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    Honorary Fellows


    ISAS appoints a group of distinguished individuals from the academia, media and business community as ISAS Honorary Fellows. These individuals complement ISAS research by:
    • providing valuable and time-sensitive industry information on South Asia;
    • establishing linkages within the South Asian region; and
    • conducting in-depth studies on social, political and economic trends and developments in South Asia, and their impact on Singapore and Southeast Asia.
    The ISAS Honorary Fellows listed below have either previously held research appointments at ISAS, or have had an affiliation to ISAS.

    Ishtiaq Ahmed

    Designation : Emeritus of Political Science
    Organisation : Stockholm University
    Email billumian@gmail.com

    Ishtiaq Ahmed holds the position of Emeritus at Stockholm University. He is currently Visiting at the School of Humanities and Social Science, Lahore University of Management Sciences, (LUMS). He spent three years at ISAS as Visiting Senior Research Fellow from June 2007 to June 2008 and thereafter as Visiting Research till June 2010. He also taught at the South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore from January 2009 to June 2010.
    Ahmed migrated to Sweden in 1973, where he worked as a research assistant at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) during 1976-77 and 1982-83, working on a project entitled ‘Arms Trade in the Third World’. He defended his doctoral dissertation, ‘The Concept of an Islamic State: An Analysis of the Ideological Controversy in Pakistan’ in 1985.
    Ahmed is a member of the editorial advisory boards of Asian Ethnicity, Journal of Punjab Studies; South Asian History and Culture; IPRI Journal, Islamabad; and PIPS Research Journal of Conflict and Peace Studies, Islamabad.
    Ahmed completed a major enquiry on the partition of the Punjab in 1947. Entitled, The Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed: Unravelling the 1947 Tragedy Through Secret British Reports and First-Person Accounts, it was published as hardback in 2012 and as paperback in 2014 by Oxford University Press. It is based on extensive interviews from both sides of the Punjab border. It won the Best Non-Fiction Book Prizes in 2013 at the Karachi Literature Festival and at the UBL-Jang Group Lahore Literary Festival. His latest publication is a major work for which he was commissioned by ISAS: Pakistan, the Garrison State: Origins, Evolution, Consequences (1947-2011), Oxford University Press, 2013.
    Ahmed writes a weekly column in the Pakistani English-language newspaper, The Daily Times.

    Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

    Designation : Associate Professor of Political Economy
    Organisation : Quaid-i-Azam University
    Email asajjad@qau.edu.pk

    Aasim Sajjad Akhtar is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies (NIPS), Quaid-i-Azam University. He is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Peasant Studies, Critical Asian Studies and the Journal of Contemporary Asia, and a syndicated columnist in Pakistan’s oldest English-language newspaper, DAWN. He is also contributing editor with the journal Socialism & Democracy. Aside from his academic commitments, Dr Akhtar has been closely involved with working people’s movements in Pakistan for a period of almost two decades. He is affiliated with the left-wing Awami Workers Party. He is also a regular participant in international conferences around the world and has been invited to contribute to newspapers around the world, including the Business Times (Singapore) and The Times of India (New Delhi).

    Stephen P. Cohen

    Designation : Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies
    Organisation : The Brookings Institution – United States
    Email scohen@brookings.edu

    Stephen P. Cohen joined the Brookings Institution as Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies in 1998 after a career as a of Political Science and History at the University of Illinois. In 2004 he was named by the World Affairs Councils of America as one of America’s five huned most influential people in the area of foreign policy.


    Cohen is the author, co-author or editor of over fourteen books, mostly on South Asian security issues, the most recent being Shooting for a Century, The India-Pakistan Conunum, Brookings Press, 2013. He has also written books on India, Pakistan, nuclear proliferation, disaster management, and the application of technology to the prevention or amelioration of terrorism.
    In early 2008 . Cohen was Visiting at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy where he taught a course on the politics of manmade and natural disaster; He has also taught in Japan (Keio University) and India (Andhra University), and consulted for numerous foundations and government agencies. Cohen was a member of the Policy Planning Staff (Department of State) from 1985-87 and was Visiting Scholar in the Ford Foundation, New Delhi, in 1992-3. He has conduced research in India since 1963 and Pakistan since 1977, and is a consultant to the National Intelligence Council of the U.S. government.
    Cohen was a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on International Security and Arms Control from 1999-2013, and was the founder of several arms control and security-related institutions in the U.S. and South Asia. He received undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Chicago, and the PhD in Political Science and Indian Studies from the University of Wisconsin.
    Cohen is married to Roberta Brosilow, and they have six chilen and nine grandchilen.
    Office (Brookings): 202 797-6105
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    Shubhagato Dasgupta

    Designation : Senior Fellow; and Director, Scaling City Institutions for India (Sci-Fi) Sanitation initiative
    Organisation : Centre for Policy Research, India
    Email shubhagato@cprindia.org

    Shubhagato Dasgupta is a Senior Fellow at Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and director of the Scaling City Institutions for India (Sci-Fi) Sanitation initiative. His current research focuses on drinking water and sanitation in India and the world, with particular reference to flagship government programs and service delivery challenges in smaller cities. Other major areas of work include urban infrastructure and service delivery financing, housing and slum rehabilitation, urban sector public finance, and urban environmental infrastructure planning, management, and investment, alternatives.
    Before joining CPR, Mr Dasgupta led the Support to National Policies for Urban Poverty Reduction project, a collaboration between the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation to develop pro-poor urban policies in 20 cities across 15 states. Prior to this, he has also worked on issues of urban development with a wide range of other public, private, multilateral, and non-governmental organisations, including as Senior Urban Specialist at the World Bank, Assistant Vice President at the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) and The Action Research Unit. In addition, Mr Dasgupta has also worked on private sector participation projects in urban and drinking water programs in eastern and southern Africa for the International Finance Corporation and the Acumen Fund.
    Mr Dasgupta was trained as an architect at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad and holds an MSc in housing and development planning from the Development Planning Unit of the University College London. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

    John Harriss

    Designation : Professor of International Studies; and Director, School for International Studies
    Organisation : Simon Fraser University, Canada
    Email jharriss@sfu.ca

    Professor John Harriss is a social anthropologist who has worked for most of his professional life in the inter-disciplinary field of International Development Studies. Following his education at the University of Cambridge and then at the University of East Anglia, he taught in the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia from 1976 to 1990, and served as the Dean of the School in 1987-90. Thereafter he moved to the London School of Economics (LSE) as the founding Programme Director of the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN), and later directed the Institute. In 1994-96, on leave from the LSE, he worked as the Head of the Regional Office for South and Central Asia of the Save the Children Fund (United Kingdom-UK). In 2004-05, he headed a successful bid for the establishment of the Department for International Development-funded Research Programme Consortium on Institutions and Pro-Poor Growth, and directed the Consortium – with members from Africa, Latin America and India, as well as from the UK – in 2005-06. In 2006, he moved to Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, as the first Director of the University’s new School for International Studies. Professor Harriss has held visiting research fellowships at the Australian National University and at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, and he has had a long running affiliation with the Madras Institute of Development Studies. He has undertaken research and advisory work for a number of development agencies including the Department for International Development of the UK government, the International Labour Office, and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

    Ganesh Iyer

    Designation : Honorary Senior Fellow
    DID : (510) 643-4328
    Email giyer@haas.berkeley.edu

    Professor Ganesh Iyer is the Edgar F. Kaiser Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and he was previously on the faculty at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of Faculty of the Haas School of Business from 2008-2010, and as the Chair of the Haas Marketing Group from 2010-2011. He is currently chair of the Haas School’s Policy and Planning Committee. He is currently a Senior Editor for Marketing Science and has been an Associate Editor for Marketing Science, Management Science, and Quantitative Marketing and Economics. He is also a member of the board of the Informs Society for Marketing Science and serves as Secretary of the Board.
    Professor Iyer’s research uses economic theory to study marketing strategy problems. His areas of research are the coordination of product distribution, marketing information, Internet strategy, strategic communication, and bounded rationality in marketing strategy. His research has won the Little Award in 2000 for the best paper published in Management Science and Marketing Science and he has been a finalist for this best paper award on four other occasions (1998, 2003, 2005 and 2012). Professor Iyer’s papers have also been finalists for the Informs Society of Marketing Science Long Term Impact Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

    Marie Lall

    Designation : Professor, Education and South Asian Studies, and Pro-Vice-Provost for South Asia (inc. Myanmar)
    Organisation : Institute of Education; University College London (UCL)
    Email m.lall@ucl.ac.uk

    Prof Marie Lall, FRSA is a South Asia expert (India, Pakistan and Burma/Myanmar) specialising in political issues and education. She has over 25 years of experience in the region, conducting extensive fieldwork and has lived both in India and Pakistan. She has written widely on these topics and is the author/editor of 6 books and a monograph.


    She has been instrumental in providing thought leadership to development agencies, policy makers and governments in the region and internationally. She has worked with the World Bank, UNICEF, the British Council, South Asian philanthropic bodies as well as government ministries.


    Her research is driven by the purpose of bringing the voices of ordinary people to the table of policy debate and to make sure that the effects and social impact of policy decisions on them are recognised by the policy makers. Working with local civil society organisations she has been able to co-develop pragmatic solutions to pressing global challenges in education without resorting to a western blueprint.


    She is a Professor in Education and South Asian Studies at the UCL Institute of Education. She currently serves as UCL’s Pro-Vice-Provost for South Asia (inc. Myanmar). She is an honorary fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, a consultant member at IISS, and was an associate fellow on the Asia Programme at Chatham House till August 2011. She has held a number of fellowships and visiting posts at world renowned universities in Japan, Australia, Germany, India and Pakistan. More information on www.marielall.com

    Lin Chung Ying

    Designation : Honorary Senior Fellow
    Organisation : National University of Singapore
    Email lin_chung_ying@nscs.gov.sg

    Lin Chung Ying is Honorary Senior Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.
    Lin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Second Class (Upper) in History from the University of Singapore in 1970. He read International Relations at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, on a Netherlands Government scholarship in 1971/72. Under the Fulbright programme, he obtained a Masters (Law and Diplomacy) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA in 1978.
    Lin joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1970. He was posted as Second Secretary in the Singapore High Commission in Wellington from 1972 to 1975. From 1975 to 1977, he served as Deputy Director in the ASEAN Division, MFA. He was Deputy Director of the Southeast Asia section of the Political Division, MFA from 1978 to 1980. He worked as Deputy Director (Special Duties), being the staff officer to the Permanent Secretary (Foreign Affairs), from 1981-82. He served as Counsellor in the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur from 1982 to 1986. He was seconded to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the People’s Association between 1986 and 2007.
    Lin was appointed Director (Special Duties) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 2 January 2008 and held this appointment and also the position of Senior Fellow in the MFA Diplomatic Academy until his posting to Mumbai as Consul General on 8 August 2010. He completed his posting as Consul General in Mumbai on 1 November 2013. On 2 December 2013, Lin joined the Institute of South Asian Studies, as Diplomat-in-Residence. He held this position until 1 Dec 2014. He was appointed Honorary Senior Fellow, ISAS, from 2 Dec 2014.
    Lin currently works as Special Consultant, National Security Coordinating Secretariat (NSCS), PMO.

    Pratap Bhanu Mehta

    Designation : President and Chief Executive
    Organisation : Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
    Email isaspbm@nus.edu.sg

    Dr Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president and chief executive of CPR, is a political scientist who has taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the New York University School of Law. His areas of research include political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs.
    Dr Mehta has served on many central government committees, including India’s National Security Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission, and a Supreme Court-appointed committee on elections in Indian universities. Dr Mehta is a prolific writer. He is an editorial consultant to the Indian Express, and his columns have appeared in dailies including the Financial Times, the Telegraph, the International Herald Tribune, and the Hindu. He is also on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Democracy, and India and Global Affairs. He has published widely in the fields of political theory, intellectual history, constitutional law, politics and society in India and international politics.
    Dr Mehta holds a BA (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and a PhD in politics from Princeton. He received the 2010 Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences – Political Science.

    D. M. Nachane

    Designation : Honorary Senior Fellow
    Organisation : Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
    Email nachane@igi.ac.in

    Dilip Nachane completed his M.A. (Mathematics) and M.A. (Economics) at the University of Bombay (now Mumbai) with distinction, being awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for obtaining the first rank at his M.A. (Economics) examination. He was later awarded the PhD (Economics) degree by the University of Bombay in 1973, for his thesis entitled Studies in the Theory of Optimal Economic Growth. He began his career as Assistant at the NIBM (National Institute of Bank Management, Pune, India) from 1973 to 1976, and was subsequently appointed Reader in Transport Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Bombay in 1976. In 1978, he was appointed of Modern Quantitative Economics (UGC Chair) at the Department of Economics, University of Bombay, in which he continued till 2003. From 1993 to 1999, he held the position of Director, Department of Economics, at the University of Bombay. From 2007 to 2010 he was the Vice-Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai. Since 2011 he was appointed Chancellor of Manipur Central University, a position that he continues to hold to date.
    Nachane has held several visiting assignments abroad. He was Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas (Austin, USA) in 1983-84, Hallsworth Fellow at the University of Manchester (UK) in 1987-88 and 1997-98, and Jean Monnet Fellow at the EUI (European University Institute, Florence, Italy) in 2002. Additionally, he has been Visiting at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) in 1988-89, at the University of Ulster, UK (1991-92), and at the Otto von Guericke University (Magdeburg, Germany) (Summer 2002, 2003 and 2004).
    In 2013 he was appointed a Member, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory, Government of India, a position that he held till May 2014. He also served as a Member of the Technical Advisory Committee on Monetary Policy of the Reserve Bank of India(2005-11).. He has been actively associated with several Committees and Working Groups of the Reserve Bank of India, Government of India, and Government of Maharashtra. He is also on the Board of Directors and Governing Boards of several important organisations in India.
    He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Quantitative Economics (Springer) and an Editor of Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies (Francis & Taylor).
    In recognition of his outstanding contributions to teaching and research in India, he was a recipient of the UGC Prnavanand Saraswati Award in 2004. The University of Mumbai had earlier conferred on him its Best Teacher Award in 2002. He was elected President of the Indian Econometric Society for the year 2002-03. He has ten books and about a 100 articles to his credit.

    Nishchal Nath Pandey

    Designation : Director
    Organisation : Centre for South Asian Studies, Kathmandu
    Email nina@ntc.net.np  (or)  pandeynishchal@hotmail.com