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Kishore Mahbubani

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Speaker-SG 819x665 MahbubaniKishore Mahbubani is Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

Kishore Mahbubani has had the good fortune of enjoying a career in government and, at the same time, in writing extensively on public issues. He was with the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years (1971-2004). He served 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 Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.

Kishore Mahbubani is the author of Can Asians Think?, Beyond The Age Of Innocence, The New Asian Hemisphere, The Great Convergence (selected by Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013), and Can Singapore Survive?

He was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998 and the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2004. He was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect in 2005; included in the 2009 Financial Times list of Top 50 individuals; and selected as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011. Most recently, he was selected by Prospect magazine as one of the top 50 world thinkers for 2014.