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Kishore Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani

Keynote Speaker: Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore; Former Diplomat, Academic & Author

Kishore Mahbubani Biography

Kishore Mahbubani is a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS). Mahbubani has been privileged to enjoy two distinct careers, in diplomacy (1971 to 2004) and in academia (2004 to 2019). He is a prolific writer who has spoken in many corners of the world.

In diplomacy, he was with the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years (1971 to 2004). He had postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where he twice was Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and served 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. As a result of his excellent performance in his diplomatic career, he was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998.

Mahbubani joined academia in 2004, when he was appointed the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School), NUS. He was Dean from 2004 to 2017, and a Professor in the Practice of Public Policy from 2006 to 2019. In April 2019, he was elected as an honorary international member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which has honored distinguished thinkers, including several of America’s founding fathers, since 1780. 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 Master’s 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.

He has achieved several “firsts” in his two careers. He was the Founding Dean of the LKY School, the founding Director of the Civil Service College, the first Singapore Ambassador to serve on the UN Security Council, the first Singaporean to publish articles in globally renowned journals and newspapers like Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times and the Financial Times and co-authored articles with distinguished global thought leaders like Kofi Annan, Klaus Schwab and Larry Summers.

He has also been a prolific author, having published seven books: "Can Asians Think?," "Beyond The Age Of Innocence," "The New Asian Hemisphere," "The Great Convergence," "Can Singapore Survive," "The ASEAN Miracle" and "Has the West Lost It?."

Mahbubani has received significant international recognition for his many accomplishments. The Foreign Policy Association Medal was awarded to him in New York in June 2004 with the following opening words in the citation: “A gifted diplomat, a student of history and philosophy, a provocative writer and an intuitive thinker”. 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.

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Kishore Mahbubani Videos

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How much does it cost to book Kishore Mahbubani?

Booking fees for Kishore Mahbubani, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kishore Mahbubani, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Kishore Mahbubani?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kishore Mahbubani for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kishore Mahbubani for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kishore Mahbubani or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kishore Mahbubani or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Kishore Mahbubani is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Management, Economy and Sustainability. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kishore Mahbubani for live events is $30,000 - $50,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Kishore Mahbubani generally travels from Singapore and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joseph Stiglitz, Peter Diamandis and Richard Florida. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kishore Mahbubani for an upcoming event.

Kishore Mahbubani Videos

Kishore Mahbubani: China - The World's Next Premiere Superpower?
Has the West Lost It? Can Asia Save It? | Kishore Mahbubani
How the West can adapt to a rising Asia | Kishore Mahbubani

How to book Kishore Mahbubani?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kishore Mahbubani for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Kishore Mahbubani, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kishore Mahbubani or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Kishore Mahbubani?

Booking fees for Kishore Mahbubani, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kishore Mahbubani, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Kishore Mahbubani?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kishore Mahbubani for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kishore Mahbubani for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kishore Mahbubani or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kishore Mahbubani or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Kishore Mahbubani is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Management, Economy and Sustainability. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kishore Mahbubani for live events is $30,000 - $50,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Kishore Mahbubani generally travels from Singapore and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joseph Stiglitz, Peter Diamandis and Richard Florida. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kishore Mahbubani for an upcoming event.

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