Prof. Ramesh Chand
Member, NITI Aayog
Prof. Ramesh Chand is currently Member of NITI Aayog and Chairman of the Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi. 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. He has been involved in policy formulation for agriculture sector for the last three decades. Prior to joining NITI Aayog, he was Director ICAR - National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi.
In addition, Prof. Ramesh Chand is also Member of the Policy Advisory Council (PAC) of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canberra, Australia.
In the past, he also held the position of Member of the Fifteenth Finance Commission. Until recently, he was also Member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), Mexico.
Prof. Ramesh Chand has worked in senior academic positions as ICAR National Professor; Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University; and Professor at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Prof. Chand has been Visiting Professor at University of Wollongong, NSW Australia and at Institute of Developing Economies, Chiba Shi, Japan. He has also been Consultant with international organizations such as FAO, UNDP, ESCAP, UNCTAD, Commonwealth and World Bank.
Prof. Chand has authored seven books and published more than 150 research papers. He regularly contributes to national newspapers and media debates on agriculture - production, growth, development policy, farmers’ issues, markets and trade.
Prof. Chand has been presented with various reputed national awards and also conferred the Degree of Science (Honoris Causa) by three reputed Universities. In 2023, Prof. Ramesh Chand has been awarded the US Awasthi IFFCO Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Development of Fertilizer Industry by the Fertilizer Association of India.