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Research Team

Chulanee Attanayake

Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email isasamcj@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 7441

Introduction

Dr Chulanee Attanayake is one of the few Sri Lankans who study on China and its policies in South Asia. Her book China in Sri Lanka – a comprehensive analysis of Sino-Sri Lankan bilateral relations, was published in 2013.
Prior to joining ISAS, Dr Attanayake served as the Director (Research) of Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka – the national security think-tank under the Ministry of Defense, Sri Lanka. She was a visiting lecturer at Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies on Politics in South Asia and Politics in the Indian Ocean, Royal Institute of Colombo; and an affiliate of University of London, in International Political Economy. She was a research associate at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, the think-tank of the Ministry of External Affairs. She has also served as an international expert on an international study group on Green Belt and Road, a project of UNEP and Ministry of Environmental Protection in China.

Dr Attanayake obtained her PhD from Central China Normal University in Wuhan. She has a Bachelor in Arts from University of Peradeniya and a Master in Regional Development and Planning from University of Colombo.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • South Asian Politics
  • China and South Asia
  • International Politics

Rupakjyoti Borah

Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email isasrb@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 7023

Introduction

Prior to joining ISAS, Dr Rupakjyoti Borah worked as Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, Tokyo and as Assistant Professor of International Relations at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, India. As an assistant professor, Dr Borah was instrumental in organising the Public Diplomacy Lecture Series in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, India. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK) and the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Tokyo.
He obtained his M.A. M.Phil and Ph.D from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India. He has presented papers at the Middle Eastern Technical University, Turkey, the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C. among others. Dr Borah is also a two-time recipient of the Australia-India Council Australian Studies Fellowship awarded by the Government of Australia.  Dr Borah has delivered lectures in various universities and institutions in Japan, including Chuo University, the National Institute of Defence Studies and the University of Tokyo. He has also been interviewed by international media.

Dr Borah’s articles have been published in the Journal of Asian Politics and History and the Journal of East Asian Studies, among others.  His first book, The Elephant and the Samurai: Why Japan Can Trust India? was published in 2017. He has also contributed chapters in edited books.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • India’s strategic ties with Japan, Southeast Asia and Oceania.
  • India’s “Act-East Policy” (earlier known as the ” Look-East Policy”)
  • India’s Northeast and its connectivity with Southeast Asia
  • Maritime security issues in the Indo-Pacific

Shahid Javed Burki

Designation : Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Email : isassjb@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 4239

Introduction

Shahid Javed Burki was educated at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and at Harvard University as a Mason Fellow. He spent most of his professional life at the World Bank where he held a number of senior positions, including Director of China and Mongolia Department (1987-1994) as well as Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean (1994-1999).
Mr Burki took leave of absence from the Bank to take up the position of Pakistan’s Finance Minister (1996-1997). He is currently Chairman of The Institute of Public Policy, a Lahore-based Pakistan think-tank. Mr Burki resides in Washington.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Development Economies
  • Development of China, Latin America and South Asia

Chan Jia Hao

Designation : Research Assistant
Email isascjh@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 7428

Introduction

Chan Jia Hao graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Studies from National University of Singapore (NUS), and a Diploma in Business Administration (International Business and Trade) from Singapore Polytechnic.
Jia Hao’s current research focuses on regional and domestic political economy in South and Southeast Asia, including backward and forward linkages between digital and traditional economies. His research methodologies include trend analysis, econometric, causal comparative, policy wordings text analysis, case study model, historical and narrative model.
Prior to joining ISAS, Jia Hao had research experiences in several academic institutions, including NUS Business School and NUS School of Computing. He also held a number of positions and as participant in the following organisations / events: Singapore Representative in the US Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), Singapore Delegate in the 13th Sino-Singapore Undergraduate Exchange Programme (MOE), and Honorary General Secretary of the NUS Buddhist Society.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Trade Policy and Regional Economic Integration in Asia-Pacific
  • India-ASEAN Trade and Investments
  • Digital Economy and Investments
  • Public Policy (Governance and Compliance)

Chilamkuri Raja Mohan

Designation : Director
Email isascrm@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 4239

Introduction

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

 

Rahul Nath Choudhury

Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email isasrnc@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 2518

Introduction

Dr. Rahul Choudhury has a Ph.D. degree in Business Economics from MS University of Baroda; Vadodara Gujarat, India. His primary research interest includes foreign direct investments, E-commerce, trade integration, and SAARC nations.  He has eight years of diverse and extensive experience in academic and industry research. Dr. Choudhury has served in the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), in New Delhi in various capacities. He has briefly taught International Business at Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management and Research (Sri SIIM), New Delhi. His research work has been published in India and internationally. Dr. Choudhury has also presented research papers at national and international conferences.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • International Trade
  • E-Commerce
  • South Asian Economy

Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury

Designation : Principal Research Fellow; and Research Lead (Multilateral and International Linkages)
Email isasiac@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 7028

Introduction

Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury was Foreign Advisor (Foreign Minister) of Bangladesh from 2007 to 2009. During his four decades of public service career, he has held the posts as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to both New York (2001-2007), and Geneva (1996-2001). At the United Nations (UN), he had also been Chairman of a number of Committees including Social Commission, Population and Development Commission, Second (Economic) Committee, Information Committee, and President of the Conference on Disarmament. At the World Trade Organization, he chaired the Trade Policy Review Body, and the Committee on Trade and Development. He had been closely associated with the UN Reforms Process, and as a “Facilitator” helped shape the principle of “Responsibility to Protect” adopted by World Leaders at the UN Summit of 2005.
He was knighted by the Pope in 1999. In 2004, the New York City Council issued a Proclamation naming him as “one of the world’s leading diplomats”, acknowledging his global contribution to advancing welfare, alleviating poverty, and combating terrorism.
Dr Chowdhury has a PhD and MA in International Relations from the Australian National University, Canberra. Earlier, he obtained a First Class in BA (Honours) from the Dhaka University. He has addressed seminars in many universities and think-tanks around the world. He has been a prolific writer on issues pertaining to current multilateral diplomacy and contributes regularly to learned journals and the media.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
  • Disarmament
  • UN Issues including Peace-Keeping
  • Social and Economic Development

Emma Jane Flatt

Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email : isasfej@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 7737

Introduction

Dr Emma Jane Flatt is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. Prior to joining UNC, Chapel Hill, she was an Assistant Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Dr Flatt is currently completing a book titled The Courts of the Deccan Sultanates: Living Well in the Persian Cosmopolis (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018). Her other publications include articles on friendship and sociability, the cultural construction of the senses, wrestling as an ethical practice, gardening, astrology and olfactory magic. She is also the co-editor (with Daud Ali) of a volume entitled, Garden and Landscape Practices in Precolonial India: Histories from the Deccan, (Routledge 2011). Dr Flatt obtained her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Mentalities and Practices of Medieval
  • Early Modern South Asia

Riaz Hassan

Designation : Visiting Research Professor
Email isasriaz@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 2067

Introduction

Professor Hassan has published two books on Muslim religiosity: Inside Muslim Minds (Melbourne University Press 2008. Also translated and published in Turkish and Urdu) and, Faithlines: Muslim Conceptions of Islam and Society (2002 Oxford University Press. Also translated into Indonesian). He has written two books on the findings of his recently completed research on Suicide Bombings: Life as a Weapon: The global rise of suicide bombings (Routledge 2010) and Suicide Bombings (Routledge 2011). He has also published books, papers and policy studies on population, immigration, suicide, housing and Singapore society. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and Member of the Order of Australia.
Professor Hassan was educated at the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Dhaka University and The Ohio State University as Fullbright Scholar from where he received his doctorate in sociology in 1968. He has taught at The Flinders University of South Australia since 1977. In 2005-2009 he was Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow. He has also held academic appointments at the National University of Singapore, Gadja Mada University, University of California Los Angeles, New York University Abu Dhabi and Yale University.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Muslim Societies
  • South Asian Islam
  • Suicide and Suicide Terrorism
  • Islamophobia
  • Social Demography

Geraldine Heng

Designation : Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Email isashggn@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 7793

Introduction

Dr Geraldine Heng is Perceval Professor at the University of Texas in Austin, United States (US). She has held eight visiting fellowships, including at Stanford and Brown universities, and at the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). She has received grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities for the Bibliopedia project, a research and scholarly digital tool, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation for creation of MappaMundi, the digital initiative of The Global Middle Ages Project.
Dr Heng received her PhD in Philosophy from Cornell University, US, in 1990, and taught at the National University of Singapore for five years. While at ISAS, Dr Heng will research and write on her fourth book, Early Globalities: The Interconnected World, 500-1500 CE, which focuses on the Indian Ocean maritime trade of the ninth century, and the global dissemination of the story of the Buddha’s life.
Dr Heng is the author of three books, published by Cambridge University Press and Columbia University Press. She is the Founder and Director of the Global Middle Ages Project (www.globalmiddleages.org). She is currently editing a Cambridge University Press Elements series of 40 volumes on the Global Middle Ages, and a Modern Language Association of America (MLA) Options for Teaching volume on the Global Middle Ages.
Dr Heng’s research analyses cultural and social encounters between worlds, and the webs of exchange and negotiation between communities, cultures, and religions.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Europe’s Discoveries
  • Rediscoveries of Asia

Robin Jeffrey

Designation : Visiting Research Professor
Email isasrbj@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 1381

Introduction

Professor Robin Jeffrey has published, with his colleague Assa Doron, The Great Indian Phone Book (London: C. Hurst/New York: Harvard University Press, 2013). The book is published in India by Hachette under the title of Cell Phone Nation. It was launched in New Delhi on 18 February 2013 by Mrinal Pande, chair of Prasar Bharati, India’s equivalent of the BBC. The book analyzes the expansion of mobile telephone and its implications for society, politics and economics.
Professor Jeffrey is a co-editor of “Being Muslim in South Asia,” a collection under contract to Oxford University Press to be published in 2013, and a co-editor of “Mughals and Mandarins,” studies of the Chinese and Indian media by analysts and practitioners. His long-term work focuses on a book called “Slices of India, a history of India in the second half of the 20th century”, based around the years of the great Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
Professor Jeffrey has written about Kerala, Punjab and Indian media. A third edition of India’s Newspaper Revolution was published in 2010. He first lived in India as a school teacher in Chandigarh from 1967 to 1969 and has lived for six years in India between 1967 and 2010. He has published a number of books and contributes regularly to policy papers, reports and journals.
Professor Jeffrey completed a doctorate in Indian history at Sussex University in the United Kingdom in 1973. He taught for 25 years in the Politics Program at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and worked twice at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Politics and Modern History
  • Indian Telecommunications
  • Islam in Contemporary South Asia
  • Media Change in India and China

Roshni Kapur

Designation : Research Assistant
Email isasrk@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 3911

Introduction

Roshni Kapur graduated with a Master degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney. She holds a Bachelor degree (with Honours) in Sociology with Law, from the University of London.
Prior to joining ISAS, Roshni worked with the Singapore Committee for UN Women on long-term public education initiatives with Mastercard. She has also worked as a digital journalist in HRM Asia. Her research focuses on post-war reconciliation, transitional justice, human rights and democratisation, food security and migration.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Reconciliation and Transitional Justice
  • Migration and Diaspora
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Human Rights and Democratisation
  • Non-traditional Security

Diego Maiorano

Designation :Visiting Research Fellow
Email isasmd@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 7736

Introduction

Dr Diego Maiorano’s research focuses on India’s politics and political economy and on political and economic change in developing countries, with special reference to the themes of poverty and inequality. He is currently leading a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council titled ‘The Paradoxes of Empowerment – Women, Dalits and Employment Guarantee in India’.
Prior to joining ISAS, Dr Maiorano was Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He has a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Torino, Italy.
Dr Maiorano is the author of Autumn of the Matriarch – Indira Gandhi‘s Final Term in Office, published by Hurst & Co./Oxford University Press/Harper Collins and several academic articles published in leading academic journals. He also contributes to The Wire, the Indian Express, The Hindu and other newspaper as well.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Indian Politics and Political Economy
  • Development Politics and Policy
  • Democratic Institutions
  • Poverty and Inequality

Shivshankar Menon

Designation : Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow
Email isassm@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 7024

Introduction

Mr Shivshankar Menon is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington.
Mr Menon served as national security advisor to the Prime Minister of India from January 2010 to May 2014 and as Foreign Secretary of India from October 2006 to August 2009. A career diplomat, he has served as Ambassador or High Commissioner of India to Israel (1995-1997), Sri Lanka (1997-2000), China (2000-2003), and Pakistan (2003-2006). He was a member of India’s Atomic Energy Commission from 2008-2014. Mr Menon has also served in India’s missions to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and in the Department of Atomic Energy in Mumbai.
Mr Menon has been a Richard Wilhelm Fellow at MIT and Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard University in 2015. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Society Policy Studies Institute in New York.
In 2010, Mr Menon was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s top 100 Global Thinkers.
Mr Menon studied at the Scindia School, Gwalior and St. Stephens College, Delhi University, where he studied ancient Indian history and Chinese.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Security Foreign Affairs of China

Nazneen Mohsina

Designation : Research Assistant
Email isasnm@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 7496

Introduction

Ms Nazneen Mohsina graduated with a Masters in International Relations from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University.
Nazneen was granted the Science Research Programme (SRP) Study Award by RSIS to pursue her Masters while conducting research for the school. Her Master’s degree thesis, titled “The Migrant-Radicalisation Nexus” was an analysis of various religio-political and social factors that lead to radicalisation in transient blue-collar Bangladeshi migrant working in Singapore. Nazneen holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Murdoch University.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Religion-inspired Extremism and Violence
  • Identity Politics
  • Globalization
  • Geopolitics
  • Nationalism

Deeparghya Mukherjee

Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email isasdm@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 3909

Introduction

Dr Deeparghya Mukherjee’s research interests include international trade and investment agreements; services trade policy, economics of outsourcing & IT integration in India and applied game theory. He has delivered guest lectures on the topics of trade and investment in reputed business schools in India.
Prior to joining ISAS, Dr Mukherjee was working as a fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. He has completed his doctoral studies, Fellow Program in Management [FPM (PhD)] from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in the area of Economics and Social Sciences. He is a certified Financial Risk Manager, FRM (GARP) and has also worked as a Business Analyst and Assistant Manager in the Advanced Analytics departments with HSBC and Citibank for over three years before pursuing his doctoral studies. Previously he had obtained a master’s degree in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Trade and Economics

Rani D Mullen

Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email isasrani@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 4054

Introduction

Dr Rani D Mullen is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore; an Associate Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary, United States; and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, India, where she directs a research programme on Indian development cooperation. She was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at India’s only Afghanistan Studies Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, in 2013-14 and a Visiting Scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University as well as a Liechtenstein Scholar on Afghanistan in 2008-09. Prior to teaching at the College of William & Mary, Dr Mullen worked as the Asia Project Manager at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, was a consultant at the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the United States Agency for International Development, and worked for a German think tank as well as for a member of the German Parliament.
Dr Mullen’s research and teaching focus is on South Asian politics, particularly state-building and democracy in and foreign policies of India and Afghanistan. Her book, Decentralization, Local Governance, and Social Wellbeing in India, was published in 2011 by Routledge. She has published articles in Asian Survey and Foreign Affairs and book chapters on state-building in Afghanistan, India’s democratic institutions, and Indian foreign and aid policies in several Oxford University Press and Routledge publications. She is also a founding member and co-chair of the South Asia in World Politics section of International Studies Association.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Indian foreign policy, economic diplomacy, and foreign aid
  • Politics in Afghanistan
  • Governance in the Indo-Pacific
  • Democracy and development in South Asia

Vani Swarupa Murali

Designation : Research Assistant
Email isasvsm@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 7735

Introduction

Vani Swarupa Murali completed her Masters in Asian Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the Singapore Management University.
Vani’s research interests focus on the study of Islamic states within the South Asian region, and on finance and development.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Islam and Politics
  • Relationship between South Asia and the Middle East
  • Domestic Politics of Islamic States within South Asia
  • Development and Finance

Amitendu Palit

Designation : Senior Research Fellow; and Research Lead (Trade and Economics)
Email isasap@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 6096

Introduction

Dr Amitendu Palit is Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economic Policy) at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) in the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is an economist specializing in international trade policies, regional economic developments, comparative economic studies and political economy of public policies. He worked with the Government of India for several years with his longest span being in the Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, India.
Prior to joining ISAS in April 2008, he was with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), a leading economic policy research institute and think-tank in Delhi. His current research focuses on economic and political implications of India’s integration with the Asia-Pacific region, impact of mega-regional trade agreements, and various determinants of external trade and integration policies of China and India. His books include The Trans Pacific Partnership, China and India: Economic and Political Implications (2014; Routledge UK), China India Economics: Challenges, Competition and Collaboration (2011; Routledge) and Special Economic Zones in India: Myths and Realities (2008; Anthem Press; Co-authored). He has also edited several books and published in peer-reviewed academic journals. He is a columnist for India’s well known financial daily, Financial Express and a regular contributor for the China Daily. He appears regularly as an expert on the BBC, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, CNBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Doordarshan (India) and All-India Radio.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Trade Policy and Regional Trade Agreements
  • China-India Comparative Economic Studies
  • Regional Affairs
  • Land Regulations
  • Macroeconomic Policy Issues

Md Mizanur Rahman

Designation : Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Email isasrmm@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 6166

Introduction

Md Mizanur Rahman has a Ph.D. in Sociology from National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. He was awarded NUS Research Scholarship for the duration of his doctoral research. He was also awarded Social Science Research Council (SSRC, USA) Bangladesh Fellowship for his PhD research fieldwork. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Asia Research Institute and Research Fellow at Department of Sociology, at NUS. He was also a visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, Canada and Graduate School of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.
Dr Rahman was commissioned by several international organisations including Ford Foundation, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) – East and Southeast Asia to write reports on international migration issues in the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia. In 2006, he was invited to attend a workshop on Irregular Migration, convened by UNITAR, UNPFA and IOM, at the UN Headquarters in New York. He is Editorial Review Board member of Migration Letters – An International Journal of Migration Studies, South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, and Global Journal of Quantitative Science.
Dr Rahman’s areas of expertise include diaspora engagement, migrant businesses, international labour migration, immigrant integration, migration and development, migration policy and migrant remittances. He has conducted fieldwork in a number of countries in Asia and Europe such as Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Bangladesh, Qatar, the UAE, India, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, and Hong Kong SAR. He is currently conducting fieldwork in Canada, the USA, the UK, India, the UAE, and Bangladesh for his book projects on South Asian Diaspora and Development.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • South Asian Diaspora and Development
  • International Labour Migration in Asia
  • Immigration and Integration in Singapore
  • Asian Migration Policy
  • Migrant Remittances
  • International Labour Migration in the Gulf Countries
  • Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Vinod Rai

Designation : Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow
Email isasvr@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 2066

Introduction

Mr Vinod Rai served as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India from where he demitted office in May 2013. He has served on the board of the INTOSAI, the Chair of the ASOSAI and Chair of the UN panel of external auditors. He was also a member of the Independent Audit Committee of the UN. From January 2018, he has joined the Global Trustees Board of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation.
Mr Rai joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1972. He was allotted to the Kerala Cadre. He Rai has wide experience of having worked in the State government of Kerala as well as the Government of India. He was District Collector of Thrissur district and inter alia, the Finance Secretary to the Govt of Kerala. In the Union Government, Mr Rai has worked in the Ministries of Commerce, Defence and Finance. He has also served on the board of Directors of the State Bank of India, the ICICI Bank, the LIC of India and the IDFC.
Mr Rai served as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India from where he demitted office in May 2013. He has served on the board of the INTOSAI, the Chair of the ASOSAI and Chair of the UN panel of external auditors. He was also a member of the Independent Audit Committee of the UN.
Mr Rai proposes to utilise his four decades of experience in the Indian Civil Services for developing an effective and transparent governance setup. Emerging economies and particularly those of the South Asia region have to recognise that economic development can be made sustainable in the long run only if it is nurtured and supported by a very efficient and transparent governance model. Such governance structures have to be architecture on an edifice where Accountability institutions are allowed total independence and administration is responsive to the needs of the citizen. He has closely monitored, and in fact, personally worked in one of the Accountability Institutions such as the office of the Auditor General and is conscious of the autonomy granted to it or the attempts to muzzle its effective functioning. To ensure long term rapid and sustained economic development, South Asian countries will necessarily have to give such Institutions the autonomy and be responsive to the directions that they provide, Thus, in a vibrant democracy, the Election Commission and Information Commission to permit the Citizen a right to Information or an independent and impartial judiciary, the importance of these Institutions will have to be factored in to ensure and effective administration. He hopes to work on a policy prescription in this direction. In any democracy the role of the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary are well defined. Each has to perform to the expectations of the people as to ensure inclusive development. This needs to be highlighted. It is in this direction that he proposes to concentrate.
Mr Rai has a Master degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University and a second Master degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Financial Sector Reforms
  • Public Administration and Good Governance

S Narayan

Designation : Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Email snarayan43@gmail.com
DID : (+65) 6516 7429

Introduction

Dr S Narayan (IAS, 1965 batch), with nearly four decades (1965 to 2004) in Public Service in the State and Central Governments, in Development Administration, was the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister during 2003-04.
Prior to this assignment, Dr Narayan served the Government of India as Finance and Economic Affairs Secretary, Secretary in the Departments of Revenue, Petroleum and Industrial Development. As Secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas, he was responsible for policy formulation and implementation in the hydrocarbon sector. Between 2000 and 2003, in the Ministry of Finance, his responsibilities included formulation of macroeconomic policy for the Government, tariff and taxation policies as well as initiatives for modernizing the capital markets. His special interests include public finance, energy policy, governance issues and international trade.
Dr Narayan obtained his Ph.D from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. He has an M.Phil (Development Economics) from Cambridge University and Master of Business Management (Finance) from the University of Adelaide. He graduated with an M.Sc (Physics) from the University of Madras (Madras Christian College).
Dr Narayan has single authored one book, edited two books and written numerous policy papers, reports and book chapters. He also writes regularly in newspapers, both locally and internationally on issues relating to Public Policy, Governance, Public Finance, Trade and Energy.
Dr Narayan has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore since 2005. After nine successful years as Head of Research at ISAS, Dr Narayan handed over the portfolio in mid 2014.
He is a chair professor at the India Gandhi Open National University, New Delhi. The Center for Asia Studies a think tank based in Chennai, and Athena Infonomics Ltd., a Chennai based research and consulting firm, are his other initiatives.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Public Policy and Public Finance
  • India – International Trade policy
  • India – Energy issues, with special reference to Power, Oil and Gas
  • Financial Markets
  • Banking

Dipinder S Randhawa

Designation : Senior Research Fellow
Email isasdsr@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 3775

Introduction

Dr Dipinder S Randhawa researches issues in the domain of economics and finance. His research interests and publications are on financing issues in infrastructure, micro-finance, the informal sector, constraints on investments, policy analysis and governance.
Before re-joining National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr Randhawa was Deputy Head, Finance Programme, at the School of Business, SIM University. Prior to this, he was Fellow, and Coordinator, Research and Industrial Outreach at the Risk Management Institute, NUS. He has taught at the Department of Finance, NUS Business School. Dr Randhawa has also taught at the undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA and in Executive Development Programs in the United States (Syracuse University and the State University of New York), China (University of Shanghai for Science and Technology), Singapore (NUS and SIM University) and Thailand (Mountbatten Institute – Naresuan University Campus). Besides other corporate entities, he has conducted consultation projects for Oxford Economics, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Institute of Banking and Finance (Singapore). The transition to the world of academia was preceded by brief stints in banking and public policy analysis. Dipinder received his PhD in Finance from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, and master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Finance and Development
  • Policy Design, Analysis; Public Service Effectiveness
  • Governance and Regulation
  • Entrepreneurship and the New Economy
  • Human Capital Development

Amit Ranjan

Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email isasar@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 3379

Introduction

Dr Amit Ranjan’s research interests include water disputes, South Asian politics (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh), India’s regional policy and India’s internal security. His papers, review essays and book reviews have been widely published in journals, including Asian Affairs, India Quarterly, South Asia Research, and Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs. He has also contributed commentaries, opinion editorials and reviews in newspapers and websites.
Prior to joining ISAS, Dr Amit worked as a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. He completed his doctoral studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He obtained his master degree from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Water Disputes in South Asia
  • India’s Regional Policy
  • Politics in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan

S Jaishankar

Designation : Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow
Email isassub@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 7240

Introduction

Dr S Jaishankar was the Foreign Secretary of India from January 2015 to January 2018. He has more than four decades of diplomatic experience. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977, and has represented India’s interests and fostered friendly working relationships across the world. Dr Jaishankar played a key role in negotiating the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement.
Dr Jaishankar’s early postings abroad were as Third and Second Secretary (Political) at the Embassy of India in Moscow from 1979 to 1981. From 1981 to 1985, he served as Under Secretary (Americas) and Policy Planning, at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). He then spent three years, from 1985 to 1988, as First Secretary handling political affairs at the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC, followed by two years as First Secretary and Political Advisor to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka. In 1990, Dr Jaishankar was appointed as Commercial Counsellor in Budapest, an appointment which he held for three years. Upon his return to India, he served as Director of East Europe Division at MEA, and later as Press Secretary to the President of India. He left to Tokyo in 1996 as Deputy Chief of Mission. In 2000, he was appointed as the Ambassador of India to Czech Republic and served in Prague till 2004. Upon his return from Prague, Dr Jaishankar led the Americas Division at MEA for three years. Dr Jaishankar has also served as India’s Ambassador to the United States (2013–2015), and China (2009–2013), and as High Commissioner to Singapore (2007–09).
Dr Jaishankar holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil in International Relations and a M.A. in Political Science. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
Dr Jaishankar is married to Kyoko Jaishankar and has two sons and a daughter.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • India Politics
  • World Politics and Modern History

Jivanta Schoettli

Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email isassj@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 3772

Introduction

Dr Jivanta Schoettli currently works on India’s economic diplomacy and strategic maritime interests in the Indian Ocean. Her past work examines how domestic politics feeds into foreign policy, through the interlocking of interests, ideas and institutions, whilst responding to global dynamics of change and opportunity.
Dr Jivanta received her PhD in Political Science from Heidelberg University in Germany. She was lecturer and recently, interim-Professor, Department of Political Science at Heidelberg’s South Asia Institute. Her doctoral thesis, on policy-making and institution building under Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru was published with Routledge, London in 2012 with the title, Vision and Strategy in Indian Politics. She holds a Masters in Economic History and BSc in International Relations and History, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • India’s Foreign Policy
  • Maritime Governance and the Indian Ocean
  • Geopolitics

Ronojoy Sen

Designation : Visiting Senior Research Fellow; and Research Lead (Politics & Governance)
Email : isasrs@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 7026

Introduction

Dr Ronojoy Sen is Senior Research Fellow (and Research Lead, Politics and Governance) at the Institute of South Asian Studies and the South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore. He has worked for over a decade with leading Indian newspapers, most recently as an editor for The Times of India. His latest book is Nation at Play: A History of Sport in India (Columbia University Press/Penguin, 2015). He is also the author of Articles of Faith: Religion, Secularism, and the Indian Supreme Court (Oxford University Press, 2010) and has edited several books, the latest being Media at Work in China and India (Sage, 2015). He has contributed to edited volumes and has published in several leading journals. He also writes regularly for newspapers. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and read history at Presidency College, Calcutta. He has held visiting fellowships at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C., the East-West Center Washington and the International Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Indian Politics, History and Culture
  • Law and Society
  • Religion and Politics
  • Democratic Institutions

Iqbal Singh Sevea

Designation : Visiting Research Associate Professor
Email isasiq@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 5962

Introduction

Dr Iqbal Singh Sevea is an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His research focuses on modern Islam and modern South Asia. He is the author of the book, The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012). He is currently completing his second book entitled, Islamic Political Thought in Modern South Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2018).
Dr Sevea’s publications include articles on popular culture and state ideology in Pakistan, the spread of transnational Islamic movements across the Indian Ocean, conceptions of bodily piety in South Asia, and Muslim education in South Asia. Before joining the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dr Sevea was an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Contemporary Islam Programme at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr Sevea obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Islam in South Asia

Sojin Shin

Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email isassos@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 3912

Introduction

?Dr Sojin Shin research focuses on India’s political economy and regional politics in India. As a comparative political scientist and area specialist, she has interest in puzzles of uneven economic and political development among the states in India. Such interest motivated her to work on state-society relations and economic performance in select states in India for her doctoral thesis. She was a recipient of POSCO Fellowship and National University of Singapore (NUS) Research Fellowship. Also, she was awarded the prize for Best PhD Dissertation by Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI). In ISAS, she commits to several research activities including her book project entitled “The State, Society, and Foreign Capital in India”. She likes painting, baking, and playing tennis when out of office.
Dr Shin holds a PhD degree from South Asian Studies at NUS; an MPhil degree in Political Science at the University of Delhi (India); an MA degree in Political Science & Diplomacy at the Ewha Woman’s University (South Korea) where she did double majors in English Language & Literature and Political Science & Diplomacy for a BA degree. Her articles, book reviews, and policy commentaries are presented in both academic magazines and international journals including Economic and Political Weekly, Asian Journal of Social Science, and Political Studies Review.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Comparative Political Economy (Industrialization, development, economic institutions, capital and labor relationship)
  • Comparative Politics (Democratization, political institutions, state and society relationship)
  • Area and Asian Studies (South Asia and East Asia)
  • Public Policy (Policy analysis, policy-making process, governance)
  • International Relations (South Asia-East Asia)

Duvvuri Subbarao

Designation : Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow
Email : subbarao@gmail.com
DID : (+65) 6516 7159

Introduction

Dr Subbarao served as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India for five years (2008-2013) finishing his term in September 2013. Prior to that, he was Finance Secretary to the Government of India and Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. In his career spanning more than 40 years, Dr Subbarao has rich hands-on experience in public finance management and advising developing countries on public finance management and fiscal decentralisation when he was a Lead Economist in the World Bank. He has written and spoken extensively on issues in macroeconomic management, public finance and financial sector reforms. During his tenure at the Reserve Bank of India, he was also recognised as a leading exponent of central banking issues from an emerging market perspective.
Dr Subbarao obtained his B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc. in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, M.S in Economics from Ohio State University, USA, and Ph.D in Economics from Andhra University, India. He was a Humphrey Fellow in Public Finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Global Economy
  • Indian Economy
  • Asian Prospects for Growth
  • Central Banking
  • Financial Stability
  • Financial Sector Reforms

Srikanth Thaliyakkattil

Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email isasst@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 1923

Introduction

Dr Srikanth Thaliyakkattil earned his doctorate in International Relations from Peking University, China. He also received his Master in International Relations and completed a two-year certificate in Chinese language at the University. His other degrees include Master of Philosophy in Korean Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and MA in West Asian Studies from Calicut University, India. He has received various educational scholarships and study awards. His primary research focuses on China -South Asia relations. His research interest also includes political psychology of India-China relations, religion and conflict in South Asia.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • China-South Asia Relations
  • India-China Relations
  • East Asia-South Asia Relations
  • Asian Security Architecture
  • Deterrence
  • Political Psychology
  • Middle East-South Asia Relations

Silvia Tieri

Designation : Research Assistant
Email isasts@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 2519

Introduction

Silvia Tieri holds a Master by research in South Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore (NUS). She also holds a Master in International Studies and a Bachelor in Political Sciences and International Relations from the University of Pisa, Italy. She is an alumna of the Scuola Superiore S.Anna of Pisa. Prior to joining NUS, Silvia served as an intern at the Italian Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Her research interests include international relations, political theory, and development. She is currently focusing on rising powers and emerging donors.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Theory of International Relations
  • Political Philosophy and Political Economy of Development
  • Politics of Foreign aid; South-South cooperation; Non-traditional Donors
  • Specifically on South Asia: India’s Foreign Policy; India-China Relations; Development Cooperation in South-Asia; Foreign Aid from/to South Asia

Ankush Ajay Wagle

Designation : Research Assistant
Email isasaaw@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 3774

Introduction

Ankush Ajay Wagle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, International Relations and Economics from the University of Western Australia (UWA). His research focuses on Indian foreign policy and international relations between the South Asian and South East Asian regions.
Prior to joining ISAS, Ankush completed internships at the Asia-Europe Foundation, in Singapore and Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia, in Perth. He has also participated in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program of the American Field Service.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Foreign Policy of India/South Asian States
  • International Relations between South and Southeast Asia
  • Domestic Affairs of South Asian states