Dr. Vishakha N. DesaiSenior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University - Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University
Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University, and Senior Research Scholar at its School of International and Public Affairs. In 2012, in recognition of Dr. Desai’s leadership in the museum field, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board. From 1990 through 2012, Dr. Desai served in various capacities at the Asia Society, including serving as President and CEO of the organization from 2004. A noted scholar of Asian Art, and frequent contributor to several news and arts publications, Dr. Desai is well known for her innovative approaches to developing the relationship between culture and foreign policy in Asia. A recipient of five honorary degrees, Dr. Desai holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bombay University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan.