Dr. Raja is a Masters in Business Law (1998-2001) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She has a Ph.D. in Nematology (1981-1984) from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. She is a civil servant belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Service and has 16 years of experience evaluating and auditing various government departments and several public sector undertakings of the Government of India. She has over 20 years of experience in leadership positions in the energy sector and additional experience in the private sector as an Energy and Infrastructure consultant.
She has been closely associated with the Indian power sector since its opening up to private participation in 1992. She has a wide ranging experience in all aspects of the power sector, namely, generation, transmission, distribution, trading, training and human resource management, covering an array of activities that include project design, implementation and monitoring, public policy, regulation, institutional design, legal drafting, enforcement and disaster management.
She has led and implemented several initiatives that cover power sector reform, unbundling of the company into transmission, distribution and trading units, process streamlining and accounting reforms, capacity development and change management and also held additional responsibilities assigned to her from time to time.
She has been a Director on the Boards of various state transmission and distribution utility companies as well power generation and manufacturing companies.
Over the years, she has had close interaction with a diverse range of stakeholders in the power sector that include politicians, persons from private and public enterprise, entrepreneurs, civil society organizations, NGOs, academics, lawyers, media persons and officials from international aid institutions.