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.