Visiting Speakers

  • Andrea Clearfield

    18 April 2018

    Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer of music for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance and multimedia collaborations. She creates deep, emotive musical languages that build cultural and artistic bridges. Her works are performed widely in the United States and internationally. Among her 150 works are ten cantatas, including one commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra. She is a recipient of a 2016 Pew Fellowship and a 2017 Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts.

  • Arthur Kleinman

    Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Medical Anthropology, and a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University
    18 April 2018

    Arthur Kleinman has directed Harvard’s Asia Center for a decade. His research interests include public health in Asia, caretaking policy, and mental health and psychiatry. He spoke about global mental health and ageing in Asia, particularly the challenges faced by families, communities, professionals, and institutions as Asia sees significant changes in demographics and cultural values.

  • Gianna Mosser

    Editor-in-chief of Northwestern University Press
    12 April 2018

    In her role as editor-in-chief, Gianna Mosser acquires works in critical ethnic studies, gender studies, comparative literature, theater and performance, and early modern literature. She is a member of the Association of American University Presses, where she previously served as the chair of the professional development committee. She shared industry insights and talked about her career journey.

  • Elissa Epel and Becca Levy

    Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco; Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Psychology, Yale University
    10 April 2018

    Dr Elissa Epel’s research aims to elucidate mechanisms of healthy aging, and to apply this basic science to scalable interventions that can reach vulnerable populations. Dr Becca Levy's research explores psychosocial factors that influence older individuals’ cognitive and physical functioning, as well as their longevity. They spoke about their research on healthy ageing.

  • Pritam Singh

    Assistant Secretary-General of the Workers’ Party of Singapore
    10 April 2018

    Pritam Singh was elected to Parliament in 2011, representing the Group Representative Constituency of Aljunied. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2000 with a degree in History. He was called to the Bar in 2012 after graduating with a Juris Doctor post-graduate degree from Singapore Management University. He spoke about the role legislation can play in countries around the world to combat deliberate online falsehoods, or “fake news.” This talk was part of the President’s Office In Conversation speaker series.

  • Edwin Ng and Mushim Patricia Ikeda

    Author and cultural theorist; Social Justice Educator and Diversity Consultant
    6 April 2018

    Edwin Ng's scholarly and media writings address the colonial legacy of contemporary Buddhism and the ethics and politics of mindfulness. Mushim Patricia Ikeda is the recipient of a Global Diversity Leadership Award from the HRD Congress in Mumbai, India. They spoke about how to cultivate radical self-care using practices of critical inquiry, contemplative exercises and social justice engagements. This talk took place during the Dean of Student Office’s Diversity Week.

  • David Carlin, Noelle Q De Jesus, Peter Parsons, and Nuraliah Norasid

    5 April 2018

    David Carlin is a Professor at RMIT University, Australia and co-President of the NonfictionNOW Conference. Noelle Q De Jesus is a Filipino American writer who won the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for the Short Story. Peter Parsons is a documentary filmmaker and short story writer. Nuraliah Norasid is the winner of the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. They read from their work and led workshops for students as part of Dean of Student Office's Diversity Week.

  • Andrew Wong

    Head of Portfolio Strategies at a leading long-term investor
    3 April 2018

    Andrew Wong is an international markets advisor to the Bank of England and the Singapore government. Mr Wong spoke about the importance of the humanities and interdisciplinary thinking in international macroeconomics and finance.

  • Chan Lishan

    Writer and Mental Health Advocate
    3 April 2018

    Chan Lishan is a mental health advocate who believes in changing the world through the power of stories. Her book, A Philosopher’s Madness (Ethos Books) generated 49 speaking engagements and 22 media engagements, promoting dialogue and discussion about mental health in society. This talk took place on Disability Day during the Dean of Student Office's Diversity Week.

  • Darren Ho

    Entrepreneur and Athlete
    3 April 2018

    Darren Ho has been working with start-ups for 17 years. He started and sold four start-ups and experienced failure with another two, in addition to pioneering Video on Demand and live streaming services for amateur sports in Singapore. He advocates a positive message of inclusion through his Inclusion Runs for invisible disability and also participates in ultra-endurance races. Mr Ho is a board member of the Disabled People’s Association in Singapore. This talk took place during the Dean of Student Office’s Disability Day during Diversity Week.

  • Dawn-Joy Leong

    3 April 2018

    Dawn-Joy Leong is an autistic artist-researcher who presents autism as a parallel embodiment, and investigates mind-body-elemental empathic connections through immersive multi-art installations of music, video, photography, storytelling, poetry, visual art and performance. Ms Leong is a board member of the Disabled People’s Association in Singapore. This talk took place on the Dean of Student Office’s Disability Day during Diversity Week.

  • Fred Cordeiro

    Executive Director of Clarity Singapore Limited
    3 April 2018

    Fred Cordeiro is the Executive Director of Clarity Singapore Limited, a charity that serves persons with mental health issues. After a first career in banking and finance, Mr Cordeiro obtained his Master in Guidance and Counselling and BSc (Hons) Psychology to begin a second career in social service and academia. Mr Cordeiro spoke about the intersection of religion and mental health as part of Disability Day during the Dean of Student Office's Diversity Week.

  • Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills

    Executive Director of Disabled People’s Association
    3 April 2018

    Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills is the Executive Director of Disabled People’s Association in Singapore. With her background in public policy studies, she is focused on making sure that disability policy is based on the social model of disability, in consultation with persons with disabilities. She spoke about creating inclusive environments for invisible disability in Singapore. This talk took place on Disability Day during the Dean of Student Office's Diversity Week.

  • Radiah Salim and Yohanna Abdullah

    Representatives from Club HEAL
    3 April 2018

    Radiah Salim is the Founder and President of Club HEAL, a non-profit organisation committed to helping people with mental health issues. Her past experience as a resident medical officer at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Singapore and her personal experience as a caregiver inspired her to form Club HEAL. Yohanna Abdullah is a writer and editor at Club HEAL, as well as a mental health advocate. She has written four books, which have all been translated into Malay, and one into Mandarin. This talk took place during the Dean of Student Office’s Disability Day during Diversity Week.

  • Sim Chi Yin

    29 March 2018

    Singapore’s first Nobel Peace Prize photographer Sim Chi Yin travelled 6,000 kilometres along the China-North Korea border and through six states in United States, to create a series of pictures reflecting on humans’ experience with nuclear weapons. Ms Sim spoke on this work, and explored how art can offer ways to grapple with issues of international politics. She also discussed some of her earlier works, and her evolution as a story-teller.

  • Alison Young

    Francine V McNiff Professor of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne
    28 March 2018

    Alison Young has researched graffiti and street art for many years, and her ongoing research engages with the ways in which we live in and govern city spaces. She reflected on her journey from law student, to criminologist, to world-renowned street art expert.

  • Linda Lim

    Professor Emerita of Corporate Strategy and International Business, Stephen M Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
    28 March 2018

    Linda Lim has taught at the Stephen M Ross School of Business for over 20 years. She also served as Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies. Dr Lim spoke about the roles and linkages between academic freedom, innovation and racial, gender and national identity in Singapore, and elsewhere in Asia. This event is part of the Dean of Faculty office’s ‘Singapore in Focus’ lecture series.

  • Thomas Kessler

    Director of Swiss Re
    27 March 2018

    Thomas Kessler is Head for Southeast Asia at Swiss Re, responsible for implementing innovative insurance solutions with the public sector. Mr Kessler serves as Principle Finance Specialist at the Asian Development Bank since April 2018, integrating Risk Transfer mechanisms into comprehensive Disaster Finance, Infrastructure Project Finance and Developing Market Finance solutions. He spoke about poverty and the impact of climate change in Asian developing countries.

  • Lai Ah Eng

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore
    22 March 2018

    Lai Ah Eng’s recent appointments include senior research fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS); the Institute of Policy Studies, NUS; and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Dr Lai reflected on multiculturalism in Singapore through sharing of common spaces in everyday life, racism and structural inequalities, and immigration, integration and citizenship status. This event is part of the Dean of Faculty office’s ‘Singapore in Focus’ lecture series.

  • Lysley Tenorio and Darryl Whetter

    15 March 2018

    Lysley Tenorio is the author of the story collection Monstress, which won the 2015 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a Professor of English at Saint Mary's College of California. Dr Darryl Whetter is the inaugural programme leader of the first Creative Writing MA in Singapore and Southeast Asia (at LASALLE College of the Arts). He is the author of three books of fiction and two poetry collections.

  • Peter Kuznick

    Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University
    13 March 2018

    Peter Kuznick is the author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America (University of Chicago Press) and co-author of two books about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He received his PhD from Rutgers University in 1984. He was active in the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements and remains active in antiwar and nuclear abolition efforts. In 1995, he founded American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute. He spoke about the fall of American influence internationally.

  • Manu Bhaskaran

    Director of Centennial Group and Founding Director and CEO of Centennial Asia Advisors
    12 March 2018

    Manu Bhaskaran has more than 30 years of expertise in economic and political risk assessment and forecasting in Asia. Mr Bhaskaran spoke about the viability of Singapore’s economic model in an era of disruption and dislocation. This event is part of the Dean of Faculty office’s ‘Singapore in Focus’ lecture series.

  • Ko Ko Thettand O Thiam Chin

    Poet and Novelist
    21 February 2018

    O Thiam Chin is the author of five collections of short fiction and two novels. His debut novel, Now That It’s Over, won the inaugural Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2015 and the Best Fiction title at the 2017 Singapore Book Awards. Ko Ko Thett is a poet, poetry editor, translator, and anthologist of contemporary Burmese poetry. His most recent book in English is The Burden of Being Burmese, published by Zephyr in 2015.

  • Nicole Kwan

    Adjunct Associate Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    20 February 2018

    Nicole Kwan teaches “Doing Business in China” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and taught previously at Stanford and Beijing’s University of International Business and Economics. She has over 20 years of international banking experience in Asia, focusing on China. She spoke about China’s development model and its ever-expanding impact on international business.

  • Roland Fletcher

    Professor of Theoretical and World Archaeology at University of Sydney
    13 February 2018

    Roland Fletcher is a world-renowned archaeologist, famous for his Greater Angkor Project in the late 1990s, which analysed the limits of low density urbanism to uncover the complex rural-urban system of Angkor between the 7th and the 16th centuries. He reflected on his professional journey in the field of archaeology.

  • Jonathan Hung and Lynette Tan

    President; and Executive Director, Singapore Space and Technology Association
    12 February 2018

    Jonathan Hung and Lynette Tan shared about their career journeys and why the space industry is looking for liberal arts majors. Jonathan Hung is also a Director of Business Development, Global Operations & Head of the Advanced Incubation Centre at Singapore Space and Technology Association.

  • Helga Nowotny

    Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies at ETH Zurich and Former President of the European Research Council, ERC
    8 February 2018

    Helga Nowotny is currently the Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria and Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University. She spoke about the importance of science and research in a post-factual world, referencing ‘fake news’ and wide-spread distrust in news establishments as key factors in a contemporary attack on science and research.

  • Martyn See

    Freelance Editor and Filmmaker
    8 February 2018

    Martyn See is a freelance editor and filmmaker. His editing credits include movies by Eric Khoo and Jack Neo. He shared the proposed amendments of the Film Act and how it would keep up in the digital age.

  • Florian Cornu

    Founder and CEO of Future Flow
    7 February 2018

    Florian Cornu is the founder and CEO of Future Flow, a Singapore-based company which guides entrepreneurs along their growth journey. It provides business modelling, financial projections, unit economics coaching, executive dashboards and board management. In Southeast Asia for 7 years, Florian Cornu started, raised funds, and exited his own company. He led a workshop on how to properly structure a spreadsheet in order to save time and energy, achieve goals faster, and obtain better insights to be ready to make strategic decisions.

  • Janet Neo

    Head of Corporate Sustainability, Asia Pacific, Fuji Xerox
    7 February 2018

    Janet Neo leads the acceleration of sustainability integration into the core business and builds a culture of corporate social responsibility at Fuji Xerox offices in Asia Pacific. She shared about the various initiatives Fuji Xerox is involved with, internship opportunities available with her team, and her personal career journey.

  • Contributors to Press: 100 Love Letters

    31 January 2018

    Press: 100 Love Letters is an anthology, published by the University of the Philippines Press, of cross-genre, LGBTQ-themed correspondence from women to women across the Asia-Pacific region. Several contributors read from their works. The event was hosted by the co-editor of Press: 100 Love Letters and Writers’ Centre lecturer Laurel Flores Fantauzzo.

  • Lee Cuba

    Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College
    31 January 2018

    Lee Cuba spoke about his book Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College. His book is about how students can make the most out of their liberal arts education, based on tracking students for five years at some of the most selective liberal arts institutions in the United States.

  • Victor Kattan

    Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute and Associate Fellow at Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS)
    24 January 2018

    Victor Kattan moved to Singapore from Jerusalem, where he had been working as a legal advisor to the Government of Palestine in Ramallal on secondment from the United Nations Development Program in Jerusalem. He was announced the winner of the inaugural Asian Society of International Law Young Scholar Prize in 2017. He spoke about United States President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and analysed these recent events in the context of regional developments.

  • Yii Kah Hoe

    Composer and Improviser
    24 January 2018

    Yii Kah Hoe is a Malaysian composer and improviser. The winner of the 11th COH Cameronian Arts Awards in Malaysia in 2014, he has been recognised as one of the major voices among Southeast Asian composters of his generation. He spoke about art and environmental advocacy.

  • Kristen Radtke and Scott Lee Chua

    Graphic Novelists
    17 January 2018

    Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This, which was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and named a best book of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Booklist, Kurkus Reviews, Forbes, Buzzfeed, and many other places. Scott Lee Chua is a Yale-NUS undergraduate, majoring in Economics. He received the Nick Joaquin Literary Award for short fiction in 2017 and the Palanca Kabataan essay award in 2011. He is the co-creator of Doorkeeper, a new graphic novel published by Summit Books in 2017.