Anand Sharma is the son of P. A. Sharma and Prabha Rani Sharma and was born on 5 January 1953 in Shimla; Himachal Pradesh.Sharma married Dr. Zenobia on 23 February 1987. They have two sons. He is associated with a number of social and sports organizations and also an all India NGO in disability sector.
As Minister responsible for National Investment Policy, he piloted the opening of many sectors for FDI including Defence, and Civil Aviation. India allowed 100% FDI in Single Brand retail and opened up Multi Brant retail to Foreign Investors. The e-Biz Project was conceptualized and rolled out to improve business and investment climate
Sharma’s Successful outcome defending the right of India and the developing countries, to public stock holding of food grain for Food Security; he remained steadfast in negotiating a solution to end the impasse. Bali Ministerial, resulted in the first ever agreement. Since the establishment of the WTO including the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)
Sharma was a prominent leader in the student and youth movement in India, a founder member of the Congress Party’s students wing the NSUI. He was also a former President of the Youth Congress. Sharma asserts that the country needed investment in the manufacturing sector and the cost of credit must be brought down for this purpose. In February 2012, Sharma led a business delegation of more than 120 people to Pakistan for improving trade ties.
On 14th Mar 2016 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha from Himachal Pradesh. Sharma is the Deputy Leader of opposition,the upper house of the Indian Parliament.