Cruise Ship Speakers

Arabic Culture & Studies
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Sir Michael Burton KCVO, CMG
History & World Affairs
Coming from: London,    UK
Sir Michael Burton is a highly experienced Lecturer. His wide-ranging diplomatic career and extensive travels in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and South and South East Asia provide the material for many of his lectures. These cover the history and current affairs of regions visited – ranging from Indonesia to the Panama Canal - as well as more general subjects such as the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Royal Visits and the British Honours System. A retired ambassador and Arabist, he currently advises a global conglomerate and gives master classes on current affairs.

Clive Leatherdale
International History and Geo-Politics
Coming from: Southend-on-Sea,  Essex  UK
Clive Leatherdale is an author, editor, publisher and lecturer. He has been a cruise-ship lecturer, for various cruise-lines, since 2013. He specialises in international history and geo-politics. His preferred destinations are worldwide. Clive is the author of more than a dozen books.

Anthony Malkin
Military Historian and Battlefield Tour Guide
Coming from: Salisbury,  Wiltshire  UK
Anthony Malkin's career in the British Army saw him undertake several operational tours in Northern Ireland and later becoming Loan Service Officer to the Omani Armed Forces during that country’s conflict in the southern province of Dhofar. He has been the Defence Attaché to the British Ambassador, Abu Dhabi and has established an equivalence of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He presents on Israel’s military history from Crusaders to modern times.

Leslie John McLoughlin
World Affairs
Arab world specialist since 1960
Coming from: Exeter,  Devon  UK
Professor Leslie McLoughlin was Director of Studies at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies (MECAS), Shemlan , Lebanon 1965-68 and 1970-75. He lectured in Arabic and Islamic studies at Edinburgh University 1969-70 and also taught at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and 1970. In 1987 he founded the MECAS Association. Leslie has lectured in Arabic in many Arabic countries most recently in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. He is also a guest speaker on cruises specializing in three areas : the Mediterranean, the Baltic area and Arab waters.

Jennifer Scarce
Expert on Middle Eastern Culture
B.A., F.S.A.(Scot)
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Scotland  UK
Jennifer studied Classical and Ancient Middle Eastern History at University College London before moving to Edinburgh as Curator of Middle Eastern Cultures in the National Museum of Scotland. She is now an Honorary Lecturer, Middle Eastern Cultures, at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. Her many publications include articles and books on Middle Eastern dress and textiles mainly from Iran, Turkey and Morocco. She has lectured for many tours to the Middle East and North Africa including cruises to the Red Sea to visit archaeological sites in Jordan and Egypt.