A student of philosophy and history, Kishore Mahbubani (@mahbubani_k) 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 (LKYSPP) of the National University of Singapore. Concurrently, Professor 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 and he is the 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. He is the author of Can Asians Think?, Beyond The Age Of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust between America and the World, and The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East ). His latest 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.
Prof Mahbubani was awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1967. He graduated with a First Class honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Singapore in 1971. From Dalhousie University, Canada, he received a Masters degree in Philosophy in 1976 and an honorary doctorate in 1995. He spent a year as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1991 to 1992.