Indian-origin professor named amongst world's top 50 thinkers
An Indian-origin professor has bagged one of the top spots on this year's list of world's top 50 thinkers, featuring amongst the likes of Pope Francis, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and economist and philosopher Amartya Sen.
Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore has been selected by leading British current affairs magazine Prospect.
Also on the list are Tesla and SpaceX's Elon Musk, economist and Harvard President Emeritus Lawrence Summers, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System Janet Yellen.
Mahbubani, a diplomat who served two stints as Singapore's Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002, is a renowned author and thinker.
He serves in Boards and Councils of several institutions in Singapore, Europe and North America, including the Yale President's Council on International Activities, Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, Indian Prime Minister's Global Advisory Council and University of Bocconi International Advisory Committee.
He is the Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on China.
His most recent book is The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World.
Prospect magazine's list recognises leading thinkers with a global reach whose achievements over the previous 12 months made significant contributions to addressing the central questions of the world today, and aims to provoke debate about the role of intellectuals in public life.
Mr Jonathan Derbyshire, Managing Editor of the magazine, said that Mahbubani's work grapples with some of the biggest questions of our time, sketching as it does the contours of a new era in which the west can no longer take its primacy for granted.
Meanwhile, Mahbubani said that it is truly a great honour to have his recent work recognised by this listing.
This is the fifth time that Prof Mahbubani has been included in a list of globally influential thinkers.
Among those featured in Prospect's 2014 list are 17 economists, 13 philosophers, three scientists, three technology theorists, an entrepreneur, writers and activists.
Prospect magazine is currently inviting votes by the public in an online poll for the world's most important thinker of 2014.
The 2014 top 50 world thinkers listed by Prospect magazine are:
•Elizabeth Anderson, political philosopher. US
•Perry Anderson, historian. UK
•Kaushik Basu, economist. India
•Mary Beard, classicist, writer, broadcaster. UK
•Nick Bostrom, philosopher. Sweden
•Erik Brynjolffson and Andrew McAfee, economists. US
•Judith Butler, gender theorist and philosopher. US
•Wendy Carlin, economist. UK
•Ha-Joon Chang, economist. South Korea
•Patricia Churchland, philosopher. US
•Partha Dasgupta, economist. India
•Daniel Dennett, philosopher. US
•Jennifer Doudna, bio-chemist. US
•Esther Duflo, economist. France/US
•Pope Francis, 266th head of the Roman Catholic Church. Argentina
•Fabiola Gianotti, physicist. Italy
•Robert Gordon, economist. US
•David Graeber, anthropologist and political activist. US
•Jurgen Habermas, philosopher and social theorist. German
•Peter Higgs, theoretical phycisist. UK
•Daniel Kahneman, psychologist. Israel/US
•Naomi Klein, writer and activist. Canada
•Christine Lagarde, economist. France
•Pascal Lamy, economist. France
•Rae Langton, philosopher. Australia
•Jaron Lanier, writer, computer scientist and technology theorist. US
•Kishore Mahbubani, academic and diplomat. Singapore
•Elon Musk, businessman. South Africa/US
•Thant Myint-U, historian. Burmese
•Thomas Nagel, philosopher. US
•Martha Nussbaum, philosopher. US
•Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, economist. Nigeria
•Derek Parfit, philosopher. UK
•Thomas Piketty, economist. France
•Samantha Power, diplomat and writer. US
•Raghuram Rajan, economist. India
•Janet Radcliffe-Richards, philosopher. UK
•Marilynne Robinson, novelist and essayist. US
•Arundhati Roy, writer and activist. India
•Emmanuel Saez, economist. France
•Saskia Sassen, sociologist. Netherlands/US
•Amartya Sen, economist and philosopher. India
•Anne-Marie Slaughter, international lawyer and political scientist. US
•Rebecca Solnit, writer and activist. US
•Lawrence Summers, economist. US
•Sherry Turkle, technology theorist. US
•Roberto Unger, philosopher. Brazil
•Janet Yellen, economist. US
•Mao Yushi, economist. China
•Slavoj Zizek, philosopher. Slovenia
(Posted on 05-04-2014)