New York, NY (May 19, 2014) – The World Policy Institute (WPI), in partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, announces the launch of the Kishore Mahbubani Emerging Leader Fellowship.
The Fellowship will provide a promising young Asian leader with a one-year residence at the World Policy Institute’s New York headquarters, where she/he will undertake a significant research project aimed at furthering his/her professional interests in addressing major global issues. The Mahbubani Fellow will have multiple opportunities to publish his/her work, network with other policy experts in the field, and participate in WPI events throughout the year. Fellows will be chosen through the Lee Kuan Yew School from a mix of backgrounds and perspectives, with a focus on constructive, solution-oriented individuals.
“The World Policy Institute is honored to host a Fellowship named for a global statesman as distinguished as Kishore Mahbubani,” said Joseph Cari, Chairman of the World Policy Institute. “The Mahbubani Fellowship will enable a rising generation of creative, brilliant thinkers in Asia to possess a powerful platform to develop, test, and share their ideas for enhancing peace, prosperity, and security on a global stage.”
"I hope this Fellowship will provide a bridge to build an understanding between the East and the West, because clearly we are entering a completely new world. I hope the Kishore Mahbubani Fellowship will be a small step in that right direction,” said Professor Mahbubani. “The goal of this program is to give young people who will be leaders in the 21st century a chance to deal with this new world by enabling them to live on an opposite side of the world, and begin to understand that there are people who look at the same world with completely different perspectives. That’s what a Fellowship like this one can do."
Over his storied career as a scholar and diplomat, Kishore Mahbubani served as both Singapore’s Ambassador to the United Nations and as President of the UN Security Council. His tenure of nearly 35 years with the Singapore Foreign Service included postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC, and New York. He is currently 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.
Professor Mahbubani is widely known for his track record as a global intellectual whose anti-dogmatic thought leadership challenges conventional wisdom and inspires fresh thinking on global challenges and opportunities. The Kishore Mahbubani Fellowship aims to further these values in today’s policy dialogue.
As a center for global thought leadership, the World Policy Institute focuses on addressing the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly interconnected world through innovative, transformative thinking and a diversity of ideas. World Policy Journal, WPI fellows, expert events, and policy projects provide channels for experts, thought leaders and decision makers to identify, debate, and develop constructive solutions.
For additional information, please contact:
Kate Maloff, Director of Programs
World Policy Institute