Mr. Jairam Ramesh, after obtaining his B.Tech from IIT Bombay in 1975, studied Public Management at the Carnegie Mellon University (1975-77) and spent a year at MIT thereafter studying technology policy, economics, engineering and management.
Mr. Jairam Ramesh, is Secretary, Economic Affairs Department of the Congress Party, New Delhi as also Deputy Chairman, Karnataka Planning Board and Economic Advisor, Government of Chattisgarh. He is a Member of the Economic Development Council of Rajasthan and has earlier been invited by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to serve on its Economic Advisory Council.
Mr. Jairam Ramesh has been Advisor to the Finance Minister (1996-97), to the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission (1992-94) and to the Prime Minister during 1991 and 1987-89. He also served in the Ministry of Industry and other economic departments of the Central Government and has been entrusted with numerous special assignments, for example in J & K (1993-95), for reorganizing India’s international trade agencies (1990), for implementing the technology missions (1987-89), for reorganizing the CSIR (1986) and for analyzing energy policy (1983-85). He played a major role in the formulation and implementation of India’s economic reforms in 1991.
Author of many key government reports in diverse areas like energy, technology, capital goods, industrial policy, telecom etc, Mr. Jairam Ramesh also writes for the weekly magazine India Today and has anchored a number of popular television programmes on business and economy.
Mr. Jairam Ramesh serves on the boards of a number of public institutions in India and abroad, has been a founding member of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and is a member of the International Council of the Asia Society.