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Subrata K. Mitra
: Director and Visiting Research Professor
: (+65) 6516 4239
Professor Subrata K. Mitra
joined the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) as a Visiting Research Professor and Director on 13 April 2015. He has moved to Singapore from Heidelberg, Germany, where he was the Head of Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute for the past 20 years.
Subrata Mitra was born in India where he received his early education (BA, Ravenshaw College, Cuttack; MA, Delhi University, M.Phil., JNU) and the United States (University of Rochester, N.Y., Ph.D. in Political Science). His professional career began in India (Lectureship in Political Science Delhi, 1971), and continued in France (Maison des Sciences de l’Hommes, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris), the United Kingdom (universities of Hull and Nottingham), US (University of California, Berkeley), and Germany (Heidelberg University). He has also held visiting positions in several universities in Asia (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and the Radhakrishnan Chair at the Central University of Hyderabad, India).
Besides teaching, research, mentoring graduate students, publishing and contributing to the publishing of major journals, and book series, institution-building has been a distinguishing feature of the academic repertoire of Professor Mitra. It began in Hull University, UK, where he played a key role in the setting up the Centre for Indian Studies, and directed it for nine years. Subsequently, under his leadership (1994-2014) as Professor and Head, the Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute of Heidelberg (Germany) developed into a major centre for advanced research in South Asian and comparative politics.
Relocation to Singapore and the remit as Director of the ISAS – with its global network, rich body of scholars and the excellent infra-structure of the NUS – provides Professor Mitra the opportunity to transfer his skills, experience and network to the stimulating environment of Singapore. He attaches great importance to the interdisciplinary character of ISAS, the privileged access to the academic infrastructure of NUS as well as the University's links to the statesmen and business leaders in Singapore, South Asia and across the world.
Subrata Mitra’s graduate training at the University of Rochester in quantitative methods, theory of games and rational choice and comparative politics was enriched with his subsequent research on local politics and comparative regional development in India. The dynamic interaction of culture and rationality has deeply influenced his research profile, which currently focuses on governance and administration, citizenship, hybridity and re-use, the evolution of the Indian state from classical to modern times, religion and transition to democracy and its consolidation, and security and foreign affairs of South Asia. His main goal as the Director of ISAS is to create a stimulating environment in which the resident and visiting scholars of ISAS can engage the leaders of the economy, politics, civil society, and diplomats and civil servants of South Asia, and enhance the two-way flow of knowledge between Singapore and the region. He will make all efforts to help ISAS remain relevant to contemporary South Asia and to conflate policy analysis and cutting edge theory – to the benefit of the entire region.
: 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.
P S Suryanarayana
: Editor (Current Affairs)
: (+65) 6516 4054
P S Suryanarayana
has worked as a journalist for 35 years, holding several key positions with the Indian dailies, The Hindu and Indian Express. For over two-thirds of his 24 years career with The Hindu, he served with distinction as the newspaper’s foreign correspondent in diverse places like the Asia Pacific region (with Singapore as the base), Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Suryanarayana holds a Master’s degree in Politics and Public Administration (University of Madras, India). He is the author of The Peace Trap: An Indo-Sri Lankan Political Crisis (Affiliated East-West Press: 1988). In 2011, he wrote a book chapter on India’s Place and ASEAN’s Primacy in the New East Asia (in ‘ASEAN matters!’ published by the Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore). He attended a course at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, United States of America, in the summer of 1992.
: 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.
: 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.