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Spotlight on Gilegol Kordbache
Gilegol KordbacheGilegol Kordbache was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. After completing her preliminary college work in Iran, she continued her education in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and earned her bachelor of science degree in business information systems with a secondary emphasis on marketing from Middlesex University.

Gilegol’s life has been characterized by a multitude of challenges which caused her to think through problems and formulate solutions. During her five year stay in Dubai, Gilegol had the opportunity to function in different roles and responsibilities—including several engineering tasks for different information technology (IT) companies. This experience facilitated her to determine that her vocation to be in project management and control.

Her first formal project management and control position was with a software development company, Amlaki, as a project coordinator for information technology projects. Not much later, she was promoted to managing the media division at Amlaki and started working as project manager, managing the development of large web-related software projects. During her career in Dubai she completed several project management related courses offered by the Project Management Institute.

Gilegol benefited through her extensive travels where she was exposed to many different cultures and learned how to easily adapt herself to different circumstances. Her exposure to international companies and virtual teams taught her that team work and communication are two key success factors in project management.

In 2009, she started a family and moved to Norway with her husband. Also, she accepted a position with Aker Solutions in the project management department. Aker Solutions is a leading global oil service company that provides engineering service, technologies, and product solutions in the oil and gas industry.

Gilegol was introduced to AACE International in 2009, at Aker Solutions, while working in the Subsea division. Her involvement in AACE has been an enormous value and has provided her with various opportunities to expand her career. She actively participates in the AACE forums and says they are very interactive and a great source of information. She enjoys articles from the AACE Virtual Library and also says the Cost Engineering journal is a great technical resource for professionals. Gilegol is interested in pursuing PSP certification.

For the past two and half years at Aker Soluions, Gilegol has been functioning as a senior lead planner, working with planning/scheduling activities for all phases of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project; she is using Primavera P6 and project control tools such as earned value, productivity curves, cost performance index , S-curves and critical path in her daily work. She participates in her companies mentoring program and serves as a mentor for a young man that is working in production and cost engineering. She recently learned about the AACE mentoring program and is interested in learning more about the program.

Gilegol says she relies on AACE International as a knowledge base and a hub to connect with other like professionals, especially women, and to exchange information, share experiences, and ask for advice. In Norway, Gilegol attends section meetings in Oslo and says they provide her with a great opportunity to develop a professional network with other specialists in her region.

Gilegol believes project control is the key to managing complex and/or disparate tasks. She says women are natural planners because they must juggle their careers and family lives, including all social, cultural, and economic constraints. She advises women to take advantage of learning “formalized” project control and management techniques. Gilegol says there is a big difference between basic planning and scientific planning methods, such as risk assessment, including mitigation techniques or closure practices. She recommends ladies use the technical materials available through AACE International to improve their careers and help guide them toward their goals.

Article by Julie Owen, CCP PSP