Visiting Speakers

  • Andrew Oros

    Director of International Studies & Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Washington College
    21 November 2016

    Andrew Oros is a specialist on the international and comparative politics of East Asia. He discussed his forthcoming book, Japan’s Security Renaissance and Japan’s evolving foreign and security policy in the Asia-Pacific during his visit.

  • Nicole Walker

    Assistant Professor of Poetry and Creative Nonfiction, Northern Arizona University
    11 November 2016

    Nicole Walker is Assistant Professor of Poetry and Creative Nonfiction at Northern Arizona University. She read one of her essays about the environment and global warming, and held a non-fiction writing workshop.

  • Vijay Seshadri

    Writer & Professor, Sarah Lawrence College
    11 November 2016

    Vijay Seshadri is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, essayist and literary critic. During his visit, he read a selection of his poetry and held a poetry writing workshop.

  • Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

    Journalist & Author
    1 November 2016

    Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based Singaporean writer. During her visit, she read from her newly published book Sarong Party Girls and then took questions about her writing, writing in Singlish, and the book.

  • Divya Victor

    Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University
    24 October 2016

    Dr Divya Victor is a writer and Assistant Professor of English at Nanyang Technological University. During her visit, she read a selection of her poetry and share her thoughts about writing and the writing process.

  • Gish Jen

    24 October 2016

    Gish Jen is a contemporary American writer and award-winning author of Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and Interdependence. During her visit, she read from her book World and Town and shared her views about writing.

  • Achal Agarwal

    President, Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific Consumer Business
    20 October 2016

    Achal Agarwal is the President of Kimberly-Clark’s Asia Pacific consumer business in Australia, North Asia, ASEAN and India. He spoke about his experience leading large, complex business turnarounds in multi-cultural environments, while building a legacy of empowered leaders.

  • Tan Twan Eng

    Writer in Residence at Nanyang Technological University
    18 October 2016

    Tan Twan Eng—Malaysian novelist and Writer in Residence at Nanyang Technological University—read from his most recent book The Garden of Evening Mists and helmed a discussion about his writing.

  • Beh Swan Gin

    Chairman, Economic Development Board
    7 October 2016

    Dr Beh Swan Gin is the Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). During his visit, he spoke about some of the economic challenges faced by Singapore in recent years and the strategies the government is putting into place to reposition itself for success.

  • Susan Sim

    Vice President, The Soufan Group
    6 October 2016

    Susan Sim is Vice President of The Soufan Group, an organisation that provides strategic security intelligence services to governments and multinational organisations around the world.  She spoke about her journey arriving at this career path.

  • Madawi Al-Rasheed

    Research Professor, National University of Singapore
    3 October 2016

    Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed is a visiting research professor at the Middle East Institute (MEI) of the National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on history, politics and society in Saudi Arabia. During her discussion, she spoke about how the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran has destabilised the Arab region, and about the impact of subsequent Saudi interventions at the domestic, regional, and global levels.

  • Edmund Wee

    Publisher, Epigram Books
    16 September 2016

    Edmund Wee—current publisher at Epigram Books—spoke about publishing in Singapore, and what he envisions could be ‘The Great Singaporean Novel’.

  • Saw Eh Kalu Shwe Oo

    Head, Karen Department of Health and Welfare
    8 April 2016

    Saw Eh Kalu Shwe Oo is a part of the Karen National Union, an organisation that hopes to provide multi-sector community development through health, education, livelihood, social enterprises and governance. During his visit, he spoke about conflict and post conflict community development along the Thai-Burma border.

  • Sinja Graf

    Assistant Professor of Global Studies, National University of Singapore
    5 April 2016

    Dr Sinja Graf is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the National University of Singapore. Her scholarship tackles how political arguments rely on legal concepts, such as human rights and crimes against humanity, to debate the legitimacy or illegitimacy of the use of violence in international politics. During her visit, Dr. Graf spoke about her research on terrorism and the terms under which we can assess the legitimacy of political violence in international relations.

  • Barbara Andaya and Leonard Andaya

    Asian Studies Program Chair & Professor of Asian Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    2 April 2016

    Barbara Andaya serves as both a Professor and Chair of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Leonard Andaya serves as a Professor of Southeast Asian Studies in the University of Hawaii at Manao. During their joint visit, they discussed Eastern Indonesia in the Early Modern Period as well as Religious Interactions in South East Asia from 1500-1900.

  • Michael Quah

    Professor and Director of Energy Office, National University of Singapore
    31 March 2016

    Michael Quah is a professor in the Chemistry and Biomolecular Engineering Department of the National University of Singapore. During his visit, he examined the diversity of opinions elicited by Pope Francis's Laudato si' encyclical.

  • Judith M Harackiewicz

    Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    23 March 2016

    Judith Harackiewicz is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on studying motivation and interest, through experimental and longitudinal studies focused on goals, competition, and value transmission in academic contexts. During her visit, she spoke about optimal motivation in education.

  • William Wan

    General Secretary, Singapore Kindness Movement
    22 March 2016

    William Wan is the General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, NGO, NPO, registered charity that encourages everyone to start, show, and share kindness. Dr Wan's goal is to help create a culture in which people choose positivity and to create positive social change wherever they go.

  • Daniel Wasik

    University Programs Leader of APAC Region, Google
    21 March 2016

    Daniel Wasik is the University Programs Leader of the APAC region at Google, where he leads a team of recruiters in attracting talent to the organisation. Mr. Wasik spoke about his career journey and life at Google.

  • Susan Greenfield

    Founder & CEO, Neuro-Bio Ltd and Senior Research Fellow, Lincoln College, Oxford
    15 March 2016

    Susan Greenfield is a research scientist, author and broadcaster based in Oxford. Her research focuses on exploring novel brain mechanisms linked toneurodegenerative diseasessuch as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. She is also a co-founder and CEO at Neuro-Bio Ltd, a biotech company focused on developing a novel approach to neurodegenerative disorders.

  • Paul Fry

    Professor, Yale University
    9 March 2016

    Paul Fry is a Professor of English at Yale University. During his visit, he spoke about how a Literature major can offer a plethora of practical benefits for the future.

  • Andy Bird

    Film Producer and Executive, Walt Disney International
    7 March 2016

    Andy Bird is the Chairman of Walt Disney International, where he develops Disney’s businesses outside of the United States. He spoke about his work on increasing local production and reorganising international structures at the Walt Disney Company.

  • Anne Lochoff

    Executive Director, McCann Erickson & Chair, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (SEA)
    1 March 2016

    Anne Lochoff is the Executive Director at McCann Erickson and Chair of the New Zealand Trade Enterprise Southeast Asia Advisors Network. During her visit, she spoke about branding, strategic marketing, digital marketing and developing communication skills.

  • Sally Silverstone

    Former Co-Captain of Biosphere 2
    29 February 2016

    Sally Silverstone was the Co-Captain of the eight-person crew that lived inside Biosphere 2 ‚ a completely sealed structure containing seven of the world's ecological biomes - for two years. During her visit, she described life inside the Biosphere as well as how the work of the Biosphere Foundation has taken many of the lessons learned in Biosphere 2 and applied them to research and conservation work in Biosphere 1 (Planet Earth).

  • Gerard Ee

    Executive Director, Beyond Social Services
    17 February 2016

    Gerard Ee is the Executive Director of Beyond Social Services, an organisation that aims to improve the lives of families and individuals from disadvantaged, low-income backgrounds. During his visit, he aimed to provide a realistic picture of the lives of people experiencing poverty in Singapore as well as to shed light on the challenges and changing nature of social work in Singapore.

  • Druv Kent

    15 February 2016

    After quitting a career in banking to pursue his dream of becoming a musician, Druv Kent has become the first Asia-based musician in 15 years to be supported by BBC Radio 2. He has since garnered an international following and continues to perform both in Singapore and abroad.

  • Farah Bagharib-Kaltz

    Author & Regional Content Manager, Aon Hewitt Asia
    11 February 2016

    During her visit, Farah Bagharib-Kaltz shared the experience of having her children's book, The Bird Who Was Afraid Of Heights, published in Singapore and launched at the world's largest trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. She also shared an excerpt from her latest novel-in-progress, The Mujahid's Daughter, and discussed what it means to be a writer.

  • Xyza Cruz Bacani

    11 February 2016

    Xyza Cruz Bacani is a street and documentary photographer from the Philippines who uses her photography skills to tell the stories of domestic helpers.

  • James Levinsohn

    Director of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University
    10 February 2016

    Professor James Levinsohn is the Director of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, and an expert in international economics, industrial organisation, economic development, and applied econometrics. During his visit, he spoke on the important role of Global Affairs in a contemporary liberal arts education. 

  • Scott Brown

    Senior Vice President for Enterprise in the APJC Region, CISCO
    4 February 2016

    Scott Brown is the leader of the Enterprise Segment for CISCO in the Asia-Pacific, Japan, and Greater China (APJC) region. During his visit, Brownspoke about innovation in technology companies, the development of new markets, the personal characteristics necessary for leadership in business, and the ways in which businesses can give back to their markets and the people who populate them.

  • Kirk Wagar

    U.S. Ambassador to Singapore
    28 January 2016

    U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Kirk Wagar delivered a talk on the 2016 State of the Union address by outgoing President Barack Obama. His talk also included an assessment of contemporary U.S.-Singapore relations.

  • Mouhsine Serrar

    Founder and CEO of Prakti
    26 January 2016

    Mouhsine Serrar is the founder and CEO of Prakti, a social enterprise based in India that is bringing clean-burning, fuel-efficient cook stoves to the world's poorest households. Pratki'sbelief that no woman should have to undertake a daily activity as basic and essential as cooking under harmful conditions, led him to bring together best-in-class engineering, production technology, and distribution to create the first sustainable and scalable stove dissemination.

  • William C Summers

    Professor, Yale University
    26 January 2016

    William C Summers is a Professor of History of Medicine, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and Therapeutic Radiology at Yale University.

  • Youngsuk Chi

    Chairman, Elsevier; Director of Corporate Affairs and Asia Strategy, RELX Group
    22 January 2016

    Youngsuk Chi serves as both the Chairman of Elsevier as well as the Director of Corporate Affairs and Asia Strategy for RELX Group. During his visit, he spoke about his journey from being an international businessman to becoming the Chief Operating Officer of major publishing companies like Random House, Ingram, and Elsevier.

  • John Kay

    21 January 2016

    John Kay is one of Britain's leading economists. His interests focus on the relationships between economics and business. During his visit, Kayspoke about his book Other People's Money, in which he discusses what has gone wrong in the finance sector.

  • Bidushi Bhattacharya

    Founder, Bhattacharya Space Enterprises; Former NASA Scientist
    19 January 2016

    Bidushi Bhattacharya is the founder of Bhattacharya Space Enterprises. During her visit, she discussed the content and importance of the research conducted aboard the International Space Station.