Singaporean Nisar Keshvani is a communications consultant, educator, journalist and new media specialist. Over the past twenty years, he has worked across five continents, in various capacities and sectors, including academia, the corporate sector and a range of media initiatives. He has started up communications divisions and academic programmes, led media divisions, lectured and researched in university programmes and contributed to development and public service initiatives.
Keshvani currently serves as the Head of Communications at the University of Central Asia in the Kyrgyz Republic. He holds a Master of Arts in Research and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology, Australia and a Diploma in Mass Communication from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore.
Establishing and Leading Communications Initiatives
Keshvani is a master of start-ups. In 2011, he moved to the Kyrgyz Republic to establish the University of Central Asia’s Corporate Communications Department. As Head of Communications, he oversees public relations, strategic marketing, and internal and external communications to stakeholders across seven locations in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan and an international network of subscribers. He has spearheaded the development of internal communications protocols and systems, as well as new product development, including enhanced subscription services, multimedia products and the University’s quarterly magazine. As the University spokesperson, he advises senior management on communications strategy and liaises with regional and international media.
From 2007-2009, as a Senior Lecturer at Republic Polytechnic's Centre for Communications and Enterprise, Singapore, Keshvani was a member of the pioneering team that developed their Diploma in Information and Communication Design. He served as Module Chair for Media Writing, Module co-developer for Visual Communications and facilitated G104 Contemporary Issues in Culture & Aesthetics. Earlier, as an online journalism lecturer at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, he established their flagship online newspaper, Communique Online as a formal module and developed its founding curriculum.
In 2007, Keshvani served as Custodian International Editor on a five-member global consulting team which conceptualised, designed and developed an international community news website, www.theIsmaili.org.
In other firsts, Keshvani was the first alumnus to teach at the School of Film and Media, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the first non-commissioned police officer in Singapore to become a police life magazine writer. He has also worked in corporate communications for Chevron, the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Film Festival.
Research and Teaching
Keshvani has fifteen experience in research and teaching. His research interests include instructional science, information and communication technologies for development, curriculum development, new media technologies, web userability, and technology in education. Keshvani has published extensively in refereed journals and presented at 11 international conferences on new media technologies, newsroom trends, education, art, and science and technology.
The first alumnus to teach at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, as a lecturer in the School of Film and Media Studies from 2001-2003, Keshvani served as module leader for Web Design Applications teaching information architecture, researching on the Internet, using various communication media, navigation basics, graphical user interface and online publication design. Keshvani also taught Media Law and Ethics at Murdoch University, Singapore.
Keshvani was online journalism lecturer and then visiting lecturer at Queensland University of Technology. He tutored in introductory web units, Journalism Information Systems and Inquiry, ethics and News Production (online). He researched the University’s Journalism Internationalisation Project and developed a set of protocols for journalists to dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Leadership in Journalism
Keshvani has worked for various international magazines and newspapers since 1993. He has written news, features, travels, sports and trade reviews for print, online and television media, including the Television Corporation of Singapore, The Straits Times (Singapore), Police Life Monthly, Asian Sources Media Group (Manila), Sydney 2000 Olympics Online News Service, SIM's Today's Manager, Media Mail, ADAM, Singapore magazine, Movies On-line, smallplaces.com, monster.com, Worldroom.com, and Leonardo Digital Reviews.
He served as Director of Leonardo (Asia Pacific), an online peer review journal published under the auspices of MIT Press. From 2002-2009, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (http://leoalmanac.org) an international art, science and technology peer reviewed e-journal, and International Co-Editor of fineArt forum (http://www.fineartforum.org), one of the Internet's longest running arts publications, since 1999.
Keshvani co-directed two films which won the Special Jury Prize at the Singapore Film Festival in the 1993 and 1994. In 1995 he worked as production coordinator on Singapore's first feature film, Mee Pok Man, which screened at the Venice, Moscow, Japan and Berlin festival circuits.
In 2001-2002, Keshvani curated a one-hour travelling screening programme as part of fineArt forum’s 15th Anniversary celebrations, which visited the Philippines, Thailand, the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa.
From 2003-2004, Keshvani served as a consultant and website manager with the international development network, the Aga Khan Development Network, covering their extensive education (http://www.AgaKhanSchools.org) and health services (http://www.AgaKhanHospitals.org) in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Uganda. This involved planning, content and technological development, training a team of forty-five people from eighteen schools and seven hospitals across five countries in content development.
Keshvani has received grants totalling $125,000 to support art and technology community service projects. He sat on the boards of the fineArt forum Management Committee, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) “Digi-Arts” project, Singapore SIGGRAPH Chapter, Leonardo/International Society of Arts, Science & Technology (ASTN) and the Multimedia Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) Festival.
Areas of interest include; instructional science, information and communication technologies for development, curriculum development, new media technologies, web userability, technology in education.
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