Prof. Kishore Mahbubani

Authority on Asia & Global Affairs

Kishore Mahbubani, a Distinguished Fellow at ARI, NUS, excels in both diplomacy (1971-2004) and academia (2004-2019). His expertise and insights continue to shape global discourse on international relations and the role of small states.

"Prof. Mahbubani is highly respected in both the academic and global diplomatic community"

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  • 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
  • International Affairs and Security


He presents in English.

How he presents

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

Books & Media

  • The Asian 21st Century
  • Has China Won?
  • Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation
  • The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World

In Detail

1971 he joined the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served in Cambodia, Maylasia and Washington DC. From 1993 to 1998 he was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry of Singapore, and from 2001 to 2004 he served as Singapore's Ambassador to the UN in New York. Mr Mahbubani has received significant international recognition for his many accomplishments. He 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 who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism. He 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". He was selected by Prospect magazine as one of the top 50 world thinkers for 2014.


Kishore Mahbubani has vast experience working at the highest political level around the world. He offers invaluable advice to organisations on the challenges facing China and Asia as well as Asia's role in the global economic landscape.


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Kishore was one of the best speakers we have had for a long time. Setting the stage from a macroeconomic perspective: Has the West lost it?

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