A Tribute to Syed Nazir Razik
PMI South Asia

A passionate volunteer, social media champion, leader, avid learner, friend, and a kind and helpful soul. Volunteers, chapter leaders, and PMI South Asia staff will remember Syed Nazir Razik, president, PMI Chennai Chapter, for all these qualities and more. PMI Manage South Asia pays homage to the departed leader.

Srini Srinivasan, Regional Managing Director, PMI South Asia
One of the first official duties I had the pleasure to perform wh en I joined PMI in late 2019 was PMI Chennai Chapter’s “Sangamam” event. Throughout the event Syed was the most patient and gracious guide, helping a newcomer like me understand the intricacies of PMI. It was a mini-certification program for me. I didn’t realize until later how much I had learned since Syed was an unobtrusive coach.

He was a “rock” in the regional chapter leadership meetings. He was not unduly vocal. Leaders listened to him with rapt attention when he spoke. They looked up to him for his advice and suggestions. Recently, I had the opportunity to interact with him regarding the Chennai Chapter Board and the release of a primer on project management in Tamil language. I saw a true “servant leader” in action – focused on the mission but extremely humble in putting colleagues and students first.

He had illness-related setbacks but never once did I hear him complain. His laser-sharp focus was always on the chapter and the community. I have become a better version of myself after my association with Syed.

Girish Kadam, Mentor - Region 11 (PMI South Asia)
I met Syed about 10 years back as a PMI Chennai Chapter volunteer. He was a soft-spoken person, always smiling and eager to do more for PMI. His contributed immensely to our social media task force. He helped extensively with the social media coverage of Region-11 chapter events, not only at the regional but also at the global level. He was the driving force behind many successful events of PMI South Asia.

He led all of us on the right path of volunteering. He was a shining example of effective leadership who gave back to the society and the profession. Words elude me to express my gratitude about his contribution to our lives. We are still struggling to recover from this shock. The entire chapter is with Syed’s family in this difficult time.

Prasannaa Sampathkumar, Immediate Past President, PMI Chennai Chapter
Though we have got used to receiving unexpected news during the pandemic, Syed’s demise shattered me. In the past 11 years that I worked with him, I never saw him losing his temper. He always handled everything with a smile and a calm demeanor. He was the backbone of many initiatives at PMI Chennai Chapter. He was a dedicated volunteer and visionary with many innovative and path-breaking ideas, a great learner and always the first person to learn about the latest technologies and trends, and get certified. He was instrumental in publishing the chapter’s first book on project management in Tamil. Not just learning, he was also passionate about sharing his knowledge with everyone through blog posts, podcasts, and vlogs.

He was a great friend with a very kind soul. Syed, you will always live on in my memories.

Koushik Srinivasan, Volunteer, PMI Chennai Chapter
0n 27July, I drove 175km from Chennai to Cuddalore with a few friends to see Syed for one last time. It’s been a while since he left us, and I am yet to come to grips with it. Both of us began our PMI volunteering journey nearly 12 years ago, and have been fellow travelers on this path. He and I had a lot in common–our passion for crazy ideas, working together beyond midnight, and combining fun with volunteering.

From co-presenting at the Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) and jointly running the Tamil Nadu conference to going on trips together, all these warm memories came flooding back while I was on my way to see hi m. He was a man who loved his family and took immense pride in hi s niece’s achievements. I will miss his ever-smiling face and a cheerful “Senchuduvom (‘can do it’ in Tamil)” attitude.

M Parvez Alam, VP Outreach, PMI Chennai Chapter
It was a shock for me to hear about my friend Syed’s sudden demise. He was the captain of his life and led a humble life that increased my admiration for him. He was a dedicated person with a passion for his profession. He is a true example of a servant leader. He was very supportive of his team members. We will miss his physical presence but his memories will stay with us forever.

Viju George, Secretary, PMI Chennai Chapter
Nothing is more painful in this world than losing someone you love so dearly. My journey with Syed started in 2011 when I had the opportunity to work with him on various events organized by PMI. I traveled with him to attend conferences and got to know him better. He was open to suggestions, helpful, and always demonstrated a never-give-up attitude. He encouraged me to take up certification programs, and I did manage to do a couple of them with him. He will be dearly missed as I was with him from the start of my volunteering journey. His memories will always stay with me no matter where I go and what I do.