Kishore Mahbubani

Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

2004-17, Founding Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and currently, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Formerly, in the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years, notably as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United Nations and twice as President, UN Security Council, January 2001 and May 2002. Has had postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC and New York. 1993-98, Permanent Secretary, Singapore Foreign Ministry. Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Has spoken and published globally. Author of seven books: “Can Asians Think?”, “Beyond the Age of Innocence”, “The New Asian Hemisphere”, “The Great Convergence”, “Can Singapore Survive?”, “The ASEAN Miracle” (co-author), “Has the West Lost it?” (2018) and "Has China Won?" (2020). Degree (Hons) in Philosophy, University of Singapore, President’s Scholarship. Master’s in Philosophy and Honorary Doctorate, Dalhousie University, Canada. Has held visiting appointments at Columbia University, Harvard University and Fudan University. Selected as one of Prospect magazine’s top 50 world thinkers (2014); one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers (2010, 2011); listed by the Financial Times among the Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism (2009); described by Foreign Policy as “the muse, Asian century” (2011).

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