Washington, April 5 ANI | 9 months ago

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:
EuroElizabeth Anderson, political philosopher. US
EuroPerry Anderson, historian. UK
EuroKaushik Basu, economist. India
EuroMary Beard, classicist, writer, broadcaster. UK
EuroNick Bostrom, philosopher. Sweden
EuroErik Brynjolffson and Andrew McAfee, economists. US
EuroJudith Butler, gender theorist and philosopher. US
EuroWendy Carlin, economist. UK
EuroHa-Joon Chang, economist. South Korea
EuroPatricia Churchland, philosopher. US
EuroPartha Dasgupta, economist. India
EuroDaniel Dennett, philosopher. US
EuroJennifer Doudna, bio-chemist. US
EuroEsther Duflo, economist. France/US
EuroPope Francis, 266th head of the Roman Catholic Church. Argentina
EuroFabiola Gianotti, physicist. Italy
EuroRobert Gordon, economist. US
EuroDavid Graeber, anthropologist and political activist. US
EuroJurgen Habermas, philosopher and social theorist. German
EuroPeter Higgs, theoretical phycisist. UK
EuroDaniel Kahneman, psychologist. Israel/US
EuroNaomi Klein, writer and activist. Canada
EuroChristine Lagarde, economist. France
EuroPascal Lamy, economist. France
EuroRae Langton, philosopher. Australia
EuroJaron Lanier, writer, computer scientist and technology theorist. US
EuroKishore Mahbubani, academic and diplomat. Singapore
EuroElon Musk, businessman. South Africa/US
EuroThant Myint-U, historian. Burmese
EuroThomas Nagel, philosopher. US
EuroMartha Nussbaum, philosopher. US
EuroNgozi Okonjo-Iweala, economist. Nigeria
EuroDerek Parfit, philosopher. UK
EuroThomas Piketty, economist. France
EuroSamantha Power, diplomat and writer. US
EuroRaghuram Rajan, economist. India
EuroJanet Radcliffe-Richards, philosopher. UK
EuroMarilynne Robinson, novelist and essayist. US
EuroArundhati Roy, writer and activist. India
EuroEmmanuel Saez, economist. France
EuroSaskia Sassen, sociologist. Netherlands/US
EuroAmartya Sen, economist and philosopher. India
EuroAnne-Marie Slaughter, international lawyer and political scientist. US
EuroRebecca Solnit, writer and activist. US
EuroLawrence Summers, economist. US
EuroSherry Turkle, technology theorist. US
EuroRoberto Unger, philosopher. Brazil
EuroJanet Yellen, economist. US
EuroMao Yushi, economist. China
EuroSlavoj Zizek, philosopher. Slovenia

(Posted on 05-04-2014)

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