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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Aneri Shah has joined as Urban Design Associate – in Urban Design Studio at JanaUSP.
She did her graduation from Ahmedabad, Gujarat and has work experience from HCPDPM, Ahmedabad. She believes that design is not just about how it looks like or feels like, but it is all about how it works and makes and space into place.
Aneri is a frequent traveller, interested in portrait photography of humans. She also accepts challenges with the passion of learning of new software.
Karthik M has joined as a Dot.Net Programmer in JanaUSP.
He has done his Master of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering from MVJ College of Engineering, Bangalore.
He has 2.4 years of Software Industry exposure in Development of Web Applications and Backend support for mobile applications.
He is Passionate about thermocol craft, Reading, Drawing.
Kshitija Venkatesh has joined as Associate – Urban Design in JanaUSP.
She has completed MSc. Building and Urban Design in Development, at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), and B.Arch, at the School of Architecture, RVCE, Bangalore. Before joining JUSP, Kshitija worked for over four years in Sri Lanka, on architectural and resettlement housing projects.
Her interests are in cities, books, illustration, photography, food and languages.
Tanmay Vichare has joined as Associate- Urban Design in JanaUSP.
He has completed Masters of Architecture degree in Urban Design from KRVIA, Mumbai and B. Arch. degree from Hiray college of Architecture.
He loves to read, watch short movies and do photography.
He is B.Tech graduate in Computer Sciences Engineering from Pratap University, Jaipur. Prior to Jana USP, he worked on developing CRM Dashboard for Autoginie Systems Pvt Ltd.
He loves Bike Riding, Travelling and exploring new places.
Benjamin has completed his Dual Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Design from CEPT, Ahmedabad.
He believes in adopting pragmatic approaches to city planning and design that transcend the problem solving nature of the profession.
He is a trained pianist and also plays the bass guitar. He loves cooking in his free time.