Assel Ayapova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Assel Ayapova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Assel Ayapova


Location: Arlington, VA, USA

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Assel Ayapova is Certified Program Manager (IPMA B-Level, GW Masters Certificate in PM), and has over 15 years experience in managing of Industrial, Organizational, Financial, Innovational Projects. She is a Member of PMI and IPMA. Developed PMO and PM standards at several companies. She is a practicing PM Trainer. Assel is the author of the best paper at the Fifth World Association for Sustainable Development International Conference (Brisbane, Australia), and the best project at UNECE Women Entrepreneurs and Information Communication Technologies International Business Forum (Haifa, Israel).

Her career in AES Corporation started in 2011 as a Construction Project Director. Last two Power Plant Construction projects in AES Kazakhstan was completed safely, ahead of schedule and with saving more that 10% of project budget. Assel was two times winner of AES Global APEX Award in 2012 and 2014.

Since 2017 Assel is working at AES Headquarter and leading Innovative Global Program among 15 countries as a Global Drone Program Manager. Assel is responsible for the governance, planning processes and procedures to accomplish Drone Program objectives as well as the integration and expanding the use of drone/robotics applications across AES platform to improve safety and performance. AES Corporation recognized with Global Drone Program at AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards 2018 and owned 2nd Place in category Operations & Safety Organization. Also in 2018 under leadership of Assel the AES Global Program was selected as a Finalist at S&P Global Energy Award 2018 at the Category Commercial technologies of the Year.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

When I was student at University I have realized “Everything we do in our life is a Project”. My passion about Project Management, coupled with my education, led me to the career of Global Program Manager. The most important and exciting part of Project manager’s role is to influence to stakeholders to make a change in the organization and execute company’s strategy.

The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:

Recent years projects and programs are becoming more complex, because business environment is changed and became volatile, uncertain and number of stakeholders increased. The most important skills for successful projects/programs completion:
1/Project context evaluation and Shareholders mapping&management
2/Proper risk management though life cycle of the project
3/Establish proper Communication with Project team and Stakeholders

I build and nurture my professional network by:

My worldwide professional network was built during managing different projects, as major stakeholders of my projects are my contacts currently. Also I expand my network in Industry related conferences and I actively use Social Media Web pages.

At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:

At the beginning of my career I thought that I can do better myself everything and didn’t delegate the task to team. Later years I understood, Micromanaging will not help to grow. And also I was I had known more about Emotional Intelligence.

Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:

From my childhood I have few historical women leaders who inspired me. I think every Female Project Manager should have a strong character of “The Iron Lady'” Margaret Thatcher.

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

To know people and get connected, build a network is a key for being successful in professional and personal life.

My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:

To be always a Credible person in rapid changing environment by continues improvement of Competence and Confidence.


Hello amazing women of the project management world!

My observation after two decades of working in the project management industry is that our voices as women are simply not heard enough online in articles, podcasts, and across social media channels. Let’s change that!

  1. If you’re a woman working in project management, I want to hear from you! Submit your profile today to make sure to be included in this years event which has already begun.
  2. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be inspired by daily posts as we celebrate all of these wonderful women in project management! Feel motivated by their stories, achievements and perspectives.
  3. Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
  4. Join our FREE exclusive Celebrating Women in Project Management Facebook group – a new space for women in project management to come together and discuss ideas, give advice, provide support, and network with women from all over the globe.



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