Yudhishthir Raj Isar
is an analyst, advisor and public speaker who straddles different worlds of cultural theory, experience and practice. He is Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of Paris (Jean Monnet Professor, 2003-2008), Eminent Research Visitor with the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, Australia (2011-2013) and a visiting professor at universities elsewhere. With Helmut Anheier, he was the founding co-editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE), whose five volumes were published between 2007 and 2012. He has been a trustee of various cultural organizations in Europe and a consultant to the European Commission, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, the European Cultural Foundation and UNESCO. From 2004 to 2008, he was President of the European arts and culture advocacy platform Culture Action Europe. Earlier, at UNESCO, as an international broker of ideas for almost three decades, notably as Executive Secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development, Director of Cultural Policies and of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture. In 1986-87, he was the first Executive Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, the Sorbonne and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.