Siraj Hussain is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), where he is engaged in research on various aspects of Indian agriculture and food processing. 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 were formulated under his supervision as Secretary, Agriculture.