Jayarethanam Pillai

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Academic Areas: Economics

Courses Taught: Asian Economic Giants – State-Led Development – Lessons for Central Asia, Corporate Governance, Senior Thesis: Academic Track, Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory for MSc in Economics

Dr Jayarethanam Pillai is the Division Head of Business and Dean – School of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration and an Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA).  He also dedicates his time as a Professor of Economics at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE Academy) and a lecturer and thesis supervisor for graduates.  He is involved heavily in the School’s Strategic Development, particularly in the ongoing efforts towards AACSB, AMBA and CEEMAN Accreditation Standards.

He recently established research centers within the SEBA umbrella: Centre of Entrepreneurship and Institute of Policy and Social Change (IPS), expanding the interdisciplinary research activities of the School in areas of State building, Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking. Currently, he is further engaged in AUCA Innovation HUB Project for the University.

Jaya has published and teaches extensively in the political economy of Southeast and South Asian economic development.  He researches and seeks to explore the developmental role of state in fostering economic development.  His expertise explores the importance of technology development and the emergence of cluster–led economic progress in emerging economies. Developing collaborative R&D activities and designing policies among the Central Asian Economies is a key area he is now being highly engaged.

Jaya received his PhD in Economics and Public Policy from The Australian National University in University in 2009.  While being an adjunct lecturer in the initial years, Jaya has been working in the private sector in the various industry sectors, and has developed a keen interest to integrate theory to practice in this sectors.

Outside the classroom, Jaya loves to work-out in the gym and time permitting attend cardio aerobics.  He loves playing and watching soccer and an ardent fan of Liverpool and Brazil since the age of 7 years old.  Of recent years, he has become a keen follower of the American National Football League (NFL).  Travelling, hiking, movies and cooking are some of his other favorite past times.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS HELD
  • Division Head of Business – Dean, School of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration (SEBA), Associate Professor of Economics & Public Policy, American University of Central Asia, June 2017- Current.
  • Chair of Business Administration & MBA Program Head, Associate Professor of Economics & Public Policy, American University of Central Asia, June 2016 – May 2017.
  • Adjunct Faculty Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Singapore Campus, June 2012 – December 2013.
  • Associate Lecturer / and Tutor, Singapore Institute of Management University, for the University of London / London School of Economics and Political Science, in affiliation with Singapore Institute of Management University, December 2010 till June 2011.
  • Associate Lecturer/and Tutor, Singapore Institute of Management University, Singapore, August 2007 till December 2010.
  • Assistant Lecturer, Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, February 2003 till December 2005.
  • Research Fellow in the KL Chair of Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, June 2006 till September 2006
  • Visiting Fellow (Division of Economics), Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, January 2001 till Dec 2002.

 

ACADEMIC DEGREES
  • Doctorate in Philosophy, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 12/11/2009, Public Policy and Economics.
  • Masters In Philosophy, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 10/04/2002, Economics.
  • Graduate Diploma, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 09/08/2000, Economic History.
  • Bachelors in Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 10/21/1999, Major – Economics and Minor – Economic History. Honours -2 nd Class Upper.

 

HONORS, FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS:
  • AUCA-USAID “Building the Future Project” -NFO RFA-176-16-000004. Amount USD$10,000
  • PhD Scholarship (2003-2005), Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government, Policy and Governance, Australian National University, AUSTRALIA
  • PhD Scholarship (2002), Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, (Division of Economics), Australian National University, AUSTRALIA
  • Research fellowship (2001), Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, (Division of Economics), Australian National University, AUSTRALIA
  • The publication ‘The Natural Advantage of Nations’ / book (Volume 1) won the Australian Eureka and Prime Minister Science Price. 2004
PUBLICATIONS AND WORKING PAPERS:

Das, D., Bhatia, V., Pillai, J., & Tiwari, A.K. (2017). The Relationship Between Oil Prices & U.S. Economy Revisited: A Multiscale Quantile Regression Approach, Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning & Policy (Forthcoming)

Pillai, J. (2015). Modinomics in Reckoning, The New Indian Express, Editorial, http://www.newindianexpress.com/columns/Modinomics-in- Reckoning/2015/02/25/article2685199.ece

Pillai, J. (2008). Importance of Clusters in Industry Development: A Case of Singapore’s Petrochemical Industry, in Bala Bhaskran, P. (ed.) ‘Cluster Initiatives – Engine of Economic Growth’, The Icfai University Press.

Pillai, J. (2006) Importance of Clusters in Industry Development: A Case of Singapore’s Petrochemical Industry, Journal of Asian Technology Innovation, September 14(2).

Mclean, R. & Pillai, J. (2005) The Role of Government: From Clusters to National Systems of Innovation, in Karlson, C.H., & Smith, M.H., (ed.) “The Natural Advantage of Nations: Business Opportunities, Innovation and Governance in the 21 st Century”, Earthscan, United Kingdom and United States.

Pillai, J. (2005) Critical Review of Cluster Development: ‘A case of Singapore’s Petrochemical Industry’, Working Paper, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Pillai, J. (2005) Historical assessment of the Port of Singapore Authority and its progression towards a ‘High-Tech Port’, Working Paper, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Pillai, J. (2005) Service exports from a small city-state: ‘The case of Port of Singapore Authority’, Working Paper, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Pillai, J. Outward FDI: Case of India’s Foreign Aid to Emerging and Third-World Nations.

Pillai, J. An Era of Evolving Developmental State. The Case of Singapore.

BOOK REVIEWS:

Pillai, J. (2016) “Innovation Networks And The New Asian Regionalism – A Knowledge Platform on Economic Productivity,” by Hans- Peter Brunner. Edward Elgar: UK, 2016; Journal Of Southeast Asian Economies. (forthcoming –August)

Pillai, J. (2015) “Frontier and Developing Asia: The Next Generation of Emerging Markets”, edited by Alfred Schipke. International Monetary Fund, 2015; Journal of Southeast Asian Economies.

Pillai, J. (2014) “Industrial Restructuring In Asia: Implications of the Global Economic Crisis”, edited by Willem Thorbecke and Wen-jen Hsieh. Sage: India, 2013; Journal of Southeast Asian Economies, Vol.31 (1), pp.158-160.

Pillai, J. (2012) “Challenges to the Global Trading System: Adjustment to globalization in the Asia-Pacific region”, edited by Peter A. Petri and Sumner J. La Croix. Routledge: New York, 2011; ASEAN Economic Bulletin, Vol. 29 (3), pp. 260-262.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND PROCEEDINGS:

Pillai, J., Kolpashnikova, K., Dunn, G. “Gender Equality: What can we learn from Kyrgystan?” Invitation to the Davis Centre Seminar Series-Harvard University, October 25 2017.

Pillai, J., Sindila, A., Jault, J. “Feasibility of University-Led Research Consortium in the Case of the Countries within the Eurasian Union. A Two Country Study, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan”. AUCA-USAID “Building the Future Project” –  NFO RFA-176-16-000004.  The American University of Central Asia, September 5-8, 2017.

Key Note and Plenary Speaker, “State-led Development Strategies in Economic Development and Plausible Lessons for Kyrgystan: Case of Singapore’s Flexible Developmental State Phenomenon”; Presented at Osh State University, International Conference on “Trends of the Eurasian economic integration: challenges, realities and prospects”, 24 November 2016.

World Service Conference, ‘The Case of Singapore’s Port and Health Care Services’, Florida Miami, 4 th April 2001, Masters dissertation in progress.

PAPERS IN PROGRESS:

Pillai, J., Kolpashnikova, K. (2017-2018)“Gender Equality: What can we learn from Kyrgystan?” (forthcoming)

Pillai, J. (expected 2017) “Outward FDI: Case of India’s Foreign Aid to Emerging and Third-World Nations”. Target Journal– New Political Economy (Impact Factor 2015 – 1.671). Taylor & Francis.

Pillai, J. (expected 2017-2018) “An Era of Evolving Developmental State: The 4th Industrial Wave – The Case of Singapore”. Target Journal – Governance Journal (Impact Factor 2016 – 3.424). Wiley Periodicals.

Pillai, J., Sindila, A, Jault, J. (expected July 2017) “Feasibility of University-Led Research Consortium in the Case of the Countries within the Eurasian Union. A Two Country Study, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan”. AUCA-USAID “Building the Future Project” –  NFO RFA-176-16-000004.  Target Journal – Research Policy (Impact Factor 2016 – 5.61). Elsevier.

Pillai, J., Sindila, A., Nagornova, A. (2017-2018) “Fostering development of CSR channelling in Central Asian region. Evidences from Kyrgyz and Kazakh companies”. Target Journal – Academy Management Review (Impact Factor -2016- 7.288). AOM; Journal of Contemporary Asia (Impact Factor – 2015 – 0.844). Taylor & Francis.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Chairman, FoodXchange@Admiralty, The Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No. 3481, Singapore, November 2010 – January 2014.
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO) / Vice-President of Strategic Innovations, Profit On Land Pte Ltd, Singapore, August 2009 till March 2011.
  • Project Manager / Division Trainer, Jord International, Singapore, October 2007 till April 2009.
  • Director of Economic Research, WorldYards.com Pte Ltd, Singapore, June 2006 till June 2007.
  • Research Analyst, Innovation Dynamics Pte Ltd, Canberra, Australia, January 2006 till June 2006
  • Lead Researcher for the Australian Innovation Systems (AUSIS) Project, National Graduate School of Management,The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, January 2003 till Dec 2004.

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