That thou art

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

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"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.

Roles

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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.  

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Faculty at Nanyang Technological University

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

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Technopreneur

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.) 

Polymathy

Strategic Corporate Planning and National Policy Planning

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

Materials Science

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

Mechanical Engineering

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Specializations in medical technology and ergonomics

National Service

Downloads

My biosketch and publication list are available for download here.

Contact Me

Contact via karthikkumar.sg

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Karthik Kumar