Bharath Jairaj leads WRI India’s Energy program, which seeks to inform and catalyze India’s transition to clean energy through increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The program also seeks to enhance access to reliable and affordable energy such that it leads to socio-economic development in the country. Bharath has been with WRI since 2010, and has been involved with the establishment of key programs and functions in India.

He is also part of WRI’s Equity and Governance Center and leads the Energy Governance Practice that seeks to strengthen the focus on equity and governance in the energy sector. Bharath is also involved with other initiatives focused on social inclusion, reducing poverty and strengthening public institutions. 

Prior to WRI, Bharath worked with Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG), WWF-India and Toxics Link in India. He has been part of multiple public interest initiatives in India and globally to strengthen and enforce environmental laws, improve governance, and enhance citizen participation in decisions that impact their lives.

 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 of Laws from the National University of Singapore.