Raj Cherubal is CEO of Chennai Smart City Limited (CSCL). Smart Cities is a flagship initiative of the GoI, being implemented by the Government of Tamil Nadu and Greater Chennai Corporation, to improve infrastructure and services of the city, and thereby improve the quality of life of all its citizens. Raj was Director-Projects for Chennai City Connect (CCC), a platform for industry and civic organisations, envisions vibrant Indian cities that deliver world-class quality of life, infrastructure and services. He is interested in improving urban governance, urban quality of life. He has worked on sustainable transportation and urban planning, pedestrianisation, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and integrated, multi-modal public transportation, solid waste management, restoration of urban water bodies, sustainable financing of urban infrastructure, redevelopment of business district and regional planning. He has worked to promote decentralisation and urban good governance. Also to promote economic freedom for entrepreneurs, especially poor like street vendors and others in the informal sector and for their recognition as profit seeking entrepreneurs.
He holds a M.S. in Physics from the University of Louisville and a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has worked in the software industry in areas like computational physics, visualisation, telecom and finance.