The Worldwide Association of Female Professionals Recognizes Kirsti van Wessel

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With over two decades of experience in her field, Kirsti van Wessel is an experienced Project Manager, confident in using several methodologies; Prince II, Agile, Semat,and Lean. With a facilitating leadership style, not afraid to take ownership of problems, or making clear decisions. Projects based on Linux and Windows environments have ranged from; infrastructure, security, migrations, and software development. An expert at analyzing complex requirements, and at defining innovative and cost-effective (technical) solutions. Good at building bridges between both internal and external groups. Excellent presentation skills. Used to helping management make technical decisions.
For the last 6 years Kirsti has worked internationally for Red Hat, as a Technical Project Manager. As preparation for Projects she would work on tenders, RFI-, RFP-requests, and work with pre-sales. Using PMI standards for project governance, strong stakeholder management, resourcing, reporting, risk management and budgeting. Commercial awareness, both for customer and Red Hat.  Diverse projects with a focus on Cloud infrastructure, automation and management tools, and containerizing software. Always working with international teams, not all at the same location. I have also taught internal training on solution selling. Manager, active member, and promoter of CoP (Community of Practice)
Based in Oxford, United Kingdom, Kirsti speaks fluent Dutch and English, as well as a basic proficiency of German, French, Spanish, and Danish. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from RH&O with an added degree for teaching English as a second language. She has received extensive professional certification and qualifications in specialties such as High Impact Leadership, Organizational Change Management, Advanced Negotiation, ITIL Service Management, and Project Management (IPMA D).
In her spare time Kirsti has been volunteering in organizing Science-Fiction conventions. After 10 years of the smaller Benelux conventions (between 150 – 200 visitors), she has helped out on several UK EasterConventions, and is currently supporting the World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin as Creators Alley Area Head.
Worldwide Association of Female Professionals Member Kirsti van Wessel can be found on the Association Directory, where she is looking forward to networking with you.