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.

Keynote speakers of GeCCo 2020/21


KS #1: Mike Clayton (UK)
Topic #1: Project Scoping: Confidence in the Hardest Part of Project Management
Saturday, March 6 at 12:15 pm UTC

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand Project Management educators and speakers in the UK. He is a prolific blogger, a contributor to and Project (the journal of the Association for Project Management – APM), and the author of 14 best-selling books, including five about project management.

In 2016, Mike founded, which offers Project Management training and resources. His YouTube Channel is one of the biggest YouTube channels specializing in Project Management content.

Mike spent 12 years as a successful project leader, as a consulting Senior Manager with the London office of Deloitte.

He lives in an English market town in Hampshire, with his family.


KS #2: Bill Stewart PhD (Canada)
Topic #2: The importance of telling the truth to management when they don’t want to hear it
Saturday, March 6 at 6:00 pm UTC

Bill Stewart is a PMI® certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), and has delivered more than 200 project management courses to more than 2,000 people. He has more than 25 years of hands-on experience with project management, risk management, contract management, and negotiating. He has worked for government, business, academia, and founded a software startup. He is author of the book and online course “Deeply Practical Project Management”, and has managed projects in the domains of organizational improvement, business process, system integration, software, construction, real estate, research, training, and others.

Bill is currently a management consultant helping clients work better and get more done. Previously, he founded and ran the cloud computing company Cirrus Computing for ten years. Before that he spent 14 years in aerospace where he served as company System Engineering Manager and Software Manager, Project Manager for projects from $250K to $55M, and in a range of senior management roles on other projects up to $3B.

His first real job was with the Canadian Public Service from 1982 to 1987, where he established and managed a computing centre supporting 4,500 personnel, and developed and deployed software to manage enterprise-wide course scheduling, resource management, personnel management, and payroll. He also developed and taught two programming courses accredited by Seneca College.

His professional training includes Executive Leadership, Project Management, Risk Management, System Engineering, System Architecture, and Requirements Engineering. He has taught courses in Program Management, Project Management, Risk Management, Cost & Schedule Control, and Negotiating.

Bill received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of New Brunswick in 1992 for discovery of an algorithm that builds multi-dimensional geodesic domes in optimum space and time. While in graduate school he also taught eleven computer science courses.

Bill is author of the first web-published book “The Living Internet”, with contributions from many of the creators of the Internet. He is also author of the best practices document “The Fun Standard” at His paper on public financing of political parties was published in Policy Options in 1990, and credited in the Canadian House of Commons when the federal party financing bill passed in 2003. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.


KS #3: William R. Duncan (USA)
Topic #3: How to Make Your Stakeholders Love You
Sunday, March 7 at 6:00 am UTC

William R. Duncan is the President of Project Management Partners, a project management consulting and training firm with offices in the USA and Malaysia. He is currently Director of Certification for IPMA-USA, the USA member of the world’s oldest professional project management organization. In addition, he served the Project Management Institute (PMI) as Director of Standards for nearly 10 years.

Mr. Duncan has over forty years of management and consulting experience including five years with a major international consulting firm. He was the primary author of the original (1996) version of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK Guide). With over 3,000,000 copies distributed worldwide, this seminal work is the most widely used project management guide in the world today. In addition, his “process model” of project management was used to organize ISO 21500, Guidance on project management.

Mr. Duncan has authored over 40 articles for publications such as The Project Management Journal, PMNetwork, Projects@Work, and Chief Projects Officer. He has been chosen “Speaker of the Year” by three different project management professional associations. He has presented papers at conferences sponsored by IPMA-USA, PMI, AIPM, FOSTAS, and others.

In addition to his work for IPMA-USA and PMI, his extensive volunteer service includes many years supporting the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) and serving as chief writer for their global performance-based competency standards for project managers, program managers, and project sponsors.

Mr. Duncan has helped clients in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia improve their organizational competence in project management. Major clients include Camp Dresser & McKee, China National Communications, Codelco, EMC2, Entergy Corporation, First Data Resources, Golden Telecom, Investors Group, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Manitoba Telephone, One-S, Polaroid, Schlumberger, Sybase, and Texas Instruments.

He has also been called upon to provide expert testimony regarding proper project management processes for a major US law firm.

He is a 1970 graduate of Brown University in Providence, RI and has done post-graduate work at Boston University and Northeastern University.


KS #4: Emily Luijbregts (Netherlands)
Topic #4: Risk, What can go wrong?
Sunday, March 7 at 12:00 pm UTC

Emily Luijbregts has been working in Project Management for over 10 years. In that time she has worked in a variety of different areas so understands what it takes to be part of a successful project and what to do when it gets into trouble. She excels working within International Organisations and thrives on the diversity that this brings.

Emily specialises in the “people” in projects and has been empowering, mentoring and sharing knowledge with the profession to support others on their journey of becoming successful leaders.


KS #5: Antony della Porta (UK)
Topic #5: The Project Approach – choosing the right one!
Saturday, April 10 at 12:10 pm UTC

Antony della Porta Antony has been working in the change delivery arena for many years, primarily as a critical systems thinker and recoverer of troubled projects and programmes.
He now run instructional courses providing insight, guidance and advice on running projects and programmes to deliver change. The main focus is providing understanding, explaining not just the WHY and the WHAT, but also the HOW. How it works and HOW to use it. I prefer the “chalk and talk” approach. Hence all his courses are just that, using a whiteboard, in the classroom AND in his videos!

Accredited – Instructor and Practitioner

Managing Successful Programmes Advanced Practitioner®, Management of Portfolios®, Management of Risk, Management of Value, Managing Benefits, AgilePgM®, AgilePM®, AgileBA®, PRINCE2®, GPM® and PRiSM®

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