Rajesh Ramamoorthy

Specialist – TNUSSP | rramamoorthy at iihs dot ac dot in

2016    MTech, Water Science and Governance, TERI University, Delhi
2002    BE, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Madras, Chennai



Countries: India
States: Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh
Cities: Chennai, Nagpur, Agra
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil

Rajesh Ramamoorthy holds MTech degree in Water Science and Governance from TERI University. His Master’s thesis was a performance evaluation of Clearford Water Systems’ onsite wastewater treatment demonstration project for the Agra cantonment board. This was later presented at the FSM4 – the Fourth International Faecal Sludge Management Conference held in Chennai in early 2017.


Before stepping into the world of think tanks, Rajesh was a Program & Project Manager at Akamai, one of the world’s largest content delivery network providers dealing with their distributed linux server network across the globe, corporate computing environment and engineering groups.


In his most recent assignment prior to IIHS, Rajesh was associated with a non-profit Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group (CAG), where he led an independent assessment of the 24×7 water supply scheme in the city of Nagpur; to assess whether the scheme was able to deliver on the objectives at the end of the transition period and its impact on slum dwellers in terms of improved access and availability of piped water supply. Rajesh was also a contributor to a coalition of civil society led effort towards building city resilience. As part of the coalition, he jointly hosted discussions and compiled a report that captured perspectives from different non-governmental stakeholders in the aftermath of the 2015 Chennai floods.


His past experiences include assignments with Clearford Water Systems and the 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) which focuses on piloting a tributary based multi-stakeholder approach to restoration for the Hindon River in Uttar Pradesh. At WRG, he was involved in setting up multi-stakeholder committees at major cities/towns across the basin, contributed towards producing a compendium of good practices for restoration by documenting field case studies, and played a key role in organising an exhibition/symposium for kick-off of the pilot programme.


Rajesh Ramamoorthy is a Programme Coordinator at IIHS for the TNUSSP project based in Trichy. Much of his work revolves around interfacing with the City Local Body and assisting with programme planning and execution of activities which include studies, exercises and demonstration projects apart from supporting partner organisations in their engagements with community groups.


Rajesh is interested civil society initiatives towards improving urban governance, and is a martial arts enthusiast.

Practice Projects at IIHS

2017 onwards Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP)



Other Writing

  • Krishnamurthy, R., Sarangan, G., Nagarajan, A., Rajesh, Devaraj, R., Oviya, B., & Natarajan, N. (2019). Gender and social inclusion across the sanitation chain in Tamil Nadu – assessment and strategy. TNUSSP. https://muzhusugadharam.co.in/gender-and-social-inclusion-across-the-sanitation-chain-in-tamil-nadu-assessment-and-strategy/
  • Ramamoorthy, R., Pandey, D. K., Rajakumar, S. D., Ramasamy, N., & Sharma, R. (2018). Desludging operators in Tiruchirappalli: An overview. Chennai: TNUSSP.
  • Ramamoorthy, R., Narayanan, S., Elangovan, M., Sahayaraj, V., Sharma, S. R., Manoj, A., … Shanmugambigai, B. (2018). Assessment of community and public toilets in Tiruchirappalli. Chennai: TNUSSP.s
  • Ramamoorthy, R., Jain, S., Raman, R., Ragavan, K. V. S., Eswaramoorthy, S., Ramasamy, N., …. Androse, J. (2018). Sanitation situation assessment: Tiruchirappalli. Chennai: TNUSSP.
  • Ramamoorthy, R. (2017). An assessment of the 24×7 water supply scheme in the city of Nagpur. Unpublished.
  • Ramamoorthy, R. (2016). Analysis of the River Regulation Zone (RRZ) draft notification. Unpublished.
  • Gautam, M., Mantri, M., Na, A., Wankhade, K., Ramamoorthy, R., Raman, R., & Sudhakar, S. (2019, February). Emptying and de-sludging practices: An occupational safety needs assessment study. Paper presented at the 5th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference, AfricaSan5, FSM5, and Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 2017   FSM4 – 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference, Chennai
               Topic: Onsite Domestic Wastewater Treatment Using A Modified Septic Tank
  • 2016   19th International River Symposium, New Delhi
                Topic: Multi-stakeholder approach to tributary river restoration