STAR VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
PMI India

Introducing a new column in which we shine the spotlight on our star volunteers from all eight PMI India chapters who have made immense contributions through their dedication and passion. This is your opportunity to know a little bit about these remarkable men and women from our practitioner community.

VICKY PANJWANI, PMP
Vice-president, membership,
PMI Mumbai India Chapter

Project manager and agile team
facilitator, Tata Consultancy Services

Been a PMI member since: 2015
What attracted me to PMI: Passion towards achieving excellence in project management; the professional and selfless attitude of PMI volunteers
My proudest volunteer moment: PMI Mumbai India Chapter winning the Chapter of the Year in 2017
A life lesson I learned as a volunteer: The good you do for the community multiplies and comes back to you in un-expected ways
A person who inspires me: Many people; cannot name one
If I were to start a marketing campaign for PMI, my slogan would be...Join hands with PMI for the magic to unfold


SUMAN DAS, PMP
Associate director (training),
PMI West Bengal Chapter,
and PMI India Champion

Managing consultant, IBM India

Been a PMI member since: December 2015
What attracted me to PMI: PMP certification, networking, volunteering, access to project management knowledge, and be a part of the local chapter and PMI India Champion
My most memorable volunteering experience: Being recognized as PMI India Champion and the Volunteer of the Quarter by the chapter in December 2018
A life lesson I learned as a volunteer: Need to continuously enjoy volunteering to learn in the process
A person who inspires me: A man or woman in uniform from the armed forces
If I were to start a marketing campaign for PMI, my slogan would be… Be with PMI to be disruptive, differentiator and essential
SUMA MURTHY, PMP
Director, Alliances and
Partnerships, PMI Pearl City
Chapter Head,

People and Client
Engagement, Videresoft
Consulting Pvt. Ltd

Been a PMI member since: May, 2010
My proudest volunteer moment: When I’m able to help members when they are stuck with a PMI process or interacting with industry leaders to promote project management
A life lesson I learned as a volunteer: Passion towards a common goal makes people do great things. And inspiring that passion is the job of the leader or board member
A person who inspires me: Leadership expert Robin Sharma and actor and speaker Ashish Vidyarthi. In the PMI community, AV Ramam and Sunanda Gundavajhala
If I were to start a marketing campaign for PMI, my slogan would be…Together, we can!
JAYAKISHORE SR, PMP
Vice president, education,
PMI Kerala Chapter,
Trivandrum

Brahmos Aerospace
Thiruvananthapuram Ltd.

Been a PMI member since: 2014
What attracted me to PMI: PMP certification and volunteering opportunities
My proudest volunteer moment: When I was awarded the role of director of the state conference in 2017
A life lesson I learned as a volunteer: Once a volunteer, it becomes a part of your character
A person who inspires me: Dr. Krishna Kumar, president, PMI Kerala Chapter
If I were to start a marketing campaign for PMI, my slogan would be…Connect with PMI; Redefine Yourself
SUNITA GUPTA, PMP
Vice President – Marketing &
Outreach – PMI North India
Chapter

IT manager, sales analytics,
Center of Excellence, NCR
Corporation

Been a PMI member since: December 2017
What attracted me to PMI: Continuous learning and to enhance my career prospects.
My key contributions: I volunteered for the 10th Project Management National Conference hosted by North India Chapter as a co-track lead for speaker management.
My most memorable volunteering experience: Being part of the organizing team for the National Conference
My biggest life lesson: To excel in any profession, it is important to be part of the community of professionals who share the same knowledge.
VIDYA CHAVAN, PMP
Assistant vice-president,
academics and social
initiatives, Pune Deccan India
Chapter

Engineering Manager – Data
Centres Group, Black &
Veatch

Been a PMI member since: 2012
What attracted me to PMI: Besides the PMP certification, a friend from the PMI community, Jaimin Jani, inspired me to volunteer.
My proudest volunteer moment: When after the recently concluded Gyan-Lahari in a rural school, the school chairman thanked us for organizing the biggest event that the school has had in 25 years.
A life lesson I learned as a volunteer: When passion meets compassion, lives change.
A person who inspires me: My mentor Makarand Hardas of the chapter, who is a true leader in all respects.
If I were to start a marketing campaign for PMI, my slogan would be…We are all MAD (Making A Difference) here in PMI … come join us!
MOHAMED ASLAM ASHRAFF, PMP
Volunteer, Chennai Chapter

NPS Technology & Engineering
Services Pvt. Ltd.

Been a PMI member since: December 2009
What attracted me to PMI: Plenty of opportunities for continuous learning through knowledge sharing sessions and conferences.
My proudest volunteer moment: When I was awarded the Volunteer of the Year 2017–2018 by Chennai Chapter.
A life lesson I learned as a volunteer: Volunteering boosted my self-confidence, provided a platform to meet like-minded colleagues for suggestions.
A person who inspires me: My parents, who managed to educate themselves as doctors despite their not-so-good family backgrounds.
If I were to start a marketing campaign for PMI, my slogan would be…Involve (In sessions/meetings), Explore (Expand your knowledge), Share (Use them when required)!
SUJATA SAHU, PMP
Assistant vice president,
technologies (events), PMI
Bangalore India Chapter

Marketing Manager, Crevavi
Technologies

Been a PMI member since: 2008
What attracted me to PMI: Professional and widely accepted way to learn project management
My proudest volunteer moment: As a faculty member for the “Project Management Fundamentals for NGOs” workshop
A life lesson I learned as a volunteer: To work selflessly and contribute to the community while you grow
A person who inspires me: Two of many others in the chapter are V S Subramanian and Amar Bhaskar
If I were to start a marketing campaign for PMI, my slogan would be…Where professionalism meets perfection.
SHOBHIT AGARWAL, PMP
Volunteer, Bangalore India
Chapter

Project Manager, Smartworks
Coworking Spaces Pvt Ltd

Been a PMI member since: January 2015
What attracted me to PMI: The pool of talented and experienced professionals, and an excellent place for networking and mentoring.
My proudest volunteer moment: Being acknowledged as a volunteer towards the end of the Project Management Practitioners’ Conference hosted by Bangalore India Chapter.
A life lesson I learned as a volunteer: One phrase always used by our mentor Amar Bhaskar, “Things don’t happen on their own. We have to make things happen and work hard towards it.”
A person who inspires me: India’s ‘metro man’ E. Sreedharan
If I were to start a marketing campaign for PMI, my slogan would be…A single source solution to every problem.