Jairam Ramesh is a senior Indian politician from the Indian National Congress. Currently, he is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha (the Upper House). Mr. Ramesh served as the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development (2011-2014), and Drinking Water and Sanitation (2011-2013), Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Environment and Forests (2009-2011), Union Minister of State for Commerce and Power (2008-09) and Union Minister of State for Commerce (2006-2009).
On September 29, 2014, Jairam Ramesh presented his views on ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Green Growth for 21st Century India’ as part of a speaker series co-sponsored by Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) and Yale Himalaya Initiative (YHI). The event was attended by a diverse group of students and scholars. After the lecture, according to the Yale tradition, Dean Peter Crane, group of students and faculty members joined him for dinner. Over the dinner, FES students and faculty members discussed how FES and YHI can contribute towards the sustainable development of India through multi-level partnership and research.