As a coordinator for City Connect and Janaagraha in Chennai, India, Raj Cherubal focuses on improving urban governance and quality of life issues. A leading organization in the area of urban governance reform, Janaagraha promotes legislative and social frameworks to ensure meaningful urban public participation and accountability. A platform for industry associations and civic organizations, City Connect envisions vibrant Indian cities that deliver a world-class quality of life, infrastructure and services for all its citizens—rich and poor. Through his work and writing, Cherubal has promoted decentralization, good urban governance and market-based solutions to poverty. He also advocates recognition for urban entrepreneurs like street hawkers in the informal sector. Previously, Cherubal worked in the software industry in the areas of computational physics and visualization, telecommunications and finance. He holds an M.S. in physics from the University of Louisville and an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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