Head of Communications, University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic:
January 2011 - present
Established the University’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. Providing guidance and counsel to senior management on communications policy and representing the University as spokesperson.
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Culture and Communication, Republic Polytechnic
2007 - 2009
Part of the pioneering teaching staff to establish the Diploma in Information & Communication Design (DCID). 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. Also coordinated Continuing Education and Training programme on behalf of the department with external clients such as Singapore Sports Council and NACLi (http://www.rp.sg)
Lecturer, Murdoch University (SMa Singapore)
2007 – 2008
Lectured Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) students in Media Law & Ethics.
Editor-in-Chief, Leonardo Electronic Almanac
July 2001 - 2009
Electronic version of Leonardo - Journal of Arts, Science
& Technology, the world's most prestigious and established
arts publication. Dedicated to providing a forum for those
interested in the realm where art, science and technology
Examination and Curriculum Evaluator, Thames/Informatics
Responsible for moderating and evaluating Diploma in Mass Communication examinations and consulting on course and curriculum design. Quarterly review.
Policy, Governance and Public Affairs (PGPA) Coordinator,
Chevron Singapore Pte Ltd (Caltex)
September - December 2005
Member of the Asia Pacific Communications team. Responsible
for press liaison/communications with internal and external
stakeholders, coordinating with local public relations agencies
and developing internal communication websites.
Website Manager/Consultant, Aga Khan Development Network
2003 - 2004
Keshvani on consultancy with the international aid agency
to strategise and develop websites for 18 schools and seven
hospitals in East Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan
and Krygyz Republic.
Lecturer, School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann
July 2001 - January 2003
Module leader for Web Design Applications teaching information architecture,
researching on the Internet, use various communication media, navigation
basics, graphical user interface, & online publication design.
Visiting Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
Keshvani was sent by Ngee Ann Polytechnic for a staff exchange program
to QUT. Whilst at the Creative Industries Journalism discipline,
he re-established and enhanced their flagship online paper –
Communique Online. He also researched innovative online teaching
techniques & strategies for implementation in QUT’s News
Production (Online), and Ngee Ann’s Web Design Applications
Editor, Editor-in-Chief, then International Co-Editor,
fineArt forum = art & technology net news
Dec 1999 - present
Leading a team of 20 staff in producing the e-zine and steering
the creative identity of the 14-year old publication and
forming alliances with arts and Internet organisations within
the Asia Pacific region.
Curator, fineArt in Motion
Oct 2001 – Dec 2002
fAf 15th Anniversary celebrations. Nisar Keshvani curated a 1-hr
traveling screening program as part of fAf’s 15th birthday.
It features 14 artists from across the world, and has travelled
to Manila, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Athens, Malaysia, Singapore,
USA, UK, and other countries. The program co-premiered in MAAP Australia,
and the Digital Media Festival (Manila) in Oct 2001.
Publicist, Singapore International Film Festival
Jan - May 2001
Responsible for press liaison/publicity strategy, on-line web coordination,
and information architecture
Assoc Lecturer (Online Journalism), Queensland University
August 2000 - January 2001
Established QUT Journalism's online paper - Communique Online ,
as a formalised Internet-based unit, and taught students computer
assisted reporting, design & web skills.
Highlights: Various Positions, Queensland University of Technology:
Nov 1998 - January 2001
Sports Reporter, Sydney 2000 Olympics News
Filed match reports, athlete interviews, and press conference
Senior Research Assistant, QUT Journalism Internationalisation/Trauma
Feb 2000 - Jan 2001
Working on a pilot project to internationalise the Journalism discipline's
course curriculum and developing a protocol for journalists reporting
Part-time Academic, Queensland University of Technology
March 1999 - June 2000
Tutoring 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students in Journalism Ethics &
Issues, Journalism Information Systems and News Production (Online).
Webmaster, Public Journalism Project
Dec 1998 - Jan 2001
Website concept, development, production and maintenance for QUT's
award-winning Public Journalism Project.
Managing Editor, Communique Online
July 1999 - Jan 2001
Facilitating the news production process, teaching and guiding 3rd
year Journalism students in the use of the Internet, web design
and computer-assisted reporting.
Web Developer, Centre for Media Policy & Practice,
QUT Digital Media Programme and School of Media and Journalism websites
March 1999 - Jan 2001
Designed, developed and produced Centre for Media Policy & Practice
and QUT Digital Media websites. Web maintenance for School of Media
& Journalism site
Reporter/Staff Officer, The Singapore Police Force, Public
1996 - 1998
Responsible for the coverage of Force-wide activities and production
of Police Life Monthly magazine, newsletters, brochures and collaterals.
Also involved with foreign visit programmes and events management.
Intern, Saigon Mobile Radio Network Centre (SMR) Vietnam
Sales & Marketing - Designed a full marketing communications
plan, brochure for SMR's telecommunications system and selling aid
for sales personnel.
Layout Designer, The American Club
Design and layout of 40 page in-house monthly magazine.
Correspondent, Asian Sources Media Group (Manila)
1994 - 2000
Writing country reports, trade show reviews & product surveys
for Gifts & Home Products, Hardwares and Fashion Accessories
Production Coordinator, "Mee Pok Man"
Singapore's first feature-length film. Awarded the Special Mention
Prize by FIPRESCI at the Singapore Silver Screen Awards '95. Winner
of Special Jury Prize at the 9th Fukuoka Asian Film Festival. Featured
in the Venice, Berlin & Moscow Festivals.
Intern, Television Corporation Singapore (Singapore's national
Sports Unit. Involved with World Cup USA'94 coverage. Wrote scripts/edited
soccer matches for weekly 'World of Sports' program. Compiled/wrote
leads of foreign sports news for weekly highlights.
Sports Reporter, The Straits Times (Singapore's
Covered the Hockey & the traditional martial arts beat
for 17th South East Asian Games.
Freelance Journalist, Singapore Magazines
1993 - present
Freelance Journalist Print and online publications, Writing
film reviews, features, travel, sports and trade stories
for various publications - Singapore Straits Times, SIM's
Today's Manager, Media Mail, ADAM, Singapore magazine, Movies
On-line, monster.com, smallplaces.com and Worldroom.com,
Leonardo Digital Review (MIT Press USA).