That thou art

Science and Technology Imagineer - Translating Singapore's Research and Innovation Investments into Economic Outcomes


"Everyone sees what you appear to be; few experience that thou art." Niccolo Machiavelli, 16th Century CE.

This is a site about me.

I am a proud Singaporean - I was born here; I went to school here, served my National Service. Now I work and live here with my wife and 2 kids.

I am a veteran of the Singapore Public Service, having served for more than 21 years in a variety of roles, most recently as a research and innovation investment portfolio development professional.  I was awarded The Commendation Medal as part of the Singapore National Day Awards in 2019 by the Singapore Government as a recognition of my efforts in the Singapore Public Service. My current focus is on the Chemicals, Materials and GreenTech Research Cluster on behalf of A*STAR, where I lead a group of 10 people and oversee the strategic research directions and funding of 600 research staff across 2 research institutes. 

This site describes my roles over the years and areas in which I have deep expertise (polymathy). Please feel free to browse through. You can find my biography and publications list available for download in the Downloads section. I am contactable either via LinkedIn or via the contact function below.

Please click here to find out more about my personal leadership philosophy.



Futurist, Strategist, Activist in Research

Acting Director of Chemicals, Materials and GreenTech Research Cluster in the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. I manage the portfolio of research investments in this space.  


Faculty at Nanyang Technological University

Associate Professor (Adj.) at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 



Co-founder and Director at Innospin Private Limited, Singapore, a start-up focusing on the manufacture of next generation magnetic resonance imaging systems. 

(NB: Company has transitioned to India, supported by the Tata Foundation.) 


Strategic Corporate Planning and National Policy Planning


Specializations in organizational strategy formulation and implementation; national R&D policy formulation and execution of R&D initiatives.

Materials Science


Specializations in nanofabrication, surface chemistry, biophysics, photonics and characterization. 

Mechanical Engineering


Specializations in medical technology and ergonomics

National Service


My biosketch and publication list are available for download here.

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Karthik Kumar