The Project Management Institute recognizes projects that are reinventing our future with the release of 2021’s Most Influential Project Lists


PHILADELPHIA CREAM – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Project Management Institute (PMI) today announced the 50 Most Influential Projects of the Last 12 Months on its third annual Most Influential Projects List. The list, which debuted in 2019 in honor of PMI’s 50e anniversary, highlights exciting projects around the world and in all sectors that have achieved important milestones and have had an impact on our society.

Projects are the primary way to turn ideas into reality, and an idea is only an idea until we make it real through a project. The 2021 Most influential projects list shows how project managers and change makers have found ingenious ways to bring projects to life amid global disruptions, including the continuing pandemic.

“As a special purpose organization, PMI is dedicated to supporting and uplifting those who enable change in the world,” said Michael DePrisco, COO of the Project Management Institute. “Our 2021 Most Influential Projects list proves how creativity, collaboration, discipline and determination can turn the boldest ideas into reality and change the world we live in, even during the most difficult times. ”

The main list of the 50 most influential projects includes innovation in transport, renewable energy, architecture, technology, etc. Some of the top-ranked projects include mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, the 2022 Winter Olympics, and the Crew-1 mission. In addition, PMI published 30 lists honoring the 10 most influential projects in various regions and industries. In total, the lists include over 250 groundbreaking efforts across a wide range of industries.

Members of the project management community, including experts, volunteers, academics and industry leaders from around the world, provided feedback and nominations for this year’s list. The pool of candidate projects, which numbered in the thousands, was then validated by a PMI® enlightened management team. The final list represents the vision of PMI’s projects, and the project professionals and the change makers behind them represent the creative spirit that shapes the way the world collectively reinvents a new future, makes ideas and dreams come true, and through therefore, change the world.

The winners include important triumphs such as creating a framework for the sustainability of the global ocean economy; give a new dimension to commercial space flights; and accelerate the long-simmering transition to more flexible working arrangements; in addition to very hard-hitting but lesser-known victories such as the Mumbai Metro and the Museum of the Future. The highest-ranked project on the Top 50 list is the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines created in less than a year by the companies Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech.

For a full list of projects and industry and region specific “Top 10” lists, visit The list is also featured in a special edition of PMI’s award-winning publication PM Network® magazine.

The 50 most influential projects *

  1. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines – For accelerated coronavirus vaccines
  2. The great experience of the WFH – To accelerate the long-simmering transition to more flexible working arrangements
  3. Give it 100% – To create a framework to sustain the global ocean economy
  4. COVAX – For acting as a global conscience on global vaccine equity
  5. Sand dollar – To establish the first government-backed digital currency
  6. Olympic Winter Games 2022 – To go green
  7. Riyadh Metro – For bringing the power of public transport to Saudi Arabia’s largest city
  8. When you see yourself NFT – To bring non-fungible tokens into the mainstream music
  9. Energy Island – To revolutionize renewable energies, once again
  10. Mission Crew-1 – To give a new dimension to commercial space flights
  11. Regenerate Australia – To protect an emblematic ecosystem with a sustainable climate plan
  12. Perlmutter – To map the universe at high speed — and this is just for beginners
  13. Bombay Metro – To dig deep to make transportation safer in one of the most populous cities in the world
  14. Atala Prism – To use blockchain to improve educational outcomes and lead to positive socio-economic change
  15. Andes Renovables – To build a sustainable energy source and boost the local economy
  16. Shield of Troy – To outwit some of the world’s most sophisticated criminals with a simple app
  17. Mineral – To cultivate next-generation technology to feed the world
  18. Reconstruction of the Al-Nouri Mosque Complex – For using architecture to help rebuild a community emotionally and economically
  19. Tiangong Space Station – To build a space station of the future
  20. Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic plant – For helping the UAE diversify its energy and economy
  21. Clubhouse – To no longer follow leaders in the social media space
  22. Expo 2020 Dubai – To work around COVID-19 to make a mega-event even bigger
  23. Perseverance – To return to Mars – helicopter in tow
  24. Floating city of the Maldives – Boldly for a more resilient future for coastal cities
  25. Bridgerton Costume Design – To equip a global pop culture phenomenon
  26. Propulsion center – To challenge systemic racism by fueling new generation thinking in black universities
  27. Burberry Social Retail Store – To create a state-of-the-art retail space with social currency
  28. Commercial alliance to develop climate solutions – To give large companies their own climate collective
  29. National wildlife census – For generating real data to save Kenya’s animals and its tourism sector
  30. Voyager Station – To bring space tourism closer to reality with an extraordinary luxury hotel in low earth orbit
  31. Earth Project – To reinvent retail through sustainable shopping
  32. Microsoft games accessibility test – To take inclusion in video games to the next level
  33. Without waste – To help supermarkets waste less while getting shoppers a bargain
  34. Tulsa Race Massacre Excavation – For helping to shut down a community rocked by racial violence
  35. PlayStation 5 – To literally change the game
  36. Multi-node quantum network – To take another step towards a non-hackable Internet
  37. Rewilding of the Galapagos Islands – To restore fragile ecosystems while developing sustainable economies
  38. Day light – To listen to LGBTQ + customers, then offer a banking experience tailored to their needs
  39. Warm heart – For pioneering an AI-powered renewable energy solution that also serves as an urban playground
  40. Edo West African Art MuseumTo create a space for the home of long-scattered artifacts
  41. Opening – To take supersonic flight to new heights
  42. Atal Tunnel – To move mountains to improve transport in the Himalayas
  43. Aeson – To bridge the gap between heart failure and a transplant
  44. Wufengshan Bridge – To combine high-speed rail transport and road transport
  45. Museum of the Future – For incorporating its forward-looking focus into its next-generation design and build
  46. Pandora Brilliance – For bringing laboratory-created diamonds to the general public
  47. Airlander 10 – For promising premium air travelers, a smoother and more environmentally friendly upgrade
  48. Thinking Hut v1.0 – For trying to end educational inequalities with a school that can be built in less than a week
  49. Tokyo Toilet Project – To give public toilets a much needed makeover
  50. Design of Operation Hijab – To create a hijab that improves performance at work and stimulates inclusion

Consult the lists of the 10 most influential projects by region

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