Mahboob Mahmood

Mahboob Mahmood (Founder and CEO, knowledge platform)

Mahboob is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Platform. Established in 2000, Knowledge Platform is a leading Singapore-based learning solutions company. In addition to leading the Knowledge Platform team, Mahboob plays a central role in the company’s work in designing innovative learning solutions, including designing learning communities, blended online- offline learning programs, competency frameworks, adaptive assessments, content architectures, learning games and simulations. Over the past fourteen years, Mahboob has led a team that has designed over 1,800 courses and learning activities and simulations.

Mahboob has also designed and led training programs and workshops on problem-based learning, asking questions, learning through story-telling, game-based learning, simulation design, instructional design, e-learning, designing assessments, large scale content production and blended learning strategies.

Between 2006 and 2011, Mahboob also served as Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD, with a particular focus on Social Entrepreneurship. He has written a number of case studies on Asian businesses in the education, financial services, food services, high tech manufacturing, hospitality, information technology and transportation sectors. He has also authored a major study on philanthropy in Asia.

Mahboob is also International Counselor to the Institute of International Education. Prior to establishing Knowledge Platform, Mahboob was a partner at the international law firm of Sidley Austin. Mahboob spent 11 years handling corporate transactions in the firm’s New York office, before establishing the firm’s Singapore office in 1997 and managing it through its successful start-up period. Mahboob has broad industry experience and has been lead counsel for many complex transactions in the high-tech, financial services, media, utilities and transportation sectors. He has worked with major clients in implementing mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, corporate and project financings in the United States and many countries of Asia and has handled a number of privatization assignments for The World Bank.

Mahboob has spoken and presented papers on education and training, governance and compliance, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy, negotiation techniques, acquisitions and restructurings, privatizations and structured finance at numerous international seminars and conferences.

Mahboob received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1986, a Diploma in International and Comparative Law from Columbia University School of Law in 1986, a M.A. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University in 1987, and a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University in 1981. He has been a member of the New York State bar since 1987.

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