Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman was appointed as India’s Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs in 2019. She was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in the Parliament of India in 2014, and subsequently reelected in 2016. She has also held several ministerial portfolios since 2014, including Minister of Defense, Minister of State of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. She has been a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party since 2006 and previously served as a spokesperson for the party. Ms. Sitharaman obtained a Master of Arts degree in economics and M.Phil. from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at the Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College in Tiruchirapalli.