Professor Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair joined Sunway University in February 2021 as the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Engagement & Impact). Prior to taking up this role, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Monash Malaysia R&D Sdn Bhd and Vice President (Research & Development) at Monash University Malaysia. He is a Fellow of CPA (Australia), Fellow of Academy of Sciences Malaysia and a member of the National Science Council of Malaysia.
Professor Nair is trained as an econometrician and data scientist. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mathematics from Brock University, Canada; MA in Statistics, MA in Economics and PhD in Economics with a specialisation in econometrics from York University, Canada. His research interests are in economic & technology policy modelling and development economics. He has published his research work in international journals such as: Energy, Renewable Energy, Journal of Policy Modelling, Empirical Economics, Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics, Applied Economics and Telematics & Informatics.
Professor Nair is the architect for the Malaysian Science, Technology and Innovation (10-10 MySTIE) Framework, jointly developed with the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. The 10-10 MySTIE provides a framework to deepen the impact of the 10 global science & technology drivers to Malaysia’s 10 socioeconomic drivers, transforming the nation into a knowledge-intensive and globally competitive country by 2030. This framework is being used by the various government ministries, agencies and industry to develop their strategic plans.
Professor Mahendhiran has been a subject matter expert for government agencies, public policy organisations and ‘think-tanks’ in Malaysia and the Middle East. He has led the formulation of several national economic & technology plans and studies for the Malaysian government and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) secretariat. He is currently leading several studies for various ministries, government agencies and industry associations.