Author, Singapore Representative to the United Nations and High Commissioner of Singapore to Canada

Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani

About the Speaker

"Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani has had a very prestigious career as a diplomat and distinguished author. He has been hailed as ""an Asian Toynbee, preoccupied with the rise and fall of civilizations"" (The Economist), a ""Max Weber of the new 'Confucian ethic'"" (Washington Post), and ""a prototype twenty-first century leader"" (Time). His book, “Can Asians Think? Understanding the Divide between East and West” is a must-read collection of provocative essays that is certain to challenge the way you think (available at:

In his diplomatic career, he has served in Cambodia, Kuala Lumpur, Washington DC and New York. He is serving his second assignment as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Mahbubani was President of the Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002 and Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998.

Ambassador Mahbubani received a First Class honors 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 also served as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1991 to 1992.

Ambassador Mahbubani also serves in various advisory capacities to organizations such as the International Peace Academy, New York, Institute of International Education, New York, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Global Strategy Group and The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University.