Viswa Sadasivan

Viswa Sadasivan

Viswa Sadasivan is regarded as one of Singapore’s influential thinkers, an opinion leader and advocate of its evolving sociopolitical space.

Viswa is CEO of Strategic Moves, a corporate strategy and crisis communication consulting practice with a keen interest in policy issues. Over the last two decades, Viswa has consulted for and trained thousands of corporate and public sector leaders in corporate strategy, innovation, public engagement, strategic communication, and crisis leadership.

With over 30 years of media experience, both as practitioner and policy maker, as well as having moderated over 300 forums, Viswa has interviewed leaders such as Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia. In August 2011, Viswa gained accolades for his skilful moderation of a robust 2-hour forum and debate among the 4 candidates for the Singapore Presidential Election. For his independent thinking and incisive style, Viswa is today a highly respected discussion leader.

With 20 years of experience as a mediator, Viswa is an accredited Principal Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre and a Board Member of the Singapore International Mediation Centre. He was part of many national committees including the National Economic Review Committee and the National Remaking Singapore Committee. He holds the rank of Colonel and in his National Service capacity serves as Deputy Director, Joint Operations Division, Singapore Armed Forces.

Viswa was the founder and Editor-in-Chief of IQ (Inconvenient Questions), a sociopolitical site that strove to be the conduit for honest engagement between stakeholders and the government in Singapore.

Viswa served a term as a Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore.

He has a Master in Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government and Administration, Harvard University, where he topped his class in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.


People & Society Articles

CMIO – Is it time to de-emphasise it?

The CMIO (Chinese-Malay-Indian-Others) policy has helped preserve harmony and cultural identities in Singapore. Viswa Sadasivan questions whether CMIO remains relevant, and calls for an open, honest review.