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.
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.
Rajesh Ramamoorthy is currently a Senior Researcher in CAG's Research team. He leads the organisation's work on water and sanitation services in urban cities, including the impacts of privatisation of service provision. He is also associated with a civil society movement in response to the floods in the city of Chennai. Rajesh has previously worked on assignments with government agencies which included a pilot decentralised sanitation solution with the Agra Cantonment Board and tributary approach to river restoration in the state of Uttar Pradesh working closely with the district administration. His areas of interest lie in ecologically resilient cities and employing interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving.
Jonathan is a researcher in Consumer Advisory and Outreach vertical at CAG. He is presently coordinating the Electricity Consumer Cells opened in 3 districts of Tamil Nadu. The Electricity Consumer Cells educate and empower the electricity consumers and CSO’s to ensure that the electricity sector in Tamil Nadu is functioning in an accountable and transparent manner. In addition, he supports the other efforts for consumer protection. In his previous assignments he has played roles like PRO and Sales coordinator/junior assistant (Sales) for an event management firm in the middle-east and worked with the NGO, Churche’s Auxiliary for Social Action on rural development. He has completed a degree in Master of Social Work from Loyola College, Chennai.
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.