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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Ramesh Ramanathan
Co-founder, Jana Group

Ramesh Ramanathan is a social entrepreneur who works on urban issues in India. Prior to his social initiatives, Ramesh held leadership positions with Citibank in New York and London, in the bank’s capital markets business. Ramesh has an MS in Physics from BITS Pilani, an MBA from Yale University and a CFA from AIMR. In […]

Swati Ramanathan
Co-founder, Jana Group

Swati Ramanathan is a Co-founder of Janaagraha, as well as the Founder of Jana Urban Space. Both institutions are founded with the aspiration for positive transformation in India’s cities and towns. A passionate believer that all change begins locally in neighbourhoods where people live, Janaagraha’s grassroots community work was strengthened multi-fold with the early adoption […]

Unni Rajagopal, FCA
Trustee, Janaagraha

Unni Rajagopal has been associated with the organisation since inception. A rank holder in Chartered Accountancy examinations, Unni entered practice subsequent to a stint in the industry as Finance Controller of a reputed company. He is one of the founding partners of Singhvi Dev & Unni LLP – Chartered Accountants. He is a member of […]

Dr Vivek Mansingh
Trustee, Janaagraha

Dr Vivek Mansingh is a global leader, entrepreneur, author, technology visionary, innovator and mentor, currently dedicated to the pursuit of ‘Mentoring A Million.’ He frequently speaks at national and international forums on the topics of mentoring, global leadership, success, innovation, excellence, entrepreneurship, and various technologies. Currently a General Partner at YourNest Venture Capital Fund, Dr […]

GOVERNING BOARD

Ramesh Ramanathan
Co-founder, Jana Group

Ramesh Ramanathan is a social entrepreneur who works on urban issues in India. Prior to his social initiatives, Ramesh held leadership positions with Citibank in New York and London, in the bank’s capital markets business. Ramesh has an MS in Physics from BITS Pilani, an MBA from Yale University and a CFA from AIMR. In […]

Swati Ramanathan
Co-founder, Jana Group

Swati Ramanathan is a Co-founder of Janaagraha, as well as the Founder of Jana Urban Space. Both institutions are founded with the aspiration for positive transformation in India’s cities and towns. A passionate believer that all change begins locally in neighbourhoods where people live, Janaagraha’s grassroots community work was strengthened multi-fold with the early adoption […]

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Vidya Shah
Governing Board Member

Vidya Shah’s name has been synonymous with the field of Finance and has a career spanning over 20 years to mark her merit. She serves as one of the board members of Janaagraha where she offers her valuable understanding of grants and management to better the organisation’s operating system. Vidya earned an MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad […]

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S K Das
Governing Board Member

A retired IAS officer, S K Das served as Secretary to the Government of India. He was also a member (finance) of the Department of Space and is known today as a distinguished author.  Speaking about Janaagraha, he said, “I am fascinated by how Janaagraha has emerged as a dominant voice in shaping India’s urban […]

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P K H Tharakan
Governing Board Member

PKH Tharakan is a former DG and IGP of Kerala. He has also served as the Chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency.  He has played a crucial role in supporting and handholding Janaagraha through some of our key programs, including Community Policing.  “I was drawn to Janaagraha because I […]

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Ireena Vittal
Governing Board Member

Ireena Vittal is among India’s most recognized consultants and advisors. She served as a Partner for McKinsey & Co. for 16 years. She has co-authored books on agriculture and urbanization and served government and public institutions to enable inclusive urban development and sustainable rural growth. She is also recognized as a valuable mentor for leaders […]

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Babu Jacob
Governing Board Member

Babu Jacob is one of the board members of Janaagraha. He pursued civil engineering and then joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS, Kerala cadre) in 1968. A Hubert H. Humphrey fellow, he pursued better governance by addressing gaps between policy intent and policy practice. During his 35 years of service in the government, he has […]

LEADERSHIP

Srikanth Viswanathan
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Srikanth steers the strategy of Janaagraha while also overseeing its operations.  He is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has previously worked with Standard Chartered Bank and KPMG. 

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Sapna Karim
Chief Operating Officer

Sapna has been a part of Janaagraha right from its inception in 2001. She has worked on various citizen campaigns as well as on technology-related interventions with the government. She also anchored the HR and volunteer management functions of the organisation for ten years. 

Anand Iyer
Chief Policy and Insights Officer

Anand is an architect by qualification and has studied Critical Theory. Over the last 22 years he has worked across: State & Central Govt. in Urban Development; Private sector & Consulting in Land, Infrastructure and Building; Academics and Professional Practice in Architecture & Design. Anand joins JCCD from JUST, where he has been Director-Projects for […]

Team

Aditya Varghese
Associate Manager - Public Finance
Management

Aditya Verghese joined Janaagraha in March 2022 and works as an Associate Manager in the Public Finance Management team. He has more than 8 years of experience in the development and private sectors. Prior to Janaagraha, he worked in public policy and governance consulting in the fields of livelihoods, public health, and education. Aditya pursued […]

Aishwarya R
Associate - Municipal Law and Policy

Aishwarya R joined Janaagraha in 2021 as an intern and then became an Associate in the Municipal Law and Policy team. Aishwarya holds a Master’s in Development from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, and a Bachelor’s in Corporate Economics from Women’s Christian College, Chennai. She previously interned with Citizen Matters, contributing articles on civic issues. Additionally, […]

Alisha Jane Mendosa
Senior Associate - Public Finance

Alisha became a part of Janaagraha in January 2022, taking on the role of Senior Associate within the Public Finance Management Team. Holding an MSc in Financial Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics in Pune, she is a trained economist. Her professional journey includes experiences at Deloitte and the Indian Institute of […]

Amaresh Belagal
Senior Associate - Environment
City-Systems

Amaresh Belagal has been working as the Senior Associate, Environment City-Systems at Janaagraha since August 2022. Amaresh earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belagavi. He has also completed his Post Graduation in Developmental Leadership from the Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), […]

Amit Gupta
Head - Branding and Communications

Amit Gupta joined Janaagraha in March 2024 as Head of Branding and Communications in Bengaluru. He has over 18 years of work experience in the field of branding and communication. He was earlier working with Graphical House Ltd. in Glasgow, Scotland, where he served as the Director of Brand Strategy & Communication. His academic credentials […]

Anandita Jumde
Senior Associate - Content
and Communication

Anandita joined Janaagraha in Bengaluru in 2023, taking on the role of Senior Associate in the Content and Communications team. Prior to this, she was associated with Cracker and Rush as a Brand Strategist. Academically, Anandita holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jain College, Bengaluru. She furthered her education with a Master’s degree in […]

Animesh Sinha
Associate - Public Finance

Animesh Sinha joined Janaagraha in 2023 and currently works as an Associate in the Public Finance team. He assists with secondary research and quantitative analyses and contributes to writing sections of a report the team is working on. Previously, Animesh worked as an architect in Kolkata from 2016 to 2019 at multiple architectural consultancy firms. […]

Anindya Kumar Panda
Senior Manager - Organisation
Development and Policy

Anindya’s ikigai is to tackle the most complex challenges of our time. He joined Janaagraha in December 2020 and currently serves as the Senior Manager in the Organisation Development and Policy team. Anindya leads reformative work focused on strengthening State Capacities for Improved Urban Services in Odisha. He directs a dynamic team of change-makers engaged […]

Ankita Chadha
Associate - Public Finance

Ankita Chadha joined Janaagraha in June 2023 as an Associate in Public Finance Management and is based in Bengaluru. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Psychology, and Sociology from Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru, and a Master’s degree in Urban Policy and Governance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Previously, Ankita worked as […]

Ankita Khuntia
Associate Manager – Civic Participation

Ankita started her journey with Janaagraha as an Associate Manager of Civic Participation in Odisha in February 2021. She brings over a decade of experience within the development sector, primarily focusing on various projects in collaboration with the Odisha Government. Her professional path includes significant roles, such as a sanitation expert at the Cuttack Municipal […]

Apula Singh
Manager – Public Finance

Apula Singh is a Manager in the Public Finance Management team. She joined Janaagraha in 2018 as part of the ASICS team. She thereafter worked with the Odisha government’s Housing & Urban Development Department on Municipal Strengthening reforms and led product design and project management for a performance management platform of the solid waste management […]

Ashok Dash
Lead - Systems and Processes (Odisha)

Ashok Dash joined Janaagraha in February 2023. He holds an M.Tech in Information Technology and brings over 22 years of experience in software project management, program management in PMU/PMO, education, software development, project planning, risk management, e-governance application, solution architecture, and strategic consulting. His thematic expertise includes skill development, agriculture, food security, sanitation, education technology, […]

Ashutosh Dash
Content Developer and Trainer

Ashutosh joined Janaagraha in May 2023 as a Content Developer and Trainer for the Civic Participation project in Odisha. Before his tenure at Janaagraha, he worked as a District Coordinator (Capacity Building) with the Practical Action Foundation, Odisha. Ashutosh is a B.A. graduate from Utkal University, Odisha, and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism […]

Astha Joshi
Associate Manager - Urban Healthcare
System Reforms

Astha Joshi joined Janaagraha in June 2022 and brings with her five years of experience as a combination of a development professional, project management, and IT – Telecom BSS subject matter expert. Currently, she is the Associate Manager for Urban Healthcare System Reforms. She has previously worked with Wipro Technologies across India and other countries […]

Babu R

Babu has been with Janaagraha since 2015, greeting anyone who walks through our doors and ensuring our workplace is safe and secure. Alongside his work commitments, he is a devoted husband and father. Babu attributes his tenure at Janaagraha as a catalyst for his transformation into an engaged citizen, motivating him to participate in initiatives […]

Biswarup Swain
Content - Developer and Trainer

Biswarup joined Janaagraha in April 2023 as a Content Developer and Trainer for the Civic Participation project in Odisha. Before joining Janaagraha, he worked as an Accounts Associate with the Odisha Water Academy. Biswarup holds a Master’s in Commerce from Jain University, Bengaluru, and a Bachelor’s in Commerce from DAV School of Business Management, Bhubaneswar. […]

Dakshja Sharma
Associate - Public Finance

Dakshja joined Janaagraha in May 2023 as an Associate in Public Finance, stationed in Delhi. She earned her B.A. Honours degree from Hansraj College at the University of Delhi and went on to complete her M.A. in Public Policy and Governance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Hyderabad. She has interned with NITI […]

Dev Pratap Rai
Manager - PFM

Dev joined Janaagraha in January 2024 as Manager – PFM in Lucknow. Before joining Janaagraha, he was working as a Senior Management Consultant with KPMG Government Advisory Services. Dev has an MBA in Finance from Dayananda Sagar Business School, Bengaluru. He brings over 13 years of experience in government advisory and auditing. During his tenure […]

Devansh Kedia
Associate - Municipal Finance

Devansh joined Janaagraha in 2023 as an Associate in the Municipal Finance team and is based out of Delhi. His primary work focuses on municipal borrowings. Prior to joining Janaagraha, he interned with the NITI Aayog’s SDGs and Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) verticals, and with a District Administration in Punjab. He is a B.Sc. Economics […]

Guru Ratnam
Manager - Municipal Finance

Guru Ratnam assumed the role of Manager in the Municipal Finance department at Janaagraha’s Delhi office in September 2023. Before joining Janaagraha, he served as a Senior Program Manager at the Gramya Vikas Trust of the Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation. Guru holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics from Deshbandhu College, Delhi, and […]

Haji Rahamathulla
Sheriff

Manager – GIS

Haji joined Janaagraha in 2013 and currently holds the position of GIS Manager in the Civic Technology program. Over the decade with the organisation, he has worked on GIS aspects for apps and websites such as I Change My City, Swachh Bharat, My City My Budget, Ward Quality Score (WQS), Biju Adarsh Colony, Amma Sahara, […]

Hariprasad V Nair
Associate - Municipal Finance

Hariprasad joined Janaagraha’s Cityfinance team as an Associate in Municipal Finance in June 2023, after successfully completing a long-term internship with the organisation. Based in Bengaluru, he holds a B.A. in Economics from Christian College, Chengannur, and an M.A. in Economics from the Central University of Gujarat. In his free time, he enjoys sketching, writing […]

Harshavardhan Marripudi
Project Manager - State Capacities

Harshavardhan Marripudi joined Janaagraha in May 2023 as a Project Manager in State Capacities, based in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Before his tenure at Janaagraha, he served as a Team Leader (Senior Consultant) at JLL India. Harshvardhan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning from JNTU, Hyderabad, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from SPA, New Delhi. […]

Indukumar C T
Senior Manager – Administration

Indukumar CT is the Senior Manager of Administration and has been associated with Janaagraha since its inception in 2001. Throughout his tenure, he has dedicated himself to the administration function. He appreciates the opportunity this role provides to interact with all the program teams. He pursued a TCH (Teacher Certificate Higher) from Venkatesha Teachers Training […]

Janhavi Vasant Desai
Senior Associate - PFM (Alliance)

Janhavi joined Janaagraha in May 2023 as a Senior Associate in PFM (Alliance), based in Bengaluru. Before her stint at Janaagraha, she served as the Head of Marketing at Martrikz Pvt. Ltd in Bengaluru. Academically, Janhavi earned a B.A. in Political Science from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Master’s in Government from the MIT School […]

Jitesh Pandey
Associate Manager - Civic Learning
(Operations)

Jithesh Pandey joined Janaagraha in 2022 as Associate Manager, Civic Learning and oversees operations and strategic partnerships, collaborating with government, donors, and other allied organisations for the program. A strong believer and advocate of organisational development, Jithesh employs the 3 P’s – people, process, and programme, emphasising that the right interventions can bring out the […]

Karthik Seshan
Senior Manager - Policy and Insights

Karthik joined Janaagraha as Senior Manager, Policy and Insights in Bengaluru in July 2023. Over the last 14 years, he has worked in the private sector on construction planning and execution and in the non-profit space on water security, natural resources management, and livelihoods across research, policy, and philanthropic organisations. Among his past engagements, Karthik […]

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Katie Pyle
Head - Research and MEL

Katie joined Janaagraha in May 2014 and currently serves as the Head of the Research & Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team. The team supports Janaagraha’s programs aimed at improving urban governance in India and possesses deep research expertise in urban Indian contexts. Their work encompasses monitoring and evaluating internal programs, thought leadership (including publications), […]

Kesava Balaji
Associate - Urban Policy

Kesava Balaji became a part of the Janaagraha team in July 2021, taking on the role of Urban Policy Associate. He focuses on supporting strategic opportunities and developments in Urban Governance. Kesava completed his post graduate studies at the Indian School of Public Policy in Delhi and earned his undergraduate degree in Media Studies, Economics, […]

Krishnan S
Head - Strategy

Krishnan joined Janaagraha in September 2023 as the Head of Strategy in Bengaluru. He brings a decade of experience in public education reform, along with a brief stint in corporate banking prior to that. For over eight years, he was a key member of the leadership team at the Central Square Foundation, where he collaborated […]

Kushal MP
Associate – Software Developer

Kushal MP joined Janaagraha’s tech team as an Associate Software Developer in January 2022, following his internship with the organisation. He is an Electronics and Communications graduate from Saptagiri College of Engineering, Bengaluru. Kushal is passionate about new technologies and is determined to contribute to the nation’s development. In his free time, he enjoys riding […]

Mahalakshmi B
Manager - Branding and Communications

Mahalakshmi has been with Janaagraha since 2012 and is currently the Manager of the Branding and Communications team. At Janaagraha, she has been involved in various programs and has managed stakeholder relationships in different capacities, continuously learning and sharing her good work. Mahalakshmi holds a Master’s degree in Computer Application from Madurai Kamaraj University and […]

Manish Kumar Singh
Associate - Civic Learning (CSAP)

Manish Kumar Singh joined Janaagraha’s Civic Learning Team in April 2023 as an Associate Civic Social Action Program (CSAP). He currently oversees the program’s district interventions and plays diverse roles within the civic learning program, including facilitation, training, and engagement with school stakeholders. His insights are shaped by his distinctive perspectives drawn from everyday life […]

Manisha Marulasiddappa
Manager Public Finance

Manisha joined Janaagraha in November 2022 as Manager, Public Finance Management (PFM) for the Odisha Project. Previously, she worked with Oxford Policy Management as a PFM Consultant in their Myanmar office. Her curiosity to see and understand how administration works in conflict-affected and fragile contexts has taken her to Jharkhand, South Sudan, and then Myanmar […]

Manjula

Manjula joined Janaagraha in 2016 and plays a crucial role in maintaining a great working environment at the office, ensuring it is hygienic and organised. She is responsible for ensuring waste is segregated and managed correctly and oversees the composting process. Colleagues unanimously agree that she makes the best coffee and tea in the city. […]

Manjunath Mokashi
Senior Associate - Civic Participation

Manjunath Mokashi joined Janaagraha in July 2023 as a Senior Associate, Civic Participation in Mangaluru. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Gulbarga University, Karnataka. Before joining Janaagraha, he worked as a Program Manager with the Reliance Foundation. In his free time, Manjunath enjoys reading books and magazines.

Manjunatha Hampapura L
Program Manager - Civic Participation
(Karnataka)

Manjunatha Hampapura L joined Janaagraha in 2009 and is the Program Manager for the Civic Participation Karnataka team. In this role, he engages with citizens and interacts with Elected Representatives (ERs), bureaucrats, and other government officials to advocate and liaise for increased citizen participation in local government and citizen-centric platforms like Ward Committees and Area […]

Mehak Shrivastava
Associate - Public Finance

Mehak joined Janaagraha in February 2023. As an Associate in the Public Finance Management team at the Lucknow office, she will be involved in research and development of systems for efficient budgeting and planning of urban infrastructure and capacity-building projects. She has a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Sunderdeep College of Architecture, Ghaziabad, and a Master’s […]

Mohak Mathur
Head - City Finance Operations
and Analytics

Mohak heads the City Finance Operations and Analytics team based in New Delhi and has been associated with Janaagraha since November 2020. In his role, he leads overall program management and is directly involved in city finance work as well as key government engagements aimed at driving policy reforms in fiscal decentralisation, accounting and audit […]

Mohammad Mansoor A
Lead - Field Engagement

Mohammad Mansoor A is the Lead for Field Engagement at Janaagraha. He began his professional journey with the Jana Urban Space Foundation in 2014 as a team leader within the research team. This team conducted thorough investigations in the slums of Bengaluru as part of the Pathways to Prosperity study, in collaboration with Duke University, […]

Mohammad Zuhaib
Associate - Municipal Finance (Analytics)

Mohammad Zuhaib serves as an Associate in the Municipal Finance team, based in Delhi. Prior to joining Janaagraha in February 2022, Zuhaib accumulated over two years of experience in Solid Waste Management and Sanitation projects. His notable work includes participation in the Swachh Survekshan 2021 and the Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge 2021. He completed his Master’s […]

Naganjali N
Senior Associate - Accounts

Naganjali is a Senior Associate with the Accounts team and is based out of Bengaluru. She has a B.Com in Finance and Accountancy from IGNOU, and is a CA final candidate with ICAI. Her prior experience includes working with Vakilsearch as a Senior Accounting and Taxation Analyst.

Namita Aggarwal
Head - Municipal Revenues

Namita Aggarwal joined Janaagraha in 2018 and currently serves as the Head of the Municipal Revenues vertical. She oversees work on municipal borrowings and municipal own-source revenues. In her role, Namita works closely with senior leadership in the union government, constitutional bodies, and market regulators, as well as with multilateral institutions and several state governments, […]

Navinder Singh
Associate - Municipal Finance

Navinder joined Janaagraha as an Associate in Municipal Finance in April 2023 after completing his long-term internship with the Cityfinance team. He is based out of Bengaluru. Navinder holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Application from St. Claret’s College, Bengaluru. During his free time, he enjoys listening to music and is an amateur runner.

Navyashree K C
Associate - Software Development

Navyashree KC joined Janaagraha as an Associate in Software Development in February 2022 after completing her internship with the organisation. She completed her engineering from Government Engineering College, Hassan, in 2012. She looks forward to achieving great things in life and is not shy about putting in the effort to do so. She enjoys listening […]

Nesar Kanachur
Associate - Digital Marketing

Nesar joined Janaagraha in June 2021 as an Associate in Digital Marketing. A Commerce graduate from Mangalore University, he worked at Digital Roy Academy prior to joining Janaagraha. His expertise includes online ad operations, digital marketing, graphic design, editing, and website design. Nesar is passionate about photography and frequently serves as the photographer for many […]

Nidhishree N Kumar
Associate - Environment City-Systems

Nidhishree joined Janaagraha in August 2023 as an Associate in Environment City-Systems in Bengaluru, after successfully completing her long-term internship with the organisation. She is focused on strengthening Urban Environmental Governance in India’s cities and towns. Before her internship, she worked as a Planning and Design Executive at Elegance Enterprises. She earned her Bachelor’s degree […]

Nimisha Bency
Senior Manager - Culture and Wellbeing

Nimisha Bency joined Janaagraha in January 2019 as the Senior Manager of Culture and Well-Being. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Bangalore University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, and is a CHRM-certified HR Professional with over 18 years of experience. After spending the initial […]

Nupur Das
Associate - Civic Participation

Nupur Das joined Janaagraha as an Associate in the Civic Participation team in March 2021, based in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Before her tenure at Janaagraha, she was employed as an analyst and data interpreter on a project centred on Non-Timber Forest Product Management and Women Empowerment within the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Communities in Odisha. Nupur completed […]

Pallavi Mishra
Manager - Capacity Building

Pallavi Mishra joined Janaagraha in February 2023 and is currently the Manager of Capacity Building in Odisha. With a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Ravenshaw University and an MBA in Human Resource Management from KIIT School of Management, Pallavi started her career at Centurion University, where the skill development vertical suited her the most. From […]

Pattabi Raman
Senior Android Developer

Pattabi Raman joined Janaagraha in April 2015 and currently serves as the Senior Android Developer. He holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from Saraswathi Narayanan College of Arts and Science, Tamil Nadu. Before his tenure at Janaagraha, he gained experience in the Android application domain, specialising in web server interactions as well as developing offline […]

Prabhat Kumar
Head - Public Finance Management

Prabhat Kumar joined Janaagraha in March 2020 and serves as the Head of the Public Finance Management (PFM) vertical at Janaagraha. In his role, Prabhat leads the advocacy, program design, and implementation efforts focused on improving inter-governmental transfers, financial planning, efficiency, and accountability in municipal spending. He works closely with union, state, and urban local […]

Pragya Singh
Associate - Advocacy

Pragya joined Janaagraha in December 2021 as an Associate in Advocacy, where she is currently engaged with the Organisational Development team involved in a project with the Odisha government to streamline public service delivery. She holds a Master’s degree in Regulatory Governance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and a Bachelor’s degree in […]

Prarthana Ramesh
Head - Environment City-Systems

Prarthana Ramesh joined Janaagraha in August 2013 and is the Head of the Environment City-Systems vertical. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Carmel College and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Law (PGDEL) from the National Law School of India University. She has held various positions at Janaagraha over the past decade, including heading the […]

Praveen Kumar
Associate - IT Administration

Praveen Kumar joined Janaagraha as an Associate in IT Administration in November 2023, based in Bengaluru. Prior to joining Janaagraha, he worked as a Customer Service Engineer at Run-in IT Solutions Private Limited. Praveen holds a Diploma in Computer Science Engineering from Nalanda Foundation Polytechnic in Hubballi, Karnataka. A native of Manvi, Karnataka, he enjoys […]

Preeti Ahluwalia
Associate - Municipal Finance

Preeti Ahluwalia joined Janaagraha in August 2023 as an Associate in the Municipal Finance team in Delhi, following the successful completion of her long-term internship with the organisation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Fergusson College, Pune, and a Graduate certification in Public Policy from the Takshashila Institute. Prior to joining […]

Priya Bhattacharya
Associate - Municipal Finance

Priya Bhattacharya joined Janaagraha as an Associate in the Municipal Finance team in April 2021. She is an MBA graduate from Xavier University Bhubaneswar (formerly XIMB), specialising in Urban Management and Governance, and also holds a Master’s in Commerce from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Additionally, she completed her B.Com from Pune University and […]

Priyanka Tibrewal
Associate - Municipal Law and Policy

Priyanka Tibrewal joined Janaagraha in January 2022 as an Associate in the Municipal Law and Policy team. She has a rich background in research, having worked as a research intern with Safe Water Networks, where she developed strategies for the inclusion of decentralised Small Water Enterprises (SWEs) in Urban Drinking Water Plans. Additionally, she served […]

Rohit Sharma
Associate – Municipal Finance

Rohit Sharma joined Janaagraha as an Associate, Municipal Finance, in July 2022 in Delhi. After completing his engineering from SRM University, Rohit’s inclination towards working on societal issues led him to take up a role with the Quality Council of India. There, he worked on flagship schemes like the Swachh Bharat Mission and Atal Bhujal […]

Sachin Deshpande
Associate Manager - Human Resources

Sachin Deshpande joined Janaagraha in April 2022 as Associate Manager, Human Resources. He initially obtained a degree in Electronics Engineering from B.M.S. College of Engineering, before transitioning to Human Resource Management. After completing his Master’s degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, in 2014, Sachin worked with Asian Paints for over four years. In […]

Sajith Sukumaran
Director - State Programmes

Sajith Sukumaran joined Janaagraha in April 2024 as Director – State Programmes. He leads our efforts in Assam and Uttar Pradesh, and is based out of Guwahati, Assam. Sajith comes with close to thirty years of experience across livelihoods, cooperatives, rural and urban local governments, and water and sanitation. Prior to joining us, he served […]

Samprati Simran
Associate - Civic Participation

Samprati joined Janaagraha in March 2021 as an Associate in Civic Participation at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Her areas of interest include rural and urban poverty alleviation, water and sanitation, citizen participation, and capacity building. She holds a postgraduate degree in Development Studies from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from […]

Santosh Nargund
Head - Civic Participation

Santosh Nargund joined Janaagraha in February 2022 and is currently the Head of the Civic Participation program. With over two decades of experience in the civic space, he has led various advocacy and citizen campaigns aimed at promoting good governance through transparency, accountability, and citizen participation. He has effectively utilised tools such as the Right […]

Sayani Ghosh
Associate - Organisation Development

Sayani Ghosh joined Janaagraha in October 2023 as Associate, Organisation Development in Bhubaneswar. Before joining Janaagraha, she was associated with the Poverty and Human Development Monitoring Agency, Government of Odisha, as a Program Manager. She has an M.A. in Social Work from TISS, Mumbai, and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata. During […]

Selvam K
Senior Associate - Field Engagement

Selvam joined Janaagraha in 2018 and is the Senior Associate in Field Engagement within the Research and Insights team. He began his career at the Jana Urban Space Foundation in 2014 as a Team Leader in the research team. Selvam is a seasoned field executive with extensive experience in executing and supervising a wide array […]

Shalu Sapnani
Associate Manager - Municipal Finance

Shalu joined Janaagraha in July 2023 as Associate Manager in the Municipal Finance team in Delhi. She holds a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, and a PGP in Public Policy, Design and Management from the Indian School of Public Policy, New Delhi. She has over four years of […]

Shashank Singhal
Manager - Public Finance

Shashank joined Janaagraha as Manager in the Public Finance team at Bhubaneswar in October 2023. He brings over 10 years of experience in program management and delivery, particularly in the healthcare sector. Before joining Janaagraha, he was associated with Apollo 24|7 as Regional Head – Business and Operations. He holds an M.Sc from the University […]

Shibin Bhaskaran
Lead - IT Administration

Shibin Bhaskaran is the Senior Associate, IT Administration at Janaagraha, having joined the organisation in November 2016. He has previously worked with Wipro Technologies and Onmobile Global Ltd as Technical Support and has over 8 years of experience. At Janaagraha, he leads the Information Technology department, overseeing the IT infrastructure and cloud platforms for Janaagraha […]

Shivani Pathak
Manager – Civic Learning (Content)

Shivani joined Janaagraha in July 2022 as Manager, Civic Learning (iCivics) and is also the team’s go-to person for designing innovative program interventions. Prior to joining Janaagraha, she taught Economics to postgraduates at Delhi Public School. She has experience in designing curricula for learners of diverse age groups and has conducted classes on public speaking […]

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Shivkumar Shadananan
Menon

Head, Civic Learning

Shivkumar Shadananan Menon joined Janaagraha in December 2014 and is the Head of the Civic Learning Program. He is sharply focused on mainstreaming 21st-century skills and active citizenship values in children and youth nationwide. He believes that Janaagraha’s mission to improve the quality of life in our cities and towns can only be sustainably achieved […]

Shivshankar Aiholi
Senior Associate – Civic Participation

Shivshankar Aiholi joined Janaagraha in May 2022 and is the Senior Associate in the Civic Participation team, focusing on district interventions for Hubballi-Dharwad. He has more than two decades of experience across corporate organisations, educational institutions, competitive coaching centres, as well as print and mass media. He has previously worked with organisations such as the […]

Shobana Venkatasubbu
Manager – Municipal Finance

Shobana joined Janaagraha in June 2021 as Manager, Municipal Finance. She has over eight years of experience in IT and finance and is passionate about utilising her skills in the social sector. At Janaagraha, her primary focus is on supporting the city finance portal and its enhancements. Shobana has degrees in MBA and Masters in […]

Shoumik Guha
Head - Development

Shoumik Guha joined Janaagraha in 2021 and is the Head of the Development team. Shoumik leads Fundraising and plays a pivotal role in shaping and executing the fundraising and development strategy at Janaagraha. He is responsible for driving the organisation’s overall fundraising efforts to support its mission and long-term sustainability. Before this role, Shoumik spearheaded […]

Shourya Patel
Senior Associate - Fundraising
and Development

Shourya joined Janaagraha as Senior Associate, Fundraising and Development in 2024 and is based out of Delhi. Shourya has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from TISS, Hyderabad, and an M.A. in Development Studies from TISS, Mumbai. Before joining Janaagraha, he was working with Project Concern International (PCI) India. During his free time, Shourya enjoys […]

Shreshtha Saraswat
Manager - Municipal Finance

Shreshtha joined Janaagraha in November 2021 as the Manager in the Municipal Finance Team, bringing with her over six years of experience in public policy, government advisory, economic research, and analysis. Prior to joining Janaagraha, she worked as a Policy Consultant in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, focusing on infrastructure financing and […]

Shwetha Krishnaswamy
Manager - Capacity Building

Shwetha joined Janaagraha in January 2024 as Manager, Capacity Building in the Civic Participation team, based in Bengaluru. She is a law graduate and also holds a Master’s in Social Work from Roshni Nilaya, Mangaluru. Before joining Janaagraha, she worked as a Technical Expert, Capacity Building with the Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Promotion Society. In […]

Sivaram Kandaswamy
Pazhanivelan

Senior Manager -
Project Management & Documentation

Sivaram joined Janaagraha in March 2023 as Senior Manager, Project Management and Documentation for the Civic Participation project in Odisha. Before joining Janaagraha, he worked with the SELCO Foundation as Senior Program Manager, Knowledge. Sivaram has an integrated M.Sc in Electronic Media from the College of Engineering, Guindy – Anna University, Chennai. In his spare […]

Soham Bose
Associate Manager -
Organisational Development

Soham joined Janaagraha in December 2023 as Associate Manager, Organisational Development and State Capacities in Bhubaneswar. Before joining Janaagraha, he was working as a Consultant with Grant Thornton Bharat. Soham has an MA in English Literature from Jadavpur University and also from Texas A&M University, along with an MPhil in Foreign Policy from the Institute […]

Somenath Kar
Associate - Civic Participation

Somenath Kar joined Janaagraha in November 2020 as an Associate in the Civic Participation team in Bhubaneswar, where he is involved in projects including Jaga Mission 2.0, Ward Infrastructure Index (WII), and Ward Office 2.0, among others. Before joining Janaagraha, he was associated with TATA Trusts. He is an expert in community participation, vision & […]

Subhashri Patra
Associate - Civic Participation

Subhashri Patra joined Janaagraha in January 2023 and is based in Bhubaneswar, working as an Associate in Civic Participation. She is a science graduate from Utkal University and later obtained a degree in Urban Planning and Development from IGNOU. Before joining Janaagraha, she worked with Vistara Airlines. Subhashri is an animal lover and is dedicated […]

Sudhakar Dasari
Senior iOS Developer

Sudhakar joined Janaagraha in November 2015 and serves as a Senior iOS Developer in the Technology Team. He graduated with a B.Pharm degree from Kakatiya University and began his career as an iOS developer at Transys Info Solutions. At Janaagraha, he has contributed to the development of various apps including Swachhata, I Change My City, […]

Sudheendra Bajpai
Head – State Program (Uttar Pradesh)

Sudheendra joined Janaagraha in May 2024 as Head – State Program (Uttar Pradesh). Prior to joining Janaagraha, he was with Ernst & Young as Director in the Strategy and Transaction Practice. Sudheendra is a management graduate from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. He comes with 20+ years of experience in transport infrastructure development […]

Suvashika Krishnamurthy
Senior Associate - Civic Data & Insights

Suvashika joined Janaagraha in September 2021 as a Senior Associate in Civic Data and Insights. She completed her Civil Engineering degree at Anna University and a postgraduate degree in planning from Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur. She is passionate about working in the governance sector and addressing citizen-centric issues. She has also collaborated with […]

Swati M
Manager - Environment City-Systems

Swati M joined Janaagraha in October 2021 and is a Manager in the Environment City-Systems team. She likes to describe herself as a “Learner – on a learning journey in this lifetime”. She completed her Bachelor’s in Science from St. Joseph’s Arts & Science College and her Development Leadership course from the Indian School of […]

Tanima Dubey
Manager - Municipal Finance

Tanima joined Janaagraha in November 2018 and is a Manager in the Municipal Finance team. Having graduated as an engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra in Biotechnology, she went on to conduct research in the fields of Cancer and Computing Science as a Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the University of Glasgow. She has a […]

Therese Abraham
Associate - Organisation Development

Therese joined Janaagraha in November 2023 as an Associate, Organisation Development at Bhubaneswar. Before joining Janaagraha, she was working as a Research Assistant with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Therese has an MA in Public Policy and Governance from TISS, Mumbai, and a B.Com in Finance and Accountancy from Christ University, Bengaluru. She enjoys […]

Toolika Ojha
Senior Manager - Fundraising
and Development

Toolika joined Janaagraha as Senior Manager, Fundraising and Development in Delhi in October 2023. She brings over 13 years of experience in the areas of local self-governance, WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene), and public policy. Before joining Janaagraha, she was associated as a Consultant with the S.M. Sehgal Foundation. She has a Post-Graduate Diploma in […]

V R Vachana
Head - Municipal Law and Policy

“Vachana joined Janaagraha in 2015 and currently serves as the Head of the Municipal Law and Policy vertical, with a particular focus on policy research and advocacy around decentralised urban governance. In her role, she leads the development and creation of India’s flagship report on urban governance, titled the ‘Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS)’, […]

Varchaswini N M
Associate -Community Participation

N M Varchaswini joined Janaagraha in 2022 and is an Associate in the Civic Participation team. Her primary responsibilities include interacting with citizens, government officials, and elected representatives; managing databases; conducting and generating ward committee survey reports; and organizing webinars, events, and campaigns. Varchaswini is a graduate with a Master’s degree in Public Policy from […]

Vasu Saha
Associate - Municipal Finance

Vasu Saha joined Janaagraha in May 2023 as an Associate in Municipal Finance and is based in Delhi. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hindu College, Delhi University, and a Master’s in Public Policy and Governance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Additionally, he has earned a certificate in European […]

Velumurugan V
Associate - Administration

Velumurugan is an Associate in Administration and joined Janaagraha in 2014. A Bengaluru native, Velu diligently looks into all of Janaagraha’s administrative requirements. In his spare time, Velu enjoys listening to music and was a karaoke enthusiast in his younger days.

Vijil C
Lead - Front End Developer

Vijil joined Janaagraha in May 2013 and is currently the Lead Front-End Developer. Prior to joining Janaagraha, he worked with Thoughtgrid Interactive Solutions and also has 2 years of experience in User Interface development. He completed an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Kerala (Kannur). At Janaagraha, he has significantly contributed to website […]

Vimarsha Vishruth
Senior Test Engineer

Vimarsha Vishruth is a Senior Test Engineer with an Industrial Production Engineering background. She initially started as an intern at Janaagraha in 2017 to gain insights into the development sector and decided to join the team full-time in 2018. Vimarsha is also an accomplished athlete, having represented Hassan District in state-level Table Tennis and Throw […]

Vinayasree Vinod
Associate - Environment City-Systems

Vinayasree joined Janaagraha in March 2022 as an Intern and started as an Associate in September 2022 in Environment City Systems. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology, and Economics (Triple Major) from CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. Prior to joining Janaagraha, […]

Yukti Madaan
Associate - Public Finance

Yukti joined Janaagraha in March 2023 as an Associate in Public Finance Management, based in Bhubaneswar. Before her tenure at Janaagraha, she worked as a Program Officer with Samaj Pragati Sahayog in Madhya Pradesh. She holds a Master’s degree in Development from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, and a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from Delhi University. […]