Kishore Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani



  • The Powershift from West to East
  • The Rise of Asia
  • America and the World
  • Politics, Economics and Culture from an Asian Perspective
  • Why the World Needs New Global Leadership

What he offers

As a career diplomat, a writer and a scholar, Kishore Mahbubani has vast experience working at highest political level around the world. In his presentations he offers invaluable advice to organisations on the challenges facing China and Asia as well as Asia’s role in the global economic landscape.

How he presents

An accomplished speaker, Prof. Mahbubani’s presentations are seamlessly put together and loaded with useful insights and ideas.

A student of philosophy and history, Prof. Kishore Mahbubani has had the good fortune of enjoying a career in government and, at the same time, in writing on public issues. With the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004, he had postings in Cambodia (where he served during the war in 1973-74), Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where he served two stints as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998. Currently, he is the Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. Concurrently, Prof. Mahbubani continues to serve in Boards and Councils of several institutions in Singapore, Europe and North America, including the Yale President’s Council on International Activities (PCIA), Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council, University of Bocconi International Advisory Committee, World Economic Forum – Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics and Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee.

In the world of ideas, Prof. Mahbubani has spoken and published globally. His articles have appeared in a wide range of journals and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Quarterly, Survival, American Interest, the National Interest, Time, Newsweek, the Financial Times and New York Times.

Prof. Mahbubani was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005, and included in the March 2009 Financial Times list of Top 50 individuals (including Obama, Wen Jiabao and Sarkozy) who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism. Most recently, Prof. Mahbubani was selected as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he was described as “The Muse of The Asian Century.”


  • Can Singapore Survive? (2015)
  • The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World (2013)
  • The New Asian Hemisphere (2008)
  • Beyond the Age of Innocence (2005)
  • Can Asians Think? (2001)


  • Distinguished Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Award by the National University of Singapore in 2015
  • Selected by British Current Affairs Magazine, Prospect, as one of the top 50 world thinkers for 2014
  • His book The Great Convergence was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013 and long listed for the 2014 Lionel Gelber Prize
  • In 2011, he was described as “The Muse of The Asian Century”
  • Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011 by Foreign Policy
  • The List of Top 50 Individuals by Financial Times in 2009
  • Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Foreign Policy & Prospect Magazines in 2005
  • The Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2004
  • The Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998

Presentation Languages: English

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