Visiting Speakers

  • Trevor Burnard

    Head, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
    9 February 2017

    Professor Trevor Burnard is the Head of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne and an internationally recognized historian of early British America and the Atlantic World. Over the past decade, his work has been especially concerned with identity in the New World in the eighteenth century and with how settler societies have been formed, or have failed to form in plantation societies in the Caribbean and the Chesapeake.

  • Erik Assadourian

    Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute
    1 February 2017

    Erik Assadourian is a prolific writer and esteemed scholar of sustainability. As a Senior Fellow of the Worldwatch Institute, He has co-directed five editions of State of the World, including the upcoming State of the World 2017: EarthEd: Rethinking Education for Life on a Changing Planet. He also directs the institute's Transforming Cultures project, which explores innovative ways to supplant the spread of consumerism with more enduring cultures of sustainability.

  • Geronimo Johnson

    26 January 2017

    Geronimo Johnson is a fiction writer who has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He conducted a fiction writing workshop for the students.

  • Claire Clements

    Documentary Filmmaker
    24 January 2017

    Claire Clements is a documentary filmmaker from Australia specialising in natural history films. She has spent over three years in Singapore making wildlife documentaries, like the acclaimed Wild City Singapore series and Otter Town for National Geographic Wild. During her talk, she spoke about what it takes to be a National Geographic filmmaker.

  • Noami Clark

    Marine Scientist
    24 January 2017

    Noami Clark is a marine scientist who works on shark conservation projects locally and regionally. During her visit, she spoke about what it takes to be a marine scientist on a mission to save sharks.

  • Jordan Sand

    Professor, Georgetown University
    19 January 2017

    Jordan Sand is Professor of Japanese History and Culture at Georgetown University. His talk focused on how massive growth in concern for cultural heritage manifested itself as a public issue in Tokyo in the 1970s.

  • Philip Yampolsky

    Artistic Director of the Music of Indonesia Series, Smithsonian Folkways
    18 January 2017

    Philip Yampolsky serves as the artistic director of the Music of Indonesia series at Smithsonian Folkways. As an ethnomusicologist, he has spent the past 16 months in Timor Leste and West Timor, documenting music performances that have never before been recorded. During his visit, he spoke about his experience in the field, the incredible performances he has been able to witness and the wonderful people he has met on the job.

  • Randy Kwei

    Advisory Partner, Shaw Kwei & Partners
    16 January 2017

    Randy Kwei is an Advisory Partner at Shaw Kwei & Partners. He has extensive experience working in the banking and investment sector at organisations such as Citibank and American Express. Mr Kwei also founded and served as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of JK Capital Management for many years. During his visit, he shared his investment strategies and how his life experiences have enabled him to understand and outperform the Asian stock market, even in times of volatility and financial crises.