Bharath Jairaj is the Energy Director at WRI India and works with the Energy Program and the Governance Center. He directs WRI’s India energy program which seeks to inform and catalyse India’s transition to clean energy through increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, while enhancing access to reliable and affordable energy for all Indians. He co-leads the global Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI) that seeks to strengthen governance of the electricity sector through increased transparency, accountability and public participation. Bharath is also involved with WRI projects focused on social inclusion, reducing poverty, improving urban governance and making cities more equal and sustainable.
Prior to WRI, Bharath worked with WWF-India, Toxics Link and Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) in India. He has been part of multiple civil society efforts and public interest campaigns in India and south Asia to strengthen and enforce environmental laws, improve urban governance, enhance citizen participation in decisions that impact their lives, and protect the rights of consumers. He was part of the EGI team that conducted the first governance assessment of the electricity sector in India in 2004-06.
Bharath has a law degree from the National Law School of India, a Master in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore and a Master in Law from the National University of Singapore.
Bharath lives in Chennai with his wife Chitra, daughter Maitreyi and cats, Bonnie, Clyde, Billy and Leah.
To foster energy and governance decisions that sustain natural resources, alleviate poverty, and improve quality-of-life, we at WRI India aim to integrate adaptation into India’s development goals, with a focus on information needs.