Siraj Hussain is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1979 and has served the Government of Uttar Pradesh in various capacities including District Magistrate, Managing Director, State Industrial Development Corporation, Registrar of Cooperative Societies, and Secretary to Chief Minister. In the Government of India, he has worked as Joint Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution and Chairman and Managing Director of Food Corporation of India (FCI). He was posted as Union Secretary in the Ministries of Food Processing Industries and Agriculture. Several schemes of the first Modi government were formulated under his supervision as Secretary, Agriculture. He has authored several research papers on agriculture and rural economy and his columns have been published in several newspapers and online portals.