Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

World Champion Projects and Project Management
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Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is the global champion of project management. He has transformed project management into one of the central issues on every CEO’s 2030 agenda. He is the creator of concepts such as the “Hierarchy of Purpose” featured by Harvard Business Review, or the “Project Economy“; which argues that Projects are the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the C-suite to managing your career or relationships.

Antonio’s research and global impact in modern management has been recognized by Thinkers50 with the prestigious award “Ideas into Practice” and is ranked #17 in the global gurus Top 30 list. He is part of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches.

He was the global Chairman of the Project Management Institute in 2016. He is the co-founder of the Brightline Initiative and the Strategy Implementation Institute.

His work focuses on advising senior leaders on how to lead transformational change; prioritize and implement strategic initiatives; build high-performing teams; work across silos and become a learning organization; all essential elements to create a culture that strives for execution, excellence, and collaboration.

Antonio is the author of Lead Successful Projects (Penguin, 2019), The Project Revolution (LID, 2019), and The Focused Organization (Taylor&Francis, 2014). Additionally, he has contributed to seven other books. He is currently writing the Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook to be published in 2021. Antonio is a pioneer and leading authority in teaching and coaching senior executives the art and science of strategy execution and project management. He is currently a visiting professor at Duke CE, Instituto de Empresa, Solvay, Vlerick, Ecole des Ponts, and Skolkovo.

He is an in-demand speaker at events worldwide. Over the past 20 years, Antonio has presented at more than 220 conferences around the world, regularly evaluated as the best speaker. The European Business Summit, Strategy Leaders Forum, Gartner Summit, TEDx, and EU Cohesion Policy Conference with EU President Donald Tusk are some of the events he has delivered inspirational keynotes.

He is the Director of the Program Management Office at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines. Previously, he worked as Head of Project Portfolio Management at BNP Paribas Fortis. Before that, he was Head of Post-Merger Integration at Fortis Bank, leading the acquisition of ABN AMBRO, the largest in financial service history. He also worked for ten years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, becoming the global lead practitioner for project and change management.

Born in Madrid, Spain, and educated in Germany, Mexico, Italy, and the United States, Antonio is fluent in five languages. He is an Economist, has an MBA from London Business School, and he is certified as corporate Director by Insead. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in strategy implementation.