South Asian Science Engagement (Diplomacy) – LKY School of Public Policy, Singapore
From 2011-2013, I conceptualised, managed and ran a pilot policy initiative that sought to bridge the gap between scientists working on critical policy issues in South Asia. With funding from the Sloan Foundation, the project on South Asian Science Engagement was established to create a platform for scientists in South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal) l to exchange scientific knowledge and experiences on common interests and concerns. The overarching goals were two-fold: using science as a tool to defuse regional tensions and to create a forum for the exchange of mutually relevant scientific knowledge and experiences, which could function as a spur to further joint efforts within the region. For the first conference under this effort, we focused on Food Security and Rice, looking at various issues and problems surrounding rice production that scientists across the region are tackling. Scientists from all six South Asian nations plus China further delved into different aspects of the problems surrounding expanding rice yields, which eventually led to an array of insights emerging on the state of rice production across the continent. For further information, please see the inaugural conference report that details the efforts and event.