Administration Team – NUS Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS)
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Administrative Team

Chilamkuri Raja Mohan

Designation : Director
Email : isascrm@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 4239
Professor C Raja Mohan is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies. Earlier, Professor Mohan was Professor of South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 
Professor Mohan has been associated with a number of think tanks in New Delhi, including the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, the Centre for Policy Research and the Observer Research Foundation. He was also the founding director of Carnegie India, New Delhi – the sixth international centre of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC.
Professor Mohan was the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in International Affairs at the United States Library of Congress, Washington DC, from 2009 to 2010. He served on India’s National Security Advisory Board. He led the Indian Chapter of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs from 1999 to 2006.
Professor Mohan is one of India’s leading commentators on India’s foreign policy. He writes a regular column for the Indian Express and was earlier the Strategic Affairs Editor for The Hindu newspaper, Chennai. He is on the editorial boards of a number of Indian and international journals on world politics.
Professor Mohan has a Master’s degree in nuclear physics and a PhD in international relations. Among his recent books are Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific (2013) and Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence (2015).

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • India’s Foreign Policy
  • Asian Security
  • Great Power Relations
  • International Politics of Technology

Hernaikh Singh

Designation : Senior Associate Director
Email : isashes@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 8106
Hernaikh Singh 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.

Sithara Doriasamy

Designation : General Manager (Chairman’s Office); and Head, Communications and Strategic Events
Email : isassrd@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 7235
Sithara Doriasamy 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.

Malminderjit Singh

Designation : Head, Editorial and New Media
Email : isasmal@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 7357
Malminderjit Singh has more than 13 years of work experience across diverse fields and industries. Prior to joining ISAS, he was the Head of Content and Media at the Institute for Societal Leadership at the Singapore Management University. His previous roles include being the Associate Director of Communications and Public Affairs at The HEAD Foundation, CEO of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Correspondent with The Business Times and Assistant Director (Trade Division) at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He was previously a Research Associate with ISAS from 2007-2008 and has consulted multinational companies in the areas of thought leadership, communications and public policy.
Malminderjit is the Editor of The Birthday Book series. He has co-edited the Sikh community’s SG50 commemorative publication, launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2015, and a new book volume titled “Sikh Voices”. He was the Chief Editor of The HEAD Foundation’s Think quarterly magazine and has served on the editorial board of Petir magazine and Nee Soon Town Council’s editorial sub-committee.
Malminderjit is active in several national and community initiatives, particularly in youth development and thought leadership. He is the Director of The Birthday Collective, and he is appointed to the Board of Directors of *SCAPE. He has been the President of the Young Sikh Association (Singapore) since 2012. He was previously the Vice Chairman of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) Youth Club, and has served on SINDA’s Marketing and Communications sub-committee. He has been the Secretary of the Sikh Advisory Board since 2010 and has also served on the Committee for Racial and Religious Harmony, the Strengthening National Service task force and the Ministry of Defense’s ACCORD committee.
Malminderjit graduated from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom, with an Honors degree in Economics. He has a Master of Science degree in International Political Economy from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, at Nanyang Technological University.

Jordan Ang

Designation : Assistant Manager, Events
Email : isasaqyj@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 5382
Jordan Ang’s 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

Designation : Assistant Manager (Human Resources)
Email : sally.goh@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 3908
Sally Goh 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

Designation : Senior Executive, Finance
Email : Isassbl@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 7022
Bee Lian 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

Designation : Executive (Publication/Human Resource)
Email : isaspsl@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+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.

Shalini Asogan

Designation : Executive (Finance)
Email : isassha@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 6098
Shalini Asogan 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.

Peggy Tan

Designation : Personal Assistant to the Chairman and Director
Email : peggy@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 4239
Peggy Tan is Personal Assistant to Ambassador Gopinath Pillai, ISAS’ Chairman; and Professor C Raja Mohan, ISAS’ Director.
Her secondary duties include office administration and providing secretarial support to ISAS’ Distinguished Visiting Research Fellows. At the same time, she provides administrative and logistics support to ISAS’ events.
Peggy has more than 10 years of secretarial, administrative and client management experience in diverse business settings.

Muhammad Yusuf Bin Yacob

Designation : Management Assistant Officer
Email : isasmyy@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 6179
Muhammad Yusuf 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.

Last modified on 23 January 2018