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Ricardo Vargas


Principal, Macrosolutions / PMI

Location: Everywhere


I am a results-based project, portfolio, and risk management specialist, with a focus on strategy implementation. During the past 18 years, I was responsible for over 80 major projects in several countries in areas of oil and gas, mining, energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, IT, and finance, including the establishment of a portfolio of over 20 billion dollars of projects implemented. In 2009, I was the first Latin American to be elected Chairman of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the largest project management association in the world. I had the opportunity to write fifteen books and a dozen or technical articles on project management, published in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Danish, which have sold over 300,000 copies throughout the world. Between 2012 and 2016, I was the first director of Infrastructure and Project Management at the United Nations (UNOPS). My work focused on strengthening the support of humanitarian, peace-building and infrastructure projects in dozens of fragile and developing countries, such as Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan. I am a chemical engineer with a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from UFMG. I am also a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering by the UFF. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors accepted my membership as MRICS in 2015, and I was accredited with the most prestigious certifications in the project, portfolio and risk management worldwide. Finally, I attended the Program on Negotiation for Executives at Harvard, the Advanced PM Program at Stanford University the Strategy and Innovation program at MIT Sloan School of Business. My specialties are: ◆ Project, Portfolio, and Risk Management ◆ Programme Development ◆ Negotiations ◆ Crisis Management ◆ Troubled Projects ◆ Project Competencies ◆ Sustainability

Work experience

Macrosolutions, Principal
January 1999 - Present, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
I started Macrosolutions in 1999 with the initial objective of to managing the copyright and royalties received for publications and project management products. With the area growth, Macrosolutions started to coordinate the training, courses and lectures I started to offer. In 2006, it became a project management consulting company with international operations in areas like oil and gas, energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, information technology and finances.

Brasport Livros e Multimidia, Author
January 1998 - Present, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brasport and I are working together since 1998 when they accepted to publish my first book: Project Management: Strategy, Planning and Control. After this book, we published together other 14 books in Project Management field with more than 300,000 copies sold. Some of the books were translated to english and to spanish for a wider audience. The books are available in printed, Amazon Kindle and Apple iBookstore's formats. My publications are listed below with their respective links.

United Nations, Director - PM
June 2012 - September 2016, Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
After the merge of the project management and infrastructure groups, I was appointed the director of what is now called "Infrastructure and Project Management Group." My functions now include all project management work I started in 2012 and the technical activities related to design and engineering of roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, health clinics, public buildings and several other kinds of related infrastructure work of a US$1,2bi portfolio. UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need. During 2010 – 2013, four high-level goals will define the work of UNOPS. They are called ‘contribution goals,' since UNOPS contributes to the work and results of its partners. - Rebuilding peace and stability after conflict - Early recovery of communities affected by natural disaster - The ability of people to develop local economies and obtain social services - Environmental sustainability and adaptation to climate change UNOPS employs more than 10,500 personnel annually and on behalf of its partners creates thousands more work opportunities in local communities. With its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, a network of five regional offices and a further 20 operations and project centres, UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.


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