Janani Venkatesh

Associate - Communications (Sustainable Energy Lab) | jvenkatesh at iihs dot ac dot in


2018   MA, International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University, London

2017   BA, Journalism, MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai




Countries: India
States: Tamil Nadu, Telangana
Cities: Chennai, Hyderabad
Languages: English, Tamil, Malayalam

Janani is a media and public policy professional with experience in the development sector. Her interests lie in social justice, governance, public health, environment and nature. Before joining IIHS, Janani worked at South Indian AIDS Action Programme India where she engaged in research and policy advocacy for the decriminalisation of sex work in India, and for increasing access of sex workers to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health. She has a passion for reporting and writing, and have contributed stories to several media agencies.


At IIHS, Janani is a part of the communication team for the Solar Decathlon India project in the Sustainable Energy Lab.

  • Jayaram, S., Thounaojam, A., Venkatesh, J., Jain, Y., & Vakil, G. (2022). A Thousand thunbergs collaborate towards Net-Zero. In PLEA 2022: Will cities Survive? The future of sustainable buildings and urbanism in the age of emergency. Passive and Low Energy Architecture.
  • Bhadra, J., Jain, Y., Venkatesh, J., & Vaidya, P. (2021, June 7-11). Unscrewing the climate change lightbulb with 5,000 net-zero-energy professionals. In T. L. Lindström, Y. Blume & N. Hampus (Eds.), ECEEE Summer Study Proceedings (pp. 153-162). ECEEE.