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Kishore Mahbubani named among the world's top 100 global thinkers

28 November 2011

Prof Mahbubani is lauded as "the muse of the Asian Century"

Prof Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School), was named one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2011" by Foreign Policy magazine. The distinguished diplomat was lauded for being "the muse of the Asian Century" and for being among the first to argue that Asian powers are ascending while the influence of Western democracies is declining.

The magazine stated that "with the United States mired in economic crisis and political dysfunction while China and India continue to grow at a healthy clip, this Singaporean diplomat turned academic is now taking a well-deserved victory lap on op-ed pages from Tokyo to New York."

Prof Mahbubani was chosen together with other illustrious and highly influential thinkers who had shaped the world in 2011, including Yemen's new Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman; US President Barack Obama; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Co-chairs Bill and Melinda Gates; International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Largarde; Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey; Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; and Myanmar's pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Commending Prof Mahbubani, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said: "We are particularly proud as Kishore is not only a distinguished faculty but also an outstanding alumnus of NUS. His depth of knowledge and understanding on international relations, expressed through his speeches, articles and books, provide important insights into the world we live in. He has also made significant contributions in raising the global standing of the LKY School and NUS. Kishore truly deserves this prestigious recognition and we are proud of his achievements."

Prof Mahbubani said that it is a great honour to be included in the Foreign Policy list a third time. "I fear that this may be an undeserved honour, but I do hope that it will draw global attention to the good work done by the LKY School and NUS in promoting research on key global challenges," he said.

For more details on Foreign Policy's third annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers, please click here.