ICT Consultant, Executive Director PMI Region Mentor

Tolga Özel

Tolga Özel is a business executive in Telecom/IT/Digital domains with broad experience in Mobile, Fixed, IT and TV Business. Solid experience account management, Program/Project Management.

Tolga Özel currently provides Consultancy Services to MPT Myanmar. Previously, he was Principal Consultant for Technology Domain at Pedersen & Partners Executive Search Firm based in Istanbul, Turkey. Tolga has more than 20 years of solid experience in the Information and Communication Technology sectors. Before entering executive search, he worked in various management roles at major Technology companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and Nortel Networks with both local and cross-border activity in the Central Asian, Southern Europe and CIS regions.

Tolga has carried several management responsibilities in different organizations and has field experience in Portfolio, Program and Project Management in global technology giants. He has managed projects in geographically distributed areas with virtual teams. Professional Service Strategies, Profitability Management, Risk Management, Outsourcing Management are other fields of expertise. He has also experience on establishing/development and governance of PMOs in large scale organizations.

He is the Co-Founder & former President of PMI Turkey Chapter. He is in charge of PMI Region Mentor for Eastern Europe since January 2017. He holds PMI PfMP and PMP certificates and  alumni of PMI Leadership Institute Master Class.

Tolga holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and a Masters degree with studies on Artificial Intelligence from the Middle East Technical University. He also completed a corporate leadership program delivered by EMLyon Business School in France. He speaks native Turkish and fluent English.

A pioneer person to elevate the maturity of Project Management in his organizations.Tolga advocates the value of project management in every occasion to create awareness about the profession and develop the expertise. Some of the selected topics from his public speeches are about handling complexity, Organizational Project Management, Cost of Non Quality and Leadership. He provides mentorship for university students voluntarily and speaks about the profession for the companies and nonprofit organizations.

Tolga writes for a collaborative blog about Servant Leadership at projectmanagement.com. http://www.projectmanagement.com/blog/Servant-Leadership-Serve-to-be-Great/