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.
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 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 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.
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.
Jacintha works with the Community Outreach and Advisory team on issues of slums and informal settlements. She also supports the work on solid waste management and informal workers. Her interests lie in research related to the history of Chennai and the development of its residents, especially the women working in the informal and unorganised sectors and the lack information related to policies for their benefit, and the potential of action-research and policy advocacy in helping the most marginalised sections of society realise their rights. Prior to joining CAG, Jacintha was a Programme Officer at ActionAid where she led implementation and advocacy efforts that supported land rights of dalit and muslim women, campaign for child rights and gender equality, and livelihood restoration after the tsunami for the affected fishing, Dalit and Irular communities. She has graduates in Sociology and holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a specialisation in Medical and Psychiatry from Stella Maris, Chennai.
Madonna is a part of the Government Outreach and Advisory team where she works on a range of governance issues. An architect and urban designer by education, she is passionate about creating vibrant open spaces in the city which can be enjoyed by everyone, irrespective of their social and economic background. Through her work, which has a particular focus on public transit systems, she engages with local governments to foster pedestrian friendly road infrastructure, in turn, hoping to create walkable, livable, healthier communities. Madonna is also part of CAG's Chennai Data Portal and Dashboard project and was a member of the team that worked at the Corporation of Chennai. She is currently working on developing a transport data repository for the city's various formal and informal public modes of transport. Previously, she has been a summer intern at ITDP in Chennai when she worked closely with architects, contractors and government officials on the footpath widening project. When she is not being a researcher and planner, she travels, doodles and instagrams.
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.
Emmanuel has been working with the CAG team as an Office Assistant for the last three years. While delivering his duties he also promotes the good practices followed in CAG such as being conscious consumer, healthy food habits, using cloth bags to reduce plastic, etc., to others among his family and friends. He strongly believes that his contribution to CAG carries value. He is a state level rugby player and has interest in volleyball. Prior to joining CAG, he worked as a Nestle products distributor for few months and also worked in TVS Ramky Service Centre. His dream is to get involved in active politics and work for the betterment of his community.
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 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.
Ashwin Ram is a Researcher in the Research and Training team. His interest areas are energy and sustainability, with special focus on climate change related issues. In particular, his interest lies in understanding the institutional and political framework of the electricity sector. At CAG his research is focussed on electricity governance and demystification of electricity policies for citizens. Prior to joining CAG, he worked at Madras School of Economics for about a year on a biomass assessment project. As part of that project he did a feasibility study to set up a biomass and community biogas plant in a village in Assam that is not grid connected. He had also interned with The Hindu Business Line, Aaum Analytics and Athena Infonomics. At Athena Infonomics, he worked on projects relating to child labor and an econometric analysis of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections. He did his bachelor’s in Economics from Madras Christian College and a masters in Economics from the Madras School of Economics.
Ritesh is a Researcher in the Community Outreach and Advisory team. His current focus areas include privatisation of water and equity in provisioning of public services, especially for the urban poor. He has done his internships with Dr. Reddy Foundation, Daund, Insight Foundation, Delhi, Estah Organization, Bangalore and Rural Development Centre, Beed, Maharashtra. Along with his academic studies, he has done fieldwork with many government and non-government organization, CSR organization and local institutional bodies. He has been volunteering for last five years with a non-profit organization ‘Youth for Self and Social Change’, Nagpur in promoting the importance of Higher Education among the slums areas within Nagpur city. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work with Specialization in Rural Development and Master Degree in Social Work with Specialization in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship, both from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.