On June 14, 2024, the National Project Management Forum 2024, organized by the Project Management Insitute Central Italy Chapter (PMI-CIC), brought together more than 600 project professionals in Rome to discuss, improve and foster the methodologies and principles of the Project Management Institute (PMI), a leading authority in this field, from different perspective.

Lucila Dotto, Europe Head of Community, PMI, invited Serena Montefusco, Assistant Project and Communication Manager of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, to share her approach to the project management on social inclusion and human rights, emphasizing synergies with some of the principles of the Project Management Institute.

Tell us more about you. 

My name is Serena Montefusco, I am currently working at the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights – Faculty of Bioethics, which is affiliated with both the Pontifical Atheneum Regina Apostolorum and the European University of Rome. I have obtained the PMI certification “Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)”; since 2018, I have been a member of PMI Central Italy Chapter and a volunteer at the Editorial Committee.  

How your purpose relates to PMI’s purpose?
My purpose is to use project management skills to promote social inclusion. PMI aims to empower individuals and organizations to achieve their goals through effective project management. By focusing on social inclusion, I seek to ensure that diverse communities benefit from well-managed projects, thereby fostering equity and accessibility. This shared commitment to applying project management principles for positive societal impact reflects a common dedication to creating a more inclusive and equitable world.

What brought you to the PM profession and to PMI?
In 2017, when I started working on projects related to raising awareness relating to human rights and improving social inclusion, I realized that I needed to improve my project management skills as well. I discovered that PMI is the leading authority on project management and is the most reputable organization in the field. 

How your purpose relates to PMI’s purpose?
My purpose aligns with PMI’s purpose considering three main principles that we have in common: 1) being welcoming and focused on the needs of project professionals; 2) commitment to lifelong learning and continuous skill development. I believe in the importance of continuous education and skill enhancement to stay relevant and effective in this ever-evolving field. 3) aim to utilize AI effectively and responsibly considering the ethical and sustainable aspects of it.

By adhering also to these principles, at the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights we work towards a common goal of advancing project management while fostering a more inclusive and ethical world.