Project Management Institute Announces 2022 Future 50 List Celebrating 50 Young Rising Leaders Transforming the World through Projects

From using drones and data to eliminate plastic pollution, to ensuring a new generation of leaders have a voice in government, the 2022 cohort of changemakers are making the world a better place

Today, Project Management Institute (PMI) announced its third annual Future 50 list, which features 50 rising leaders using bold and innovative thinking to transform the world through notable projects. The 50 standout project leaders, highlighted in a new digital experience on, represent a new generation of fearless changemakers dedicated to forging a better tomorrow. Honorees include groundbreaking achievements from people across many industries and countries, including young technology innovator Kelly Yang, PMP from Google, and government youth advocate Shamma Al Mazrui, from the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth.

As much as global megatrends – such as the climate crisis; digital disruption; and civil, civic, and equality movements – create a massive impact on society, they also create implications for projects and the profession of project management. Projects are how individuals, organizations, and entire societies are mitigating the impact of these global megatrends, which puts immense pressure on those leading projects. Even as individuals strive for a balance between the many worlds we live in — virtual and physical, personal and public — the 2022 Future 50 honorees have risen to the challenge of making a new and better reality for all.

“In a world filled with rapid technological advances, demographic shifts, and the resulting complexities of globalization, this year’s Future 50 list is a testament to how the next generation is driving change,” said Michael DePrisco, Interim President and Chief Operating Officer at PMI. “These rising leaders exemplify our mission of making a difference around the world through projects, and we are proud to tell the story of their impact on society.”

This year’s Future 50 honorees were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted from around the world. The final list represents a full spectrum of regions, industries, and achievements in the Project Economy – one in which people have the skills and capabilities they need to turn ideas into reality. While some honorees are Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holders, others may not even describe themselves as project managers. What unites the Future 50 honorees is their commitment to projects, and how they are the foundation for positive impact today and tomorrow. 

To read about what passions and missions drive the next generation of talent, visit  
The 2022 Future 50 List includes:* 

  • Alcides Cabral, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMP, Unitel, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Alfonso de los Rios, Nowports, Latin America
  • Aliaa Ismail, Factum Foundation, Middle East 
  • Anbang Jin, Schaeffler (Nanjing) Co. Ltd., China
  • Anna Luísa Beserra, Sustainable Development and Water for All, Latin America
  • Anna Nakajima, Coly Inc., Asia Pacific
  • Archana Parvathy, Bosch Global Software Technologies, South Asia
  • Asia Allen, Smith Gee Studio, North America
  • Azeez Gupta, Rocket Learning, South Asia
  • Beatie Wolfe, North America
  • Bismack Biyombo, Bismack Biyombo Foundation, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Bolor-Erdene Battsengel, Ministry of Digital Development and Communications of Mongolia, Asia Pacific
  • Catherine Nakalembe, PhD,  NASA Harvest, North America
  • Charles Forte, Rocco Forte Hotels, Europe
  • Chidiebere Ibe, Journal of Global Neurosurgery, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Christian Leke Achaleke, Local Youth Corner Cameroon, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Damilola Olokesusi, Shuttlers Metropolitan Mobility Co. Ltd., Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Daniel Metzler, Isar Aerospace, Europe
  • David Python, Cariuma, Latin America
  • Dunola Oladapo, Luton Lights, Europe
  • Ellie Mackay, Ellipsis Earth, Europe
  • Facundo Carrillo, PhD, Sigmind, Latin America
  • Garvita Gulhati, Why Waste?, South Asia
  • Hamilton Bennett, Moderna, North America
  • Ilona Laskowska, Arup, Europe
  • Jack Irving, Jack Irving Studio, Europe
  • Jamie Cerexhe, Mastt, Asia Pacific
  • Josh Wardle, Mschf, North America
  • Kathy Johnston, Mirzam, Middle East
  • Kelly Yang, PMP, Google, North America
  • Khalid Mahmood Al Marzouqi, PMI-RMP, PMP, PfMP, Prime Minister’s Office, Kingdom of Bahrain, Middle East
  • Lisa Alcindor, PhD, U.S. Air Force, North America
  • Liz Chicaje Churay, Latin America
  • Lovy Bhatia, PMP, Airbnb, South Asia
  • Lucile Hamon, Backacia, Europe
  • Marcos Zanon, NotCo, Latin America
  • Michelle Egger, Biomilq, North America
  • Min Jiang, China State Construction E-Commerce Co., Ltd., China
  • Mizuki Nakajima, Coly Inc., Asia Pacific
  • Naomi Osaka, Play Academy, North America
  • Nick Molnar, Afterpay, Asia Pacific
  • Rayner Loi, Lumitics, Asia Pacific
  • RJ Scaringe, PhD, Rivian, North America
  • Sahra Sahibi, Deutsche Börse Group, Europe
  • Shahad Alazzaz, Azaz Architects, Middle East
  • Shamma Al Mazrui, UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth, Middle East
  • Suguru Endo, PhD, NTT Computer & Data Science Laboratories, Asia Pacific
  • Yamini Bhat, Vymo, South Asia
  • Zeng Fan, PMP, China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corp., China
  • Zoya Lytvyn, Osvitoria, Europe

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About Project Management Institute (PMI)

Project Management Institute (PMI) is the leading professional organization for project management, and the authority for a growing global community of millions of project professionals and individuals who use project management skills. Collectively, these professionals and "changemakers" consistently create better outcomes for businesses, community and society worldwide.

PMI empowers people to make ideas a reality. Through global advocacy, networking, collaboration, research, and education, PMI prepares organizations and individuals at every stage of their career journey to work smarter so they can drive success in a world of change. 

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