Prof. Ramesh Chand is currently Member of NITI Aayog in the rank and status of Union Minister of State. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He is Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Society of Agricultural Economics.
Prof. Chand has 33 years of experience in research and teaching in the field of agricultural economics and policy. He has been involved in policy formulation for agriculture sector for the last 15 years. Prior to joining NITI Aayog, he was Director National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi.
In addition, Prof. Ramesh Chand is also Member of the Board of Trustees of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico; Member of the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Australia and Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Food Security and Agriculture.
Prof. Chand has chaired important committees on Food and Agricultural Policy set up by various Ministries, of Government of India. He has served as India’s nodal officer for agriculture for SAARC for 7 years and represented India in meetings of G20, UNESCAP.
Prof. Chand has authored seven books and published more than 100 research papers and has multiple international journals published to his credit.