Mohamed Khalifa, Project Manager in Salmiya, Hawalli Governorate, Kuwait
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Mohamed Khalifa

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Salmiya, Hawalli Governorate, Kuwait
Toptal Member Since
June 7, 2021

Mohamed is a renowned project management consultant with a strong background in IT and business. He possesses broad-based skills gained from over 20 years of project management experience and has 19 specialist certifications, including DASSM, PgMP, PMP, PMI-ACP, and PMI-PBA. Mohamed has developed, implemented, and operated many project and program management offices, such as the IT department at the Ministry of Education in Qatar.

Project Highlights

Lifelong's Training Management System
Launched, managed, and implemented different releases of the Lifelong training management system (TMS) for universities and training institutes.
PMO Implementation
Implemented and managed IT project management office at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) in the State of Qatar.
ERP Implementation
Implemented an enterprise resource planning solution of 22 modules for the Nile Kordsa factory.


Work Experience

EPMO Consultant

2022 - 2023
National Bank of Bahrain
  • Uplifted the enterprise project management office (EPMO) maturity level by implementing standardized project management practices and enhancing project governance frameworks, which improved project outcomes and increased organizational efficiency.
  • Coached the Agile transformation initiative, leading cross-functional teams and ensuring the successful delivery of various projects, which resulted in enhanced agility, faster time to market, and increased customer satisfaction.
  • Developed the EPMO Services Catalogue and Manual, providing a comprehensive repository of project management services, methodologies, and best practices, enabling streamlined project execution and consistent project delivery across the organization.
  • Completed all governance processes and procedures while ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements, minimizing project risks, and optimizing decision-making processes for project selection, prioritization, and resource allocation.
  • Adopted a robust governance and engagement model, fostering collaboration and alignment with other departments and enabling effective communication, stakeholder management, and resource coordination for successful project execution.
  • Developed and conducted training programs for staff in project management and Agile methodologies, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to drive project success, which resulted in improved project performance.
  • Increased internal customer satisfaction regarding the EPMO by 15% through proactive communication, responsive support, and continuous improvement initiatives, fostering stronger stakeholder partnerships and trust.
  • Developed a portfolio for the bank by encompassing all projects and initiatives, providing visibility into project statuses, resource allocation, and financial metrics, and facilitating informed decision-making and effective portfolio management.
  • Implemented Planview as the central project management tool, enabling efficient project planning, tracking, and reporting and improving project visibility, resource management, and overall project performance.
  • Coached and mentored staff, business unit heads, and executives on project management principles, practices, and leadership skills, fostering a project-centric culture and empowering individuals to drive successful project outcomes.

Products Manager and Futurist

2009 - 2021
Lifelong Kuwait
  • Led the project, program, and portfolio management consulting services. Set up and maintained project management for customers. Developed and maintained agile strategic planning.
  • Developed and managed new digital products for Lifelong and its customers, which involved ideating, developing business cases, managing projects and programs, preparing operations and marketing strategy, and improving the process.
  • Held workshops to guide customers and Lifelong staff to operate, market, maintain, and improve new products and services.
  • Provided training and coaching services in project, program, portfolio, innovation, digital transformation, Agile transformation, Lean, Agile PMOs, organizational development, and strategic management.
  • Implemented and managed complete project management offices for the IT department at the Ministry of Education in Qatar, with the goal of being the best Arabian country in e-learning.

Project and Office Manager

2007 - 2008
Technology World Company
  • Coached and mentored project and program managers in managing company projects by adopting suitable methodologies and using tools for project management, program recovery, monitoring, and support.
  • Set up and managed project management solutions and trained PMO staff, project managers, and project team to use them.
  • Managed strategic programs using a variety of methodologies.
  • Provided project management consulting services to customers.

Center Manager

2004 - 2006
Technology Domain Institute
  • Joined the company as a Microsoft Certified Trainer and was promoted within a year to center manager.
  • Delivered IT courses on Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and IT security.
  • Set up and maintained Institute's strategy, KPIs, policies, and procedures.
  • Hired and managed team members, improved their skills, and evaluated their performance.

Supervisor, Management Information Systems

1999 - 2004
Nile Kordsa
  • Joined as an IT specialist the became the MIS supervisor and member of the management committee.
  • Implemented a complete ERP solution with 22 modules, covering accounting, HR, planning, material, manufacturing, technical, and security.
  • Collaborated with a team to develop software systems such as a complete purchasing requisition system, intranet, and a document management system.
  • Managed the company database, email exchange server, network, and network security.

IT Supervisor

1993 - 1998
JAC Factory
  • Joined as an IT specialist in the quality department and was promoted to IT supervisor for the factory.
  • Built and maintained car factory databases such as spare parts, inventory, sales, customers, production, and quality.
  • Developed and maintained the IT infrastructure, strategy, and operations.
  • Delivered and operated the decision support system to generate smart reports for decision-makers.

Lifelong's Training Management System

Launched, managed, and implemented different releases of the Lifelong training management system (TMS) for universities and training institutes.

Developed and managed the product roadmap, leading over 15 developers, testers, and software architects to create the product, manage the sales process, present the product to customers, and lead the customization to fit requirements.

PMO Implementation

Implemented and managed IT project management office at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) in the State of Qatar.

Managed 12 project managers and four program managers to achieve the digital transformation strategic objectives of MEHE, Qatar. For two years, I supported project managers on more than 100 projects and programs to achieve digitalization strategic objectives. I also developed and implemented different project management methodologies, customized Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solution, trained and coached project and program managers, and participated in digital transformation strategic planning.

ERP Implementation

Implemented an enterprise resource planning solution of 22 modules for the Nile Kordsa factory.

Managed a team of seven professionals from various departments plus two experts to implement a complete smart ERP system containing 22 modules. The system covered finance, HR, technical, planning, resources, and procurement.
2002 - 2004

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

Sadat Academy - Cairo, Egypt

2000 - 2002

Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology

Sadat Academy - Cairo, Egypt

1986 - 1990

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting

Zagazig University - Zagazig, Egypt

APRIL 2021 - MARCH 2024

PMO Implementation Professional

Association of Global PMOs


Discipled Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM)

Project Management Institute (PMI)


Certified Digital Marketing Professional v 8.0

Digital Marketing Institute


IPMO - Expert



Digital Marketing Professional

Digital Marketing Institute


Contract and Commercial Management Advanced Practitioner (CCMAP)



SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), USA


PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)

Project Management Institute (PMI)


Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)


Leadership Master Class Alumni

Project Management Institute (PMI)


Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)

International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), Canada


Certified Human Recourses Business Professional (HRBP)

Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), USA


PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)


PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

MAY 2009 - SEPTEMBER 2021

Program Management Professional (PgMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)


PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)


Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist



Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM)

Knowledge Management Institute, USA


Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)


Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+)



Microsoft Project, Trello, Jira, Slack, Zoom


Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)


Agile Project Management, Lean, Scrum, Management, Continuous Deployment, Agile

Industry Expertise

Digital Marketing, Software


Agile Program Management, Agile Coaching, Project Management, Project Rescue, IT Projects, IT Program Management, Digital Transformation Program Management, Launch Strategy, Portfolio Management, Lean Portfolio Management, Portfolios, Project Portfolio Management Platforms, Enterprise Product Portfolios, IT Business Analysis, Business Advisory, Scheduling, Project Scheduling, Information Systems, IT Management, Leadership, Training, Product Owner, PMO Development, Financial Systems, Project Planning, Project Budget Management, Program Management, Complex Program Management, IT Strategy, Growth Strategy, Risk Management, Digitization, IT Services, IT, Business Analysis, Business Agility, Business Process Analysis, Contract Management, Human Resources (HR), Enterprise Project Management, Certified Trainer, Knowledge Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Customer Service, Product Management, IT Service Management (ITSM), Databases, Reporting, Excel Macros, VB, Strategy, Business & Digital Transformation, Planview, Microsoft Project Server, LeanKit, Objectives & Key Results (OKRs), Governance, Digital Transformation

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