Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

The world’s leading champion of project management.


Ranked in 2023. 


Recipient of the Thinkers50 2017 Ideas into Practice Award. 


Member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches.


Nieto-Rodriguez is on a quest for every individual, student, and leader to learn the basics of leading projects successfully. Founder of a global movement that has transformed a tactical topic – project management – into one of the central issues in the CEO’s agenda, Nieto-Rodriguez argues that project management is the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the C-suite to managing careers or relationships. He is the creator of concepts such as the Project Economy and the Hierarchy of Purpose.


Born in Madrid and educated in Germany, Italy, Mexico and the US, Nieto-Rodriguez is a thought leader, author, practitioner, and professor in project and strategy implementation. He is the former chair of the Project Management Institute and co-founder of the Strategy Implementation Institute and the global movement Brightline. Nieto-Rodriguez is visiting professor at Duke CE, Instituto de Empresa, Solvay, Vlerick, Ecole des Ponts, and Skolkovo and Director of the Program Management Office at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines.


The Focused Organization: How Concentrating on a Few Key Initiatives Can Dramatically Improve Strategy Execution (Taylor&Francis, 2014); The Project Revolution: How to Succeed in a Project Driven World (LID, 2019); Lead Successful Projects (Penguin, 2019); HBR Project Management Handbook (HBR Press, 2021); “The Project Economy Has Arrived” (HBR, 2021).


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“The godfather of modern project management.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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