Singaporean Nisar Keshvani is a consultant, Internet journalist, web developer, educator and new media specialist. In the last two decades, he has worked across five continents (Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Australia/Oceania).
In 2011, he moved to the Kyrgyz Republic to establish the University of Central Asia’s corporate communications office, strategizing and implementing its public relations, strategic marketing, internal and external communications to all its stakeholders across its three campuses in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan, and in Afghanistan. As the University spokesperson, he also provides guidance and counsel to senior management on communications policy.
From 2007 – 9, Keshvani was a senior academic at Republic Polytechnic's Centre for Culture and Communication. He was part of the pioneering team to develop their Diploma in Information and Communication Design. He was Module Chair for Media Writing – responsible for curriculum and managing tutoring staff, Co-Module developer for Visual Communications and facilitated G104 Contemporary Issues in Culture & Aesthetics.
Nisar has published papers in refereed journals, presented at 11 conferences (Japan, Manila, Myanmar, Singapore, Australia) in the areas of new media technologies, newsroom trends, education, art, science and technology. He has also received six grants totally $125,000 for various art and technology community service projects.
He was Director of Leonardo (Asia Pacific), editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (http://leoalmanac.org) and International Co-Editor of fineArt forum (http://www.fineartforum.org) - one of the Internet's longest running arts publications from 1999 to date. He has worked for various international magazines and newspapers since 1993.
In 2003 - 2004, Nisar was on consultancy with the Aga Khan Development Network (Swiss-based international aid agency) as Website Manager/Consultant for their school and hospital services in India, Pakistan, East Africa, Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Krygyz Republic. The role involved planning, content/technological development, training and coaching 45 people in 18 schools, seven hospitals based in five countries.
From 2001 – 2003, Nisar was digital media lecturer/module leader of Web Design Applications (WDA) with Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Film & Media School. He taught information architecture, web research, and use of communication media, navigation basics, graphical user interface, & online publication design. In 2002, Nisar was Visiting Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Whilst at the Creative Industries Journalism discipline, he improved and enhanced their flagship online paper – Communique Online. He also researched innovative online teaching techniques & strategies to implement in units he taught.
His lecturing experience dates back to 1999. He was online journalism lecturer at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). There, he developed curriculum and established their flagship online newspaper, Communique Online as a formal module. He also tutored in Journalism Information Systems & Inquiry (both introductory web units), ethics and News Production (Online). During this time, he researched QUT Journalism’s Internationalisation project to develop a set of protocols journalists used to deal with traumatic situations.
In 2000, he completed a research Masters thesis exploring the World Wide Web’s impact on journalists, their work practices and management policy in news organisations. His twin case studies looked at the Age Online (Melbourne) and the Straits Times Interactive (Singapore).
Since 2002, Nisar has been Editor-in-Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press), an international art, science and technology peer reviewed e-journal. Since 1999, he has been involved with fineArt forum, an art & technology international online news service.
Nisar sits on the boards of the fineArt forum Management Committee, UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) “Digi-Arts” project, Singapore SIGGRAPH Chapter, Leonardo/International Society of Arts, Science & Technology (ASTN) and the Multimedia Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) Festival.
As a journalist, he has written news, features, travels, sports and trade reviews for various media (print, online and television) – 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 (MIT Press USA).
Two films, he co-directed won the Special Jury Prize in the 1993 and 1994 Singapore Film Festivals, and in 1995 he worked as production coordinator on Singapore's first locally-made feature film, Mee Pok Man, which screened at the Venice, Moscow, Japan and Berlin festival circuits. In 2001/2, Nisar curated a 1-hour travelling screening program as part of fAf’s15th Anniversary celebrations. It has travelled to Manila, Australia, Thailand, USA, UK, South Africa, and other countries.
His research interests include; instructional science, information and communication technologies for development, curriculum development, new media technologies, web userability, technology in education.