Former Singapore President S R Nathan, who is also of Indian-origin, has been conferred with the Outstanding Member of the South Asian Diaspora award for his dedicated and notable work in forging closer ties with India.
Mr. Nathan completed his Presidential term in 2011, after serving as the President for 12 years and has been awarded by Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at the 3rd South Asian Diaspora Convention (SADC).
He was also a recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, the highest honour accorded by the Indian government to Indian-origin individuals overseas.
Nathan is also credited for initiating SADC together with ISAS. He is considered to be the strongest voices for collaboration and dialogue with India.
South Asian Diaspora Convention(SADC) is a biennial event held in Singapore that attracts high net worth South Asian business, political, policy and academic leaders to exchange ideas on building a more collaborative and prosperous future for South Asia.
Ramanathan is a Singaporean of Tamil descent; after Nathan's appointment as President of Singapore in 1999, he took interest in building a caring society for the nation and he also did not be seek the third term in office as President of Singapore, despite his immense popularity.