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Director
Tel : (65) 6516 4239 / (65) 6516 1808
Email : isasdir@nus.edu.sg
 
Professor Tan Tai Yong has been an integral part of ISAS since its inception. He was Acting Director of the Institute from July 2004 to July 2006, and April 2007 to May 2008. He was appointed as Director of ISAS on 1 June 2008.

Professor Tan, a historian, is concurrently Vice Provost (Student Life) at the National University of Singapore. Prior to this, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore from 2004 to 2009.

Professor Tan has written extensively on South Asian history as well as on Southeast Asia and Singapore. His recent books include SingaporeA 700 Year History (2009), Creating ‘Greater Malaysia’: Decolonisation and the Politics of Merger (2008); Partition and Post-Colonial South Asia: A Reader (co-edited, 2007); The Garrison State (2005), The Aftermath of Partition in South Asia (co-authored, 2000) and The Transformation of Southeast Asia: International Perspectives on De-colonisation (co-edited, 2003).
Senior Associate Director
Tel : (65) 6516 8106
Email : isasjdpt@nus.edu.sg
 
Mr Johnson Paul, worked as the Deputy Director for Government and Business Information Services (GBIS) of the National Library Board of Singapore (NLB) and concurrently served as Senior Strategy Consultant for Cybrarian Ventures (a venture company of the National Library Board). He has extensive corporate and strategic planning expertise, championing public sector wide “Value Innovation” framework for government and subsequently the project champion for Library 2010 and Project Deputy Chair of Library 2020. He has contributed to several research and case studies on NLB which includes Harvard, INSEAD and Yale case studies. He was an active member of the implementation committee for “Brand Singapore” inter-sector initiative, Tamil Internet Steering Committee and project coordinator for ASEAN INFONET, a regional information network. Mr Johnson has a wealth of experience in fund raising and served as a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Learning Award 2007 and 2008(USA) and Network for Information and Digital Access (UK) and Asia Dialogue Society (ADS, Bangkok).

Mr Johnson was invited to be member of the literati society of Emerald Intelligence in 2005 and serves as the international editor for PROGRAM (UK); editor for EPRINT, and NRIN. He has presented papers on several international conferences including the International Federation of Library Association, World Bank Knowledge Management group, European Union Cultural cluster. He also represented Singapore in receiving the International Award for the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCi) in 2008 and 2009. His specific strengths are in multipartite collaboration, executing cross-agency initiatives like Enterprise Business Information Services, a partnership with Singapore Business Federation, SPRING Singapore, IE Singapore and NLB. He had successfully engineered multi-sector collaboration in digitisation initiatives that represented NLB's pioneering effort in the digital domain. Within the public sector he is well known for executing international conferences, amongst others the World Library Summit which garnered 1,000 participants from across the world.

In July 2003, he completed an Executive Management Course with INSEAD under the Firefly Leadership Programme of the Economic Development Board (EDB.) In 2010 he completed a Management Development Programme of the Civil Service College. Johnson had contributed significantly to organizational change particularly in raising the scholarship profile of the National Library with the introduction of Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship and the National Library’s publishing initiative. Amongst others, the “National Directory of Humanities and Social Sciences Scholars in Singapore”, “BiblioAsia”, and “How Singapore Compares” has had wide international acclaim.
Senior Research Fellow
Tel : (65) 6601 3772
Email : isasrjr@nus.edu.sg
 
Introduction

Rajesh Rai is Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS). He is concurrently Assistant Professor at the South Asian Studies Programme (SASP) in the National University of Singapore.

Dr Rai received his MA (with Distinction) and PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK), and was awarded the Neville Chamberlain Scholarship for the duration of his doctoral research. A historian, he specialises in diaspora studies, nationalism and the postcolonial history and politics of South Asia.

He has edited several books on the South Asian diaspora including the Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora (2006) for which he was the Assistant Editor. His articles have been published in premier academic journals such as Modern Asian Studies, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. His forthcoming single-authored book, Indians in Singapore, 1819-1945: Diaspora in the Colonial port-city (Oxford University Press) will be released in June 2014. Dr Rai currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal, South Asian Diaspora, and is also Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Social Science. He has a passion for teaching and has received numerous teaching awards at NUS.                
Head of Research, and
Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Tel : (65) 6516 7429 / (91) 98 1028 5258
Email : isassn@nus.edu.sg
 
Dr S Narayan is President of the Center for Asia Studies, India, a policy think-tank based in Chennai, India, and Chairman of Lakshmi Vilas Bank, a large private retail bank in India. He is also professor at Indira Gandhi Open National University, New Delhi.

Dr Narayan has spent nearly four decades in public service in development administration in the state and central governments in India, starting in 1965. His last appointment was Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister (2003-2004). Prior to his appointment as Adviser, he was the Finance and Economic Affairs Secretary, and Secretary in the Departments of Revenue, Petroleum, Industrial Development and Coal since 1997. As the Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Gas, he was responsible for policy formulation and implementation in the hydrocarbon sector. In the Ministry of Finance, his responsibilities included formulation of macro-economic policy for the government, tariff and taxation policies as well as initiatives for modernising capital markets. His special interests include public finance, energy policy, governance issues and international trade.

Dr Narayan obtained his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. He has a MPhil (Development Economics) from Cambridge University and a Master of Business Management (Finance) from the University of Adelaide. He graduated with MSc (Physics) from the University of Madras (Madras Christian College).

Dr Narayan has authored a couple of books and written numerous policy papers, reports and book chapters. He also writes regularly in newspapers, both locally and internationally.
Head (Development & Programmes) and Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Tel : (65) 6516 6096
Email : isasap@nus.edu.sg
 
Dr Amitendu Palit is an economist specialising in international trade and foreign investments. His current research interests are China-India comparative economic dimensions, Asia’s trade architecture, and political economy of climate change in India. Dr Palit is also an Associate at the Global Asia Institute (GAI), NUS.

Dr Palit has worked in India’s Ministry of Finance for a decade, handling India’s external sector, industrial and infrastructure policies. He has worked in India’s Ministry of Industry and Civil Supplies and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), a leading economic policy think-tank in India. He has been on the Advisory Committees of India’s Planning Commission and International Labour Organisation (ILO). He has several academic publications to his credit. His first book (co-authored) on Special Economic Zones in India: Myths and Realities was published in 2008. His forthcoming book is on comparative dimensions of India-China economic relations. A columnist for India’s Financial Express, Dr Palit writes for the Wall Street Journal, Business Times and several other leading global publications.
 
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