People

Swati Ramanathan

Swati Ramanathan is co-founder of Jana Group, a clutch of social enterprises aimed at urban transformation in India. These include: -Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy committed to transforming India's cities and citizenship. Janaagraha takes a systems approach to addressing urban challenges, working both with citizens at the grassroots, as well as with all three federal tiers of government. Ms Ramanathan leads Janaagraha's innovations in the use of social media and mobile and internet technology for civic participation. She has received international awards and recognition for ipaidabribe.org on retail corruption in 25 countries; and for ichangemycity.org on hyper local citizen participation, including Google's Global Impact Challenge, 2013, ICIF Australia 2015, Manthan Award in 2015

-Jana Urban Space Foundation, of which she is Chairperson, is committed to improving urban planning and urban design in India, and is engaged in both planning and design practice and policy reforms.

Over the past 15 years, India's urban reforms and policies on a variety of fronts have been substantially shaped by the work of the Jana Group.

Ms Ramanathan has prepared the "National Urban Spatial Planning and Development (USPD), 2013 Guidelines" for planning India's cities, at the behest of the Ministry of Urban Development, and the Planning Commission, Government of India. Ms Ramanathan was the Co-Convenor of the Urban Planning Group of the Planning Commission's 12th Five Year Plan.

She is currently member of the Chief Minister's Advisory Council, Government of Rajasthan. She is undertaking the development of a Spatial Development Plan 2035 for Sawai Madhopur, and transformational projects for the city that are related to Mobility and Conservation of the city's water system and Protection of the Forest and Tiger Sanctuary.

Ms Ramanathan's work on Urban Design standards for city roads have been adopted as the desired standards by the state of Karnataka (Tender SURE – Specifications for Urban Road Execution), with the Government of Karnataka allocating Rs.500 crores over 2012-14 in the state budget, towards model Tender SURE roads for the CBD area of Bangalore city. The Tender Sure Project is a visible success in the city, and the Chief Minister has announced 50 more roads will be included in the 2016-17 budget.

In 2007, Ms Ramanathan was named a Young Asian Leader by the Asia Society. In 2008, Ms Ramanathan was honored by the Government of Rajasthan with the Rajyotsava Puraskar for her work on the Jaipur 2025 Master plan. In 2013, Ms Ramanathan was honoured by the National Democratic Institute in Washinton DC, with the Democracy and Civic Innovator Award. In 2013, she and her husband were honored with as the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year Award by Forbes India. Ms Ramanathan holds a BS from India, and an MS from Pratt Institute, N.Y.

Nithya

Nithya is an architect – urban designer passionate about changing the cities we live in using design and common sense.

Nithya has a Master's degree (M.Arch) in Urban Design and Creative Urban Practices from the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow.

She enjoys travelling and can be equally excited about a trip to New York as a trip to Pondicherry. She is an avid reader and an experimental blogger and cook. She is currently trying her hand at composting and growing organic produce in her balcony.

Muthu

Muthu works as part of the Jana USP to implement the spatial decision support system for Janalakshmi Financial Services Ltd.

He has a Master's degree (M.Sc) in Applied Geology from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu and another Master's degree (M.Tech) in Geo-Informatics

He loves long distance bike riding, trekking and photography. He enjoys reading, playing table tennis and watching movies.

Aditi

Aditi has always aspired to pursue a career in geography and is eager and excited to learn and look at the environment in new ways. She assists with mapping finance data and reports in Jana USP.

She has a Master's degree (M.A) in Geography from Lucknow University and a Master's degree (M.Sc) in Geographic Information System from Symbiosis

She loves reading, indulging in cooking, travelling, and watching theatre. She occasionally volunteers, and participates in theatre activities.

Kalpana

Kalpana is a mentor to the GIS interns, providing training on digitization and map creation.

She has a Bachelor's degree (B.E) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Gulbarga University and a PG Diploma in Entrepreneur Development from EDI( Entrepreneur Development Institute of India), Ahemedabad, and is an Oracle certified database management solution architect.

She enjoys being active, attends aerobic classes and is currently learning free style bollywood dance and belly dance. She loves listening to music, watching dance shows, reading and travelling.

Sivakumar

Sivakumar works as a part of JanaUSP and assists in GIS mapping, executing various spatial data analyses and on the implementation of a spatial decision support system.

He has a Master's degree in Geoinformatics from Bharathidasan university-Trichy, Tamilnadu.

He is passionate about spreading GIS awareness at the school level and enjoys playing cricket and badminton. His other hobbies include listening to music and reading books.

Lavanya

Lavanya is an Architect-Urban Designer with an interest in design and writing about the ways people use and perceive Indian cities. She holds a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from The Bartlett school of Architecture, UCL, London. Through JanaUSP, she hopes to contribute to the conservation and preservation of heritage, culture and history of India's cities while aiding their simultaneous development.

Her hobbies include reading, travelling, writing and collecting maps.

Biju

Biju Skaria has joined us as Senior Draughtsman in the Urban Design Team. Biju has 11 years of work experience in Auto Cad drafting in Architecture and Street Scaping. Prior to joining us, Biju has worked with renowned Architectural firms, Builders and Developers. Biju hail from Kerala and has completed his education there.

His hobbies are travelling and listening to music.

Sonika

Sonika is an urban planner. She did her Bachelor in Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada. She has two years of experience in Government. She feels Jana USP is just a perfect platform for her now in learning things and its application.

She is very keen reader of philosophical books. She likes generally like serving and volunteering on her off days. Apart from all this she is a music lover and loves to dance in group.

Ramachandran

Ramachandran joined us as an Associate- Architecture and Interior design in October'2015.

He is an architect who always believes in the quality of space and spirit of Architecture. He strongly believes the saying that everything in this world is designed, but only few are well designed.

He holds an Undergraduate degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad in 2009 and worked on design of various projects related to Housing, Healthcare, Surface transport and institutional buildings.

Ram is an animal lover, frequent traveller, listens to classical music and enjoys cooking.

Vinaya

Vinaya has joined as-Architect at team JanaUSP as Associate Urban Designer which is her passion. As an urban design enthusiast she believes in equality an passionate about placemaking in the tight Urban fabric.

She loves to observe and record places through camera and sketches and likewise learn, she enjoys creating new things each day and adore all things handmade.

Shreya

Shreya has joined Jana USP as an Associate GIS. She has done her Bachelor's Degree in Geology from Bangalore University.

She has been performing various GIS analysis and spatial mapping activities to assist Urban planning.

She enjoys singing, dancing and also loves travelling when at leisure.

Venkat

Venkat jayagopi has recently graduated as an architect from Meenakshi College of Engineering in Chennai(batch of 2015) and has joined Jana USP as an associate urban designer.

He is passionate about urban design and believes in designing resilient and people centric spaces.

He also loves to travel and is an voracious reader.

Prakruthi

Prakruthi is an architect- urban designer enthusiastic about understanding the public realm through the needs and perceptions of the people. She believes that by considering human aspirations, design can become a powerful tool in improving the economic and socio-cultural access to public resources in Indian cities.

She has worked on residences, institutions and landscape projects prior to pursuing her Masters in Urban Design at R.V. Collage of Architecture, Bangalore. Along with reading and dancing, she enjoys exploring new places on foot. She is also an avid animal lover.

Usha

Usha is basically from Bangalore, completed her education here as well and by profession she has worked with different organisation in Architectural and Interiors folders & she has worked on many prestigious projects throughout her career and she has joined JanaUSP to learn more innovative things relevant to design aspects & implementing the same. Her strength is designing and she loves doing it.

Speaking about hobbies, she like to spend most of her time with her family and she loves to cook, watching TV, exploring new places and shopping.

Nandagopal

Nandha has joined Jana USP as an Advance Associate GIS and assists with spatial data analysis and mapping. He aims to serve the environment by providing better GIS solutions. He specializes in Geoinformatic Systems with a Master's degree in Geosciences from Bharathidasan University, Trichy.

He enjoys adventure bike rides,fond of travelling to new places and freaking out with friends.

Mrinal

Mrinal has joined as a Senior Software Development. He completed his MCA from NIT Raipur Pt.RSSU University Raipur and worked on different projects for Infinite Computer Solution India Ltd.

He is passionate about football and love listening music.

Poornima

Poornima has joined us as Human Resource Manager.

She has 13 years of explicit work experience in HR and has hands on experience in all the domains of HR. She has two Master's Degree – one from West Coast University – California and the other one from University of Madras. Both specialisation in HR domain.

She loves travelling and loves reading books in her leisure time.

Gautam

Gautam has completed his Graduation from KRVIA, Mumbai, and has worked with CnT Architects before joining JANA USP.

He is a fitness enthusiast and loves to travel ,cycle, run and basically anything that will keep him outdoors.

His other hobbies include reading and watching movies and video documenting.

Amrita

Amrita is an architect and urban planner. She is passionate about the planning and design in the public realm, interventions that are a reflection of human behavioral demand and choice, at the same time dictates the quality of life and interaction that frames a society.

She has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from IIT, Kharagpur and a Bachelor's degree in architecture from BIT, Mesra.

She enjoys reading, cooking, travelling and playtime with her son.

Chandrashekar

Chandrashekar Reddy has joined as an Android Developer in JanaUSP

He has done his Bachelors Engineering in Computer Sciences Information Technology from JNTU Hyderabad.

He has worked on developing different Mobile Applications for Android Platform for Cheric Information Systems Pvt Ltd.

He is a Music Addict. He loves singing.

Milind

Milind Datar has joined as Team Lead- ADS in Jana USP.

He holds 15 years of professional experience in Bangalore, Singapore and Goa combined, since his graduation as Bachelor of Architecture. He has worked on variety of building designs ranging from individual villas , condominiums, mega apartment complexes, Hotel and Housing Development Board (HDB) projects, Schools etc. along with interior projects and working as Project Manager (Architect) in Singapore.

He loves long drives and listening to music.

Purushottam

Purushottam graduated from Faculty of architecture, BIT Mesra. He is interested in design of public spaces and leisure space. He believe that design can be implemented in every aspect of life and big transformations can be brought out through design.

Purushottam is also interested in philosophy, art, riddle solving, photography and outdoor sports.

Tapasya

Tapasya is a recent graduate from GITAM University, Visakhapatnam who joined Jana Urban Space foundation as an Urban design- Associate after interning in the company for 10 months . She loves exploring and documenting the urban realm through photographs and writing.

She is a dreamer, trained Kuchipudi dancer and an avid fan of Calvin and Hobbes.

Srivatsava

Srivatsava has a Master's Degree in Information Technology from University of Texas, USA. He has eleven years of Software Industry exposure in providing solutions in the web and Mobile domains.

He is tech enthusiast ,enjoys playing Cricket and listening to music.

Mithun

Mithun Kumar has joined as an System Administrator in JanaUSP.

He has done his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communication from Sahyadri College of Engineering, Mangalore. He has 3.5 years of experience in networking and server administration domain.

He likes listening to music, travelling and playing cricket.

Ravi

Ravi is an Architect and urban planner experienced in implementing enterprise GIS solution and managed services for urban governance, informal settlements, land management, infrastructure and utilities. At JanaUSP Ravi is a GIS Knowledge Expert and works on GIS solutions for urban projects and banking solutions.

Ravi has 14 years of experience in driving mid to large scale projects, consulting, strategy development for the function, business development and analysis. He has earlier worked with Institutions like IIHS and MIT Manipal, companies like ROLTA and RMSI and Government organization like Space application centers. Ravi holds executive MBA from IIMC, MUDP and B.Arch from NIT Bhopal, ACSE from IBM Ace, and Diploma in Geoinformatics from CDAC.

Apart from exploring Geospatial technology he enjoys listening to music and singing.