Kishore Mahbubani

Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy
M.A. Philosophy, Dalhousie University

Prof Kishore Mahbubani is Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He has led a distinguished career in government, having served with the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004, where he had postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC and New York. He also served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council. He was Permanent Secretary at Singapore’s Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998. He serves on the Yale President’s Council on International Activities, University of Bocconi International Advisory Committee and Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee.

His articles have appeared in a wide range of journals and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Washington Quarterly, Survival, American Interest, National Interest, Time, Newsweek, Financial Times and New York Times. He has also been profiled in the Economist and in Time Magazine. He is the author of numerous books, and notably, his book The Great Convergence: Asia, The West and the Logic of One World was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013. He was a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and received his Master’s degree and an honorary doctorate from Dalhousie University.

Prof Kishore was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines (2005), and was included in the Financial Times list of Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism (2009). He was selected as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers (2010 and 2011) and featured in Prospect magazine as one of the top 50 World Thinkers (2014).

Research Areas
• ASEAN and Southeast Asia
• Asian security
• China-India relations
• International security
• Singapore international relations
• Singapore social policy