Shailaja Chandra is the Vice President of Initiatives for Change-Centre for Governance, a think tank which supports policy research and social reform. She has been a career civil servant who was a Permanent Secretary in the Government of India and later the first woman Chief Secretary of Delhi.
Until recently she was the Executive Director of the National Population Stabilisation Fund where she received the Best E-Health initiative of the year Award for establishing a unique GIS mapping facility which displays the spatial distribution of all rural health facilities in the country on the Internet. She also established the first professionally run call-centre service to answer questions on reproductive health, anonymously, phoned-in from anywhere in the country which was reported upon internationally.
As Chief Secretary, Delhi she was associated with a government citizen partnership ‘Bhagidari’ which won the United Nations Public Service Award for improving transparency, accountability, and responsiveness. She received the International Clean Cities Award on behalf of the Government for introduction of the largest fleet of CNG run (environment friendly) buses in the world.
Ms Chandra has functioned as the Chairman of the Public Grievances Commission and the Appellate authority under the Right Information Act in Delhi which has given her unique exposure to participatory democracy operating at the grassroots level.
Apart from being the Chairman of the Delhi Public Library Board which governs a large network of libraries across the city she has recently been appointed by the Delhi University to head the Governing Body of a University run college.
Shailaja has a M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Wales and an Honours Degree in English Literature. She has authored a book “It Crossed My Mind” an anthology of articles on subjects of current social concern. She is also a regular columnist for a leading Indian national newspaper for the last four years.
Papers, reports and publications
- Interview with Shailaja Chandra at OECD/UNESCO Conference- Innovation, Information and Institutional change: the next challenges for gender equality
- Sheila releases Shailaja Chandra's book (The Hindu 04.02.2007)
- Shailaja Chandra clarifies (The Hindu 04.06.2006)
Prog Blog posts
Link to Shailaja Chandra's user profile on wikiprogress