Trustees

Mr. Sriram Panchu
Mr. Sriram Panchu
Mr. Sriram Panchu
Senior Advocate

Mr. Panchu, whose name is synonymous with CAG, is one of the organisation's founding trustees. He is a Senior Advocate of the High Court and Supreme Court. Seeking legal redress for consumer and citizen problems through public interest litigations (PILs) were his brainchild. He is acknowledged as a pioneer of mediation in India and from the 1990s, has been mediating cases and creating awareness about the concept of mediation through his writings and speeches. He was instrumental in creating India's first court-annexed mediation centre at Chennai, a model replicated by other Courts in the country. A prolific public speaker and writer, Mr. Panchu was a Trustee of CAG for the first 12 years and steered the direction of the group. He continued to being its advisor till he rejoined as trustee in January 2015.

Dr. Suchitra Ramakumar
Dr. Suchitra Ramakumar
Dr. Suchitra Ramakumar
Doctor and Teacher

Dr. Suchitra Ramkumar completed her degree in Medicine and worked in primary health care settings. She is a trained counsellor and has worked with many groups of disadvantaged children, with child sexual abuse and in career guidance. She has been a teacher for over 18 years, largely with the KFI (Krishnamurthi Foundation of India). She now works as a special educator and counsellor for children with dyslexia, supports various NGO's with their endeavours, and facilitates teacher training.

Dr. Hema
Dr. Hema
Dr. Hema
Assistant Professor

Dr. Hema is a PhD in Econometrics from the University of Madras and went on to do her post doctoral fellowship in University of California, Berkeley. She has been involved in a lot of research in the area of energy, electricity and local infrastructure. She has been teaching microeconomics at the Madras School of Economics (MSE), Chennai for more than a decade. She has numerous publications to her credit and has also authored a book, Topics in Applied Economics: Tools, Issues and Institutions, (co-editor with G. Mythili), Academic Foundation, New Delhi, Jan 2005.

Dr. George. S. Thomas
Dr. George. S. Thomas
Dr. George. S. Thomas
Orthopaedic Surgeon

A renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon and currently attached to St. Isabel's Hospital, Chennai, Dr. George Thomas has more than two decades of rich experience in the field. He has been the editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics and has written many articles on the topic of medical ethics.

Dr. C. Rammanohar Reddy
Dr. C. Rammanohar Reddy
Dr. C. Rammanohar Reddy
Economist

Dr. C. Rammanohar Reddy is a management graduate from IIM-C and holds a PhD in Economics from the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram/JNU, New Delhi. He has been in journalism since 1988, first with the Deccan Herald in Bangalore and then with The Hindu in Chennai. Since 2004, he has been the Editor of the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), India's leading journal in the social sciences and public policy.

Mr. Keshav Desiraju
Mr. Keshav Desiraju
Mr. Keshav Desiraju
I.A.S. (Retd.)

Mr. Keshav Desiraju has recently retired from government, his last post being Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Government of India. Prior to that he was Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare. He has spent many years working in the health and education sectors and continues to remain engaged with several non-profit organisations working in these areas.

Advisors

Ms. Tara Murali
Ms. Tara Murali
Ms. Tara Murali
Architect and conservationist

Ms. Tara Murali graduated from Madras University with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. For over 40 years, she was an Associate Architect in 'Bharath and Associates', a premier architect's firm in Chennai. She was the Secretary of Indian Institute of Architects, Tamil Nadu Chapter and Vice President of the Palani Hills Conservation Council. She is a member of the Governing Council of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage). She is currently a non-official member of the Madras High Court-appointed monitoring committee of CMDA (Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority).

Mr. N. L. Rajah
Mr. N. L. Rajah
Mr. N. L. Rajah
Advocate

Mr. N. L. Rajah graduated in law from Madras Law College and is a Senior Advocate. He has taken initiative to bring several public issues for legal redress. He was president of the Madras Consumer Courts Bar Association and is co-author of the book "The Law of Consumer Protection". Mr.Rajah was a trustee at CAG for 12 years from 2002 till 2014. He continues to guide CAG as Advisor.