Bharath Jairaj is a Senior Associate at WRI and is part of the Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI). EGI works with civil society organizations and policy makers in developing countries to promote transparency, accountability, and public participation in the electricity sector. Bharath is also involved in WRI projects focused on sustainable cities, energy access, holistic electricity planning, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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 various civil society networks and public interest campaigns in India and south Asia, and has worked on efforts to strengthen and enforce environmental laws, improve urban development, enhance citizen participation in governance 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 Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore and a Masters in Law from the National University of Singapore.
Bharath works out of India and lives in Chennai with his wife Chitra, daughter Maitreyi and cats, Bonnie and Clyde.
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.