Professor Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair

Vice President (Research and Development), Monash University Malaysia

Professor, Department of Econometrics & Business Statistics

Chief Executive Officer, Monash Malaysia R&D Sdn Bhd

mahendhiran.nair@monash.edu
603 5514 6122
Room 6-5-92

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5715-2994

 
 

Professor Mahendhiran Nair is 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) and Fellow of Academy of Sciences Malaysia. He is also a Professor of Econometrics & Business Statistics at Monash University Malaysia.

Prior to taking up his current position, he was the Deputy President (Strategy) and Head of School – School of Business at Monash University Malaysia. In his current role as Vice President (Research & Development), he is leading the development of multi-disciplinary research platforms that contribute to the socioeconomic development of Malaysia and regional economies. In his current role as CEO of Monash Malaysia R&D Sdn. Bhd, he has established research collaboration with lead industry associations and industry players to enrich teaching & learning experience of staff and students in the university. The strategic engagement also enhances translational R&D that contributes to nation building.

Professor Mahendhiran’s academic training is in the following areas: mathematics, statistics and econometrics. He has many years of experience researching and teaching in Canada and the Asia-Pacific region. He currently leads a research team that uses data science methods to study the impact of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) on socioeconomic development of emerging economies. He has published his research work in leading international journals and presented in high impact conferences & forums.

Professor Mahendhiran has been a subject matter expert for government agencies, public policy organisations industry associations and ‘think-tanks’ in Malaysia and the Middle East. Among the key government agencies, he has provided advice include the following: Economic Planning Unit (EPU) – Prime Minister’s Office; National Economic Action Council (NEAC) – Prime Minister’s Office, the Malaysian Indian Blueprint – Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Science Technology & Innovation, Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI), Ministry of Education Malaysia and the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) Secretariat.

Professor Mahendhiran is an Advisor for the Program Titian Digital, a community-based program that provide 22,000 students from marginalised communities’ access to ICT literacy programs. He also contributes to though leadership in the region by providing regular commentaries on the state of socioeconomic development in both local and international media.

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Academic Qualifications

PhD in Economics (specialising in Econometrics)
Institution York University, Canada
Year awarded 1996
Master of Arts in Economics
Institution York University, Canada
Year awarded 1991
Master of Arts in Statistics
Institution York University, Canada
Year awarded 1990
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics
Institution Brock University, Canada
Year awarded 1989

Membership in Associations and International Bodies

Membership University of Science Technology China
Role Adjunct Professor
Duration 2011 - Current
Membership Certified Professional Accountants (Australia)
Role Fellow member
Duration February 2012 - Current
Membership Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Role Fellow member
Duration May 2018 - Current

Areas of Expertise

1 Data Science
2 Statistical & Econometric Modelling
3 Science, Technology, Innovation & Economic (STIE) Policy Modeling

Research

My current research interests are in two broad areas and they are outlined below.

Research Focus Area 1: Macro-econometric Analysis

I am keen to understand how macro policies pertaining to science, technology, innovation impact socioeconomic development of countries. In this context, I have undertaken extensive work on understanding the key enablers of national innovation ecosystems (NIS) in both developed and developing countries and their impact on economic development in these economies. The study also examined how policies and strategies pertaining to the key pillars of the NIS enable countries to leap-frog to higher stages of competitiveness and attain sustainable socioeconomic development. The research work combines endogenous economic growth models with the innovation ecosystem framework. The statistical methods I used to study these complex macroeconomic relationships include dynamic panel data methods; co-integration techniques and statistical pattern recognition methods. Some of my research work have been published in leading journals in the field, including Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Energy, Review of Financial Economics and Empirical Economics. Some of the research work has been used to assist government agencies in Malaysia and in other developing countries formulate policies and strategies to strengthen their national innovation ecosystems.

Research Focus Area 2: Micro-econometric Analysis

One of my research interests and focus areas include the study of micro level behavior such as the use of new technology and new financial innovations by firms and marginalized communities to improve the socioeconomic well-being. Some of the key theoretical frameworks used to study these interesting economic include technology adoption, dynamic capability and endogenous economic development models. In most of the work in this area, I use mixed method approaches, which include quantitative approaches (partial least squares method, structural equation models, limited dependent models and statistical pattern recognition techniques) and qualitative approaches (phenomenological, grounded theory and case studies methods). I have undertaken extensive research work on examining key factors that impact ICT adoption among marginalized communities, students and firms. My research team are also studying the impact of firm-level characteristics and other external business environmental factors that impact firm level knowledge intensity and competitiveness. Some of my research work have been published in leading journals in the field, including Studies in Higher Education, Behaviour & Information Technology and Journal of Intellectual Capital. We are also working closely with government agencies, community organisations and industry associations to assess efficacy of the policies and strategies in enhancing technology adoption and improving competitiveness of diverse community in developing countries.

Teaching

Subject CodeSubject
ETW3410 Econometrics and Applied Statistics

Books

* Sinnakannu, J., Nair, M., Lee, H.Y, (Editors) (2014) “Islamic business: contemporary issues and economic development”, Lexis-Nexis, Malaysia.
* Shanmugan, B. and Nair, M. (Editors) (2004), Corporate Governance: An International Perspective, Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG), Malaysia (Book)

Book Chapters

*Liew, E.J.Y,, Vaithilingam, S and Nair, M. (2014), “Social Network Technology and Socioeconomic Behaviour,”, ICT Strategic Review 2014/2015, PIKOM and MOSTI, Malaysia.
*Nair, M. and Vaithilingam, S. (2013), “Broadband diffusion, innovative capacity and sustainable development: lesson for Malaysia,” in editor Ramasamy, R., ICT Strategic Review 2013/2014, PIKOM and MOSTI, Malaysia.
*Nair, M. and Vaithilingam, S. (2012), “Innovative use of ICT among urban-poor communities: challenges and opportunities,” in editor Ramasamy, R., ICT Strategic Review 2012/2013, PIKOM and MOSTI, Malaysia, 181-191.
*Nair, M. (2011), “Inclusive innovation and sustainable development: leap-frogging strategies to a high income economy,” in editor Ramasamy, R., ICT Strategic Review 2011/2012, PIKOM and MOSTI, Malaysia, Chapter 11, 225-257.
*Nair, M. (2010), “The e-Commerce Ecology: Leapfrogging Strategies for Malaysia,”, in editor Ramasamy, R., ICT Strategic Review 2010/2011, PIKOM and MOSTI, Malaysia, Chapter 12, 193-211.
*Nair, M. And Shariffadeen, T.M.A, (2009), “Managing innovation in the network economy: lessons for countries in the Asia-Pacific region,” Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2009-2010, 25-42. Sage Publication
*Nair, M. (2009), “Language proficiency and affinity to the information society: challenges and opportunities for rural society,” in editor Ramasamy, R. ICT Strategic Review 2009/2010: Innovation, the way forward, PIKOM and MOSTI, Malaysia, Chapter 10, pp.141-160.
*Nair, M., Davison, R. and Kuppusamy, M. (2008), “Competitiveness of ASEAN-5 in the information economy: an empirical analysis,” in Editors Banerjee, I. and Rao, M., Media and Development in Asia: Regional Perspectives, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore.
*John, K.J., Nair, M., Selvanathan, P. and Kuppusamy, M. (2005), “Using ICT as a catalyst for sustainable development: the role of national policy,” in Editors Rahim, R.A., Waldburger, D. and Muinde, G.S. Access, Empowerment & Governance: Creating a World of Equal Opportunities with ICT, Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), Malaysia.
*Shanmugam, B., and Nair, M. (2004), “The question of ethics within corporate governance’, in Editors, Shanmugam, B, and Nair, M., Corporate Governance: An International Perspective, MICG.
*Das, M, and Nair, M. (2004), “Corporate Governance in the global soccer industry: externalities and prospects”, in Editors, Shanmugam, B, and Nair, M., Corporate Governance: An International Perspective, MICG.

Scholarly Journals

*Pradhan, R., Mak, A.B, Nair, M., Bennett, S. and Bahmani, S. (2019), “Short-Term and Long-Term Dynamics of Venture Capital and Economic Growth in a Digital Economy: A Study of European Countries”, Technology in Society, Elsevier, In Press.
*Pradhan, R., Mak, A.B, Nair, M., Hall, P. and Bennett, S. (2019), “The information revolution, innovation diffusion and economic growth: an examination of causal links in European countries,” Quality and Quantity, Spinger, In Press.
*Pradhan, R.P., Mak, A.B., Nair, M. and Bennet, S. (2019) Inter-linkages between competition and stabilization policies in the banking sector and stock market development in Europe, Applied Economics, Taylor-Francis. In Press.
*Pradhan, R., Mak, A.B, Nair, M., and Bennett, S. (2019), "Sustainable Economic Growth in the European Union: The Role of ICT, Venture Capital and innovation, Review of Financial Economics, Elsevier. In Press.
*Pradhan, R., Mak, A.B, Nair, M., Bennett, S. and Hall, J.H. (2018), The Dynamics Between Energy Consumption Patterns, Financial Sector Development and Economic Growth in Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Countries, Energy, 159, 42-53, Elsevier.
*Pradhan, R., Mak, A.B, Nair, M., Bennett, and S., Bahmani, S. (2018), “Endogenous dynamics between innovation, financial markets, venture capital and economic growth: evidence from Europe Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Volume 45, June, 15-34, Elsevier.
* Pradhan, R., Arvin, M.B., Nair, M. and. Bennet, S.E. (2017), “Venture capital investment, financial development and economic growth: the case of European single market countries,” Venture Capital, 19:4, 313-333.
*Pradhan, R. P., Arvin, M., Hall, J.H. and Nair, M. (2017), Trade Openness, Foreign Direct Investment, and Finance-Growth Nexus in Eurozone, The Journal of International Trade and Economics, 26(3), 336-360, Taylor-Francis Group
*Pradhan, R.P., Arvin, M., Nair, M., Gupta, A. and Hall, J.H. (2017) Is there a link between economic growth, insurance and the banking sector in G-20 countries, Review of Financial Economics, 13, C, 12-28, Elsevier Publisher.
*Pradhan, R.P, Arvin, M., Mittal, J., Nair, M., and Neville, N.R. (2017), “Telecommunication Infrastructure and Usage and the FDI-Growth Nexus: Evidence from Asian-21 Countries”. Information Technology for Development, 23, 235-260, Routledge-Taylor& Francis Group
*Pradhan R.P., Arvin, M., Nair, M., Bennett, S.E., Bahmani, S. (2017), Finance- ICT-Growth Nexus: Empirical Evidence from Next-11 Countries, Cuadernos de Economía: (Spanish Journal of Economics and Finance), Volume 40, Issue111, 115-134, Elsevier Publisher
*Pradhan, R. P., Arvin, M., Hall, J.H. and Nair, M. (2016), “Innovation, Financial Development and Economic Growth in Eurozone countries”, Applied Economics Letters, 23, 1141-1144, Routledge-Taylor& Francis Group.
*Pradhan, R.P., Arvin, M., Norman, M.R., Nair, M. and Hall, J.H. (2016), "Insurance Penetration and Economic Growth Nexus: Cross-Country Evidence from ASEAN", Research in International Business and Finance, Volume 36, January, 447-458, Elsevier.
*Pradhan, R.P, Arvin, M., Neville, Bennett, S., Nair, M, and Hall, J. (2016) "Bond Market Development, Economic Growth and Other Macroeconomic Determinants: Panel VAR Evidence"” Asia Pacific Financial Markets, Issue 2, Springer Publisher.
*Vaithilingam, S., Nair, M. and Tyagarajan, T. (2015) “Managing money laundering in a digital economy, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, Taylor & Francis Publishing Group, Volume 16, 1, 44-65.
*Crosling, G., Nair, M., Vaithilingam, S. (2015), Creative learning ecosystem and innovative capacity: a perspective from higher education, Studies in Higher Education, Taylor & Francis Publishing Group, Volume 40, No.7, 1147-1163.
*Liew, E, J.Y, Vaithilingam, S. and Nair, M. (2014), “Facebook and socioeconomic value creation in the developing world,” Behaviour & Information Technology, Taylor & Francis Publishing Group, Volume 33, No.4, 345-360.
*Vaithilingam, S., Nair, M. and Balachander, K.G (2013), “Do trust and security matter for the development of mobile-banking? Evidence from a developing country, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, Taylor & Francis Publishing Group, Volume 14, No. 1, 4-14.
*Nair, M. and Vaithilingam, S. (2013), “Leap-frogging the poor to a high income economy: a case study from a developing country,” Journal of Emerging Economies and Islamic Research, UiTM, Malaysia, Volume 1, No. 2, 1-24.
*Rassiah, P., Nair, M. and Narayanan, R. (2010), “Environmental awareness in the Malaysian hotel industry: an exploratory analysis,” Economic Bulletin, Volume 11, 51-69.
*Nair, M., Han, G.-S., Lee, H., Goon, P., Muda, R. (2010) “Determinants of the digital-divide in rural communities of a developing country: the case of Malaysia,” Development and Society, Seoul University Press, 139-162
*Vaithilingam, S., Samudram, M. and Nair, M. (2010), “Trade liberalization, financial deepening and economic growth in a large developing economy: the case of India,” Economic Bulletin, Volume 11, 91-114.
*Nair, M., Han, G.-S., Lee, H., Goon, P. Lee, P.A., Muda, R. (2009), “Affinity of rural society to the information economy: an exploratory analysis from Malaysia”, Economic Bulletin, Volume 10, December, 101-133.
*Samudram, M. and Nair, M. and Vaithilingam, S. (2009), “Keynes versus Wagner on Government Expenditures and Economic Development,” Empirical Economics, Springer International Publishing, Volume 36, 697-712.
*Vaithilingam, S. and Nair, M. (2009), “Mapping global money laundering trends: lessons from the pace-setters,” Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier Publications, Volume 23, 18-30.
*Chee Y.L., and Nair, M. (2008),” Macroeconomic management of key sources of economic growth in the Asia-Oceania region: an empirical examination”, Economic Bulletin, 9, December, 41-66.
*Nair, M., Samudram, M. and Vaithilingam, S. (2008), “Malaysian money demand function revisited: the ARDL approach”, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, Taylor & Francis Publishing Group, Volume 9, Number 2, 193-209.
*Zainol, A., Nair, M. and Kasipillai, J. (2008), “R&D reporting practice: case of a developing economy,” Journal of Intellectual Capital, Emerald Group Publishing, Volume 9, No. 1, 122-132.
*Nair, M. (2007), “The DNA of the new economy,” Economic Bulletin, 8, UiTM, Malaysia, December, 27-59
*Nair, M. and Chandran, V. (2007), “The short-run and long-run dynamics between manufacturing exports, foreign direct investment and manufacturing output for a developing economy: The Malaysian Case,” Asian-African Journal of Economics and Econometrics, Volume 1, Number 1, 451-458, Serial Publications.
*Vaithilingam, S. and Nair, M. (2007), “The Factors Affecting the Pervasiveness of Money Laundering: Lessons for Emerging Markets,” Journal of Money Laundering and Control, Emerald Group Publishing, Volume 10, 352-366.
*Marimuthu, J. and Nair, M. (2007), “Key drivers for employee job satisfaction in conventional and Islamic banks in Malaysia,” Economic Bulletin, 8, December, 113-134.
*Nair, M., Vengedasalam, D., Madhavan, K. and Govindaraju, C. (2006), “The rise of China’s manufacturing sector: challenges and opportunities for ASEAN-5”, The Philippine Economic Review, UP School of Economics and the Philippine Economic Society, Volume XLIII, June, 167-203.
*Vaithilingam, S., Nair, M. and Samudram, M. (2006), “Key Drivers for the Soundness of Banks: Lessons for Developing Countries”, Journal of Global Business and Technology, Volume 2, No. 1, Spring, 1-11, Global Business and Technology Association.
*Khong, K.W. and Nair, M., (2006), The Effects of Customer Service Management on Business Performance in the Malaysian Banking Industry: An Empirical Analysis, Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Emerald Group Publishing, Volume 18, No.12, 111-128.
*Nair, M., Davison, R. and Shanmugam, B. (2005), “Modelling the Malaysian Cocoa Supply Response Function: A Robust Cointegration Approach,” Economic Bulletin, November, 7, 91-105
*Salih, A., Nair, M. and Agalawi, T. (2005), “The twin deficit problem in Sri Lanka: An Econometric Analysis, South Asia Journal of Economics, Sage Publications, Vol. 6, No. 2, 221-239.
*Nair, M. and Kuppusamy, M. (2004), “Trends of convergence and divergence in the information economy: lessons for developing countries,” Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 18, 2, 1-32.
*Shanmugam, B., and Nair, M. (2004), Mergers and acquisitions in Malaysian banks’, Managerial Finance, 30, 4, 1-18, Emerald-Insight Publisher.
*Batchelor, V., Krishnasamy, G., Nair, M. and Shanmugam, B. (2004), Productivity of commercial banks in Malaysia (1990-1999), Jurnul Produktiviti, 20, 91-100, Malaysia.
*Shanmugam, B., Nair, M. and Ong, W.L. (2003), The endogenous money hypothesis: empirical evidence from Malaysia (1985-2000), Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Taylor & Francis Publishing Group, 25, 399-611.
*Shanmugam, B., Nair, M. and Suganthi, R. (2003), Money Laundering in Malaysia, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Emerald Group Publishing, Vol. 6, No. 4, 373-378.
*Shanmugam, B. and Nair, M. (2003), The ethical dimension in corporate governance, The Journal of the Chartered Secretary Malaysia, August 4-9
*Tang, T.C. and Nair, M. (2002), A cointegration analysis of Malaysian import demand function: reassessment from the bounds test, Applied Economic Letters, Taylor & Francis Publishing Group, Volume 9, No. 5, April, 293-296.

Conference Proceedings

*Nasir, N., Nair, M. and Ahmed, P. (2017), Maqasid al-Shariah and the framework for corporate environmental care in Malaysia, 4th International Conference on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance, 26-28 July, Perth, Western Australia.
*Nasir, N., Nair, M. and Ahmed, P. (2017), Islamic Economic Thought: A Theological Perspective, The 12th Asian Academy of Management International Conference, 6-9 October, Penang, Malaysia
*Thuraisingam, J., Nair, M. and Vaithilingam, S. (2015), “Behavioral Intention to Use Microfinance: A Developing Country Perspective, 2nd International Symposium on Partial Least Squares Path Modelling. The Conference for PLS users. June 17th and 18th, Seville Spain
*Liew, E., Vaithilingam, S. and Nair, M. (2015), “Quality of Regulatory Governance and Affordability on Information Seeking Use and Economic Benefits of Facebook in a Developing Country," 11thInternational Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, 23-25 February 2015, University of Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA.
*Wong, C. C., Vaithilingam, S. and Nair, M. (2013), “Attitudes of Different Segments of Consumers towards Mobile Advertising”, International Academy of Management and Business (14th IAMB conference, January 21-23, 2013, Texas, USA.
*Nair, M. Vaithilingam, S and Crosling, G. (2012), “Learning Environment for an Innovation-driven Economy”, paper presented at the International Congress on Innovation and Regional Economic Development at the University of Science and Technology of China on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2012
*Thuraisingam,J., Nair, M., Vaithilingam, S., and Ng, Jason (2012), “Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Development of Marginalised Communities in ASEAN: An Exploratory Analysis”, paper presented at the International Congress on Innovation and Regional Economic Development at the University of Science and Technology of China on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2012.
*Crosling, G. and Nair. M. (2011), “Developing a creative and innovative learning ecology: lessons for developing countries”, UNESCO-APEID International Conference: Inspiring Education: Creativity and Entrepreneurship, December 2011, Sultan Hotel, Jakarta Indonesia.
*Crosling, G. and Nair. M. (2011), “A creative and innovative learning ecology: lessons for ASEAN and China”, 1st ASEAN-China Symposium on Regional Integration in Kuala Lumpur, December 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
*Visvalingam, Singh, M. and Nair, M. (2011), “The influence of selected factors on tacit knowledge sharing behavior in organizations: a conceptual framework,” Proceedings of the 10th International Research Conference on Quality, Innovation & Knowledge Management: Aligning Innovation in Developed and Emerging Economies, February.
*Wong, C.C., Vaithilingam, S. and Nair, M. (2011), “Adoption of mobile advertising: empirical evidence from a Malaysian survey,” 2011 International Symposium on Technology and Society, IEEE, May 23-25, 2011, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
*Nair, M., Han, Gil-Soo and Goon, P. (2010), “Trailblazers and laggards in internet sophistication among rural society: empirical evidence from Malaysia,” Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Information Technology, Sustaining Informatics and Engineering: Harmonizing Human and Natural Ecosystem, IEEE, 429-438.
*Vaithilingam, S. and Nair, M. (2006), “Key drivers for soundness of the banking sector: Lessons for Developing Countries”, 2006 GBATA, Global Business and Technology Association; International Conference, Moscow, Russia, June 27–July 1, 2006.
*Zainol, A. and Nair, M. (2006) “R&D Reporting Practices of Public Listed Companies in Malaysia: A PROBIT Analysis”, 2006 GBATA, Global Business and Technology Association; International Conference, Moscow, Russia, June 27–July 1, 2006.
*Nair, M., Vengedasalam, D., Madhavan, K. and Govindaraju, C. (2005), “Trade dynamics between China and ASEAN-5: an empirical analysis,” 30th Federation of ASEAN Economic Association Conference – China and India: Challenges and opportunities for ASEAN, Manila, Philippines, 24-25 November, 2005.
*Nair, M. and Kuppusamy, M. (2005), “Innovation and competitiveness in the information economy: leapfrogging strategies for developing countries”, World Forum on the Information Society, International Research Foundation for Development, Tunis, Tunisia, 14-16 November, 2005.
*Nair, M., Kuppusamy, M. and Davison, R. (2005), “A longitudinal study on the global digital divide problem: strategies to close cross-country digital gap” The Global Management & Information Technology Research Conference, New York, May 25-28.
*Nair, M., Madhavan, K, Vengadasalm, D. (2005), “Trade Openness and the Competitiveness of the Malaysian Electronics Sector: An Empirical Analysis”, The 9th International Conference on Global Business and Economics on Management Challenges in Times of Global Change, Seoul, South Korea, May 25-28.
*Salman, A.S. and Nair, M. (2005), “The twin deficit phenomena in Philippines: an empirical examination”, Singapore Economic Review Conference, Singapore, September 4-6.
*Nair, M., Davison, R., and Kuppusamy, M. (2004) , “Competitiveness of ‘ASEAN-5’ in the information economy: an empirical analysis”,13th Annual Asia Media Information & Communication Centre (AMIC) Conference on ICT Media Inputs & Development Outcomes: Impact of New and Old Media Development in Asia, July 1-3.
*Nair, M., Davison, R. and Kuppusamy, M. (2004), “ASEAN and the knowledge economy”, 29th Conference of the Federation of ASEAN Economic Associations (FAEA) on ASEAN Economic Cooperation: New Dynamics, and New Paradigms, December 10-11, 2004, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Conference Key Note Address).
*Nair, M., Deviga, M. and Madhavan, K. (2004), “Impact of trade openness and the competitiveness of the Malaysian Electronics and Electrical Sector”, 19th Malaysian Economics Association Convention, 9 December, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
*Nair, M., Deviga, M. and Madhavan, K. (2004), “Impact of trade openness and the competitiveness of the Malaysian Electronics and Electrical Sector”, 19th Malaysian Economics Association Convention, 9 December, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
*Mohamad, S., and Nair, M. (2004), “The performance of real exchange rates in the South East Asian Economies: evidence from an Unrestricted Error Correction Model, Malaysian Finance Association Meetings, 5-6 May, Pulau Langkawi, Malay
*Shantha, V. and Nair, M. (2004), “Private sector financing on economic growth in Malaysia: results from the bounds test,” 2004 International Economics & Business Research Conference, Miami, USA, December15-18.
*Nair, M. and Kuppusamy, M. (2003), Leapfrogging in the new economy: lessons for developing countries, The 15th Convention of the Malaysian Economics Association on ‘The Malaysian Economy at Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities’, July 22-23, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
*Mohamad, S. and Nair, M. (2003), Exchange rate policy in selected ASEAN countries: were currencies deliberately undervalued to promote export performance? The 15th Convention of the Malaysian Economics Association on ‘the Malaysian Economy at Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities’, July 22-23, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
*Nair, M., Davison, R. and Shanmugam, B. (2003), Christian position on Riba, International Conference on Islamic Banking – From Money Lenders to Bankers, September 9-11, Prato, Italy
*Mohamad, S. and Nair, M. (2003), Were the currencies deliberately undervalued? An empirical examination of exchange rate performance in selected ASEAN economies, International Conference on Asia Pacific Business Environment: Innovative Responses to Regional Events, January 21-22, 2003, Shah Alam, Malaysia.
*Nair, M., and Shanmugam, B. (2002), A robust estimation of demand for money in Malaysia: unrestricted error correction model (UECM) approach, Proceedings of Hawaii International Conference on Business, June 18-22, Hawaii, and USA
*Shanmugam, B. and Nair, M. (2002), Rise of Islamic Banking: Problems and Prospects, Siena 2002 Wolpertinger Banking and Finance Conference, September 11-14, Siena, Italy.
*Nair, M., Davison, R. and Shanmugam, B. (2002), Modelling the Malaysian cocoa response supply function: a robust cointegration approach, Asia Pacific Economics and Business Conference, October 2-4, @ Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
*Alias,M., Nair, M. and Tang, T.C. (2002), A robust estimation of cointegrating relationship between palm oil and soybean prices: results from the bounds test, Asia Pacific Economics and Business Conference, October 2-4, @ Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
*Mohamad, S. and Nair, M. (2002), ‘Exchange rates and export competitiveness in Selected ASEAN Economies’, 8th International Convention of the East Asian Economic Association, October 26-29, 2002, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
*Das, M. and Nair, M. (2002), Corporate Governance in the global soccer industry: externalities and prospects, International Conference on Corporate Governance: Trends and Challenges in the Millennium, 29-30 October 2002, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
*Nair, M. and Smith, B. (2001), Recent developments in statistical cluster analysis, Proceedings on International Conference on Recent Developments in Statistics and Its Applications, Institute of Statistics Malaysia under the auspices of the East Asian Pacific Regional Committee (EARPC) of the Bernoulli Society and The Institute of Mathematical Statistics, June, pp. 23-34.
*Nair, M. (2001), Economic modelling with clustered data, National workshop on ‘Capacity Building Towards Excellence in Economic Research and Policy Formulation, Northern University Malaysia, April

Local Grants

Title SMART Manufacturing in the APEC region
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Professor Pervaiz Ahmed
A/Professor Santha Vaithilingam
Lee, D.
Funding Period 2018 to 2019
Funding Body/Organisation Ministry of International Trade Malaysia (MITI)
Title State of REIT Industry in Malaysia
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Professor Pervaiz Ahmed
A/Professor Vaithilingam
Dr. Narayanan, P
Dr. Chan, A,W.
Lee, D.
Yang, H.Q,
Funding Period 2018
Funding Body/Organisation Sunway 2025 REIT
Title Business Sentiment 2018-2020: Business Sentiment: A Perspective from Malaysian Executives
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Professor Pervaiz Ahmed
A/Professor Vaithilingam
Dr. Narayanan, P
Dr. Chan, A,W.
Lee, D.
Yang, H.Q,
Funding Period 2018
Funding Body/Organisation CPA (Australia)
Title Forecasting Malaysia’s GDP
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Professor Pervaiz Ahmed
A/Prof Santha Vaithilingam
Funding Period 2017 to 2018
Funding Body/Organisation Rating Agency of Malaysia (RAM) and Tenaga National Berhad
Title Corporate Islamic Environmentalism: Translating Theology to Practice
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Professor Pervaiz Ahmed
Dr. Norita Nasir
Funding Period 2016 to 2018
Funding Body/Organisation Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
Title Affordable Housing in Malaysia
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Professor Pervaiz Ahmed
A/Prof Santha Vaithilingam
Funding Period 2017
Funding Body/Organisation Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (REHDA)
Title Skills needs of the Malaysian Plastics Industry
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Professor Pervaiz Ahmed
A/Professor Vaithilingam
Dr. Narayanan, P
Dr. Chan, A,W.
Yang, H.Q,
Funding Period 2016 to 2017
Funding Body/Organisation Malaysian Plastics Association
Title Business Sentiment 2016/2017: Business Sentiment: A Perspective from Malaysian Executives
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Professor Pervaiz Ahmed
A/Professor Vaithilingam
Dr. Narayanan, P
Dr. Chan, A,W.
Lee, D.
Yang, H.Q,
Funding Period 2016-2017
Funding Body/Organisation CPA (Australia)
Title Malaysian Knowledge Content III Study
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Professor Pervaiz Ahmed
Professor Santha Vaithilingam
Dr. Teh Pei Li
Dr. Afkar Hilles
Dr. Au Wee Chan
Funding Period 2015 to 2017
Funding Body/Organisation Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department
Title Development of Selangor Industrial Master Plan
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Assoc. Prof. Brian Low
Professor Christina Lee
Professor Pervaiz Ahmed
Funding Period 2015-2016
Funding Body/Organisation Invest Selangor
Title Industrial Development In Selangor
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Assoc. Prof. Brian Low
Professor Christina Lee
Funding Period 2014
Funding Body/Organisation Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers
Title Business Sentiment 2014/2015: A Perspective from Malaysian Executives
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Assoc. Prof. Brian Low
Professor Christina Lee
Funding Period 2014
Funding Body/Organisation CPA (Australia)
Title National Innovation Ecosystem and Sustainable Development: Leap Frogging Strategies for Marginalized Communities in Malaysia
Investigators Prof. Mahendhiran Nair (PI)
Assoc. Prof. Santha Vaithilingam
Funding Period Oct 2010 to March 2012
Funding Body/Organisation MOSTI - Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
Title Sustainable ICT Development in ‘Urban-Poor’ Communities: The Malaysian Case
Investigators Prof. Mahendhiran Nair
Assoc. Prof. Santha Vaithilingam
Funding Period 2009 to 2010
Funding Body/Organisation Monash University Malaysia
Title High Impact Research Project with the Malaysian Government - A Comparative-Static and Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Model of Malaysia
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Assoc. Prof. Santha Vaithilingam
Centre for Policy Studies-Monash Australia
Funding Period 2008 to 2010
Funding Body/Organisation Ministry of Finance Malaysia
Title Digital Divide in Rural and Agriculture Communities in Malaysia
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Prof. Gil-Soo Han,
Prof Lee Poh Ann
Dr. Patricia Goon
Funding Period Dec 2006 – June 2008
Funding Body/Organisation MOSTI – E-science Fund Grant (Competitive Malaysian Government Grant)
Title Uncovering Homogeneous Substructures in a Heterogeneous Sample: Theory and Applications
Investigators Prof. Mahendhiran Nair
Funding Period 2007
Funding Body/Organisation MUM Research Grant
Title Minding the digital gap
Investigators Assoc. Prof. Gil-Soo Han (PI)
Professor Lee Poh Aun
Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Dr. Patricia Goon
Funding Period Jul 2006 to Dec 2007
Funding Body/Organisation Monash University Sunway Campus
Title Measuring National Innovative Capacity
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Funding Period 2006
Funding Body/Organisation MUM Research Grant
Title Financial Leap-frogging: A Cluster Analysis Approach
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Funding Period 2006
Funding Body/Organisation MUM Research Grant
Title Impact of ICT on economic performance in selected developed and developing countries
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Funding Period 2003
Funding Body/Organisation MUM Research Grant
Title Construction of an econometric model for assessing financial deepening in ASEAN economies
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Dr. B. Shanmugam
Funding Period 2002
Funding Body/Organisation MUM Research Grant
Title ICT Enterprise Centre
Investigators Professor Mahendhiran Nair
Joint with Professor Ron Davison & team
Funding Period 2002
Funding Body/Organisation Monash Research Fund

Current Supervision

Student Aniza, Zainol
Title Macro and Micro Factors Influencing R&D Treatment Choice : Empirical Evidence from Malaysia; (PhD)
Student Nazirul Hazim A Khalim
Title Hunting Unicorns in the Magic Forest: Innovation and Dynamic Capabilities of Start-ups (PhD)
Student Li-Ann Hwang
Title The role of ICT in enhancing the education development of children from marginalised communities
Student Eunice Yeo Huan
Title Whole-of-Government Approach: Motivations and Success Factors for inter-Agency Collaboration and its impact on service delivery in Malaysia
Student Chun MinSoo
Title Key drivers for gross national happiness: the perspectives of Malaysia and South Korea; (PhD) 

Completed Supervision

Student Jeyanthi, Thuraisingham
Title Efficacy of microfinance schemes in enhancing economic wealth of marginalized communities in a developing country: the case of Malaysia (PhD); 2016
Awarding University Monash University
Student Jie Ying Ewilly, Liew
Title Social Networking Technology, Dynamic Capability and Creative Learning; (PhD); 2016
Awarding University Monash University
Student Norita, Mohd Nasir
Title Corporate environmentalism among public listed companies in Malaysia; (PhD); 2014
Awarding University Monash University
Student Mei Sen, Pak
Title Geography, Business Strategy and Accrurals-Based Earnings Management; (PhD); 2014
Awarding University Monash University
Student Visvalingam, Suppiah
Title An empirical examination of selected factors influencing tacit knowledge sharing behaviour in organisations; (PhD); 2014
Awarding University Monash University
Student Chin Chin, Wong
Title Enabling Ecosystem for Mobile Advertising In An Emerging Market;  (PhD); 2013
Awarding University Monash University
Student Jie Ying Ewilly, Liew
Title Key Drivers of Social Networking Sites in a Developing Country : An Econometric Analysis of Facebook in Malaysia (BBusCom Honours); 2010
Awarding University Monash University
Student Yen, Li, Chee
Title Financial Liberalisation, Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Performance in the Asia Pacific Region: A Panel Data Analysis (BBus Com Honours Thesis); 2007
Awarding University Monash University
Student Saadiah Mohammad
Title Exchange rate and international competitiveness in Southeast Asian Countries: A Study of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand (PhD); 2003
Awarding University National University of Malaysia
Student Gooi, Hsien Hao
Title Impact of Financial Liberalisation on Malaysian Economy: An Empirical Examination (B.Bus Com Honours Thesis); 2003
Awarding UniversityMonash University
Student Stuti, Kumar
Title An empirical Model to assess the impact of ICT, ICT Literacy on Productivity and Economic Growth: The Case of USA (B.Bus.Com. Honours Thesis); 2002
Awarding UniversityMonash University
Student Chui Chin Sun
Title Modelling Inflation in Malaysia: using the Unrestricted Error Correction Model (B.Bus Com Honours Thesis); 2002
Awarding UniversityMonash University
Student Malathy Balakrishna
Title ICT literacy towards sustainable economic growth: the Malaysian scenario (MBA); 2001
Awarding UniversityUniversity of Strathclyde
Student Lim Seng Hoe
Title The application of Data Warehousing and Data Mining Techniques in Malaysia for industrial growth (BSc. Honours Thesis); 1998
Awarding University Monash University

Local Award

Award Name Fellow of Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Awarding Body Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Year of award 2018
Project Title N/A
Award Name The Service Above Self Award in recognition of contribution to the Business Community in the district of Klang, Malaysia.
Awarding Body Rotary Club (Klang Central)
Year of award 2015
Project Title N/A
Award Name Pro Vice Chancellor Award of Excellence (Research) (Round 2, 2009)
Awarding Body Monash University Malaysia
Year of award 2009
Project Title High impact project with the Malaysian Government: A comparative-static and dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model of Malaysia
Award Name Pro Vice Chancellor Award of Excellence (Teaching) (Round 2, 2008)
Awarding Body Monash University Malaysia
Year of award 2008
Project Title Innovation in teaching and timely feedback to students
Award Name Pro Vice Chancellor Award of in Administration (Round 1, 2008)
Awarding Body Monash University Malaysia
Year of award 2008
Project Title New Scheme to increase and promote research and research training

Local Membership

* Advisor, Program Titian Digital, HYO, since 2011
* Member on the Working Group, Increasing Broadband and Quality for National Transformation Position Paper, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, 2012-2013.
* Expert Panel Member, National Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, February 2012.
* Panel Member, Unit on the Formulation of the National Innovation Policy, UNIK-Prime Minister’s Office, Malaysia, November 2010 to June 2011.
* Member, National Economic Action Committee (NEAC-Prime Minister’s Department) Working Group on SRI-6 Knowledge Infrastructure – Malaysia’s New Economic Model , May 2010 – December 2010.
* Technical Committee Member, 2010 Information Technology Symposium, jointly organized by University Kebangsaaan Malaysia and University Petronas Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 15-17 June 2010.
* Moderator, 2010 Professional Examinations of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia for the Economics and Business Statistics Examinations.

International Membership

* Adjunct Professorship, School of Public Affairs, University Science and Technology of China, March 2011.
* Member of International Advisory Board, Journal of Emerging Economies and Islamic Research (formerly known as Economic Bulletin), since 2013
* Co-Editor, Economic Bulletin, 2006-2010..

Thought Leadership in the Asia Pacific Region

I have given expert advice and opinions to the various local and international media on socioeconomic development issues that impact Malaysia and regional economies. The forums I have shared my expert views are given below:

1 “Becoming A High Income Nation”, BFM, 9 September, 2013
2 “Malaysian budget 2014 – Paving the way for the 11th Malaysia Plan,” StarBiz TV, 13 October, 2014.
3 “Cheap oil hurts Malaysia’s oil exporting economy,” CCTV-America, 11 December, 2014
4 “Malaysian businesses still confident of prospects despite deteriorating outlook,” StarBiz TV, 18 December, 2014
5 “Postif Sentimen Menjelang 2015,” ASTRO AWANI, 18 December, 2014
6 “Innovation will get a big shot in the arm from 11th Malaysia Plan policies,” StarBiz TV, 30 December, 2014
7 “Southeast Asia Countries Meet at the Summit in Malaysia,” CCTV-America, 24 April, 2015
8 “Malaysia’s Development Plan Will Help Bottom 40%”, Bloomberg, May 21, 2015
9 “How Does Budget 2017 Affect You and Me”, BFM, 26 October, 2016
10 “Capital Markets Episode 13: The Trump Effect on Globalisation, Economy,” 26 January, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HEhFsR0Sww
11 “The Nation: Malaysian Business Sentiment for 2017, 14 June, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb_0zs_2DUk
12 Strategies to be adopted for the Selangor Industrial Master Plan,” Selangor International Business Summit 2017, Sept. 13, 2017, KiniTV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIpOrzr3K9g
13 “Outlook for Selangor as the gateway to the ASEAN market”, Selangor International Business Summit 2017, Sept. 11, 2017, KiniTV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuS0N4jSHsA
14 “Malaysia-India Economic Partnership set for new heights, The Star, 28 January 2018
15 A critical role in development, The Star, 20 March, 2018
16 “China-US Trade Tensions: Malaysian electronics sector deeply integrated with China,” CGTN, 6 April, 2018,
https://news.cgtn.com/news/31636a4d7a454464776c6d636a4e6e62684a4856/share_p.html
17 Meet the Malaysia Minister of Finance – Designated, The Edge Singapore, 18 May 2018,
https://www.theedgesingapore.com/meet-malaysias-finance-minister-designate
18 Malaysia and Singapore to reset relations? The Edge Singapore, 21 May, 2018
19 Business Sentiment Briefing to the local media and press, 28 August, 2018
News Straits Times: https://www.nst.com.my/business/2018/08/405829/positive-businesssentiment-players-locally
Malaysian Business: https://www.malaysian-business.com/index.php/joomla/item/2184-
monash-university-malaysia-s-business-sentiment-survey-2018-2019-captures-the-opinionsand-sentiments-of-malaysia-s-ceos-and-senior-managers
;
Borneo Post: http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/08/29/758384/;
The Star: https://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-star-malaysia/star2/20180911/281711205541793
20 Malaysian’s economy to expand first quarter 2019, New Sabah Times, 29 August, 2018
21 Malaysian businesses remain positive despite looming trade war – survey, New Sarawak Tribune, 30 August, 2018
22 Ekonomi Malaysia berkembang 5.2 peratus pada suku pertama 2019, Utusan Borneo (Sabah), 30 August, 2018
23 The Cost of Trade War, CA Australia, ICAS, 2018, http://caaustralia.icas.com/augustseptember2018/
24 Preparing for Industry 4.0, The Star, 4 September, 2018. https://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-star-malaysiastar2/20180904/281960313630084
25 How Trade Wars Change Business, InTheBlack, CPA Publisher, 1 November, 2018, https://www.intheblack.com/articles/2018/11/01/how-trade-wars-change-business
26 What Does China’s Mega Infrastructure Scheme Mean for Australia and New Zealand? ,Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, 12 November, 2018., https://www.ipwea.org/blogs/intouch/2018/11/12/what-does-chinas-mega-infrastructurescheme-mean
27 Twice Around the Block for Malaysian Luminary, Monash LENS, https://lens.monash.edu/@mahendhiran-nair/2018/07/19/1355263/twice-around-the-blockfor-malaysian-luminary
28 Generation of Entrepreneurs – Different Lens, https://lens.monash.edu/@a-differentlens/2018/09/06/1359202/generation-entrepreneur-a-different-lens
29 Preparing for Industry 4.0, The Star, 4 August, 2018
30 How Universities Should Prepare for Industry 4.0, Borneo Press, 16 September, 2018
31 US Trade War: Malaysian Biz Remains Positive, Sun, 25 September, 2018
32 Reinventing Universities – Agents of Change, 31 October, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxMSoo-PERo
33 The Future of Work – Snapshot- A Different Lens, https://lens.monash.edu/@a-differentlens/2018/10/31/1363406/future-of-work
34 How Universities Prepare for Industry 4.0, Borneo Press, 18 November, 2018
35 How Universities Should Prepare for Industry 4.0, SJEcho, 13 December, 2018
36 Budget 2019: Emphasis on Fiscal Responsibility, Malaysia SME, November 10 – November 23, 2018, 2-3
37 Branching Out Globally, Postgraduate Supplement, The Star, page 13, December 18, 2018
38 Malaysian Businesses in Good Position to Adopt IR4.0, Malaysian SME, 8 December, 2018