Policy – South Asia

South Asian Science Engagement (Diplomacy) – LKY School of Public Policy, Singapore

From 2012 May-2014, 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) and China 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 do view the inaugural conference report that details the efforts and event.

Indian Administrative Services Policy Training Programme – Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

From 2006-2007, I was involved in managing and running the first joint bureaucratic executive training programme for senior Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officers for the Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, the co-organisers of the two-month long program that took place in Mussoorie and New Delhi. As part of the program, IAS officers focused on acquiring the tools of policy analysis through practical cases on different policy issue areas, like agriculture, disaster management, health, inclusive growth (poverty alleviation & growth policy), infrastructure, education, employment, energy, public private partnerships, rural development and urban development. For more information on the program, please see here and here