Skills and experience

Kishore Mahbubani began his career in 1971 as a diplomat with the Singapore Foreign Service, in which he served until 2004, with postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington D.C. and New York. He served two postings as Singapore’s ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. Mr. Mahbubani was permanent secretary of the Singapore Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998. He served as Founding Dean at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 2004 until the end of 2017. In July 2019 he became a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) of NUS. He has spoken and published extensively on geopolitical and economic issues. In 2013 the Financial Times chose one of his books, ‘The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World,’ as one of the best books about economics in that year. His latest book, ‘Has the West Lost It?,’ published in London in April 2018, was described by Martin Wolf as “a compelling warning.” He has been a member of the Boards of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd since April 2015.

Committee membership

Remuneration Committee, Risk and Investment Committee

Other directorships within the Group

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

External appointments

In September 2017 he was appointed non-executive chairman of the board of Aggregate Asset Management. Since January 2016 he has also been an independent director of the board of Wilmar International Limited, Singapore. In addition, he has served on boards and councils of several institutions in Singapore, Europe and North America, and is currently a member of Yale’s President’s Council on International Activities (PCIA), the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on China and the Singapore Social Science Research Council.

Educational background

Mr. Mahbubani graduated with a first-class honors degree in philosophy from the University of Singapore and an M.A. in philosophy from Dalhousie University, Canada, where he was also awarded an honorary doctorate.


CV Kishore Mahbubani, English

Kishore Mahbubani - JPG (2500 x 1250 px)