- Wed, Sep 27, 2017 12:00 PM
NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House
Latitude: 1.29337, Longitude: 103.773
Programme (3.00PM - 6.00PM) Registration (Starts at 2.30pm) Opening RemarksAmbassador Gopinath PillaiChairman, Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS; andAmbassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore Introduction to the BookMs Lynelle SeowAuthor, CultureShock! India AddressHE Mr Jawed AshrafIndia’s High Commissioner to Singapore Book Launch – CultureShock! India Presentation of Publication to the Guest-of-Honour Discussion on CultureShock! IndiaChairpersonDr Amitendu PalitSenior Research Fellow andLead (Trade & Economic Policy)Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS DiscussantsMs Lynelle SeowAuthor, CultureShock! India Professor Kirpal SinghPoet, and Literary and Cultural Critic Associate Professor Rajesh Rai Deputy Head, South Asian Studies Programme Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS Presentation of Tokens of Appreciation Tea Reception and Networking End of Event About the Guest-of-Honour HE Mr Jawed Ashraf Mr Jawed Ashraf was appointed High Commissioner of India in the Republic of Singapore on 16 November 2016 and he presented his credentials on 23 November 2016. A career diplomat, High Commissioner Ashraf joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1991. He served in Frankfurt and Berlin from 1993 to 1999. He worked in the Americas Division of Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi from 1999 to 2004. He completed a three-year tenure as Counsellor at the Embassy in Kathmandu in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Counsellor and Minister for Political Affairs in Washington DC and then headed the Americas Division in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi from 2010 to 2012. High Commissioner Ashraf served as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office under former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and then Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. His portfolio included External Affairs, Defence, National Security Council, Atomic Energy and Space. He returned to the Ministry of External Affairs in January 2016 and was Joint Secretary (Special Projects) until his appointment in Singapore. High Commissioner Ashraf studied Economics at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, and Management at the Master’s level at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He recently published a coffee table book of his photographs, A Day in the Life of Kathmandu, dedicated to the victims of the Nepal earthquake of April 2015. His outdoor interests include tennis and trekking in Himalaya. He is married to Dr Ghazala Shahabuddin, an ecologist and conservation biologist. About the Panellists Dr Amitendu Palit 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. He is an economist specialising 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 United Kingdom), 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, Doordarshan (India) and All-India Radio. Ms Lynelle Seow Ms Lynelle Seow is convinced that she must have been Indian in her previous life, given her interest inall things Indian. In this life, she is a Singaporean who has dreams of being a Bollywood dancer despite the reality of two left feet and an incredible lack of coordination. She holds a Master of Architecture, but prefers to build castles in the air and bridges to other cultures. She has lived and worked in Singapore, the United States, the Philippines and India as various avatars: architect, editor, branding-marketing professional and volunteer English teacher. Lynelle is married to Benjamin Yap and they have eight plants together. She lived in India for what seemed to be a short lifetime and currently resides in Singapore. Dr Kirpal Singh Dr Kirpal Singh retired at the end of June 2017 from full-time university life, after having taught at the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University for 45 years. He is internationally acclaimed as a scholar, poet, fictionist and, more recently, as a futurist. Kirpal has lectured at some of the world’s top universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Yale, MIT, London, Sydney and Melbourne, and appeared at some of the world's top Arts/Writers festivals. His 2004 book, Thinking Hats & Coloured Turbans: Creativity Across Cultures, broke new ground and has been the subject of much discussion and debate among all manner of scholars and critics. He became the first non-American to be on the Board of the American Creativity Association (ACA) where he is currently Vice-President. He is also Chair of ACAint. He is currently the Chief Academic Officer at Training Vision Institute, a private education provider. Associate Professor Rajesh Rai Dr Rajesh Rai is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore (NUS). His research interests are in the areas of South Asian Diaspora and Transnational Studies; South Asian Nationalisms; and the Postcolonial History and Politics of South Asia. Author of Indians in Singapore, 1819-1945: Diaspora in the Colonial Port City, Rai has also edited or co-edited eight books and journal special issues, including the Indian Heritage Centre’s inaugural publication, Singapore Indian Heritage (2017), Encyclopedia of the Sri Lankan Diaspora (2013) and Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora (2006) for which he was the Assistant Editor. His articles have been published in premier academic journals such as Modern Asian Studies, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies and South Asian Diaspora. In addition to research, Rai has a passion for teaching and has won several teaching awards at NUS. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the international journal South Asian Diaspora. . . . . . . . . .