As we examine how UWCSEA will rise to the challenges of the decades to come, our ongoing Kishore Mahbubani Speaker Series invites our community to engage in an exploration of the possibilities of evolution, and perhaps even revolution, of learning at UWCSEA.
Join UWCSEA as we continue to engage pioneers and thinkers in education as we reimagine learning at UWCSEA and further align our mission-inspired education with the needs of our students so as to better equip them to step into their future and thrive.
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
6:30-8pm | Hybrid event: Livestream and East Campus
Our next event takes place on UWC Day, which is also the International Day of Peace. In a fitting start to our 50th year Speaker Series event programme, our series namesake Professor Kishore Mahbubani will join College President Carma Elliot in a conversation examining perspectives around global concepts of peace.
COVID-19 measures permitting, this event will take place in a hybrid model, both online and in person, featuring a hosted audience Q&A after the discussion, which will be live-streamed to our online audience.
Please sign-up using the form on this page, and we will send you the zoom link to attend the livestream. Once we have greater clarity on arrangements, we will also advise if we are able to extend in-person invitations to welcome additional visitors to campus.
Currently Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS), Mr Mahbubani has been privileged to enjoy two distinct careers, in diplomacy (1971–2004) and in academia (from 2004 on). He is a prolific writer who has spoken in many corners of the world.
In diplomacy, he was with the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years (1971–2004), with postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where he twice was Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and served as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was also Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993–1998, and was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998.
Mr Mahbubani joined academia in 2004, when he was appointed the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School), NUS. He was Dean from 2004–2017, and a Professor in the Practice of Public Policy from 2006–2019. In April 2019, he was elected as an honorary international member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which has honoured distinguished thinkers, including several of America’s founding fathers, since 1780.
Mr Mahbubani was awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1967. He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Singapore in 1971. From Dalhousie University, Canada, he received a Master’s degree in Philosophy in 1976 and an honorary doctorate in 1995. He spent a year as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1991–1992.
He has achieved several “firsts” in his two careers. He was the Founding Dean of the LKY School, the founding Director of the Civil Service College, the first Singapore Ambassador to serve on the UN Security Council, the first Singaporean to publish articles in globally renowned journals and newspapers like Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times and the Financial Times and co-authored articles with distinguished global thought leaders like Kofi Annan, Klaus Schwab and Larry Summers.
He has also been a prolific author, having published eight books: Can Asians Think?, Beyond The Age Of Innocence, The New Asian Hemisphere, The Great Convergence, Can Singapore Survive, The ASEAN Miracle (co-authored with Jeffery Sng), Has the West Lost It? and Has China Won?
His two children are UWCSEA Dover alumni, and Mr Mahbubani served on the UWCSEA Board of Governors. He was Chair of the Board when the decision was taken to found the East Campus, and this speaker series and the Kishore Mahbubani Library on the East Campus were named in honour of his contribution to the College during this period.
Biography courtesy of mahbubani.net
As the first College President, Carma joined UWCSEA in 2019, following a career as a British diplomat. For 23 years until 2010, Carma worked in a wide variety of roles and across continents, including bilateral politics, trade and investment, immigration and protocol. Her final three postings were as Consul-General in Chongqing (China), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and finally Shanghai (China).
Carma spent much of her adult life in China; first going to China as a student at Fudan University in Shanghai over 35 years ago. After leaving the Foreign Office, Carma became Executive Director at China’s single largest international NGO, the Half the Sky Foundation (2010–2013), focused on enriching the lives of China’s orphaned children, before joining the British Council in 2013 as Director China, and concurrently Minister for Culture and Education in the British Embassy Beijing, a member of the Ambassador’s senior leadership team. Throughout her professional life, Carma has affected meaningful change in the government, international education and development sectors in several countries, most recently completing a complex business transformation at the British Council in China.
Carma is originally from Scotland, and is proud to call herself a global citizen. A ‘third culture kid’, she grew up living in multiple countries as her family moved around with her father’s job. Through her professional life, she has developed a deep knowledge of the cultural nuances required to successfully navigate and create intercultural understanding and an appreciation of the importance of respecting diverse perspectives when working towards peace between people. Carma has been honoured twice by Her Majesty The Queen, for her service to the UK abroad.
She is single and has two adopted daughters.
Carma's Blog is called Thought: Process
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