Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez: Biography highlights
World’s leading expert in strategy implementation, cultural transformation, successful change and project leadership.
Full biography of Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez
Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez’s Background
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), and has contributed to seven other books. A pioneer and leading authority in teaching and coaching senior executives the art and science of strategy execution and project management. Currently visiting professor at Duke CE, Instituto de Empresa, Solvay, Vlerick, Ecole des Ponts, and Skolkovo.
He is a much-in-demand speaker at events worldwide. Antonio has presented at more than 220 conferences around the world, regularly evaluated as the best speaker. European Business Summit, Strategy Leaders Forum, Gartner Summit, TEDx, and EU Cohesion Policy Conference; 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. Prior 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 Economists, has an MBA from London Business School and Insead’s IDP.
Watch Antonio in action
“Antonio delivered a fantastic, thought-provoking, presentation to the PMI UK Chapter London region in June 2012. Through his presentation on Selling Portfolio Management to the Senior Executive he provided us with a unique insight into how concentrating on a few initiatives can dramatically improve strategy execution. His presentation and insights are based on years of academic and business research, as well as his experience working with CxO’s in a variety of industries. We received great feedback from our members, including “best presentation of the year”, “he has genuinely taught me something unique tonight which I can take back to my job” and “Remember, be FOCUSED.”
Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF)
“As Past President of the PMI Northern Italy Chapter, I had the pleasure to welcome Antonio to the event of the celebration of our 20th anniversary in the presence of more than 400 members. I can say that his presentation was a complete success and, on the basis of feedback provided by the attendees, I have identified three main reasons:
1. The ability to engage the attendees through a peer-to-peer communication style that is focused on the importance of understanding the business language and its priorities;
2. The use of many practical examples and lessons learned coming from his personal experience of Director of the PMO and Portfolio Manager within big companies;
3. The intellectual honesty of mentioning, not only successful initiatives but also problematic situations and difficulties encountered during his professional life.
So, to all those who won’t fill the gap between business strategy and delivery, I strongly suggest a keynote like Antonio.
You will not regret your choice of engaging him!”
Dubai World Trade Centre
“Mr Antonio is a great leader and speaker with a rich professional worldwide experience. I had the opportunity to Learn from Mr Antonio during the Project Management module he presented at “Innovative leaders program” in Dubai sponsored by UAE Government Leaders Program of The Prime Minister’s Office. During his session Mr Antonio gave invaluable insights on Project and Portfolio Management, He has displayed top-level leadership and communication skills throughout the session. I’ll be looking forward to seeing more collaborations with Mr Antonio in the future.”
“I had the pleasure of seeing Antonio speak at Nordic Project Zone where he had the crucial speaking slot at the very end of the day. Antonio’s presentation style is perfect for this slot – he has precisely the right combination of humour, passion and content knowledge to completely capture the audience’s attention. If you have the chance to see Antonio speak, do so! His wealth of experience combined with his charismatic presentation style is truly inspirational!”
Global Business Services
“I had the pleasure to work with Antonio at the ProjectZone 2010 Summit, in Budapest where he was one of our keynote speakers. He definitely exceeded our expectations with his powerful, insightful speech. There are many people who claim to be motivational speakers but only few can hold the title and claim full ownership. We are all still flying high on his plane of inspirational guidance.”
Antonio's speaking topics
Execution Thriving Culture – LEADERSHIP
Learn how leading organizations, such as Apple, Lego, Huawei and Singapore Airlines create a culture that thrives for strategy execution through extreme prioritization.
Enhance Focus - LEADERSHIP
Dalai Lama, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, and other great leaders have one common skill: their ability to focus. Learn how to increase focus and raise productivity, happiness and personal satisfaction.
Corporate Governance 2.0 - GROWTH
InBev, Facebook, Inditex… world class Boards’ of Directors shifted their focus from value preservation – monitoring – to value creation – leading. Understand how.
Successful M&As - GROWTH
Hear what can be learned from the failure of the largest acquisition in the Financial Sector history, the takeover of ABN AMBRO; and GE’s key ingredients for successful M&As
The Project Manifesto - GROWTH
Policy Implementation - LEADERSHIP
Successful governments craft a long-term vision for their countries and regions and focus on policy implementation. UAE and Singapore started decades ago, hear how.
Navigating Disruption - INNOVATION
Find inspiration from the world’s most astonishing disruptions, like Ryanair, Uber, Philips and Tesla and the crucial role that leadership plays in today’s turbulent times.