Satyarupa Shekhar Swain

Satyarupa Shekhar is the coordinator of #breakfreefromplastic movement for Asia Pacific region. Satyarupa leads the regional effort for developing holistic and inclusive strategies to dramatically reduce plastic production, pollution, and usage. She works with and supports frontline communities and organizations – leaders in their right – working to promote sustainable, effective, and locally-driven initiatives.

Her areas of interest are public administration, the role of elected representatives, open data and the use of technology to improve governance. She has been a part of innovative action research projects that take a new look at common urban challenges, including those involving informal waste workers, public toilets and decision making for municipal services.

She has worked with Chennai’s city government and a Tamil Nadu state department to improve their data-management practices to plan civic infrastructure better, and has supported the creation of data that has been used by the city government and courts to provide evidence for failures in service provision. Satyarupa is recognised as a commentator on transparency and accountability and (open) data, as well as the role of data intermediaries.



2022, 2014

Special function

Strategic Visionaries


Sustainability and Climate Protection, Energy and Natural Resources, Technology







Further Engagements

Elected Advisory Council
Every year, two GDL members of the Advisory Council are elected online by members. All four elected members of the Advisory Council work on a pro bono basis.

Satyarupa was an EAC Member from 2022 to 2024.

She was active in the Summit working group of the GDL.

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