Jyothi Venkatachalam

Joint Director, Tariff Authority for Major Ports

Jyothi Venkatachalam brings to the table more than a decade’s experience in tariff regulation. A chartered accountant by profession, Venkatachalam is currently working as joint director with the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP), a statutory autonomous body under the Ministry of Shipping. She joined TAMP as assistant director in 2004 and has been associated with the authority ever since.

Venkatachalam is involved in fixing tariffs/rates for various services rendered by the major port trusts and the private terminals operating thereat. In addition to simplifying the processes involved in tariff fixation, she strategically monitors the status of tariff cases and thereby ensures their quick disposal.

She has also been actively involved in various committees constituted by the Indian Ports Association. She was a member of the committee constituted to undertake a study on rationalising cruise vessel handling charges at the major ports. Besides, she was also a member of the committee incorporated for studying the levy of vessel-related charges in terms of the Indian rupee instead of the US dollar.

Having worked in this field for more than a decade, Venkatachalam has gained vast experience in the regulation of tariffs in the Indian port sector. With this sound understanding of the operational aspects of the sector, she has represented TAMP in various domestic and global meetings pertaining to regulations in the port sector.

Armed with her expertise in the sector and her experience at TAMP, she has been invited as a guest lecturer at the TATA Institute of Social Sciences to address students pursuing a master’s programme and present her views on “regulatory governance”.

An inspiring person, Venkatachalam is focused and energetic and strives to achieve desirable outcomes within prescribed timelines. She is disciplined and process oriented, and also has strong analytical skills and ensures perfection in every assignment.

Though a thorough professional, she is also a firm believer of maintaining a balance between the work and home fronts. She does not like to carry work home and her days off are exclusively reserved for her family. She spends quality time with them and ensures that she goes on at least two vacations a year with them. She is closely involved in the day-to-day activities of her nine-year old son. Besides travelling, she enjoys reading and listening to music in her spare time.

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