Events

Visiting Speakers

  • Dani Rodrik

    Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School
    30 March 2021

    Professor Dani Rodrik is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is an economist whose research revolves around globalisation, economic growth and development, and political economy. His current work focuses on how to create more inclusive economies, in developed and developing societies. He is currently President-Elect of the International Economic Association, and Co-director of Economics for Inclusive Prosperity.

  • Pinelopi Goldberg

    Elihu Professor of Economics, Yale University
    30 March 2021

    Professor Pinelopi Goldberg is the former Chief Economist of the World Bank Group and Elihu Professor of Economics at Yale University. She is an applied microeconomist drawn to policy-relevant questions in trade and development. She has exploited a broad set of methodological approaches – ranging from estimation of structural industry equilibrium models to reduced form techniques – to provide insights into the determinants and effects of trade policies, trade and inequality, intellectual property rights protection in developing countries, exchange rate pass-through, pricing to market, and international price discrimination.

  • David Halpert

    Founder, Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer, Prince Street Capital
    24 March 2021

    David Halpert is the founder, portfolio manager, and chief investment officer of Prince Street Capital. With 30 years of experience researching and investing in the developing world, Halpert coined the term ‘Digital Colonisation’ – a new paradigm for assessing investments in global emerging markets.

    He graduated in 1988 from the University of California, Berkeley and in 1995 from the Harvard Business School. His writings in both Economics and Politics have appeared in several publications in the United States, Asia and the Middle East.

  • Samuel Wong

    Co-founder and Creative Director, The Teng Company
    17 March 2021

    Samuel Wong is the Co-founder and Creative Director of The Teng Company. He spearheads the company’s Performance, Academy, and Research divisions. Wong obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Ethnomusicology from the University of Sheffield in 2009, where he was awarded dual scholarships from the Harry Worthington Foundation and the Hokkien Huay Kuan.

    Wong is also an author of the books, Impressions of a Pipa Player (2003), Qi: An Instrumental Guide to the Chinese Orchestra (2005) and co-author of The Teng Guide to the Chinese Orchestra (2018).

  • Jessica Lee

    Filmmaker, Beach House Pictures
    11 March 2021

    Jessica Lee is a Singaporean director and producer at Asia’s largest independent production company, Beach House Pictures. In her role, she manages the workflow of a diverse slate of shows across different genres and is currently producing a documentary series for Netflix.

    For the past three years, she has pitched over 100 concepts – from unscripted to factual, kids to branded – to global broadcasters and video-on-demand service providers such as HBO, Amazon Prime, National Geographic Channel among others.

  • Giuseppe Caputo

    Writer
    10 March 2021

    Giuseppe Caputo is a Colombian writer. He studied creative writing at New York University and at the University of Iowa. His debut novel, An Orphan World, won the English Penn Award and gained Caputo a place in the Hay Festival 2017’s Bogota list of best Latin American writers under 40. He is also the author of the novel, Estrella Madre, published in 2020. Previously a Cultural Director of the Bogota International Book Festival, Caputo currently teaches creative writing at the Instituto Caro Cuervo in Bogota.

  • Eileena Lee

    Founder, RedQueen!
    4 March 2021

    Eileena Lee is the founder of RedQueen!, Singapore’s first lesbian mailing list and discussion group. She was instrumental in the setting up of Looking Glass, a counselling service for lesbians in emotional distress and Pelangi Pride Centre (PPC), Singapore’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) community centre. PPC has been serving the community since 2003.

  • Regina De Rozario

    Artist and Writer
    4 March 2021

    Regina De Rozario is an artist and writer. She is the co-founder of Perception3, an interdisciplinary art duo that examines notions of space, memory and loss via videos, photographs, and site-specific installations.

    De Rozario is currently a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at the National Institute of Education, conducting research on minoritised narratives within public art, and how government policies have shaped the way artists create work in public spaces.

  • Theresa Goh

    Paralympic Swimmer
    4 March 2021

    Theresa Goh is a Paralympic Swimmer from Singapore. She represented Singapore internationally for 20 years before retiring at the end of 2019. Goh was the first female Singaporean swimmer to qualify for the Paralympics in 2004. She competed in the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

    A former world record holder in the 50-metre and 200-metre Breaststroke SB4 category, she clinched a bronze medal in the 100-metre Breaststroke SB4 category at the Rio 2016 Games. Goh identifies herself as a queer athlete with disability and strongly believes in the importance of seeing an individual’s ability regardless of his or her disability.

  • Kan Shuyi

    Curator of Chinese Art, Asian Civilisations Museum
    24 February 2021

    Ms Kan Shuyi is the Curator of Chinese art at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). She received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History from the National University of Singapore and her Master of Arts in History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia from SOAS, University of London.

    Since joining ACM in 2007, she has curated and co-curated several exhibitions at the museum, including The Kangxi Emperor (2009), Terracotta Warriors (2011), as well as Secrets of the Fallen Pagoda (2014).

  • Barbara Hong

    Dean of University College and Professor of Special Education, Texas A&M International University
    15 February 2021

    Professor Barbara Hong is the Dean of University College and Professor of Special Education at Texas A&M International University. Her work focuses on student learning and faculty facilitation of that learning. Prof Hong’s research and publications are eclectic with an underlying focus on student success including self-determination, self-directed learning with college students, self-efficacy, persistence, faculty perceptions and attitudes, faculty impact, special needs, and other topics pertaining to what is necessary to promote success for students in academics.

    Prof Hong is an associate editor for journals such as the International Journal of Learning, the International Journal of Leadership and Education, the International Journal of Educational Policy and Leadership, the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, and the International Journal of World Universities Forum.

  • Audrey Tan

    Science and Environment Correspondent
    10 February 2021

    Ms Audrey Tan is the Science and Environment Correspondent at The Straits Times in Singapore. She covers a broad range of issues in this role, from biodiversity conservation to climate change. Some topics she has written extensively about include the illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia, deforestation and haze in the region, as well as the impacts of natural climate phenomena such as El Nino. She is interested in learning new ways of communicating these subjects to a non-technical audience.

    Ms Tan holds a master’s degree in climate science and policy from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.

  • Jerrine Tan

    Visiting Lecturer in English, Mount Holyoke College
    5 February 2021

    Dr Jerrine Tan was born and raised in Singapore. She currently teaches Global Anglophone Literature in the English Department at Mount Holyoke College.

    Her academic essays have been published or are forthcoming in Modern Fiction Studies, Genre, and the Cambridge Companion to Kazuo Ishiguro among other journals. Her essays have also been featured in WIRED, Literary Hub, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

  • Sten Vermund

    Dean and Anna M.R. Lauder Professor, Yale School of Public Health Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine
    4 February 2021

    Professor Sten Vermund is the Dean and Anna M.R. Lauder Professor at Yale School of Public Health and a Professor of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. His work focuses on diseases of low and middle income countries. His research on HIV-HPV interactions among women in Bronx methadone programs motivated a change in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) AIDS case surveillance definition in 1993 and inspired cervical cancer screening programmes to be launched around the world.

    The thrust of his research has focused on health care access, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, and prevention of HIV transmission among general and key populations, including mother-to-child. Prof Vermund has become increasingly engaged in health policy, particularly around sustainability of HIV/AIDS programs and their expansion to non-communicable diseases, coronavirus pandemic response and prevention, and public health workforce development.

  • Teo Yik Ying

    Dean, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
    4 February 2021

    Professor Teo Yik Ying is the Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore.

    Prior to his Deanship, he was the Founding Director of the School’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) and also served as the Director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) from 2015 to 2017.

    He is presently a member on the Council of Scientists for the International Human Frontier Science Program, as well as a governing board member of the Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network for Southeast Asia.

  • Francis Seow-Choen

    Colorectal Surgeon
    3 February 2021

    Dr Francis Seow-Choen, a prominent colorectal surgeon, is an expert on stick insects in Singapore and Malaysia who has been engaged in entomology since the 1980s.

    He enjoys studying fascinating stick insects in Southeast Asia to understand nature and its rich biodiversity.

  • Huang Jianli

    Associate Professor of History, National University of Singapore
    3 February 2021

    Associate Professor Huang Jianli is from the Department of History at the National University of Singapore and a research associate at the University's East Asian Institute.

    His research interests are the history of student political activism and local governance in Republican China from the 1910s to 1940, as well as the postwar Chinese community in Singapore, especially its relationship vis-à-vis China and the larger Chinese diaspora. He has published a monograph on The Politics of Depoliticization in Republican China: Guomindang Policy towards Student Political Activism, 1927-1949 (1996, second edition 1999). A Chinese-language version of this monograph was published by the Commercial Press of Beijing in 2010. He has also co-authored several books including The Scripting of a National History: Singapore and Its Pasts (2008), Power and Identity in the Chinese World Order (2003) and Macro Perspectives and New Directions in the Studies of Chinese Overseas (2002).

  • Kenneth Dean

    Raffles Professor of Humanities and Head, Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore
    3 February 2021

    Professor Kenneth Dean is the Raffles Professor of Humanities and Head of the Department of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore.

    Prof Dean received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts in Chinese from Stanford University. He is Lee Chair and James McGill Professor Emeritus of McGill University. Prof Dean is the author of several books on Daoism and Chinese popular religion. He also directed Bored in Heaven in 2010, an 80-minute documentary film on ritual celebrations around Chinese New Year in Putian, Fujian, China. His current research concerns transnational trust and temple networks linking Singapore Chinese temples to Southeast China and Southeast Asia. As part of this project, he is conducting a survey of 800 Chinese temples in Singapore.

  • Kua Bak Lim

    Council Member and Chairman of the Research Committee, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations
    3 February 2021

    Mr Kua Bak Lim is a Council Member and Chairman of the Research Committee at the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations. He also serves as a Board of Governor at the Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University; and as a member on the National Library Advisory Committee; Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s Academic Advisory Committee and the resource panel of Wan Qing Yuan - Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial. He is also a Honourable Director of Nanyang Kuah Si Association and a Consultant at Quanzhou History Museum of Overseas Chinese in China.

    Mr Kua was awarded the prestigious Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award in 2019 for his outstanding efforts in championing research on the history and culture of Singapore’s Chinese community. He is now an Adjunct Professor in Chinese Studies at the New Era University College, Malaysia.

  • Kwa Chong Guan

    Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University
    3 February 2021

    Professor Kwa Chong Guan is a Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he supports a series of regional security projects with other regional institutions, ranging from maritime security to non-traditional security issues of energy security, cybersecurity, nuclear energy safety and security and biosecurity.

    He is Co-Chair of the Singapore Member Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and in that capacity was elected the ASEAN Co-Chair of CSCAP from 2011 to 2013. Prof Kwa is also the RSIS Board Member of the China-Southeast Asia Research Centre on the South China Sea, which brings together six Southeast Asian policy institutes to work with the China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies.

    Prof Kwa’s work focuses on the interstices of history, security studies and international relations of Southeast Asia. He is also an Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the National University of Singapore.

  • Kwee Hui Kian

    Associate Professor of Chinese, National University of Singapore
    3 February 2021

    Associate Professor Kwee Hui Kian is an Associate Professor of Chinese at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her research focuses on Southeast Asia and South China, where she has examined various themes relating to colonialism, political economy and diasporic entrepreneurship, from the seventeenth century to the present.

    Assoc Prof Kwee was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Asia Research Institute, Visiting Fellow at NUS, and Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) prior to her current appointment.

  • Low Sze Wee

    Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
    3 February 2021

    Mr Low Sze Wee is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Initially trained as a lawyer, Mr Low later graduated with a Master of Arts in History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is on secondment to the Centre from the National Gallery Singapore, where he was Director (Curatorial, Collections and Education). In his present role as CEO of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, he leads a team with the aim of promoting the development and greater appreciation of Chinese culture in Singapore.

  • Wang Gungwu

    University Professor, National University of Singapore
    3 February 2021

    Professor Wang Gungwu is the Chairman of the East Asian Institute and University Professor at the National University of Singapore. He is also Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University.

    His books since 2008 include, in English: The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the history of the world (2015); Another China Cycle: Committing to Reform (2014); Renewal: The Chinese State and the New Global History (2013); Wang Gungwu: Educator and Scholar , edited by Zheng Yongnian and Phua Kok Khoo (2013); Wang Gungwu, Junzi, Scholar-gentleman, edited by Asad Latif (2010).

    Books in Chinese include 更新中国:国家与新全球史; 天下华人; 1800年以来的中英碰撞:战爭、贸易、科学及治理 (all in 2016); 五代时期北方中国的权力结构 (2014).

  • Anthea Ong

    Founder of Hush TeaBar
    29 January 2021

    Ms Anthea Ong is a former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) and the founder of social enterprise, Hush TeaBar – Singapore’s first silent tea movement that empowers and employs only the deaf and persons-in-recovery from mental health conditions. In December 2019, as an NMP, Ms Ong launched the first-ever public consultation on mental healthcare in Singapore to support her Budget 2020 debates. Heartened by the overwhelming response, she simultaneously launched SG Mental Health Matters as Singapore’s only public engagement platform for mental health policies.

  • Blanche Lim

    Chief Resident, Department of Ophthalmology, National University Hospital
    29 January 2021

    Dr Blanche Lim is currently a Chief Resident with the Department of Ophthalmology at National University Hospital. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, she has been working with multiple partners on mental health initiatives such as running community facilities for migrant and domestic workers. In her advocacy to promote vision care for vulnerable communities, she was also involved in a programme which provided 300,000 migrant workers living in dormitories with free eye care education and reading glasses.

  • Paul Tambyah

    Professor of Medicine and Senior Consultant in Infectious Diseases, National University Hospital
    29 January 2021

    Professor Paul Tambyah is a Professor of Medicine and a Senior Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the National University Hospital. He was recently appointed as the president-elect of the International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID) and will be leading it in 2022. He is also the Chairman of the Singapore Democratic Party.

    Prof Tambyah has been campaigning for a better healthcare financing system, believing that affordable healthcare is a basic human right which should be guaranteed to all. He was awarded the 2020 Red Ribbon Award for his advocacy in reducing stigma and discrimination for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and encouraging early testing and medical treatment for them.

  • Rayner Tan

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
    29 January 2021

    Mr Rayner Tan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore. His research interests focus on the social determinants of health, stigma and discrimination as well as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STI). Mr Tan is an active volunteer for peer support groups among people living with HIV, recovering substance users and those who have been incarcerated in the prisons. He also serves as the Director of Research for The Greenhouse Community Services Limited, a substance addiction recovery centre for marginalised and vulnerable communities.

  • M NourbeSe Philip

    Poet, Writer and Lawyer
    28 January 2021

    Ms M NourbeSe Philip is a poet, writer and lawyer who was born in Tobago and now lives in the city of Toronto. She has published two novels – the young adult novel, Harriet’s Daughter (1988) and Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence (1991).

    Ms Philip’s awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and MacDowell Colony. She is also the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

  • Cassandra Chiu

    Director of The Safe Harbour Counselling Centre
    27 January 2021

    Ms Cassandra Chiu is a Singaporean psychotherapist, Director of The Safe Harbour Counselling Centre, social advocate and equal opportunity consultant. Having spoken about disabilities on many local and regional platforms, her vision is to change what it means to be disabled in Asia for the individual, the community, and society at large.

    As the first woman to use a guide dog in Singapore, she is the Chairwoman of K9 Assistance, a not-for-profit organisation promoting the use of assistance dogs for persons with disabilities in Singapore.

  • Jason Andrew

    Freelance Photographer
    27 January 2021

    Mr Jason Andrew is an American photographer whose work documents the repercussions of poverty and political unrest throughout various societies and cultures across the globe. Mr Andrew was born and raised in California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from San Diego State University and completed a post-graduate certificate from the International Center of Photography in 2007.

    Mr Andrew has travelled on assignment to West & North Africa, Turkey and Abkhazia and his work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and The FT Weekend Magazine among others.

  • Jessica White

    Writer
    27 January 2021

    Dr Jessica White is the author of award-winning books, A Curious Intimacy (Penguin, 2007) and Entitlement (Penguin, 2012) and a hybrid memoir about deafness, Hearing Maud (UWA Publishing, 2019), which won the 2020 Michael Crouch Award for a debut work of biography and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and two categories in the Queensland Literary Awards. She has received funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts and has undertaken residencies and fellowships in Hobart, Rome and Munich.

    She is currently writing an eco-biography of Western Australia’s first non-indigenous female scientist, 19th-century botanist Georgiana Molloy. From February 2021, she will be a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of South Australia.

  • Bryan Garsten

    Professor of Political Science and Humanities, and Chair of the Humanities Program, Yale University
    19 January 2021

    Professor Bryan Garsten is Professor of Political Science and the Humanities, and Chair of the Humanities Program at Yale University. He is the author of Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment (Harvard University Press, 2006) as well as articles on political rhetoric and deliberation, the meaning of representative government, the relationship of politics and religion, and the place of emotions in political life.

    Prof Garsten has also edited Rousseau, the Enlightenment, and Their Legacies, a collection of essays by Rousseau scholar Robert Wokler (Princeton University Press, 2012). His writings have won various awards, including the First Book Prize of the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association.

  • Samuel Moyn

    Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History, Yale University
    19 January 2021

    Professor Samuel Moyn is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University.

    He received a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a Law degree from Harvard University in 2001. He came to Yale from Harvard University, where he was the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and Professor of History. Prior to that, he spent thirteen years in the Columbia University history department, where he was most recently James Bryce Professor of European Legal History.

    His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. In intellectual history, he has worked on a diverse range of subjects, especially twentieth-century European moral and political theory.