Speakers

Meet Our Keynote Speakers!

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Roger Haskett

Roger is an award-winning international keynote speaker and President of Engagement Unlimited.  With his innovative keynotes and programs, he ignites positive transformational change in teams and individuals across North America and beyond.  Roger’s topics range from performance under stress, the power of play, effective communication skills and the age of engage within companies and culture at large.

Roger’s impressive background in teaching and acting (he has been seen in over 175 TV shows, movies and commercials)  allow him to utilize a unique session format that ties stories, theory, and application together in a team-based game.  This structure primes every participant to learn and creates engagement in the room that everyone experiences and benefits from.

His experience and knowledge, combined with his natural charisma and highly contagious positive energy, has garnered Roger countless 10/10 audience rankings, extremely high survey results, and hundreds of happy return clients over the past 10 years.

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Joe Pusz

Joe Pusz, PMO Joe is the Founder and President of THE PMO SQUAD, a US-based PMO and Project Management Consulting firm. He is host of the Project Management Office Hours Radio Show and Podcast giving Project Management Leaders a voice within our community.

THE PMO SQUAD sponsors the Veterans Project Management Mentoring Program which is the #1 Project Management focused Mentoring Program assisting Veterans seeking to transition into civilian Project Management careers.

Joe is a Judge for the 2019 Global PMO Awards and proud member of the Project Management Institute.

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Devinder Kumar

Devinder Kumar is amongst the leading experts and a rising star in the field of explainable Artificial Intelligence. Devinder has successfully conducted research for the past decade on AI, classical ML and the more recent and advanced deep learning. Over the past five years, he has focused his research towards developing explainable AI models for various applications including medical imaging, financial applications and material science. His work on explainable AI has been recognized by highly prestigious publications such as Nature Communications and has won multiple awards after presenting his research at leading ML conference including Neural Information and Processing (NIPS). His research work has also attracted media attention and has been covered by several international outlets and tech platforms including VICE's Motherboard (special feature presented by Audi), Investment Executive, Intel DZ etc.

Apart from his academic research, he has delivered projects while consulting for leading MNCs & startups and also advised several others. He is currently amongst the handful of Intel AI ambassadors and also serves as the Lead AI Scientist for Next-AI, a world class AI startup incubator in Toronto (Canada).

Meet Our Breakout Speakers!

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Mohamed Hammoud

Mohamed Hammoud is an engaging and experienced multilingual facilitator, speaker and trainer who works with organizations to define their strategic blueprint, develop leaders and build effective teams. With over 25 years industry experience, Mohamed leverages a toolkit grounded in adult learning best practices, organizational change management, and diversity and inclusion to help organizations harness the best in their staff through creative solutions that involve, influence and inspire.

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Toufik Taibi

Toufik Taibi is currently working as an IT project manager with Enbridge Gas Inc. located in Ontario, Canada. He is responsible for the whole project/product life cycle. He holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctoral degree in computer science. He also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM).

He has about 10 years of software development experience (front- and back-end development on many platforms). For 11 years, he taught computer science/software engineering at both the college and university level. He has also conducted academic research and published 40 conference and journal papers.

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Tarek Moharram

Tarek is an experienced leader, a successful entrepreneur, a recognized inventor, and a passionate educator. He is both trained as a lawyer and certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Tarek created Moharram Ventures in order to live his dream of concentrating the creative power of human competence through effective collaboration.

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Rhonda Scharf

Insightful, humorous, educational, and even contagious... words that are often used to describe Rhonda. A speaker with the uncanny ability to look at the normal and see something quite different.

Rhonda is a Professional Speaker, Trainer, Author, and Consultant based in Ottawa ON and Fort Myers FL (depending on the weather of course). Rhonda is a well recognized and respected speaker and trainer focusing on efficiency.

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Julia Bloom

Julia Bloom is an independent consultant who works with organizations to establish innovation and agility practices required to compete in the digital economy. Julia had established a solid career in the technology sector and spent the last 6 years transitioning her knowledge of customer centricity and innovation mindset to the financial services industry. Julia’s work was awarded 1st place by the Insurance Canada Technology Awards (ICTA 2018) for innovation in P&C Insurance. Julia is currently enrolled in an Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at Stanford University in California.

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Hussain Bandukwala

 Hussain Bandukwala is the Chief Coach at Parwaaz Consulting (https://www.parwaazcc.com/) and helps PMO leaders succeed.

Through coaching, workshops and other resources, Hussain arms aspiring and first-time Project Management Office (PMO) leaders with experiential learning and confidence to achieve PMO triumph systematically and effectively.

He also works with PMO leaders and executives at high-growth small- and mid-sized organizations to conquer their biggest challenges in meeting strategic goals, achieving operational efficiency, and delivering project value.

Hussain has led and facilitated the setup of PMOs at several companies and advised numerous PMO leaders throughout their own PMO setup journeys. He has authored several PMO-focused publications, teaches at LinkedIn Learning and speaks frequently on the subject.

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