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PMI India Champion Program
In this edition of Manage India, we profile Mr. Visukumar Gopal, PMP, a champion, and Mr. Arvind Arya, PMP, an advisor.

Mr. Visukumar Gopal, PMP, is a versatile practitioner, energetic coach, corporate trainer, and public speaker. He is passionate about transforming individuals, teams, and organizations into improving their processes, project management practices, operation practices, and delivering business value early and often. He has over 17 years of professional experience and is a Lean Six Sigma Champion. He is a founder of SynPMCom, Syntel Project Management Community, the founder and managing trustee, Viruksha Trust, and member – Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE is now called Enactus) projects, Business Advisory Board.

Mr. Arvind Arya, PMP, works as a superintending engineer with Jaipur Development Authority. He has about 30 years of extensive experience in managing multiple, complex infrastructure projects including projects under publicprivate partnerships and build operate and transfer mode. Mr. Arya has a P.Eng. (professional engineer) degree from Ontario, Canada. He has extensive expertise in project management, budgeting, financial planning and control, contract management, tender preparation, evaluation, and arbitrations. He is a mentor to Mr. Visukumar Gopal.
The PMI India Champion Program continues on its mission to spread awareness about PMI and advocate project management as a profession across industries in India.

Mr. Visukumar Gopal speaking at the project management conference by PMI India and CII.

The PMI India Champion Program, initiated in 2011, aims at identifying and developing passionate project management professionals who will function as ambassadors of PMI and support advocacy efforts in India. These professionals are employees of various organizations who work with PMI to garner support, visibility, and space for project management.

Program representatives recently participated in two events, ILN Chennai Fruncido, organized by the India Leadership Network (ILN) Chennai Chapter, and the third annual conference on project management jointly organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and PMI India.

The ILN Chennai Fruncido promotes collaboration between individuals, groups, organizations, and initiatives. PMI India Champion and a core committee member of ILN Chennai Chapter, Mr. Visukumar Gopal, spoke at the event about the values of project management and the project management framework for projects. The ILN Chennai Chapter is now planning to implement project management for its future projects.

Mr. Visukumar spoke at the CII and PMI India third annual joint conference on project management on 22-23 November. He spoke on “Crack the Change with New Paradigm,” in which he emphasized the importance of project management competencies like technology understanding, leadership skills, and competitive strategy. He also highlighted the increasing adoption of agile project management techniques and Lean methodologies. He spoke about the importance of having a project management center of excellence in an organization.

The PMI India Champion Program presently has 15 champions guided by a seven-member Champion Advisory Committee.

(Contributed by PMI India Champions Mr. Chetan Mathur, PMP and Mr. Kumar Saurabh, PMP.)
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