Jairam Ramesh is an economist and politician who held several prestigious ministerial posts including as Minister of Rural Development, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Indian Minister of State of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Ramesh is the author of several books and articles and participated in India’s economic reforms in the 1990s. Early in his career he joined the World Bank but returned to India after a short assignment to serve in various public sector appointments in the Planning Commission, the Ministry of Industry and other economic departments of the Central Government of India.
Ramesh received a degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, a Master’s of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon, conducted doctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a founding member of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, a member of the International Council of the Asia Society, and a Visiting Fellow and Affiliated Researcher of the Institute of Chinese Studies, in New Delhi.