Dr. Vishakha Desai, moderator at The Culture of Innovation, ISPA's 65th Annual Congress, in New York City on January 15-17, 2013. View the full Schedule of Events.
Dr. Vishakha Desai
special advisor for global affairs to the President of Columbia University and
professor at its School of International and Public Affairs. She is senior
advisor to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for global policy and programs,
and president emerita of Asia Society, an organization she led for eight years.
From 1977 to 1990, Dr. Desai worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in a
variety of roles, ultimately serving as assistant curator of Indian, Southeast
Asia, and Islamic collections (1981-1990) and as the head of academic programs
(1981-1988). Dr. Desai has been a visiting professor at numerous universities
and was an assistant and associate professor at the University of Massachusetts
from 1988 to 1990. Dr. Desai is on the board of the Brookings Institution and
is an advisor and reviewer for the New York City Advisory Commission for
Cultural Affairs. She served as the president of the Association of Art Museum
Directors from 1998 to 1999 and was on the boards of the Andy Warhol Foundation
for the Visual Arts, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc., Asian
University for Women, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. Dr.
Desai received a B.A. from Bombay University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the
University of Michigan.