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Designation : Research Assistant
Email : taisha@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 3777​​​​​​
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Introduction

Taisha Grace Antony graduated with a Master in International Political Economy from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. Her Master's degree thesis, titled "Political market imperfections and the political incentives for the provision of social services", was a critical analysis of the three imperfections in the political market that have been identified to have the potential for affecting electoral accountability. Taisha graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.

Prior to joining ISAS, Taisha worked as a project development intern at the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) in Singapore for six months. Pursuing her interest in public sector research, she interned in 2013 at the Institute of Social Sciences in New Delhi, where she presented a paper titled 'The National Food Security Bill of India: A Critical Analysis'. She also has the experience of working as a research assistant to two scholars from the University of Oxford and Brown University in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Apart from this, she has also done content writing for a reference book on the topic 'The Economic History of India Until 1947'.

She is trained in the Indian Classical dance form of Bharatanatyam and has obtained a Fifth Grade Certificate with Merit in the Electronic Keyboard from Trinity College, London.

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

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

My areas of research are development economics in general and the development of China, Latin America and South Asia in particular.

Current Research

I am currently working on a monograph tentatively titled South Asia in the New World Order, accepted for publication by Routledge, London.​
Designation : Research Associate
Email : isasrrc@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 7025​​​​​​
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Introduction

Prior to joining ISAS, Rajeev was heading Foreign Policy Division at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi. His focus area of work has been Indian foreign policy, India’s national security, China-South Asia Strategic Access, South Asian Security, and international relations. He is also a Global Emerging Voices (GEV) fellow 2013. The Global Emerging Voices (GEV) program is a new initiative that the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) established in 2011 to advance dialogue between Europe and the Asia Pacific on re-emerging China and global governance. Organized by T.wai, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Australian National University, GEV facilitates the gathering of leading young European and Asia Pacific scholars, policy analysts and professionals who are committed to the deepening of mutual understanding and the forging of forward-looking ties between Europe and the Asia Pacific.

Rajeev was one of the 15 participants (an accomplished group of Asians, Europeans, and Americans that included government officials, military officers, scholars, and business and media professionals) in the inaugural Young Strategists Forum (YSF), a new initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), in March 2012 in Japan. He was a Professional Development Award recipient in 2009 at the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa. Before going to Ottawa, Rajeev worked with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), the Indian Pugwash Society, and the National Maritime Foundation. He was also part of the "Nuclear Cluster" at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), and a member of the “Young India Roundtable Initiative” of Delhi Policy Group.

Rajeev obtained his M. Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He is qualified with the National Eligibility Test (NET) for Lectureship and Higher Research from the University Grant Commission (UGC). He achieved NCC (National Cadet Corps) “C” certificate from Naval Wing, and got “Sea Training” with the Indian Navy.


Designation : Principal Research Fellow, Research Lead (South Asian Strategic & Multilateral)
Email : isasiac@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 7028​​​​​​
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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
  • UN Issues including Peace-Keeping
  • Social and Economic Development

Current Research

  • South Asian Issues
Designation : Visiting Research Professor
Email : isasriaz@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 2067​​​​​​
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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"
  • "Sociology of Islam"
  • "Housing studies"
  • "Suicide and suicide terrorism"
  • "Social change"

Current Research

Professor Riaz Hassan is working on a study of South Asian Islam. South Asia is now home to one third of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. Using current religious, political and social conditions as contrasting environments, this study will investigate the nature and structure of Muslim religiosity and its sociological determinants and correlates in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This will be the first study of contemporary Muslim religious consciousness in South Asia.
Designation : Visiting Research Professor
Email : isasrbj@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 1381​​​​​​
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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

Current Research

Indian telecommunications. Islam in contemporary south Asia. Media change in India and China.
Designation : Director and Visiting Research Professor
Email : isasmskr@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 4239​​​​​​
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Introduction

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 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 statement 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. "to mutual benefit" is hanging, unclear: perhaps change to "to the benefit of the entire region".

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Area of Interest and Expertise

  • Citizenship
  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology
  • South Asian area studies
  • Federalism
  • Governance
  • International Relations
  • Negotiation
  • Political Parties
  • Rational Choice
  • State formation in South Asia​
Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email : isasdm@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 3909​​​​​​
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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.

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

Current Research

  • Economic Reforms Policies
  • Development of State specific performance and governance indicators for India
  • India - SAARC and India ASEAN trade
  • Fiscal and Monetary policies in South Asia
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Designation : Research Assistant
Email : isasnlo@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 3911​​​​​​
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Introduction

Liyana Othman holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. Her research interests include strategic public policy, economics, international trade and development, with particular focus on the South Asian, Southeast Asian and Asia-Pacific regions.

Prior to joining ISAS, Liyana was a consultant for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on projects relating to inclusive trade liberalisation and investment facilitation. Liyana has also worked as an economist with a management consulting firm, which focused on Southeast Asian infrastructure development.

Designation : Senior Research Fellow; Research Lead (Trade & Economic Policy)
Email : isasap@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 6096​​​​​​
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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

Current Research​​   

  • Implications of TPP, RCEP and mega-RTAs
  • India’s Integration with Asia-Pacific
  • China-India Relations and Regional Architectures
Designation : Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Email : isasrmm@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 6166​​​​​​
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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

Current Research

  • Diaspora Organizations and Development in South Asia
  • International Labour Migration in Southeast Asia
  • Gender and Migration in the Middle East
  • Immigrant Entrepreneurship among global South Asians
Designation : Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Email : isasvr@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 2066​​​​​​
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Introduction

Vinod Rai joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1972. He was allotted to the Kerala Cadre. Mr Rai has a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. He later did his Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA.

Mr 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 Govt. he 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 architectured 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.​​

Designation : Visiting Research Professor; Research Lead (Security and International Relations)
Email : isascrm@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 2067​​​​​​
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Introduction

Professor C Raja Mohan is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi and a Contributing Editor on Foreign affairs for The Indian Express. Professor Mohan is also a non-resident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC.

Earlier, Professor Mohan was Professor of South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He also was the Diplomatic Editor and Washington Correspondent of The Hindu. He has served on India’s National Security Advisory Board.

Professor Mohan has a master's degree in nuclear physics and a PhD in international relations. He was Senior Research Associate at Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He led the Indian Chapter of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs during 1999-2006. Professor Mohan was Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, Washington DC during 2009-10. His new book "Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific” has been published in 2013.

Area of Interest and Expertise

  • India’s Foreign Policy
  • Asian Security
  • Great Power Relations
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Designation : Senior Research Fellow
Email : isasdsr@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 3775​​​​​​
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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.

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

Designation : Research Assistant
Email : isasfs@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 3378​​​​​​
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Introduction

Faiza Saleem is a Fulbright Scholar, with a Master degree in Public Policy from The University of Chicago's Harris School. She specialises in policy analysis, focusing on socio-economic issues. Faiza holds a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Economics from The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS),  Pakistan.

Faiza has three years of working experience in the international development sector. Prior to joining ISAS, she worked as a business consultant and researcher at the Social Innovation Lab of LUMS where she successfully led projects with the World Bank and Agha Khan Development Network. She has also worked at Acumen Pakistan and the UN Capital Development Fund in New York. Her research interests includes social and economic policy, domestic politics of South Asia and urban development. 

Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email : isassj@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 66013772​​​​​​
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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​​

Current Research

Indian and the Indian Ocean, India's Act East Policy, China and South Asia​
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Designation : Senior Research Fellow; Co-Lead (Politics & Governance)
Email : isasrs@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 7026​​​​​​
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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

Current Research

  • Indian Parliament and Political Culture
  • Sociology and Politics of Sport​
Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email : isassos@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6601 3912​​​​​​
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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)
Designation : Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Email : subbarao@gmail.com
DID : (+65) 6516 7159​​​​​​
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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.
Designation : Visiting Research Fellow
Email : isasst@nus.edu.sg
DID : (+65) 6516 1923​​​​​​
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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.

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

Silvia Tieri graduated with Master in South Asian Studies from National University of Singapore (NUS). She also holds Master in International Studies and Bachelor in Political Sciences and International Relations from University of Pisa, Italy.

Prior to joining NUS, Silvia served as an intern at the Italian Mission to the United Nations in New York. Her research interests includes international relations and development, with particular reference to the emergence of India as a world power and a foreign aid donor.


Last modified on 26 August 2015