Professor Kishore Mahbubani, 67, had a long career in government while at the same time, writing extensively on public issues. He was with the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years (1971-2004) where he had postings in Cambodia (1973-74), Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where 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. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998. Currently, he is the Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. In the world of ideas, he has spoken and published globally. Prof Mahbubani was appointed on 1 January 2016.