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PMI India Champion Program
With the key objective of spreading awareness about project management and PMI across industries, the PMI India Champion program ushered in the New Year with renewed vigor. The program is now expanding horizontally and adding more champions to the existing team of passionate project management volunteers.

Meet the Champions

Mr. Jacob J. Zachariah, PMP, MBA, OCP
Mr. Zachariah is an IT officer with the State Bank of India (SBI). He has been volunteering with PMI at various levels—the chapter, PMI India, and PMI internationally. He is a faculty member, speaker, ethics committee member, judge for Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, judge for books and essays for PMI USA, PMI India Champion, and much more. He is also a speaker on personality development and values.

Mr. Jayant Malhotra, PMP, MBA
Presently employed with Schlumberger, Mr. Malhotra has been associated with the oil and gas industry for over 23 years and the project management profession for the past 12 years. A graduate from Delhi University, Mr. Malhotra did his post-graduation in computer applications and MBA, and is PMP® certified. He has experience in various domains like formation evaluation, testing, total quality management, integrated business systems, process management, and integrated project management. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and holds the official designation of program chairman for its New Delhi chapter.

Meet the Advisors

Mr. Vivek Sonar, PMP
Mr. Sonar has over 22 years of automotive industry experience with the past 10 years at senior positions with auto majors. He has a proven track record of handling, planning, and managing multi-location cross-functional projects and programs, including establishing the project management maturity model across business functions with an auto major in the country. He has been actively involved with PMI India and its Mumbai chapter, and an active speaker in PMI events.

Mr. Vimal Wakhlu, PMP, MBA
Mr. Vimal Wakhlu is a B.E. from the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, and MBA from the Indira Gandhi National Open University. Mr. Wakhlu is the chairman and managing director of Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL). He has been actively involved in the activities of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers, Mumbai chapter, and has held positions of honorary treasurer, secretary, and vice chairman. He has been a visiting faculty on advanced mobile communications systems and business of telecom management. He is on the board of directors of various joint venture companies of TCIL.

Contibution of Champions

SBI is not a projectized organization. It is a hierarchical banking company. Selling the concept of project management is therefore a long and tedious process. It took Mr. Jacob J. Zachariah close to two years to achieve that. Today, the bank has started an in-house training of IT officers by PMI on project management. It also offers cash incentives for those who complete their PMP® certification. So far, 60 officers have undergone the preparatory course by PMI. The target is 200 officers.

Mr. Zachariah has put in considerable background work. One such initiative was to invite the deputy managing director, information technology, as the keynote speaker for the PMI Mumbai Chapter Conclave in December 2011. The interactions during the conference helped the official understand the importance of the PMP® certification for the bank’s staff. After a series of meetings with the key stakeholders within the organization, SBI has now approved the certification processes for its officers. The bank has since been participating in PMI events. It was one of the sponsors of the PMI Mumbai Chapter Conclave in December 2012.

Mr. Jayant Malhotra has delivered a guest lecture at the Alcatel-Lucent IPM Symposium 2012 via a webinar. It was recorded and played throughout Alcatel worldwide.Those who ran the playback received PDUs.

The presentation covered the essence of competency management in HR, besides performance management, technical competency assessment, career development, and knowledge management. The talk demonstrated the value of competency management to the organization and to individuals who participated and managed it. The presentation covered the definition, process, proficiency levels, its applications in wide variety of roles, and how it is professionally managed.

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