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I’m Marisa Silva, a.k.a. the Lucky PM.

I’m passionate and intrigued by projects. PPM / PMO Consultant.

Trainer. Speaker. Curious. Human.

Yet, if this is not enough and you want to know more about me…keep on reading.

I’m an experienced PMO and PPM advisor, educator, author, and international speaker, with a track record of establishing, embedding and maturing best-fit practices and building capabilities in complex organizations undergoing transformational business change. A passionate advocate of the value of PMOs as business partners and enablers of strategic change delivery, I have developed my career from management consulting, with work experience gained internationally and across industries.

I hold a MSc (with distinction) in Strategic Management of Projects from University College London (UCL), a BSc in Management, a specialization in Competitive Intelligence, and a PgDip in Foresight, Strategy and Innovation by ISEG (Lisbon). Currently, I’m undertaking a PhD in Project Management at Alma Mater Europaea, on the topic of anti-fragility in project management. My  main research interests include PMOs, future-oriented project management, sustainable project management, and organizational agility.


I’m certified as a PMP®, PRINCE2®, PRINCE 2 Agile®, MOP®, MSP®, P3O®, APMP® (IPMA-D), PMD® Pro Level 2, PMO-CP, as well as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP®) for MS Project, Project Server and Project Online. In addition, I’m an active member of the project management community, having been a blogger at, a fellow member of the APM®, subject matter expert representative in the Portuguese technical commission liaising with ISO/TC 258, contributor to the PMI’s publication “Organizational Project Management Guide”, and having served as a volunteer with the PMI® Portugal Chapter. For a period, I was also Secretary of the APM PMO Specific Interest Group. PMOs are my area of passion – and that’s why I’m also a member of the Advisory Board of the PMO Global Alliance and co-author of the only PMO training courses accredited by the chartered body for the project profession (APM).


A believer in the power of project management skills for social good, I also held volunteer positions as a mentor at Project Managers Against Poverty and Programs Director at Project Managers Without Borders (PMWB).


In 2019 I was proud to became one of the youngest Fellow members of the APM, in recognition of my contribution to the profession, and in 2020 I’ve been awarded ‘Young Project Manager of the Year’ by the APOGEP/IPMA Young Crew Portugal.


May all your projects be lucky!

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