Mr K Kesavapany was the Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore from October 2002 until 28 February 2012.Prior to this, he was Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia from 1997 to 2002. He also served as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Italy (1991-1997) and Turkey.  He was elected as the first Chairman of the General Council of the WTO when it was established in January 1995 and a member of the Singapore Mediation Centre’s International Panel of Mediators.

Mr Kesavapany graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and obtained a Master of Arts (Area Studies) degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Mr Kesavapany is Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Mr Kesavapany is a Governor on the Board of the Singapore International Foundation and President of the Singapore Indian Association (SIA). He is also a board member of the Energy Institute of Singapore (EIS), founding committee member of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS), Term Trustee of Singapore Indian Assocation, SINDA, member of the Rotary Club of Raffles City (RCRC).

Mr Kesavapany also teaches a course on “History of South East Asia” at the Singapore Management University (SMU) on an ad-hoc basis.

Mr Kesavapany’s hobbies include Golf, Walking, Helping to “Keep Singapore Clean” and heading a program called “Helping to save people from falling through the cracks”