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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

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

 

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. Email: dhilip.pugalenthi@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

Horeb Moses

Horeb Moses

Horeb works on a variety of city governance issues using data and maps. Currently, he supports the work on 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. Email: horeb.moses@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

Harshavardhini Varagunan

Harshavardhini Varagunan

Harshavardhini works as a researcher on environment-related projects in CAG. Presently, she supports the Thermal Watch Initiative project, which aims to demystify, educate, and assist local communities and CSOs on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. She is involved in research and technical analysis of EIA related documents, curriculum development, capacity building, and outreach-related work. Harshavardhini has an undergraduate degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Management from Pondicherry University. Email: harshavardhini.varagunan@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

Researcher - Urban Governance

Sudipta Mohanty

Sudipta Mohanty

As a researcher in the Urban Governance team, Sudipta’s work focuses on how to use the lens of human rights to pressure big companies to shift to more socially and environmentally sustainable packaging. As the daughter of fanatic environmentalists, environmental issues have always been close to her heart and she is happy to grow as a researcher through this project. She completed her bachelor’s degree as a literature student already certain that while literature nourished her personally, it did not fulfil her wish to contribute her part to the world. In order to discover her place in the promising field of social sciences, she pursued a postgraduate diploma course in Liberal Arts from Ashoka University and zeroed-in on Anthropology. Email: sudipta.mohanty@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

Samantha Lloyd

Samantha Lloyd

Samantha investigates solid waste management practices focusing especially on waste management structures and processes of large-scale institutions. As part of the Zero Waste Collaborative project, she works to advance sustainable waste management practices in the city. Her interests lie in social policy and research, urban governance, and environmental sustainability. She holds a Master's degree in Development Management from the Madras School of  Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce [Finance] from Stella Maris College. Her interest in gospel music leads her to perform in many parts of India. Email: samantha.lloyd@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

Sridhar S. I.

Sridhar S. I.

Sridhar works as a Researcher on Electricity Governance at CAG where he undertakes research on topics such as renewable energy, electricity generation, distribution and demand-side management. He assists in designing and developing information dissemination materials and training and capacity building programmes. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering and Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, both from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. Email: sridhar.sripadmanabhan@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

 

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

Senior Researcher

Sumitra Ranganathan

Sumitra Ranganathan

Sumitra Ranganathan's work at CAG focuses on investigating and evaluating policies, regulations, and governance for plastic and solid waste management practices. Her current project investigates Human Rights impacts of Businesses through the lens of waste. Sumitra's professional experience spans science, technology, and humanities. A senior manager with over 16 years of project management and design experience, she specialised in e-commerce solutions for highly regulated domains of international trade, environment management, and hazardous waste management. An M.Sc. in Physics and an M.S. in Systems and Information, she recently completed an M.A./Ph.D in Music from the University of California, Berkeley (2015). She has received several competitive grants and fellowships for her research, including Senior Research Fellowship, Ministry of Culture, Government of India (2017), a Special Projects grant from the India Foundation for the Arts, Bengaluru (2012), and a Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (2010). Email: sumitra.ranganathan@cag.org.in