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Institute of Southeast Asina Studies
Staff and Members

Board of Trustees:

The Institute is governed by a Board of Trustees. Members are appointed for a three-year term and are drawn from the National University of Singapore, the government, and a broad range of professional and civic organizations and groups in Singapore.
Chairman : Professor Wang Gungwu
East Asian Institute
Deputy Chairman : Mr Wong Ah Long
DLF Trust Management Pte Ltd

Mr Abdul Rohim bin Sarip
Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Assoc Professor Gary Bell
National University of Singapore

Mrs Chua Siew San
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr Patrick Daniel
Singapore Press Holdings

Ms Koh Lin-Net
Ministry of Trade and Industry

Professor Lily Kong
National University of Singapore

Mr Lim Kok Eng
Lee Foundation Singapore

Mr Loh Ngai Seng
Ministry of Education

Mr Predeep Kumar Menon
Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dr Noor Aisha bte Abdul Rahman
National University of Singapore

Mr Phillip I Overmyer
Singapore International Chamber of Commerce

Assoc Professor Kumar Ramakrishna
Nanyang Technological University

Professor Tan Tai Yong
National University of Singapore

Assoc Professor Toh Mun Heng
National University of Singapore

Mr Wan Shung Ming
Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Assoc Professor Wong Poh Poh
National University of Singapore

Mr Yap Bock Seng
Shaw Foundation

Mr William Yap
Ministry of Finance

Professor Yeung Wei-Jun, Jean
National University of Singapore

Amb. K Kesavapany (ex-officio)
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Ambassador K Kesavapany, ISEAS Director with effect from 1 November 2002 will be ISEAS chief administrative and academic officer. His primary responsibilities would be to plan, organize and supervise all the professional and research activities of the Institute.

Prior to his appointment to the Directorship of ISEAS, Ambassador Kesavapany was Singapore''s High Commissioner to Malaysia since March 1997. In his 30-year career in the Foreign Service, he served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (December 1991 - March 1997) and held key staff appointments in MFA, including Director of ASEAN, Director of Directorate II (North America and Europe) and Director of Directorate IV (International Organizations and Third World).

Ambassador Kesavapany was an active participant in the final phase of the Uruguay Round negotiations. He was unanimously chosen as the first Chairman of the WTO''s General Council in 1995. Subsequently, he played a key role in securing Singapore as the venue for the first WTO Ministerial Meeting in 1996.

Ambassador Kesavapany, a Singaporean, is married to Padmini and has two sons.

Deputy Director

Dr CHIN KIN WAH was appointed Deputy Director of ISEAS with effect from 3 May 2005. He is a Singaporean who joined ISEAS as Senior Fellow in the Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme in 2002. Prior to that he was an Associate Professor in Political Science at the National University of Singapore.

Chin obtained his B.Sc. (Econ) and Ph. D in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University; the Centre for International Studies as well as the Asia Research Centre of the London School of Economics; and the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.  He has published widely on Asia-Pacific strategic and regional security issues, major power policies towards Southeast Asia, ASEAN regionalism and institution building among others.

His duties at ISEAS include assisting the Director in the development and overall coordination of research programmes.


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