Visiting Speakers

  • Anna Power

    Managing Director, Johnson & Alcock
    30 October 2020

    Ms Anna Power is the Managing Director of Johnson & Alcock, a London-based literary agency where she looks after a diverse list of award-winning novelists, non-fiction writers and journalists.

  • Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh

    28 October 2020

    Mr Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh is the author of Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore and co-author of Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus.

  • Lau Ting Hui

    Sociocultural Anthropologist
    22 October 2020

    Professor Lau Ting Hui is a sociocultural anthropologist, originally from Limbang, Sarawak, East Malaysia. She completed her PhD at Cornell University in August 2020.

    She is currently working with Lisu indigenous subsistence farmers on the China-Myanmar border in the highlands of mainland Southeast Asia. By examining Lisu jokes, narratives, dreams, and lived experiences, she studies how the body works as a medium of protest in contexts where other means for expressing dissent are not viable.

  • Tan Hui Yee

    Indochina Bureau Chief, The Straits Times
    22 October 2020

    Ms Tan Hui Yee is The Straits Times’ Indochina Bureau Chief, covering Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. She has been based in Bangkok since 2012. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, she spent much of her time on the road.

    Ms Tan specialises in long-form journalism, with a focus on topics like migration, gender and socio-political structures. Her explanatory work has won awards from the World Association of Newspapers and Publishers as well as The Society of Publishers in Asia.

  • Andrea Nanetti

    Associate Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University
    21 October 2020

    Associate Professor Andrea Nanetti is a pioneer in the digital humanities. His main research project is Engineering Historical Memory (EHM), which develops and tests sets of shared conceptualisations and formal specifications for content management systems at the intersections of humanities and data science.

  • Jack Reed

    Geospatial Web Engineer, Stanford University Library
    21 October 2020

    Mr Jack Reed is a former geologist and Geospatial Web Engineer in Stanford University Libraries’ Digital Library Systems and Services group where he works on increasing access to digital library content. He works with various open source software projects such as GeoBlacklight, Blacklight, and Leaflet-IIIF.

  • Katie McDonough

    Senior Research Associate, The Alan Turing Institute
    21 October 2020

    Dr Katherine McDonough is a historian of eighteenth-century France working at the intersection of political culture and the history of science and technology. She is part of the Living with Machines project at the Alan Turing Institute, where her research focuses on developing methods for geographic information retrieval from text and visual sources and examining how the expansion of transportation infrastructure changed 19th century communities.

  • Stefan Leyk

    Associate Professor of Geography (GIScience), University of Colorado Boulder
    21 October 2020

    Associate Professor Stefan Leyk specialises in Geographic Information System (GIS) where his research interests lie in cartographic pattern recognition from historical maps, spatial dynamic modelling approaches in public health, land cover change modelling, and uncertainty in GIScience. He is the author of Using Historical Maps in Scientific Studies Applications, Challenges, and Best Practices (2019).

  • Yao-Yi Chiang

    Associate Professor (Research) of Spatial Sciences, University of Southern California
    21 October 2020

    Associate Professor Yao-yi Chiang is an Associate Professor (Research) of Spatial Sciences in the Spatial Sciences Institute and the Associate Director of the Data Science Institute at the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering. He is an expert in digital map processing, pattern recognition, and geospatial information systems (GIS), and predictive analytics focusing on automated techniques for geospatial data extraction and integration. His paper, Querying Historical Maps as a Unified, Structured, and Linked Spatiotemporal Source (2015) won the first prize at the Computing Community Consortium.

  • Alan Gerber

    Dean of Social Science and Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science, Yale University
    15 October 2020

    Professor Alan Gerber is the Dean of the Social Science (Division of the Faculty of Arts and Science), the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science, Faculty in Residence at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and Director of the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University. His current research focuses on the application of experimental methods to the study of campaign communications, and he has designed and performed experimental evaluations of many political communications programmes, both partisan and non-partisan in nature.

  • David Mayhew

    Sterling Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Yale University
    15 October 2020

    Professor David Mayhew is Sterling Professor of Political Science Emeritus. Prof Mayhew specialises in United States legislative behaviour, political parties, and policymaking. Aside from Yale, where he began teaching in 1968, he has taught at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst College, University of Oxford, and Harvard University, and has held fellowships at Stanford University and California Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Isabela Mares

    Professor of Political Science, Yale University
    15 October 2020

    Professor Isabela Mares is Professor of Political Science at Yale University. Prof Mares has been on the faculty of Stanford and Columbia University, and has taught at Sciences Po Paris and the Central European University in Budapest. Prof Mares has written extensively on a range of topics in comparative politics and political economy, including democratisation, clientelism and corruption, taxation and fiscal capacity development, social policy reforms in both developed and developing countries.

  • Jacob Hacker

    Professor of Political Science, Yale University
    15 October 2020

    Professor Jacob Hacker is the Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. A regular media commentator and policy adviser, he is known for his research and writings regarding American politics, public policy and health policy, especially his development of the “public option”. He was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • Steve Okun

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, APAC Advisors
    15 October 2020

    The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of APAC Advisors, Mr Steve Okun is a leader in corporate public affairs, communications, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement in Asia Pacific. He is also Senior Advisor of McLarty Associates, an international strategic advisory firm and is a Governor on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. He was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Special Service Commendation for serving in the Administration of President Bill Clinton as Deputy General Counsel at the United States Department of Transportation from 1994 to 1999.

  • Alasdair MacLeod

    Head of Enterprise and Resources, Royal Geographic Society
    14 October 2020

    Mr Alasdair MacLeod is the Head of Enterprise and Resources at the Royal Geographic Society and former publishing director at the British Museum. His current work focuses on creating and expanding the digital archive of the Royal Geographic Society in collaboration with Wiley Digital Archives.

  • Fiona Williamson

    Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Singapore Management University
    14 October 2020

    Dr Fiona Williamson is an Assistant Professor at Singapore Management University. Through her research on droughts, climate variability and governance in the Straits Settlements, Dr Williamson aims to shed light on how climatic disasters were managed and understand the broad implications of climatic hazards over time and place.

  • Sarah Evans

    Research and Collections Engagement Manager, Royal Geographical Society
    14 October 2020

    Dr Sarah Evans is an experienced events officer and researcher who has a background in working at the interface between learned societies, galleries and collections, and higher education. She has worked on numerous projects to bring together archival and research expertise to engage a wide range of audiences from student groups to the wider academic geographical community. Currently she is the Research and Collections Engagement Manager with the Royal Geographical Society and worked on the Hero Project – a one-year project exploring the figure of the hero, past, and present as part of the “Care for the Future” research theme.

  • Tan Huism

    Director, National Library
    14 October 2020

    Ms Tan Huism is a curator, the Director of the National Library, and former Deputy Director of Content and Services (Singapore, Southeast Asia Exhibitions). She was previously a curator and then Deputy Director at the Asian Civilisations Museum, a fellow at the National Heritage Board, and represents Singapore as a member with the International Federation of Library Associations.

  • Chua Mui Hoong

    Opinion Editor, The Straits Times
    13 October 2020

    Ms Chua Mui Hoong has been with The Straits Times since 1991. She is currently the Opinion Editor and a political commentator. She is the co-author of the book, Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going and the author of Singapore, Disrupted.

  • James Crabtree

    Associate Professor of Practice, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
    13 October 2020

    Dr James Crabtree is an author and journalist as well as Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His career spans both policy and media, including working at the Financial Times and as an advisor in the United Kingdom Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

  • Vincent Ni

    Senior Journalist, BBC
    13 October 2020

    Mr Vincent Ni is a Senior Journalist at the BBC in London. Prior to the BBC, he was a correspondent for Caixin Media in China, tracking China’s global footprint in the Middle East, Europe and North America.

  • Marylyn Tan

    Poet and Artist
    12 October 2020

    The recent winner of the Singapore Literature Prize for her first book of poetry, Gaze Back (Ethos Books), Ms Marylyn Tan is a Singaporean linguistics graduate, poet and artist. She is also the founder of the arts collective, DIS/CONTENT.

  • Margit Kaye

    Library Service Assistant Collections, Research and Education, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
    7 October 2020

    Ms Margit Kaye is one of the most experienced staff at the Beinecke Library of Rare Book and Manuscript. Since 2016, when the Map Collection’s globes, early atlases, and pre-1920 sheet maps were transferred to Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Ms Kaye has been an invaluable aide not only to students and scholars, but also to Beinecke staff as they learn about the cartographic treasures now under their care.

  • Martijn Storms

    Curator of Maps and Atlases, Leiden University Libraries
    7 October 2020

    Mr Martijn Storms is a curatorial expert in maps and atlases at Leiden University Libraries. He also holds positions as the project coordinator for Koeman’s Atlantes Neerlandici VIII as part of Brill Publishers and is an Editor at Caert-Thresoor. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books, both in English and Dutch, among them Maps in the Crowd: Crowdsourcing Old Maps in the Special Collections in Voyage of Discovery (2017).

  • Nick Millea

    Map Librarian,  Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
    7 October 2020

    Mr Nick Millea is an expert in maps and map history, having been the Map Librarian of the Bodleian Libraries for 28 years. He is the co-author of Talking Maps (2019) and A Critical Companion to the English Medieval Mappae Mundi of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries (Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture) (2019). His work, Street Mapping: An A-Z of Urban Cartography (2005), charts the history of urban cartography using examples from the Bodleian Library collection to illustrate the evolution of cartographic styles, conventions, and the role of purpose and function on their design.

  • Tom Harper

    Curator (Antiquarian Mapping), British Library
    7 October 2020

    Mr Tom Harper is a lead curator of antiquarian mapping at the British Library with a Degree in History and the History of Art. He co-curated the exhibition ‘Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art’ (2010), ‘Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage’ (2014-2015), and curated ‘Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line’ (2016-2017). He has also co-authored the book, A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps (2014).

  • Nurfadzilah Yahaya

    Assistant Professor of History, National University of Singapore
    6 October 2020

    Assistant Professor Nurfadzilah Yahaya is a legal historian of the Indian Ocean from the History department at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to NUS, she was an Early Career Fellow in Islamic Studies at Washington University in St Louis.

    Her book, Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia was published by Cornell University Press in 2020. Her articles have also been published in Law and History Review, Journal of Women’s History, Indonesia and the Malay World and Muslim World.

  • Gina Rae La Cerva

    Geographer, Environmental Anthropologist and Award-Winning Writer
    30 September 2020

    Ms Gina Rae La Cerva is a geographer, environmental anthropologist and an award-winning writer. She travels extensively to research a variety of environmental and food-related topics.

    A National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, Ms La Cerva holds a Master of Environmental Science from Yale School of the Environment and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

  • Joy Slappnig

    Collaborative Doctoral Award Student, Royal Geographical Society
    30 September 2020

    Ms Joy Slappnig is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award student working in partnership with the Royal Geographic Society. Her current research examines the indigenous contribution to the map collection of the Royal Geographic Society. It explores the historical significance of “Indigenous Maps” as sources of geographical information, ethnographic objects, and artefacts of encounter.

  • Thongchai  Winichakul

    Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin
    30 September 2020

    Professor Thongchai Winichakul is a historian and researcher of Southeast Asian studies. His research interests include the cultural and intellectual history of early modern and modern Southeast Asia (19th to early 20th century), encounters between Southeast Asian societies and the West, the history of Siam (Thailand), and the modern Thai cultural politics from the late 19th century to the present. His path-breaking book Siam Mapped (1994) won the Grand Prize for the Asia Pacific Book Award from the Asian Affairs Research Council.

  • Matthew Edney

    Professor of Geography and Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, University of Southern Maine
    23 September 2020

    Professor Matthew Edney is an expert in map history. He is the author of Mapping an Empire: The Geographical Construction of British India, 1765-1843 (1997), Cartography: Its Ideal and His History (2019) and co-editor of Cartography in the European Enlightenment (2019), Volume Four of The History of Cartography. He is the Faculty Scholar for the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (USM). Since 2005, he has directed the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Robert K Batchelor

    Professor of History and Director of Digital Humanities, Georgia Southern University
    23 September 2020

    Professor Robert K Batchelor holds a doctorate in Philosophy and is the author of The Selden Map and the Making of a Global City, 1549-1687 (2014) with research interests in Modern Britain, Early Modern East Asia and Pacific, History of Games, and the History of Cartography. His current enterprise is a digital project with World History Gazetteer, involving the historical mapping of ocean currents and early modern shipping routes in the Pacific.

  • Boo Junfeng

    15 September 2020

    Mr Boo Junfeng is a Singaporean award-winning filmmaker. He has written and directed two feature films – Apprentice (2016) and Sandcastle (2010) - as well as several award-winning short films. Mr Boo’s works often humanise topics such as identity, memory and sexuality, using personal and intimate narratives.

    In 2008, he became the first recipient of the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts – the valedictorian honour of LASALLE College of the Arts. He was also accorded the Young Artist Award (2009) and the Singapore Youth Award (2011). He is currently developing his third feature film.

  • Shawn Chua

    Researcher and Artist
    14 September 2020

    Mr Shawn Chua is a researcher and artist based in Singapore. His research and artistic practice engages with embodied archives, uncanny personhoods and the participatory frameworks of play.

    He holds a Master of Arts in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and speculates about futures and cybernetic dreams.

  • Chitra Venkataramani

    Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
    2 September 2020

    Dr Chitra Venkataramani is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. She obtained her PhD (Anthropology) from John Hopkins University in 2015. Her research intersects urban planning, ecology, visual culture, and science and technology in India.

  • G S Kannan

    Volunteer Facilitator, “Explorations into Ethnicity” and “Explorations into Faith” community programmes
    1 September 2020

    Dr G S Kannan is a naturalised Singaporean who emigrated at the age of eleven. He is in an interethnic, interfaith marriage and has two teenage children. His reading interests include intersectionality and personal narratives. He has been a volunteer facilitator in the “Explorations into Ethnicity” and “Explorations into Faith” community programmes.

  • Lai Ah-Eng

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore
    1 September 2020

    Dr Lai Ah-Eng is adjunct senior fellow at the University Scholars Programme (USP), National University of Singapore where she teaches Multiculturalism and Its Contested Meanings in Singapore.

    Trained in economics, development studies and social anthropology, she has published research studies in multiculturalism, ethnicity and religion; migration and diversity; family and gender; and local histories and heritages.

  • Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib

    Founding Board Member, Centre for Interfaith Understanding
    1 September 2020

    Mr Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib is a founding Board Member of the Centre for Interfaith Understanding.

    He writes on issues of diversity in multicultural Singapore. He is the co-editor of Budi Kritik (2019), an essay compilation on Malay society.

  • Kevin Lim

    Photojournalist, The Straits Times
    31 August 2020

    Mr Kevin Lim joined The Straits Times as a photojournalist in 2009.

    In 2015, he received the 36th Society for News Design Award of Excellence for Photography/Single Photo Portrait and Singapore Press Holdings' English/Malay/Tamil Media (EMTM) Feature Picture of the Year.

    He was the only Singaporean photojournalist permitted to document the historic handshake and exchanges between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore which made the cover of Time magazine and Time’s Top 100 Photos of 2018.

    Mr Lim was also the first photojournalist to clinch the Journalist of the Year award at Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) annual awards in 2018.

  • Neo Xiaobin

    Photojournalist, The Straits Times
    31 August 2020

    Ms Neo Xiaobin has been a photojournalist with The Straits Times, an English-language daily in Singapore, since April 2010. A journalism major, Ms Neo currently manages Home in Focus, a weekly series of photography features produced by The Straits Times picture desk, which documents different facets of the quirky, compassionate and ever-changing in Singapore.

    Her photography and multimedia work has garnered regional awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), WAN-IFRA Asia Media Awards, Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (PANPA), and the Asian Digital Media Awards (ADMA).

    In 2014, she was awarded the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu, which recognises an individual for an outstanding body of work in his/her photographic career.

  • Jack Jin Gary Lee

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies, Kenyon College
    25 August 2020

    Dr Jack Jin Gary Lee is Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at Kenyon College, United States. His research and teaching examine the significance of culture, law, and politics in the social processes of state-making and governance.

  • Christof Koch

    Chief Scientist & President, Allen Institute for Brain Science
    19 March 2020

    Dr Christof Koch is a neuroscientist, best known for his studies and writings exploring the basis of consciousness. Trained as a physicist with a minor in philosophy, Dr Koch was a Professor of Biology and Engineering at the California Institute of Technology for 27 years. He is now Chief Scientist and President of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, leading a large-scale effort to build brain observatories to map, analyse and understand the brain of mice and humans. His current book is The Feeling of Life Itself – Why Consciousness is Widespread but Can’t be Computed. Dr Koch is a frequent public speaker and writes a column for Scientific American.

  • Bob Reiss

    10 March 2020

    Mr Bob Reiss is a best-selling author of 23 fiction and non-fiction books, including The Coming Storm about climate change, The Eskimo and the Oil Man about Shell’s Alaskan venture and The Road to Extreme about Amazonian rainforest destruction. Mr Reiss won New York Press Club 2018’s best reporting award for coverage in Fortune Magazine about efforts to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. His books have been published in 12 countries.

  • Goh Wei Leong

    Chairman & Co-Founder, HealthServe
    5 March 2020

    Dr Goh Wei Leong founded HealthServe – a non-profit organisation providing healthcare to migrant workers in 2006. Today, HealthServe has clinics in Geylang, Jurong and Mandai, and has extended its services to legal and social assistance. For this work, Dr Goh was named “Singaporean of the Year” in 2017.

  • Tan Lai Yong

    Director for Outreach & Community Engagement, College of Alice & Peter Tan, National University of Singapore
    5 March 2020

    Dr Tan Lai Yong spent 15 years working with the ethnic minority community in Yunnan (China). His work ranged from running clinics and training farmers in healthcare, to tree-planting and setting up mobile libraries. In 2004, Dr Tan received the China National Day “Friendship Award” for this work. He is now back in Singapore, and is a Director for Outreach & Community Engagement for the National University of Singapore’s College of Alice and Peter Tan.

  • Anja Burghardt

    Associate Professor, Institute of Slavonic Studies, LMU Munich University
    2 March 2020

    Associate Professor Anja Burghardt studied Slavic Studies and Philosophy in Hamburg and London. She worked as a research assistant in a project on narratology, before moving to Salzburg as a research and teaching assistant where she finished her PhD on the Russian poet Marina Tsveateva. Since 2015, she has been associate professor at the Institute of Slavonic Studies at the LMU Munich University. Apart from her current project on travel writing in 19th century Polish literature, her main areas of research are Russian and Polish literature, poetry, literary theory, and photography.

  • Bishnu Mohapatra

    Dean, School of Interwoven Arts & Sciences, KREA University
    20 February 2020

    Professor Bishnu N. Mohapatra is the Dean of the School of Interwoven Arts & Sciences of KREA University, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a political scientist and poet, an educator and a commentator on society, governance, policy and culture. He has published in the areas of identity, politics, democracy, minority rights, urban politics, civil society, and social capital.

  • Michael Herzfeld

    Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
    18 February 2020

    Professor Michael Herzfeld is the Ernest E. Monrad Research Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. A past president of both the Modern Greek Studies Association and the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, he was editor of American Ethnologist during 1994-98 and is now Editor at Large with specific responsibility for the feature "Polyglot Perspectives" in Anthropological Quarterly; he serves on numerous other editorial boards and is currently co-editor of New Anthropologies of Europe (Indiana University Press).

  • Georges Dreyfus

    Professor of Religion, Williams College
    17 February 2020

    Professor Georges Dreyfus, Jackson Professor of Religion at Williams College, is a Tibetan Monk and the first Westerner to receive the title of “Geshe,” traditionally the highest degree awarded by Tibetan Buddhist monastic universities and presented by the Dalai Lama himself. He is author of The Sound of Two Hands Clapping: The Education of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk (University of California Press, 2003).

  • Eddie Chua

    Scientist, Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR
    12 February 2020

    Dr Eddie Chua is a scientist in the Institute of High Performance Computing, under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), who uses computer simulations to gain insight into natural phenomena.

  • Tham Seen Hau

    Film Director
    10 February 2020

    Tham Seen Hau has nearly two decades of experience working in satellite television, radio and digital media. She has covered Malaysian politics extensively over the years with a particular interest in infringement of human rights and political violence. Ms Tham was awarded an East-West Centre fellowship in 2015 and has been an Ochberg Fellow of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University.

  • Amy Quan Barry

    Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    6 February 2020

    Born in Saigon and raised near Boston, Amy Quan Barry is an English professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also the author of the novel She Weeps Each Time You’re Born as well as four poetry books (Asylum, Controvertibles, Water Puppets, and Loose Strife). In 2012, Professor Barry was commissioned to write a ten-minute piece for Book Wings, an arts exchange established by former President Obama and then President Dmitry Medvedev and funded by the Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs at the U.S. State Department.

  • José Ignacio Torreblanca

    Professor of Political Science at the National Distance Education University (UNED) in Spain and Head of the Madrid Office of the European Council of Foreign Relations
    6 February 2020

    Professor José Ignacio Torreblanca is a Professor of Political Science at the National Distance Education University (UNED) in Spain and the Head of the Madrid Office of the European Council of Foreign Relations. His topics of focus include populism and euroscepticism in Europe, common foreign security and defence policy, and EU domestic politics and institutional reforms. From 2016 to 2018, he served as the Op-Ed Editor of the Spanish daily, El Pais.

  • Yeow Kai Chin

    6 February 2020

    Yeow Kai Chai is a poet, prose writer, editor, curator, and music reviewer. He has two poetry collections, Pretend I’m Not Here (2006) and Secret Manta (2001), which was shortlisted for the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize. He co-wrote Lost Bodies: Poems between Portugal and Home (2016) and The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015) with three other writers. A co-editor of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (QLRS), he was festival director of Singapore Writers Festival from 2015 to 2018.

  • Olivier Krischer

    Deputy Director, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney
    4 February 2020

    Dr Olivier Krischer is an art historian whose research regards the role of art theory and practice in modern and contemporary China-Japan relations, and more recently networks of artistic activism from Hong Kong and across East Asia. Dr Krischer is co-editor of the journal special issue ‘Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present and Future’, Australia & New Zealand Journal of Art (Taylor & Francis, 2016), and the book Asia through Art and Anthropology (Bloomsbury, 2013).

  • Paul Tan

    Deputy Chief Executive Office, National Arts Council Singapore
    4 February 2020

    As Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the National Arts Council, Paul Tan leads his team in engaging with artists, arts groups, government agencies and industry partners. Together they develop and nurture an environment where people can experience and appreciate the arts as an integral part of their lives.

  • Sharon Tan

    Director of NUS Centre For The Arts
    4 February 2020

    Sharon Tan is Director of NUS Centre For the Arts. NUS Centre For the Arts comprises the NUS Museum and NUS Baba House; the University Cultural Centre, a world class performing arts centre; and a Talent Development and Programming division that oversees 21 student arts excellence groups in music, dance, theatre and film.

  • Wahyuni Hadi

    Director of Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film
    4 February 2020

    Wahyuni Hadi is a film producer and curator known for her promotion of Singapore cinema. She specialises in the management of film & media projects, and oversees the film programme at Objectifs as its director. Her career began in the visual arts and she has since worked as Senior Programme Manager (Film) at The Substation and Commissioning Editor at Mediacorp TV12. She also co-founded Fly By Night Video Challenge with filmmaker Tan Pin Pin in 2003. In 2008-2009, she headed the Singapore International Film Festival as festival director, and has been Executive Director since 2014.

  • Wei Leng Tay

    Visual Artist
    4 February 2020

    Wei Leng Tay is a visual artist working with mediums including photography, audio, video and installation. Aside from her own projects, she is in the collective project Sightlines (2016-) which questions collectivity through conversation and image-making. Previously, she worked as Deputy Picture Editor for TIME Magazine’s Asia edition and as a photo editor for Bloomberg News in Hong Kong.

  • Yvonne Tham

    Chief Executive Office, The Esplanade Co Ltd
    4 February 2020

    Yvonne Tham is the CEO of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, responsible for the overall management and programming direction of the arts centre. Prior to Esplanade, Yvonne was the Deputy CEO at the National Arts Council where she oversaw the Council’s strategic planning and capability development departments, as well as the development and implementation of policies and programmes for arts grants, arts education, community engagement, and arts infrastructure.

  • Laavanya Kathiravelu

    Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
    29 January 2020

    Laavanya Kathiravelu is Assistant Professor in the Division of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is also a Fung Fellow at Princeton University, USA, in 2015/16. Her research sits at the intersection of international migration and contemporary diverse cities, especially in the Global South.

  • Mysara Aljaru

    Artist, Creator
    29 January 2020

    Mysara Aljaru is currently pursuing her Masters in Malay Studies at the National University of NUS. She was previously a current affairs producer and journalist with a local mainstream media organisation. A lens-based practitioner, she is currently researching on mainstream media discourse on Malay development.

  • Nurul Huda Rashid

    Researcher, Artist
    29 January 2020

    Nurul Huda Rashid is a researcher, photographer, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Cultural Studies at NUS. Her research interests focus on images, narratives, visual and sentient bodies, feminisms, and the intersections between them.

  • Preeti Nair

    Comedian, Social Influencer
    29 January 2020

    Preeti Nair, better known as Preetipls, has made waves as an overnight Internet sensation with videos ranging from her parody of ‘Orchard Road’s Fashion Police’ to videos addressing serious topics such as Racial Harmony – mainly the misrepresentation of minority races in local media. Her use of humour to tackle such issues has helped pave the way for Preetipls to be known as “Singapore’s Satirical Internet Queen”.

  • Lucy Helton

    23 January 2020

    Lucy Helton is an artist working at the boundaries of the photographic medium. Her work presents artifactual geomorphic technofossils taken from the earth’s substratum, byproducts of anthropogenic climate change. Her first photobook Actions of Consequence was nominated for the MACK First Book Award 2014, shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2015, and the Anamorphosis Prize 2015.

  • David W Rivkin

    Lawyer and Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
    15 January 2020

    David W Rivkin is Co-Chair of Debevoise’s International Dispute Resolution Group and a Past President of the International Bar Association (IBA). Mr Rivkin is consistently ranked as one of the top international dispute resolution practitioners in the world.