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Professor Kishore Mahbubani

Authority on Asia & Global Affairs

Kishore Mahbubani is currently the Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY SPP) at the National University of Singapore. Before this, he served in the Singapore Foreign Ministry from 1971 to 2004, where he was Permanent Secretary from 1993 to 1998. In 2010, Prof Mahbubani was named by Foreign Policy in November 2010 as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers.

"A gifted diplomat, a student of history and philosophy, a provocative writer and an intuitive thinker"

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In detail

Prof. Mahbubani graduated in philosophy from Singapore and Canada and served as a Fellow of the Center for International Affairs in Harvard University from 1991 to 1992. The Foreign Policy Association Medal was awarded to him in New York in June 2004. He was also listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005 and was featured in the Financial Times list of Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism.

What he offers you

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.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • 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

Books and publications

  • 2008
    The New Asian Hemisphere
  • 2005
    Beyond the Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust between America and the World
  • 2004
    Can Asians Think?

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