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raghunath      Balakrishna Sarma, PMP

Balakrishna Sarma has nearly two decades of experience in Program and Account Management, Offshore Delivery Management, Transition Management. He is with CGI India as Senior Delivery Manager. He has specialized in Oil & Gas business and holds a Masters degree in the same stream from UPES. 

He also holds a Masters degree in Operations from Symbiosis. He is a PMP certified and member of PMI Bangalore Chapter (PMIBC) since March 2007. He has been with PMI Bangalore Chapter as a volunteer for last six years. His hobbies are volunteering, cycling and books.

Roughly how many hours per week or per month you spend on volunteering for PMI activities?
An average of 10-15 hours per month, and couple of days during major events.

What motivates you to volunteer for PMI ?
My passion for volunteering and getting the opportunity to serve the PM community.

What have been the challenges for volunteering at the Chapter?
Challenges would be aligning to Chapter’s communication and time management. We get so many topics to discuss on volunteering once you visit Chapter office, and we volunteers should keep in touch with EC members to get to know about volunteering activities.

PMI Volunteering, Professional commitment, Personal commitment - How do you balance the three?

Always personal commitments would take priority then professional commitment and then PMI volunteering, but one should know how to prioritize these activities to balance between these three.

Name any 1-2 best volunteering experience?
PMPC, the major event of PMIBC is one of the best experiences. I have volunteered in last six PMPC events, and unlimited volunteering opportunities, lot of learning’s. It takes 6-8 months for the entire life cycle of the event.

Tell us your hobbies, or things you are passionate about, other than volunteering at PMI?
Few hobbies other than volunteering are cycling, long drives and books.

What will be your message for your fellow volunteers?

Our Chapter provides unlimited volunteering opportunities, if you think you can dedicate some time for volunteering then this Chapter is the place for you. You will definitely enjoy the volunteering, lot of learnings as well.

What is your thought on preferred recognition for volunteering?

Volunteering doesn’t require any recognition, because it is coming out of one’s interest and passion. But

some verbal appreciation will always motivate volunteers to do the continued support.


Balakrishna Sarma, PMP