Ashok Gulati is an Indian agricultural economist and a former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), the advisory body of the Government of India on food supplies and pricing policies. Gulati was instrumental in the hiking the minimum support price of several food grains. Currently he is Infosys chair professor for Agriculture at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He is also a member of the Task Force on Agriculture set by the Prime Minister under NITI Aayog and Chairman of the Expert Group on Agriculture Market Reforms (2015). He was an active member of the High Level Committee set up by the NDA Government to restructure and reorient Food Corporation of India in order to improve its operational and financial efficiency.
As Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), he was assigned with a responsibility to advise Government of India on pricing policies of 23 agri- commodities. His work tenure at CACP is reported to have been transparent with real-time research and policy guidance on agricultural sector of the country. He has written 17 Price Policy Reports for Government of India during his tenure at CACP. He was Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) for more than 10 years. During his stint at IFPRI (January 2001 – February 2011), he garnered expansive worldwide exposure, undertaking and guiding research in Asia, Africa and Latin America (about 35 countries). He worked as a Chair Professor NABARD at Institute of Economic Growth. Prior to that he was Director/Chief Economist, Agriculture and Rural Development at National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) from 1991 till 1997.
Gulati has served in both academic and policy advising capacities in India. He has 13 books and several book chapters to his credit. His book “The Dragon and the Elephant” (co-edited with Shenggan Fan), was published by both Johns Hopkins University Press and Oxford University Press and it has also been translated in Chinese language. Apart from this he has written numerous national and International Journal and media articles.
He was the youngest member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council of Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Chief Minister and of Andhra Pradesh and member of the State Planning Board of Karnataka. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of ICICI Banking Corporation and member of the Board of Directors of Agricultural Finance Corporation.
He graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce and did his Masters in Economics and PhD from Delhi School of Economics.
He was honoured by the Government of India in 2015 with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award.