Keynote Speakers

The GeCCo competition provides the participants and all interested with outstanding world-class keynote speakers, experts in the field of virtual and global collaboration. Everyone is welcome to join and listen to the keynote speeches on current project management topics with a focus on virtual and/or multicultural teamwork.


We are working on the program for GeCCo 2023!

You can find our amazing keynote speakers from the last edition.


Keynote speakers of GeCCo 2022

KS #1: Winning team GeCCo 2020/21 (Team 25)
Topic #1: GeCCo tips & tricks: how we won the competition
Saturday, March 5 at 12:15 pm UTC

Katarzyna Baumgart
She is studying for a masters degree in management at the University of Szczecin, She works at IPMA Poland and also in a family real estate agency ASPECT in Szczecin. She is a Member of a Council at IPMA Young Crew Poland and she is also GeCCo LO in Poland this year.
Niloufar Zamani

She is 23 years old Iranian girl.
She is crazy about industrial engineering and project management, so that was her major at university.
She is currently a project expert in a project-oriented organization and She is dealing with large-scale industrial projects.

Kristina Vujević
Chemical Technician at Pfizer. I worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician at a hospital. I managed to grow my experience through Project Management education, Agile Scrum Master education, she participated in a Gecco competition and I am certified Project Management Associate by IPMA.

In her free time she likes going to nature, exercising and hanging out with friends.

Anastasia Kotoudi
is 30 years old and chair of Young Crew Netherlands. Originally from Greece, She has a background in civil and hydraulic engineering which was complemented by studies in project management.
She is currently working for Shell where she gets to combine her two passions: energy transition, renewables and energy solutions coupled with project management!
She is also very active in the Young Crew community for the last 4 years having experienced many events both from an organization’s as well as a participant’s perspective. She is always eager to connect with people from all over the world and share our experiences!
Anika Mikušková

KS #2: Bill Parris (USA)
Topic #2: Focus on people is the key!
Saturday, March 5 at 6:00 pm UTC

Bill Parris is the Principal Technology Program Manager for the San Diego Association of Government(SANDAG). SANDAG is a joint powers authority setting and implementing regional policy across such diverse areas as transportation, housing, criminal justice information systems and economic research, In his current role, Bill is responsible for managing the enterprise technology PMO and a portfolio of initiatives that include an enterprise resource planning system implementation and the replacement of the regional roadway tolling system. In addition to the TPMO, Bill also leads information technology governance at SANDAG. Over the last 7 years, Bill has volunteered with several PMI chapters in a variety of roles, most recently as President of the California Inland Empire Chapter.

KS #3: Peter Keith (Australia)
Topic #3: Effective communication during a competition
Sunday, March 6 at 6:00 am UTC
Since completing his BSc. (Hons) in 1984, Peter Keith has predominantly held sales roles in several industries including IT (IBM Australia), Banking & Finance (Citibank Limited and Challenge Bank Limited), Medical Devices (Johnson & Johnson Medical and Olympus Medical), Pharmaceutical (Ego Pharmaceuticals), Consulting (Mercuri International, TLI) and Recruitment (Origin Healthcare (Skilled Group), WorkPac, Edge Personnel).
His consulting experience was in the sales arena and saw Peter work with over thirty different companies in six different countries and eight different sales channels. His last few roles have all been senior executive positions in the Recruitment/Training and Development industries; including General Manager at Origin Healthcare, Edge Personnel and Maura Fay Workshops and CEO WorkPac Healthcare.Peter decided to blend his passion for learning and development together with his years of practical commercial experience and his Master Practitioner qualifications in NLP to embark on his own path. In that time he has worked on development projects with some of Australia’s leading organisations in the IT, Utilities, Financial Services, Recruitment and Healthcare industries.Peter has direct and specific experience in change management, culture development, leadership, strategy definition, sales, marketing and organisational development. He has specific expertise in the Healthcare sector, Social Enterprises and Strategy DevelopmentThe value that Peter has brought to his clients has been in the following areas:Driving revenue growth via improved business development processes and skills
Moving high performance teams to peak performance via high level communication skills development
Helping senior executive teams lead change projects by aligning strategy with operational execution
Developing values alignment and teamwork among executive teams by utilising profiling tools to create greater levels of self-awareness and collaboration
Developing Leadership skills and capabilities as distinct from management processes via building coaching competencies and a service mindset
Working with Boards on Strategy Development including structural review and end-to-end process review

KS #4: Elvi Caperonis (USA)
Topic #4: Embracing failure as part of growth.
Sunday, March 6 at 13:00 pm UTC

Elvi Caperonis is a Certified Scrum & Agile Career Coach Professional with over 10 years of experience in Program Management across over five industries. She graduated from APEC University with a Bachelors’ Degree in Computer Science. After graduation, she moved to Madrid. After working in Madrid for over five years and completing a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering, she moved to USA. Elvi is currently a Technical Program Manager at Amazon where she trains teams on the agile methodology and oversee the development of agile to ensure effective outcomes for the organization. Before joining Amazon, Elvi worked at Harvard University as Techno-Functional Reporting Analyst. Elvi holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Quantic School of Business and Technology.
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KS #5: TBA (TBA)
Topic #5: TBA
Saturday, April 9 at 12:10 pm UTC
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