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Om Prakash Singh

Om Prakash Singh

Om Prakash Singh

As the Executive Director of CAG, Om Prakash leads the efforts to develop the strategic plan to guide the organisation towards its mission, and the operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives of the organisation. He oversees the effective day-to-day operation of the organisation, including the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of the projects. As the head of the administrative, finance and HR work areas, he ensures that CAG complies with all relevant legislations, and works to establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment which encourages the team to excel in their respective areas of work. He also works with the Directors to secure adequate funding. Previously, Om Prakash worked in the automotive sector where he held leadership roles in project management, business planning, and corporate human resources. He holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, and a Bachelor and Master in Mechanical Engineering from IIT-Bombay. He has volunteered with non-profit initiatives, including CRY, Democracy Connect and Transparent Chennai.

S. Saroja

S. Saroja

S. Saroja

Saroja heads the Consumer Advisory and Outreach vertical at CAG. She coordinates all work related to consumer protection and environment at CAG and is in charge of the complaints’ desk, looking into counselling of complaints from consumers. She is a law graduate from the Seshadripuram Law College, Bangalore. She supports legal research and represents CAG at various policy level discussions on consumer issues.

Satyarupa Shekhar

Satyarupa Shekhar

Satyarupa Shekhar

Satyarupa heads the Government Outreach and Advisory group which works to overcome challenges to access to basic services posed by a lack of data and information, while improving transparency and accountability. Satyarupa works with the city government and other public agencies in the city to bring a more data-driven approach to governance and leads the Chennai Data Portal project, which collaborates with government departments to create and use data for decision making. Prior to joining CAG, Satyarupa worked at Transparent Chennai and the Centre for Development Finance at IFMR, Democracy Connect, the Indian School of Business and the World Social Forum 2004. She holds a Masters degree in Law and Economics from the University of Rotterdam, where she was an Erasmus Mundus scholar, and a Masters in Economics from the University of Hyderabad.

Amudha Vijayakumar

Amudha Vijayakumar

Amudha Vijayakumar

Amudha is associated with CAG since 1987 and provides administrative and secretarial support. She supports the accounts team and is in charge of the documentation cell within CAG. She is part of the consumer vertical and assists the group on all work related to consumer protection and environment.

K. Vishnu Mohan Rao

K. Vishnu Mohan Rao

K. Vishnu Mohan Rao

Vishnu works on environment and energy related issues at CAG focusing on regulatory law and economics and governance. He is presently coordinating two initiatives – Tamil Nadu Electricity Governance Initiative (TEGI) and Thermal Watch Initiative (TWI). His work encompasses training, capacity building, information dissemination, and advocacy – with specific focus on demystification and promoting public participation and citizens’ involvement to promote transparency and accountability. He interacts with government officials, responds to government call for comments, and attends public hearings. Prior to joining CAG, he has worked in the non-profit, consulting and academic sectors with emphasis on programme management and research. He has obtained a Masters Degree in Public Management from Bocconi University, Italy and Masters in Economics, Madras University. Previously, he held the position of Researcher at IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law Policy and Science, University of Dundee, UK for three years. He has also held research positions with Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), India, University of Paris Sud 11, Paris, France, and University of Turin, Italy. He has also worked with the non-profit sector in gender and urban development.

Poornima Chandran

Poornima Chandran

Poornima Chandran

Poornima is a part of the Government Outreach and Advisory team where she liaises with various elected and appointed public officials. She is interested in business processes with a particular focus on how municipal governments deliver services to citizens, businesses and other public departments. As a member of CAG's Chennai Data Portal and Dashboard project, she worked at the Corporation of Chennai where she worked closely with various officials to document the processes by which infrastructure and services are delivered. Poornima managed the CDP team that supported the Tamil Nadu Industries Department in organising the Global Investors Meet (GIM). At GIM, she supported the Nodal Officer track the activities of the entire GIM Cell staff and the partners. Poornima has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from Anna University, Chennai. Previously, Poornima supported documentation in the Procurement Department of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles.

Sumana Narayanan

Sumana Narayanan

Sumana Narayanan works with the road safety advocacy project at CAG. Prior to CAG, Sumana worked with the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), Chennai where she was involved with research and advocacy on small-scale fisheries – in the marine and inland sectors. She has researched fisheries and aquaculture, with a particular focus on freshwater fisheries, as well as molecular phylogenetics of fungi. She has also worked with Down to Earth magazine, where she analysed and reported on a range of issues including energy, climate change, coastal development, fisheries, waste management, conservation and ecology. She holds a masters in Ecology from Pondicherry University.

Dhilip Pugalenthi

Dhilip Pugalenthi

Dhilip works on environment and energy related issues at CAG. He is currently working with the Thermal Watch Initiative which aims to demystify, educate and assist local communities and CSOs on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. The Initiative seeks to contribute to environmental sustainability and good governance through capacity building and empowerment of local communities to address the impact of existing and proposed thermal power plants in South India. He is involved in information dissemination, training and capacity building, analysing EIA related documents and engaged in advocacy efforts. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore.

Elangovan Sundaram

Elangovan Sundaram

Elangovan is a member of the Finance and Accounts team at CAG. He manages project finances and documentation including on the Tally ERP, running the monthly payroll, filing tax returns for CAG and its employees. Prior to joining CAG, he worked in Rajaprabhu Chartered Accountant where he was involved in filing Tax returns (Income tax, Sales tax, Service tax, TDS), TIN registration and Service Tax registration. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Thiruthangal Nadar College.

Sharanya Thanapathy

Sharanya Thanapathy

As a researcher in the Community Outreach & Advocacy team at CAG, Sharanya is focussing on researching the informal within the municipal solid waste management space. She is working with the waste pickers to understand and document their contribution to Chennai’s solid waste management. She is also looking to document the waste value chain and informal economy generated through solid waste. Her work ultimately aims to improve the livelihood and rights of the waste picker community in Chennai. She is a postgraduate in Public Health and has conducted research on public health issues with special focus on health policies and health system research. She had interned as Community Health Fellow with Society for Community Health Awareness Research and Action (SOCHARA). She has also contributed for various health rights activities and campaigns of People’s Health Movement. Her special interest lies on the governance issues and public policy research.

Darwin Annadurai

Darwin Annadurai

Darwin Annadurai works as a Researcher in the Community Outreach and Advocacy team. He is currently coordinating the solid waste management project that is being implemented by CAG in Madhavaram Truck Terminal. Prior to CAG he has held research positions in Pondicherry University, and consultant positions in environmental consulting firms working for private and government clients, with special focus on environmental pollution monitoring and assessment. He has completed Master of Science in Ecology and Environmental sciences and Master of Technology in Environmental Engineering and Management from Pondicherry University. He is concerned about environmental pollution and therefore stays conscious about the environmental footprint of our day to day life and emphasises on protecting the environment in every activity. He loves to spend time amidst serene localities and waterbodies, and enjoys bird watching, likes gardening and is active in social media analysing national and regional politics.

Gowtham Shana

Gowtham Shana

As a member of the Government Outreach and Advisory team, Gowtham works on advocacy for legislation for safer roads. He is interested in campaigning about social issues in schools, colleges and coaching institutions. Prior to CAG, Gowtham had volunteered with NGOs for public road safety awareness. He has also worked as a Public Relations Officer in a private technology company that develops ICT tools to strengthen social change. Gowtham has a Bachelor degree in Commerce from Madras University and is a CA aspirant.

Sriram Radhakrishnan

Sriram Radhakrishnan

Sriram has joined CAG team as the Office Assistant. As a member of CAG,  he handles variety of tasks such as admin, maintaining office garden and solid waste management systems. He also promotes the good practices followed in CAG such as being a conscious consumer, healthy food habits, using cloth bags to reduce plastic, etc. Prior to joining CAG, Sriram worked at Zillion Enterprises as a Service Engineer and in KK Singh as an Electrician. He has a diploma in Civil Engineering from Central Polytechnic College, Tharamani.

Horeb Moses

Horeb Moses

Horeb Moses is member of the Government Outreach and Advocacy team and works on a variety of city governance issues using data and maps. Currently, he supports the work on zero waste with a particular focus on marine litter. He is also interested in urban mobility and smart city transformations. Horeb holds a Masters Degree in Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in London. He also has a Diploma in Interior Design and a Bachelor degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture, MCE in Chennai. A passion for research and teaching has translated into his conducting several workshops and classes for multiple colleges in the city.

Durga Moorthy

Durga Moorthy

Durga Moorthy is a Community Outreach and Advocacy Researcher at CAG. She currently researches on consumption behavior of low income community focusing on the challenges faced by them in achieving safe and sustainable consumption. Her work aims to ensure consumers’ right to be treated safely, fairly and honestly. She also leads the engagement with low income communities in the Zero Waste Cities project, where she works with women in the community to move towards zero waste and food security through organic waste management and kitchen gardening practices. Durga holds a Bachelor degree in Biotechnology and a Masters in Environmental Science and Technology from Anna University. She is passionate about sustainable living that is in consonance with native natural resources, and brings this to bear on her work at CAG.

Shanthi

Shanthi

Shanthi has been working with CAG for more than 10 years as the Housekeeper. She contributes to the upkeep of the office premises by cleaning the office, washing the kitchen vessels, cleaning employees’ desks and the garden. She ensures the office is well-maintained and her work is perfect. She is kind-hearted and calm natured person.