K. U. Menon

Dr K. U. Menon is a Senior Consultant with the Ministry of Communications and Information. For over a decade, he headed the National Resilience Division (NRD) responsible for Emergency Planning, coordinating information flow during all civil and national emergencies. He also previously headed the Media and the Research & Planning Divisions. He began his career in Research with the Ministry of Defence in 1978. He was also a Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) for five years prior to his deployment to the Ministry of Communications and Information.  

He graduated in Social Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a BA in Communications & Media Management, University of South Australia. He undertook postgraduate work in Political Science at Monash University, Melbourne. He has published articles in political science journals & monographs during his term at ISEAS. In recent years he has focused his attention on issues of Public Health and Risk Communications and contributed articles to academic journals. He has also presented papers & original research at conferences abroad – Taipei (IFRI); Phnom Penh (ASEAN); Oslo (ASEF); Bellagio (Rockefeller Foundation); Brunei, Kuala Lumpur and in Singapore. He is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations Emergency Committee. He retired in 2011 but continues to be engaged by the Ministry. He is an Associate Trainer with Civil Service College and has given lectures occasionally at SMU and NTU.