Vasuki Shastry

Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme


Vasuki Shastry is an associate fellow of the Asia-Pacific programme and was most recently global head of public affairs and sustainability at Standard Chartered Bank.

Early in his career, Shastry was an economic and political journalist in India, Singapore, and Indonesia. After leaving journalism in 1998, he worked for the International Monetary Fund in senior communication roles including Asia Pacific spokesperson, head of internal communications, and global head of public affairs.

Shastry also worked for the Singapore central bank, where he established the communications department. His research areas include Asia-Pacific economic and financial integration, technology and public policy, global governance, and sustainable finance.

Shastry is the author of Resurgent Indonesia – From Crisis to Confidence, published in 2018, and was recently appointed to serve as Commissioner of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

Past experience

2013-18 Global head of public affairs and sustainability, Standard Chartered Bank
2007-13 Global head of public affairs, International Monetary Fund
2002-07 Head of internal communications, International Monetary Fund
2001-03 Director of communications, Monetary Authority of Singapore
1998-2001 Asia Pacific spokesperson, International Monetary Fund