individual whose work has significantly advanced the concepts, knowledge, and practices of project management through a published body of academic research.

  • Professor Jonas Söderlund, Linköping University, and BI Norwegian Business School

PMI® Young Researcher Award – The PMI Young Researcher Award recognizes and celebrates emerging leaders in the academic field of project, program, and/or portfolio management with potential to make a significant impact on the field and practice.

  • Dr. Juliano Denicol, University College London

PMI® Linn Stuckenbruck Teaching Excellence Award – The PMI Linn Stuckenbruck Teaching Excellence Award honors faculty members for excellence in teaching project management curricula in higher education.

  • Dr. Juanita Woods, University of North Georgia

PMI® Donald S. Barrie Award – The Donald S. Barrie Award is for a paper that advances the PMBOK ® Guide in the field of design, procurement and/or construction by providing a useful contribution to the engineering and construction industry.

  • Hala Sanboskani, Arizona State University

PMI® James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award – This research paper award recognizes excellence in student development of original concepts in project management.

  • Mohd Fakhri Bin Mohd Noor, Heriot Watt University

PMI® Chapter of the Year Awards

The PMI Chapter of the Year Awards program recognizes volunteer efforts, motivates chapter leaders, and acknowledges their contributions toward achieving goals.

Category I – Chapters with 25-300 Members

  • Winner: PMI Santa Catarina, Brazil Chapter
  • Finalists:

    • PMI Lahore, Pakistan Chapter
    • PMI Kazakhstan Chapter
    • PMI Lebanon Chapter
    • PMI Calumet Chapter
    • PMI Gujarat, India Chapter
    • PMI Senegal Chapter

Category II – Chapters with 301–1,500 Members

  • Winner: PMI Southern Italy Chapter
  • Finalists:

    • PMI South Korea Chapter
    • PMI Puerto Rico Chapter
    • PMI New Brunswick Chapter
    • PMI Chennai Chapter
    • PMI Kenya Chapter

Category III – Chapters with Over 1,500 Members

  • Winner: PMI Phoenix Chapter
  • Finalists:

    • PMI Northern Italy Chapter
    • PMI São Paulo, Brazil Chapter
    • PMI Mumbai Chapter

PMI® Chapter Leadership Impact Award

In its inaugural year, the PMI Chapter Leadership Impact Award recognizes one outstanding chapter leader per mentor region for their extraordinary and/or meritorious volunteer service to their chapter, mentor region, or local community in which the chapter serves. The award review committee selected 12 recipients for 2023:

  • Michael O’Connor: President, PMI Minnesota Chapter
  • JoAnn Boehm: Trustee, PMI Buffalo, NY Chapter
  • Cindy Vandersleen: Past Chapter President, PMI Fort Worth Chapter
  • Shane Cretacci: Past President, PMI Phoenix Chapter
  • Andreas Madjari: PMI Austria Chapter
  • Takeshi Hayama: President, PMI Japan Chapter
  • Himadri Chowdhury: Marketing Director, PMI Sydney, Australia Chapter
  • Tamal Banerjee: Public Relations Director, PMI West Bengal Chapter
  • Maher Aljohani: Senior Vice President for Central Region, PMI Kingdom Saudi Arabia Chapter
  • Jose Sergio Torres: PMI Nuevo Cuyo, Argentina Chapter
  • Khalid Ahmad Khan: President, PMI Lahore, Pakistan Chapter
  • Ayanda More: Former Vice President, Marketing, PMI South Africa Chapter

If you know a project, PMO, or project professional that deserves recognition, nominate them for a 2024 PMI® Award, opening in early 2024 at

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MaryKate Dougherty

External Communications Specialist

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