Barry Desker

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Barry Desker is the Distinguished Fellow and former Dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Ambassador Desker is a Member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights, Singapore, Member of the Board of Directors of the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship and Singapore Commissioner on the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Trade Development Board from 1994 to 2000, after serving in the Foreign Service since 1970. He was Singapore’s Ambassador to Indonesia from 1986 to 1993 and was appointed Deputy Secretary in the Administrative Service (Foreign Service Branch) in 1982. He is currently also Non-Resident Ambassador of Singapore to the Holy See and Spain. He was educated at the University of Singapore, University of London and Cornell University and was awarded a honorary LLD by Warwick University in 2012 and the University of Exeter in 2013.