Prof. Arjun Appadurai, *1949, born and raised in Bombay, is Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge and Professor of Anthropology and Globalisation at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. He serves as Honorary Professor in the Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Tata Chair Professor at The Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai and as a Senior Research Partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen. He was previously Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives at The New School in New York City and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School (2004-2006). He was formerly the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of International Studies, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the Center on Cities and Globalization at Yale University. He is the founder and now the President of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research), a non-profit organization based in and oriented to the city of Mumbai (India).