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Ramesh Veluru

Ramesh Veluru

Programme Lead

Ramesh leads the CEEW-Villgro Powering Livelihoods' initiative to transform India's rural economy with clean energy solutions at the Council. Ramesh has eight years of experience working at government agencies and multilateral donor organisations in the spheres of inclusive growth, women's enterprise promotion, women empowerment, agricultural value chains and rural development.

Ramesh has led the design and implementation of varied interventions in the rural livelihoods ecosystem ranging from the value chain development among fisherwomen from the coastal East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh to developing policy interventions in India's largest Piggery Mission in Meghalaya.

Before joining the Council, Ramesh worked at the World Bank as a consultant for the Agricultural Global Practice of South Asian Region, extending operational support and guidance to the Government of Bihar in the implementation of rural livelihood projects.

Ramesh is a farmer turned into a development professional and hails from a Punganur town in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

Ramesh graduated from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), United Kingdom with a Masters in Governance, Development, and Public Policy on the prestigious Chevening Scholarship. He also has a Master’s degree in Rural Management from the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB), India.

Ramesh is a big-time foodie and loves cooking. He specialises in cooking curries and can cook more than 300 varieties of curry dishes. He cherishes everything about traveling; planning itineraries, camping, trekking, biking, meeting local people, trying authentic foods, and exploring local cultures.

  • 200unique curries cooked during the two waves of the pandemic
  • 8countries visited
  • 3types of crops cultivated as a farmer
  • What I believe in


    Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.