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Subrata K. Mitra
: Director and Visiting Research Professor
: (+65) 6516 4239
Professor Subrata K. Mitra,
PhD (Rochester) is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), and Visiting Research Professor, NUS, Singapore, and, Emeritus Professor Heidelberg University, in Germany. The dynamic interaction of culture and rationality has deeply influenced his research profile, which focuses on governance and administration, citizenship, hybridity and re-use, the evolution of the Indian state from classical to modern times, the transition to democracy and its consolidation, and security and foreign affairs of South Asia.
He has published widely, with numerous books, journal articles and chapter contributions in each of these areas, contributing both to the theory of political science as well as comparative politics and South Asian area studies. Culture and Rationality (Sage 1999), The Puzzle of India’s Governance (Routledge 2005), Re-use: the Art and Politics of Integration and Anxiety (Sage 2008), Politics in India (Routledge 2011, next edition due in December 2017) and Kautilya’s Arthashastra: Classical Roots of Modern Politics in India (jointly authored with Michael Liebig, published by Nomos 2016) represent different facets of his oeuvre.
Area of Interest and Expertise
South Asian area studies
State formation in South Asia
: Senior Associate Director
: (+65) 6516 8106
has more than 20 years of experience in Singapore government and non-government organisations, business sector and academia. He has managed a diverse range of portfolios, including international relations, policy and business development, administrative management (encompassing human resource, finance, fundraising, corporate communications and events management), editorial and publications management, and training and research development.
Hernaikh was a pioneer staff of the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) during its formative period from September 2004 to December 2009. He rejoined ISAS in April 2017. He works with the Chairman and Director in the overall management of the Institute and, together with them, charts the think-tank’s strategic directions. He also manages ISAS’ overall administrative functions.
Prior to rejoining ISAS, Hernaikh was an Associate Director at the International Office at Singapore Management University, overseeing the South Asian, Southeast Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Central Asian regions. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry from 2010 to 2012. He also held various appointments at the Singapore International Foundation between 1994 and 2004. He started his career at the then-Singapore Trade Development Board (now International Enterprise Singapore) in 1989.
Hernaikh is active in public and community service. He was the founding President of Young Sikh Association (Singapore), a non-profit organisation dedicated to fulfilling the aspirations of young Singaporeans. He has served as a member on the Taxpayer Feedback Panel (Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore); Youth Network Committee (National Youth Council); Singapore Youth Award Selection Panel on Entrepreneurship; Working Group of the Tripartite Workgroup on Community Engagement at Workplaces (Ministry of Manpower); and Small and Medium Enterprise Infocomm Adoption Committee. He was also member of the Feedback Groups on Community Development and Political Development; Programme Quality Resource Panel of OLI 96.8 FM of the Radio Corporation of Singapore; and the Economic Planning Committee (Ministry of Trade and Industry). Hernaikh had the privilege of serving as an Honorary Aide-de-Camp to two presidents of Singapore – President S R Nathan and President Ong Teng Cheong.
Hernaikh holds a Master degree in Arts (Southeast Asian Studies) from the National University of Singapore. For his outstanding academic achievements, he was awarded the Dr Benjamin Batson Gold Medal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the same university.
: General Manager (Chairman’s Office); and
Head, Communications and Strategic Events
: (+65) 6516 7235
oversees ISAS Chairman’s Office, corporate communications and media relations functions. She plans and coordinates key events and special projects including strategic dialogues, international conferences and public lectures by visiting dignitaries, working closely with internal and external stakeholders. She manages the ISAS and South Asian Diaspora websites, and assists in ISAS publications.
Sithara brings along with her more than 14 years of journalistic experience. She has held several key editorial positions with the Singapore Press Holdings (Tamil Murasu) and MediaCorp’s Channel NewsAsia. She has worked in both the private and public sectors, overseeing public affairs, corporate communications, events management and international relations functions. She is honed with years of experience in content management, corporate presentations, marketing, and coordinating national and international events and conferences. She is effectively bi-lingual in public speaking, and is the founding president of the fifth Tamil Toastmasters Club, globally. Sithara has experience in fund raising.
Sithara's grassroots and government-related work could stand well on its own. She was part of Singapore government’s Remaking Singapore Committee (Beyond Cars Sub-Committee) and Tamil Language Curriculum and Pedagogy Review Resource Panel, Ministry of Education. She also served as member of the Community Safety and Security Programme (CSSP) Publicity Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs. An active grassroots leader, Sithara is regularly invited to chair focus group discussions, dialogues and community events. She is a member of a school advisory committee. She is a life member of the Singapore Press Club and sits on the Club’s Management Committee. Sithara has received several awards for her community service, chief among which was when the Singapore government awarded her the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) at the 2013 National Day Awards.
Sithara holds an MSc in International Relations, from the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, and a BA in Communications and Media Management, from University of South Australia.
: Assistant Manager, Events
: (+65) 6516 5382
primary roles include event planning and coordination as well as publicity and logistics management of ISAS events. He also assists in handling special projects such as ministerial visits and supports marketing communication activities and programmes.
Jordan comes with over eight years of events and marketing experience in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining ISAS, he was managing events and publications at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University for about two years. He also has the experience of coordinating events and communications at Nanyang Polytechnic and SingTel. Jordan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from the University of Western Australia.
Sally Goh Hui Chin
: Assistant Manager (Human Resources)
: (+65) 6601 3908
oversees the human resource functions at ISAS.
Sally has over 15 years of experience in staff recruitment and placement, compensation and benefits, project management as well as policy and procedure implementation in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining ISAS, she was managing corporate staff benefits at the Agency for Science and Technology and Research for over five years. Sally graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management (Financial Management) (with Distinction) from the Edinburgh Napier University, UK.
See Bee Lian
: Senior Executive, Finance
: (+65) 6516 7022
handles finance and accounts related functions. She also assists in grant management, financial control of the South Asian Diaspora Conventions, co-ordination and preparation of management reports.She also supports events management.
Bee Lian has had 13 years of accounting experience in the Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering Pte Ltd, a the subsidiary company of Nanyang Technological University.
Bee Lian has ACCA Fundamental Level (Knowledge Module) and LCCI Higher Accounting qualifications. She is currently pursuing Certificate Module in Fundamental Level and Professional Level in ACCA.
Pang Shi Lin
: Executive (Publication/Human Resource)
: (+65) 6601 3907
Pang Shi Lin
assists in human resource and manages ISAS publications, including collating statistics on research output and monitoring ISAS’ presence in media. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Business Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Shi Lin also has a Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality Management.
: Executive (Finance)
: (+65) 6516 6098
has three years of experience in the education sector, handling finance and administrative roles. Prior to joining ISAS, she assisted in finance and funding at NUS School of Medicine.
Shalini graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Business) from the University of London.
: Management Assistant Officer
: (+65) 6516 4239
Peggy Tan Suat Peng
is secretary for ISAS Director, Professor Subrata K Mitra and ISAS Management Board Chairman, Ambassador Gopinath Pillai. She also assists in procurement and assets management.
Peggy has more than 10 years of secretarial, administrative and client management experience in diverse business settings.
Muhammad Yusuf Bin Yacob
: Management Assistant Officer
: (+65) 6516 6179
manages the ISAS IT system and provides technical support for web applications and audio/video recordings. He assists with procurement and is the ISAS official photographer.
Yusuf has about 20 years of work experience. Prior to joining ISAS, he worked as a IT support officer at the National Library Board’s reference library and Infocomm department. He has the experience of working as a laboratory technologist with the Department of Surgery, NUS.