Michel Thiry is founder and managing partner of Valense Ltd, an international consultancy and Education Network and PMI Global Registered Education Provider (REP). He has over 35 years worldwide professional experience, has worked in many cultural environments, and is recognized as a worldwide authority in strategic applications of project, program and value. For the last 15 years, Michel has provided his expertise to major organizations, in various fields, including construction, financial, pharmaceutical, IT and IS, telecom, water treatment, transportation (air and rail), local government and others. He is a regular Keynote Speaker for major International events and has written and lectured widely in International forums, both at the Academic and Practice levels. In addition to his book "Value Management Practice", published by the PMI, he has written a number of chapters in prominent PM books like the Gower "Handbook of project management" and the "Wiley Guide to Managing Projects". Michel has an MSc in Organizational Behaviour with the School of Management and Organizational Behaviour at the University of London and is currently pursuing a PhD at Middlesex University. In 2006 he was elected PMI Fellow for his continued contribution to project management and in 2007 he was nominated Fellow of the Association for Project Management. In 2008, he was awarded a Life Achievement Award by the Canadian Society of Value Analysis.