Rekha Raghunathan

Lead – Word Lab | raghunathanr at iihs dot ac dot in

2000    MBA, University of Hartford, CT, USA
1997    BA, Corporate Secretaryship, Ethiraj College for Women, University of Madras, Chennai




Countries: India, USA
States: Tamil Nadu, Telengana, Karnataka
Cities: Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New York
Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil

Rekha Raghunathan earned an MBA from the University of Hartford, CT, USA with a specialisation in financial analytics. She has been a part of the Word Lab at IIHS since January 2015 and works with the faculty and researchers to establish and help implement editorial processes across all IIHS teams for in-house publications, working papers, reports and policy briefs. Her focus areas include converting research material into data stories and op-eds for online platforms and non-academic audiences, and doing substantive and copy-editing on several IIHS publications. She conducts writing workshops for external and internal audiences and teaches writing skills as part of the Urban Fellows Programme.


Prior to IIHS, she ran the India Water Portal, a programme of the NGO Arghyam, managing a team of subject matter experts and journalists in the water/sanitation sector. She was instrumental in the overall content planning and establishing of media collaborations. She has also been Consulting Editor with EMBARQ (World Resources Institute) and other global NGOs and think tanks. Earlier, she worked with Chillibreeze Solutions and managed a team that wrote on various topics including legal, medical, business and other disciplines. Articles edited by Rekha have been published in The Hindu, EPW,, The Wire and IndiaSpend among other print and online media channels.


She loves to read, blog, and play tennis and basketball. Her personal work has been published by Huffington Post, The Ladies Finger, India Water Portal and Madras Courier.


Commons Writing Skills Lab for the Urban Fellowship Programme 2016–2017, 2017–2018



Writing for Digital Media
Writing for Development Sector


Previous Teaching Experience

2016–2017 Writing for the Development Sector, IIHS (October 2016)
2015–2016 Writing for Digital Media, IIHS (June 2015)
2013–2016 Structuring and writing op-ed pieces (focus on water/sanitation), India Water Portal


  • Nishtha, V., Shyamala, S., & Raghunathan, R. (2017). Handbook of style and usage. Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.


Other Writing

  • Raghunathan, R. (2018, October 22). The kids are all right: An intergenerational tale of living and loving YA fiction. Torch Light. Retrieved from
  • Raghunathan, R. (2017). The Very Tired Butterfly. Madras Courier. Retrieved from
  • Raghunathan, R. (2017). How Roger Federer Made Me a Mature Tennis Fan. The Ladies Finger. Retrieved from
  • Raghunathan, R. (2016). The Yamuna, a Song, and a Dance. India Water Portal. Retrieved from
  • Raghunathan, R. (2015). Amazon’s Aur Dikhao Ad: All Show, No Tell. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from