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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. Email: omprakash.singh@cag.org.in

 

S. Saroja

S. Saroja

Saroja leads CAG’s work related to consumer protection, where she leads research projects on various consumer issues, counsels consumers on consumer complaints, and engages with relevant public agencies and civil society groups to address gaps in policies and practices. She is known to be a commentator on a wide range of issues, such as telecommunications, e-commerce, and real estate, among others, and has been a member of Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum (CGRF), TRAI, and consumer grievance cells of several telecommunication companies. Saroja is a law graduate from Bangalore University. Email: saroja@cag.org.in

Satyarupa Shekhar

Satyarupa Shekhar

Satyarupa Shekhar

Satyarupa is motivated 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. Prior to joining CAG, Satyarupa worked at Transparent Chennai, Centre for Development Finance, 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. Email: satyarupa.shekhar@cag.org.in

 

 

Amudha Vijayakumar

Amudha Vijayakumar

Amudha Vijayakumar

Amudha is the Office Manager and manages all the human resources and administration at CAG. In addition, she provides support to the accounts team. She has been with CAG since 1987 and has seen the organization grow from strength to strength since its formative years. She also assists the consumer protection team on various projects.

K. Vishnu Mohan Rao

K. Vishnu Mohan Rao

K. Vishnu Mohan Rao

Vishnu works on environment and energy-related issues, with a focus on regulatory law and economics, and governance. He currently coordinates Thermal Watch Initiative (TWI) and Electricity Consumer Cells (ECC). His work encompasses training, capacity building, information dissemination, and advocacy – with specific focus on demystification. 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 Master 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. Email: vishnu@cag.org.in

Armaan Ranjani Mustafa

Armaan Ranjani Mustafa

Armaan is a researcher working with the Urban Governance team. His work at CAG deals primarily with slums, evictions, and environmental justice. Additionally, he is interested in topics of forest governance and conservation. Prior to working with CAG, Armaan has worked on community-based conservation with Nizhal and Sadhana Forest. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and International Relations from FLAME University, Pune. Email: armaan.ranjanimustafa@cag.org.in

Niraj Bhatt

Niraj Bhatt

Niraj Bhatt is a researcher in environment and climate change in Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) Chennai. His work here focuses on using simple scientific exploration and analysis methods and tools for citizen-centric environmental monitoring of energy projects. He clubs this with analysis of energy finance in an effort to bring out comprehensive scientific and financial reports and also looks into the developments in the alternative energy landscape. He is completing his PhD in Biology from CSIR-IGIB, New Delhi. He has completed his Masters in Microbiology from the MS University of Baroda. He has been a staunch advocate of sustainable lifestyle through adoption of waste segregation and composting at home, spreading awareness about sustainable menstruation and alternatives to plastic in daily life. He has volunteered with many organisations including WWF-India, Goonj, Chennai Trekking Club (CTC), Green the Red, Sustainable Menstruation Tamil Nadu and, Greenpeace India. Email: niraj.bhatt@cag.org.in

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 master’s degree in Ecology from Pondicherry University. Email: sumana.narayanan@cag.org.in

 

Balaji M K

Balaji M K

Balaji’s research work revolves around energy efficiency, energy conservation, and green building concepts. He is currently working on “Minsarathai Semipom” initiative, which aims to promote energy-efficient methods for household consumers in Chennai. He coordinates with Resident Welfare Associations, Vocational Training Institutes, Civil Society Organizations, and consumers to organize outreach and capacity building programs. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore. Email: balaji.krishnagopalan@cag.org.in

Elangovan Sundaram

Elangovan Sundaram

Elangovan is a member of the Finance and Accounts team at CAG. He manages project accounts and documentation including on the Tally ERP, running the monthly payroll, and filing tax returns for CAG. 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. Email: elangovan.sundaram@cag.org.in

Sriram Radhakrishnan

Sriram Radhakrishnan

Sriram is a member of the Zero Waste Cities project, where he plays the role of Community Organiser. In this capacity, he supports the zero waste engagement with low-income communities. He also engages with fisherfolk to research and document the impact of plastics on their livelihood. 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. Email: sriram.radhakrishnan@cag.org.in

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.

Kripa Ramachandran

Kripa Ramachandran

Kripa Ramachandran is a researcher in the Urban Governance team, where she leads the Zero Waste Cities Collaborative project. Kripa conceptualised and manages the Kuppai Matters initiative, which brings together residents, social and environmental activists to advocate for sound practices with respect to waste and waste workers. Her interests include environmental sustainability, local governance, livelihoods, participatory planning, and urban policy. Kripa has an undergraduate degree in law from School of Law, SASTRA University and a Masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. Kripa has itchy feet and loves exploring local flavours in food and fashion. When she is not at work, she is either plotting another holiday or reading YouTube comments. Email: kripa.ramachandran@cag.org.in

Researcher

Savitha Tirunavukkarasu

Savitha Tirunavukkarasu

As a member of the Consumer Protection team, Savitha undertakes research on consumer-related topics, coordinates data collection efforts and assists the team in handling consumer complaints. She coordinates Consumer Guidance Seminars, Capacity Building and Training Programs for consumers, communities and CSOs. Prior to joining CAG, she has worked with Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education where her work focus was on community outreach and training. She has also worked on Life Skill Education for adolescent children. She holds a Master’s degree and Pre-Doctoral Degree in Community Development and Social Work  from Annamalai University, Chidambaram. Email: savitha.thirunavukkarasu@cag.org.in

Palani Perumal

Palani Perumal

Palani is part of a project that will investigate the human rights impacts of businesses through the lens of waste. Prior to joining CAG, he worked as a field coordinator at Madras School of Social Work (Research and Consultancy Division), Chennai, and with CSR related projects of PSUs, INGOs, and private companies. He has worked as a freelance trainer, specializing in training for children, students, and professionals on a wide range of topics related to arts, media, and social analysis. He has a Master’s degree in Development Management from Madras School of Social Work and Bachelors in Social work from Madras Christian College. Email: palani.perumal@cag.org.in

Bhagyashree Rath

Bhagyashree Rath

Bhagyashree undertakes research as part of the Thermal Watch Initiative, with a focus on cumulative impact assessment, energy finance, and technical analysis of Environmental Impact Assessment related documents. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Institute of Technical Education and Research, Bhubaneswar, and a Master’s degree in Environmental science and engineering from Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Odisha. Email: bhagyashree.rath@cag.org.in

Saran Raj

Saran Raj

Saran is the Office Assistant at CAG and handles administration, maintains the office space, supports the accounts team with bank-related work and arranges food for staff. He lends supports in documentation work and scanning of documents received through RTI. He has previously worked as a sales executive in Vivek Ltd., Sathya Agencies Pvt. Ltd., and Girias India Pvt. Ltd. He is interested in gardening and is passionate about sports. He believes in judicious use of water and helps community members in his locality with his water-saving methods.   

Gabriel Raj

Gabriel Raj

Gabriel’s research focuses on Informal Waste Economy Dynamics with the aim to map the waste value chain and understand the actors, processes, and networks that make up the informal waste economy. His research aims to improve the livelihood and rights of waste pickers in Chennai. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Madras Christian College and a Master’s degree in Development Management from Madras School of Social Work (MSSW). Gabriel is a gregarious and enthusiastic individual and loves to engage with colleagues and friends to gain knowledge and experience. Email: gabriel.raj@cag.org.in

Bharath Ram G. N.

Bharath Ram G. N.

Bharath is a part of the Electricity Consumer Cells initiative, which aims to create awareness among consumers on their rights and educate them about the various aspects of the electricity sector through capacity building and outreach meetings. He has a Master’s Degree in Development Management from Madras School of Social Work, Chennai. Email: bharath.ram@cag.org.in

Benedicta Isaac

Benedicta Isaac

Benedicta's interest is in improving road safety in India by changing our on-road behaviours and attitudes to road safety. She is also motivated to protecting our environment and leaving a sustainable earth for our future generations. She is a speech therapist by profession with a master’s degree in psychology. Benedicta also works towards a more inclusive society for those with disabilities. Email: benedicta.isaac@cag.org.in

 

Vamshi Shankar Kapilavai

Vamshi Shankar Kapilavai

Vamsi Kapilavai is a consultant and is a member of the Urban Governance team, where he leads the project on Human Rights Impact Assessment. The project is aimed at mapping out human rights impacts of business through the lens of waste and giving a voice to the informal waste sector by integrating them in the solid waste management planning. His interests lie in technical R&D and research in policy-making. Prior to joining CAG, he worked as a research assistant and project scheduler for a period of five years. Vamsi holds a Master’s degree in Power Engineering from the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the MVSR Engineering College, Hyderabad. He had received several scholarships during his bachelor’s and master’s studies. When not at work, you could either find him at some random sports club or trying new dishes in his kitchen. Email: vamsishankar.kapilavai@cag.org.in

Padmavathi Subramanyam

Padmavathi Subramanyam

Padmavathi is a consultant and works as Communications Manager at CAG and is responsible for the internal and external communications. She has previously worked as Professional Assistant to the CEO at S M Sehgal Foundation, Gurugram, where she managed communications and administration for the CEO’s office and was contributing to the publications section of the organization. In the past she has worked with AID India, Kalakshetra Foundation, and CGN & Associates. Padmavathi holds a Master’s degree in International Studies from Stella Maris College, Chennai. While away from work, Padma devotes her time to her daughter and immerses herself in Indian classical music and western classical guitar. Email: padmavathi.subramanyam@cag.org.in