Ciosa Team

We run a really lean setup to keep the wheels of CIOSA running smoothly every day. Occasionally, the staff of Sornammal Educational Trust, another organisation headed by Mr. Pandia Rajan, chip in to help, as do some volunteers.

Current Team

S. Prasanna, Programme Manager

A management graduate from the School of Management, Pondicherry University, Prasanna has been managing the responsibilities of CIOSA since August 2005. He is also the Project Manager for Sornmamal Educational Trust since 2004.

Prior to his MBA, Prasanna worked for a year as a sub editor with the New Indian Express, published from South India. Post-MBA, he worked with the TMI Network as a management trainee in charge of national and international placements and coordinated and managed the content creation for the Opportunity Page of the news daily, The Hindu.

 

Former Staff

These former staff members helped build Ciosa in its fledgling days:

R. Karthik Venkatesh

Executive Director, Sep 2003 - Aug 2005

A professional social worker from the Madras School of Social Work with over 12 years of experience at that point, Mr. Venkatesh was the first official appointee employed to build the CIOSA network.

Working single-handedly for 15 out of the 24 months of his tenure, Mr. Venkatesh designed, shaped articulated and implemented the vision and mission of CIOSA, its framework of operations (programmes areas), its collaborative systems, its communities of practice and its network of NGOs. He was primarily responsible for the growth of CIOSA into the collaborative platform that it is today.

He currently works as an independent consultant providing technology services for strengthening the citizen sector. He continues his association with CIOSA as an individual member.

G. Balamurugan

Programme Manager, Sep 2004- April 2005

Also a professional social worker from the Dept. of Social Work, Loyola College, Chennai, Mr. Balamurugan was the second employee of CIOSA.

He came in at a time when the CIOSA network was expanding rapidly and the demands and needs of the members were growing. In his brief stint of 8 months, Mr. Balamurugan was able to make a significant impact on refining various approaches and programmes of CIOSA. His wide range of contacts through his previous employer, the Tamil Nadu Voluntary Health Association (TNVHA), Chennai was primarily responsible for carrying the message of CIOSA and making it popular in many districts in Tamil Nadu. The increase in the representation of NGOs from other districts of Tamil Nadu in CIOSA was entirely due to his efforts.

He is currently Project Officer for International Relations at the Rajiv Gandhi National Youth Institute, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. He continues his association with CIOSA as an individual member.