Ashok Gulati is Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at the Indian Council for Research on
International Economic Relations (ICRIER) since March 2014. He is currently also on the Central
Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), National Bank for Agriculture and Rural
Development (NABARD), and National Commodities and Derivates Exchange (NCDEX).
He was Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), Government of
India (2011-14); Director (Markets, Trade and Institutions, and later in Asia) at the International
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) (2001-11); NABARD Chair Professor at Institute of
Economic Growth (1998-2000); and Director/Chief Economist, Agriculture and Rural
Development at National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) from 1991 till 1997.
Dr Gulati has been deeply involved in policy analysis and advice in India. He was the youngest
member of the Economic Advisory Council of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee; Member of
the Economic Advisory Council of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh; Member of the State
Planning Board of Karnataka; Member of the Economic Transformation Council of the Chief
Minister of Rajasthan.
For his contributions to the field, the President of India honored him with "Padma Shri”, a high
civilian award in 2015.
Gulati has 14 books to his credit on Indian and Asian Agriculture, besides numerous research
papers in national and International Journals. He has been a prolific writer in media with his
current column "From Plate to Plough" in the Indian Express and Financial Express.
He did his M.A. and Ph.D. from Delhi School of Economics.
Dr Pramod Joshi superannuated as the Senior Advisor to the Director-General and the Director-South
Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC. Prior to this he was holding the
positions of the Director, ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, and the
Director of the ICAR-National Centre of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research. After his
superannuation, he is serving as the Policy Adviser to the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture
Organization, Harvest Plus program of CGIAR and Australian Centre for International Agricultural
Research (ACIAR). He is also the President of Agricultural Economics Research Association; Secretary,
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; and Honorary Director, Agro-Economic Research CentreDelhi. He has more than 40 years of research experience in the areas of technology policy, natural
resource management, markets, and institutional economics. He has extensively worked towards
transforming agriculture and market integration in India, and many south and southeast Asian
Dr Joshi has received the following awards: Dr M S Randhawa Memorial Award of the National
Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2009–11), Dr RC Agarwal Life Time Achievement Award of the
Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (2012-13) for his outstanding contribution in social science
and agricultural economics research and management; the Global Leadership Award in Agricultural
Policies of the Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture; and the Life Time Achievement Award of the
Pantnagar Alumni Almamater Advancement Association. He is the Fellow of the (1) National Academy
of Agricultural Sciences, (2) Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, (3) Indian Society of Agricultural
Engineering, and (4) International Society of Noni Research.
Dr Joshi was President-elect of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (2014); Conference President
of Indian Society of Agricultural Marketing (2014), Conference President of Agricultural Economics
Research Association-India (2015), and Secretary-General of 4th World Congress on Conservation
Dr Joshi has also served as the chairman of the SAARC Agricultural Centre’s governing board in Dhaka,
Bangladesh (2006–08); chairman of the UN-CAPSA governing board in Bogor (2007); member of the
BRICS-Agriculture group; and member of the intergovernmental panel on the World Bank’s
International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (2007–08). He
served as a member of the International Steering Committee for the Climate Change, Agriculture, and
Food Security Challenge Program, led by the CGIAR (2009–11). He was also a member of the core
group of the Indian government’s “Right to Food” National Human Rights Commission.
Secondary school education at Pravara public school, Pravaranagar, Tal. Rahata, Dist. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
B.Sc.( Agri) graduation from College of Agriculture, Pune, (MPKV, Rahuri). Became a farmer by choice.
Impressed by farmer leader Late Sharad Joshi's speach in 1985. Fulltime Shetkari Sanghatana activist since 1990.
Nominated as President of Shetkari Sanghatana on 12th Dec 2016.