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Prof. Vijay Kanabar, Conference Co-Chair

Prof. Rich Maltzman, Conference Co-Chair

Thank you for your interest in Boston University’s Project Management in Practice Conference. For general conference questions, you may directly email Professors Vijay Kanabar at: or Professor Rich Maltzman

Agile Track Chair – Prof. Jim Hannon email him at:

Project Coordinators

Aliya Yabekova

Aliya is from Almaty,  Kazakhstan. She is a Project Management graduate student at Boston University.  She previously worked in marketing and general management for Henkel, Yandex/Uber, and American Councils for International Education. 

Joëlle Cavin

Joëlle  is originally from Switzerland and currently a graduate student at BU with Project Management as major. Simultaneously, she is doing a second master’s degree in business Innovation at the University of St. Gallen. She has previous work experience in product management, consulting, and HR.

Hajar Niroomand 

Hajar Niroomand, PMP, has Master’s degree in Computer Science from Boston University, she is an employee of Princeton University, working as a Network Engineer.  She is leading Security and Monitoring team and involved in design and implementation of Next Generation Network in Princeton University. In addition she is the project manager for many IT projects for Princeton’s networking group. Prior to Princeton University, Hajar worked for 7 years in different companies in computer engineering field. Hajar started facilitating BU MET graduate classes in 2014, she also teaches Computer Science classes in “The College of New Jersey”.

Christopher Nzuka

Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Christopher earned his Master’s degree in IT Project Management from Boston University. For more than a year, he has been working as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Vijay Kanabar and has helped coordinate previous conferences at Boston University. Christopher’s areas of interest include Agile project management, software development, and business analytics.

Meruyert Nussambayeva

Meruyert is a graduate student at Boston University doing Master in Financial Management degree. Before joining BU, she earned Graduate Degree in Finance from University of York (UK). Meruyert has more than 6 years of Big 4 Consulting experience in Kazakhstan. Meruyert worked as BU PM course facilitator during the 2019-2020 academic year, simultaneously working as Research Assistant for Virginia Greiman. Currently, Meruyert is interning in Fresenius Medical Company North America in Financial Planning and Analysis department.

Meruyert Yessenbayeva 

Research intern at Boston University.  Meruyert earned a Master of Science in Project Management from Boston University in 2020. Prior to joining BU, she worked as a civil service employee in Kazakhstan coordinating multiple governmental projects. Meruyert enjoys hiking, playing tennis and learning languages.