Raj Cherubal, coordinator for City Connect and Janaagraha in Chennai will speak on “Towards a Greater City” in CPPR ACE Winter School 2013. Janaagraha is a leading organisation in the area of urban governance reform and promotes legislative and social framework to ensure meaningful urban public participation and accountability. City Connect, a platform for industry associations and civic organisations, envisions vibrant Indian cities that deliver world-class quality of life, infrastructure and services for all its citizens—rich and poor. Raj has been closely associated with CPPR for a long time and have been supporting its activities in Chennai.
He has written and worked to promote decentralisation, good urban governance, promote economic freedom for urban entrepreneurs like street hawkers and others in the informal sector and for their recognition as profit seeking entrepreneurs. He holds a M.S. in Physics from the University of Louisville and a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan,Ann Arbor. He has worked in the software industry in area like computational physics and visualisation, telecom and finance.