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Tilak is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in Economics in 1992 from the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center, and his MA and BA in Economics and History from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Tilak’s area of expertise is the oil and gas sector. He has worked in a number of organisations: in ISEAS as a Fellow and the Head of the Energy Project, at Arthur D Little as the Principal Consultant for Energy Practice, at Saudi Aramco as a specialist for Business Analysis and Corporate Planning and for the Crude Oil Sales and Marketing department. He was previously the Chief Economics and Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute, NUS and the Programme Director and Senior Research Fellow at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) in Riyadh. He was the Managing Consultant at Muse, Stancil & Co. (Asia), based in Singapore from 2016-2019.