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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 Singapore ?A 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.
Assistant Director; and Senior Research Fellow
Tel : (65) 6601 3772
Email : isasrjr@nus.edu.sg
 
Introduction

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

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 Honorary Senior Fellow
Tel : 6516 8582
Email : sasrm@nus.ed.sg
 
Associate Professor Rahul Mukherji is Head of Research; and Honorary Senior Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at National University of Singapore (NUS). He is concurrently Assoc. Professor at the South Asian Studies Programme (SASP) at NUS. He has earlier taught political economy at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), Hunter College (New York) and the University of Vermont (Burlington).

Assoc. Prof Mukherji serves on the editorial board of Pacific Affairs, is a contributing editor of India Review and sits on the NUS Advisory Board of International Studies Review. His research has appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, Review of International Political Economy, Journal of Development Studies, Pacific Affairs, India Review and Economic and Political Weekly. Rahul has edited India’s Economic Transition (Oxford University Press 2007) and co-authored with Sumit Ganguly, India since 1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2011) whose Brazilian edition is being translated into Portuguese. His most recent books include the Oxford India Short Introduction to the Political Economy of Reforms in India and Globalization and Deregulation: Ideas, Interests and Institutional Change in India (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Assoc. Prof Mukherji holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University. He is passionate about teaching and cooking.
 
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