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Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU Singapore:

Amb. Barry Desker – Distinguished Fellow of RSIS

-  Amb Desker is currently also the Non-Resident Ambassador of Singapore to the Holy See and Spain, and Chairman of Singapore Technologies Marine.

-  Headed RSIS and the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies from October 2000 to November 2014.

-  Continued to hold inaugural Bakrie Professorship in Southeast Asia Policy, which was established in November 2010.

-  Member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights, Singapore, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship.

- Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Trade Development Board from 1994 to 2000 and

- Singapore’s Ambassador to Indonesia from 1986 to 1993

- A President’s Scholar, he was educated at the University of Singapore, University of London and Cornell University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Warwick University in 2012 and by the University of Exeter in 2013.

The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) was established in January 2007 as an autonomous school within the Nanyang Technological University. Known earlier as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies when it was established in July 1996, RSIS’ mission is to be a leading research and graduate teaching institution in strategic and international affairs in the Asia Pacific.

RSIS Mission

¤  Provide a rigorous professional graduate education with a strong practical emphasis

¤  Conduct policy-relevant research in defence, national security, international relations, and strategic studies

¤  Foster a global network of like-minded professional schools

RSIS has five endowed professorships that bring distinguished scholars and practitioners to teach and to conduct research at the School : The S. Rajaratnam Professorship in Strategic Studies, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Professorship in International Relations, The NTUC Professorship in International Economic Relations, The Bakrie Professorship in Southeast Asia Policy, The Peter Lim Professorship in Peace Studies

Collaboration with other professional schools of international affairs to form a global network of excellence is a RSIS priority. RSIS maintains links with other like-minded schools so as to enrich its research and teaching activities as well as learn from the best practices of successful schools.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC:

Vikram Nehru - a senior associate in the Asia Program CEIP.

-  Most recently, he was chief economist and director for poverty reduction, economic management, and private and financial sector development for East Asia and the Pacific.

-  An expert of: development economics, growth, poverty reduction, debt sustainability, governance, and the performance and prospects of East Asia.

-  Research fields: economic, political, and strategic issues confronting Asia, particularly Southeast Asia.

-  Served in World Bank from 1981–2011, in a number of senior management positions.

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