Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Tue 08 Dec - Sun 13 Dec, 2009

Barry Desker Barry Desker (Co-Chairperson)

Country/Region: Singapore

Nanyang Technological University

Dean, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Biography:
Barry Desker is the dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University and director of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies. His research interests include the WTO, terrorism and civil conflict in Asia, as well as regional economic and security issues. He has published most recently in the Washington Quarterly, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Survival, Internationale Politik, Contemporary Southeast Asia and The Pacific Review. Ambassador Desker was the chief executive officer of the Singapore Trade Development Board, after serving in the Foreign Service since 1970. He was Singapore’s ambassador to Indonesia, director of the Policy, Planning and Analysis Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, New York. Ambassador Desker concurrently holds a number of other appointments, including serving as vice-chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and holding the chairmanship of Singapore Technologies Marine. He was educated at the University of Singapore, University of London, and Cornell University.