Founder and Mentor

T. R. Raghunandan is the Founder and Mentor at Avantika Foundation. He was formerly Joint Secretary – Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India and Secretary-Rural Development Karnataka before he took voluntary retirement from the Indian Administrative Service (after 26 years). He is now a public finance expert and an anti-corruption activist. He was also the member convener of the 2002 working group that came up with a series of reform recommendations on decentralisation. He is presently a consultant and adviser to international development agencies on local government policy, fiscal decentralisation and capacity development in local governance. He has been an advisor to the GPOD project since its inception. With his extensive interaction with Panchayats all over the country and especially in Karnataka, he is almost synonymous with the decentralisation agenda.