Chair, Outreach & Corporate Connect
PhD in Art theory, University of New South Wales, Australia
Professor, TSLAS, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Bhadson Road, Patiala-147004, Punjab
Visual art and design, Indigenous arts and crafts, Community Development
A cross-functional thinker and a multi-sectoral performer, Neeti is a seasoned professional and passionate academic. An education-manager, professor and specialist in building transformative experiences, Neeti is a formidable strategic planner, professor, social researcher and community development expert. A sensitive and collaborative leader, she has a deep sense of building inclusivity, empathy and tolerance by inculcating emotional intelligence and design thinking skills. She possesses more than 30 years of experience in the sector, with Indigenous knowledge, arts/crafts/design/culture and liberal arts focused education, as well as community development. With a successful record of accomplishment in focus driven strategic planning and analytical skills spanning across domains, Neeti utilizes her wide inter-cultural experiences in planning and building conceptually strong projects and teaching-learning programs that make her a specialist in creating lifelong learning. An effective visionary and administrator-cum-manager, she is a methodical planner, and strong pedagogue with clear focus on maintaining balance between the academic health, student and faculty recruitment/engagement of a program. She specializes in sparking curiosity and the creative process, igniting imagination, mentoring practitioners in art, design and socio-cultural research.
She is an authority on indigenous creative practices, arts and crafts from India and Australia; socio-cultural environments, arts and cultural hierarchies, politics of representation and Indigenous knowledge have been her research focus. Neeti has extensive ethnographic field research experience and studied Indian, Australian and African traditional creative and cultural practices. She has a special interest in narrative traditions, which she views as Indigenous communication practices. Neeti spent more than 20 years in Higher Education, and 10 or more working with non-profit organizations in the development sector working on social-cultural research, crafts-based livelihood and mobilization training. Neeti teaches UG, PG, PhD and Postdoctoral students; her expertise begins with Foundation Studies and spans across ‘Liberal Arts’, Social Communication and Transcultural Design, with specialization in Art & Design Research, Speculative & Critical Design. A socially sensitive leader, Neeti brings with her extensive international experience in designing, facilitating and managing effective programs/ projects/ courses/training that are experiential, socially relevant and global in perspective. She builds strong relationships and is at equal ease working with academic institutions, museums/galleries, international agencies, corporates and people at the grassroots. A champion of cross-disciplinary perspectives, experiential learning, human-centered design, indigenous knowledge and sustainability, Neeti works well with youth and women and her specialty is in building empathy, nurturing diversity, inclusion, collaboration and tolerance. Both her teaching and management styles are reflective, collaborative and process oriented. She seeks and thrives in stimulating work environments that will allow her to utilize her creative and managerial skills in building cross-disciplinary experiential programs, foundations and community engagement.