Cruise Ship Speakers

Politics & Current Affairs
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Andrew Baker
Modern History, Politics & Extraordinary Lives
Author, consultant, lecturer and ex Grammar School Headmaster
Coming from: Thorpe Bay,  Essex  UK
Andrew is an engaging and entertaining speaker whose presentations have been praised for their warmth, humour, clarity and accessibility. He is a former Headmaster, an author, a consultant and a lecturer with a sharp eye for detail and anecdote. Andrew brings to life sensational episodes from the 60s and 70s; paints vivid and unforgettable portraits of those who have shaped today’s world, looks at the huge social changes in our lifetimes and explores current issues such as Brexit and Post Truth. Sit back, reflect, remember, laugh and see our own times more clearly.

Sir Stephen Brown
Diplomacy & International Affairs
BA (Asian History); KCVO
Coming from: Ben Rhydding,  Ilkley  UK
After leaving school, Sir Stephen served for 10 years with the Royal Artillery in Germany, Northern Ireland and Oman. In 1976, he joined the Diplomatic Service which was the start of over a decade of service in the Asia-Pacific region. Appointed Ambassador to The Republic of Korea in 1997, he was involved in helping Korea overcome the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 and then in supporting President Kim Dae-jung’s “Sunshire Policy” towards North Korea. Sir Stephen was High Commissioner to Singapore from 2001 – 2002 before becoming Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment.

Roger Carrick KCMG, LVO
Diplomacy & International Affairs
Coming from: Minehead,  Somerset  UK
Sir Roger Carrick is a retired senior British career Diplomat, Consul-General, Ambassador and High Commissioner. A skilled public speaker with Cold War experience behind the Iron Curtain, four years in Paris and eight around the USA, he also has a profound knowledge of South East Asia and Australasia. Sir Roger is an accomplished and entertaining lecturer in professional circles and at Literary and Arts Festivals, and a sought after speaker aboard cruise ships.

Stephen Cole
Presenter / Al Jazeera / BBC World
Coming from: London,    UK
Stephen Cole is the senior anchorman and correspondent for the Royal Television Society Award winners Al Jazeera English based in the Middle East and London. He is considered as one of the best known faces of international news television. He is the longest-serving British male Presenter of 24-Hour news. Stephen presents a series of talks on cruise ships about his 40 years in the News and the history of Arab TV.

Edwina Currie
World Affairs & Extraordinary Lives
Writer, Broadcaster, Politician, Celebrity Speaker
Coming from: Whaley Bridge,  Derbyshire  UK
Edwina was born in Liverpool, UK in 1946 and went to the Liverpool Institute, the same school as Beatles George Harrison and Sir Paul McCartney. She won a scholarship to Oxford University to read Chemistry, and then switched to Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Edwina has had three successful careers - so far! She stood for Parliament in 1983 and represented South Derbyshire for 14 years. She became one of the nation's best known MPs and served in Margaret Thatcher's government 1986-88. Edwina is also a successful author & broadcaster and has been a Celebrity speaker with many cruise lines since 1994.

Paul Dimond CMG
Diplomacy & International Affairs
Far East, Japan & West Coast US
Coming from: London,    UK
Paul has extensive experience in senior diplomatic roles in three Continents, with responsibility to meet FCO objectives across a range of issues, in business, economic, political, cultural, public diplomacy, immigration, consular and scientific fields. His most recent diplomatic assignment was HM Ambassador to the Philippines (2002-2005). He is currently a sought after director to a number of high profile public companies. Paul presents a diverse range of talks on the culture, politics and economics of Japan and SE Asia.

Dr. Robert Donaldson
Political Science & World Affairs
Ph.D., Russian and American Foreign Policy
Coming from: Tulsa,  Oklahoma  USA
Robert (“Bob”) Donaldson retired after 45 years of College teaching in Political Science, specializing on Russian and American Foreign Policy and World Politics. At the University of Tulsa, where he was President in the 1990s, he was chosen “Faculty Member of the Year” in 2013. Dr. Donaldson has three degrees from Harvard and is author or co-author of 6 books and two dozen articles and book chapters. In addition to teaching at 4 universities, he has spoken to Foreign Relations Committees in 25 cities has lectured for the U.S. State Department in Europe and the Indian Sub-continent.

Sir Jeremy Elwes CBE
Social Historian & After Dinner Speaker
Coming from: Sevenoaks,  Kent  UK
An accomplished and entertaining speaker, Sir Jeremy did National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps and then, although he qualified as a Chartered Secretary, he spent his working life with a trade and technical publishing company, in different roles and finally retiring early in 1994 as Human Resources Director (Europe). He presents a series of well-illustrated talks on a variety of subjects, such as the St John Ambulance Service and English traditions and politics, with enthusiasm and humour.

Karl Fox
History, Travel, Current World Affairs & Cultures
Professor of History
Coming from: Dunnellon,  Florida  USA
Karl Fox is a retired History Professor from Canada. He taught History, Current World Affairs, Human Resources, and Business Communications in an Ontario College (Canada) for 27 years. Working at the College provided the opportunity to travel four months every year. He made the most of this by visiting/working in over 130 countries and visiting all seven continents several times. Karl has conducted trans-continental trips across Africa and Asia as well as leading numerous safaris in Africa. He is a frequent lecturer on cruise ships and his presentations on Maritime History are interesting, insightful, and humorous.

Derek Fraser
BA, MA, PhD, FRHistS
Coming from: Leeds,  West Yorkshire  UK
Professor Derek Fraser is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Teesside where he served as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive for 11 years. He has had a varied career involving time as a schoolteacher, university lecturer, HMI, senior civil servant and deputy director of a polytechnic. He has been awarded professorships at three universities, Bradford, UCLA and Teesside. Derek has been lecturing in cruise ships since 2003 on a wide range of historical subjects. He is a keen bridge player and is a qualified English Bridge Union county level Tournament Director.

James Fraser
Photojournalist & Enrichment Speaker
National Newspaper Photographer, Daily Telegraph/Sunday Times
Coming from: Mold,  Flintshire  UK
After a 30 year career in newspapers, James has vast experience of events, people and places to share with Cruise Line passengers, from the highs and lows of the Royal family, political campaigns of all hues, to the birth and rise of celebrity culture and experience of trouble spots including Northern Ireland and the Afghanistan conflict. Covering major elections since 1979 has given Jim a fascinating insight into the political world, photographing many prime ministers. Jim shows a huge range of images to give life to these stories.

Lady Angela Harris
Baroness Harris of Richmond
Liberal Democrat
Coming from: Richmond,  North Yorkshire  UK
Lady Angela Harris was born in Lancashire, attended Canon Slade Grammar School in Bolton, and Ealing Hotel and Catering College. Between 1994 to 2001 she served as Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority. In 1999 she was created a Liberal Democrat Life Peer taking the title Baroness Harris of Richmond. A former Whip for her Party she was also spokesperson on Policing and Northern Ireland before the formation of the coalition government. She is currently a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords.

Michael Hindley
International Relations & Current Affairs
MA. Former Member of the European Parliament
Coming from: Great Harwood,  Lancashire  UK
A child of the post-war welfare state baby boom, Michael was educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar, studied German and French at London University and University of West Berlin and gained his MA in Comparative Cultural Studies from Lancaster University. He now freelances as a consultant and lobbyist on international political and economic relations, and his cruise lectures reflect his quest to understand and communicate how modern Britain relates to modern Europe and how modern Europe relates to the modern world.

Sir James Hodge
History & Current Affairs
Coming from: London,  Surrey  UK
Sir James spent 37 years as a British diplomat. His career was focused on East Asia and on economic and trade promotion work. His overseas postings included Ambassador to Thailand and to Laos, Consul-General at Hong Kong and at Macao and Deputy Ambassador to China. Since retirement from the Diplomatic Service, Sir James has performed with great success in a range of business and voluntary roles, and he has been in demand as a speaker on cruise ships. A Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Commerce and Manufactures, he is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and has been for many years a Member of the Viking Society for Northern Research.

Alan Hunt CMG
History & Current Affairs
Former Ambassador
Coming from: London,    UK
Alan Hunt is a former Ambassador, who served in Tehran, Jedda, Panama, Madrid, Oslo and Buenos Aires (where he played a central role in the restoration of diplomatic relations after the Falklands conflict) and was Consul General in Düsseldorf and High Commissioner in Singapore. He was for seven years Director of the Oxford University Foreign Service Programme and is now an independent consultant, lecturer and trainer in diplomacy and diplomatic practice. Alan is a regular cruise speaker and is happy to prepare bespoke lectures relating to the ship’s itinerary.

Ivan Lawrence QC
Criminal Law & Politics
Kt. Q.C. M.A (Oxon) LLD (Honoris Causa) Professor of Law
Coming from: Shepperton,  Middlesex  UK
Sir Ivan Lawrence is one of Britain’s most distinguished criminal lawyers and was a highly respected and influential Member of Parliament. He has appeared for the Defence in some of the most notorious cases. In his other life, Sir Ivan was elected to Parliament in 1974, and served as a Conservative MP under Margaret Thatcher and John Major for 23 years until 1997. Well-known as a political and legal commentator from his broadcasts, lectures and journalism, Sir Ivan helped to bring about important changes in English law. His memoir, “My Life of Crime: cases and causes” provides inspiration for some of his talks.

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.

Steve Levinson
Broadcast Journalist & Economist
Coming from: Pinner,  Middlesex  UK
Steve has been one of Britain’s leading economics and business broadcast journalists for many years. He is highly respected both within and outside his profession for his hard hitting and original journalism, which has won him a number of awards. His insights into the media and the world of politics and economics, have also made him a sought after consultant and advisor to many national and international organisations. In the course of his career he has interviewed many leading political and financial figures. He speaks informatively about media and economics.

John Long
President Reagan's Term in Office
Coming from: Fairway,  Kansas  USA
Dr. Long was a senior advisor to Tom Scully, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Baltimore and Washington, DC. During the 1980’s Dr. Long was appointed by the USSS as the western White House physician for the Secret Service and President Ronald Reagan. During his Santa Barbara adventure, he was exposed to numerous threats and attempts against President Reagan. These have been classified up until now. Dr Long is a regular speaker on cruises introducing passenger to the secret world of US Presidential protection during the 1980's.

Professor Ed Lynch
International Relations & Foreign Policy
Coming from: Roanoke,  Virginia  USA
Dr. Ed Lynch is Chair of Political Science at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. He is a recognized expert on foreign affairs, international relations and diplomacy, especially that of the Mediterranean world. He has sailed with several cruise lines as an expert speaker, traveling to South America, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. Ed is a frequent commentator on political affairs for television, radio and newspapers. His travel adventures include visiting 20 countries in one year, experiencing a minor earthquake in Guatemala, and nearly getting killed in Ecuador, protecting a fellow traveller.

Thomas Macan
Diplomacy & World Affairs
Retired Ambassador and Governor
Coming from: Ambleside,  Cumbria  UK
Tom Macan is a retired British Diplomatic Service Officer with extensive experience of western and central Europe, the Caribbean, South Asia and the Portuguese-speaking world. His final post was that of Governor of the British Virgin Islands, having previously been Ambassador to Lithuania and Deputy High Commissioner to India. His history talks range from the Baltic region, South America, Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Jeffrey Morton
World Politics
Professor & Foreign Policy Association Fellow
Coming from: Lake Worth,  Florida  USA
Dr. Jeffrey S. Morton is Professor of World Politics at Florida Atlantic University and a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association in New York City. He received his Master’s degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. The author of three books and numerous journal articles, Professor Morton received the FAU Researcher of the Year Award and Master Teacher designation. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Foreign Policy Association Medal, an honor bestowed to leading academics and foreign policy makers.

Keith Muras
Diplomacy, Espionage, Politics & Crime
International Diplomacy, Politics, Espionage, and Crime
Coming from: Princes Risborough,  Buckinghamshire  UK
In a British Diplomatic Service career spanning 23 years Keith focused on the intelligence and security dimensions of international politics. Keith served in Central, South and East Africa, in the Former Soviet Union, and in the Caribbean. From South Africa at the heights of apartheid to Moscow in the depths of the ‘Cold War' and to combating drug trafficking and crime in the Caribbean, Keith’s talks are based around his unique personal experiences in the many parts of the world in which he lived and served.

Alan Nazareth
Former Indian Ambassador
MA (Economics & Politics)
Coming from: Bangalore,  Karnataka  India
Holding a Masters Degree in Economics from Madras University, Alan was selected for the Indian Foreign Service in May 1959. He has served in India’s diplomatic and consular missions in Tokyo, Rangoon, Lima, London, Chicago and New York and as India’s High Commissioner to Ghana and Ambassador to Liberia, Upper Volta, Togo, Egypt, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador & Belize. Ambassador Nazareth retired in May 1994 and since then has been guest lecturer at several Institutes as well as lecturing on cruise ships. He presents a diverse range of talks on Indian culture & history, Africa & the Middle East and general history.

David Nicholson
Imperial and British History 1880-1960
Coming from: Tiverton,  Devon  UK
Born in Cheshire, brought up in Lancashire, David studied Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford. Following a period as a civil servant and as Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, he worked in the Conservative Research Department, briefing Ministers under Heath and Thatcher. In 1987 David was elected as Conservative MP for Taunton. His career as MP ended with the landslide defeat of the Tories in 1997. Since then, until retiring in 2012, he worked as a public affairs consultant. His cruise talks cover the "Turning Points for the British Empire 1880-1940", and his impressions of the Conservative leaders he served: Heath, Thatcher and Major.

Robin Oakley OBE
Political Editor, Author & Journalist
Former Political Editor for BBC & CNN
Coming from: Wallingford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Robin Oakley is a journalist and is the author of several books on politics and horse-racing. A contributor to the international broadcaster CNN on European affairs, he has been the Turf columnist of The Spectator magazine since 1995 and is a regular after-dinner speaker. He writes too for the Financial Times. Fascinated too throughout his life by the world of horse-racing, Robin is nowadays a well-known figure on Britain’s racetracks. Robin was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to political journalism.

Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE
Aviation Historian
Coming from: Crowthorns,  Berkshire  UK
The son of a Battle of Britain pilot Rick is himself a decorated and highly acclaimed fighter pilot and leader. He has wide experience of high level command in the military, in senior appointments and in business at Managing Director level. He has great leadership capabilities and is recognised as a high achiever. He is also Past Master of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators Livery.

John Penycate
History & Current Affairs
Historian, author & former Correspondent for Panorama
Coming from: London,    UK
John was for seventeen years an on-screen Correspondent for Panorama, The Money Programme and Newsnight, and worked in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspots. He has given widely-praised lectures on his historical specialisms: Constantinople; the fall of the Romanovs; World War II issues; and the Vietnam War (as co-author of The Tunnels of Cu Chi) - plus current topics like demography and the media.

Jon Roper
American History, Politics and Culture
B.A. (Oxon) Ph.D Kent
Coming from: Swansea,  West Glamorgan  UK
A graduate of St. Catherine’s College, Oxford and the University of Kent, Jon is currently Emeritus Professor of American Studies at Swansea University. He has travelled widely in the United States, which has been the focus of his academic career as a lecturer, researcher and advocate for international education. One of the UK’s leading authorities on the American presidency, he is an engaging and popular speaker on topics that reflect his wide interests in American politics, history and culture. He is also a frequent commentator on contemporary American issues for BBC Radio Wales.

Julian Ruck
Author & Political Commentator
BA (Hons.) Law
Coming from: Kidwelly,  Carmarthenshire  UK
Julian trained as a lawyer in London and has been a law lecturer and manager of LSC contracts for CAB’x in some of the most deprived areas of the country. He is a columnist, Freedom of Information campaigner, Author and more recently, a weekly guest ‘Letter from Wales’ contributor to the influential Westminster Labour Uncut. He talks on current political and social issues.

Ashok Sajjanhar
International Relations, World Affairs, History, Culture
Former Ambassador of India
Coming from: Noida,  Uttar Pradesh  India
Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar has worked in the Indian Diplomatic service for 34 years. He was Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia and has worked in senior diplomatic positions in Indian Embassies/Missions in Washington DC, Brussels, Moscow, Geneva, Tehran, Dhaka and Bangkok. He contributed significantly to strengthening ties and promoting political, strategic, economic and cultural cooperation between India and USA, EU, Russia and other countries. He writes, travels and speaks extensively on issues relating to international relations, foreign policy and themes of contemporary relevance and significance.

Robert Schrire
Poltical Science
Coming from: Rondebosch,  Cape Town  South Africa
Robert Schrire, described by the former editor of the New York Times as "one of South Africa's leading political analysts," is an internationally recognized expert on international and African affairs whose views have been published by The Economist, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times amongst many others. He has been a regular contributor to the BBC, ABC and SABC television networks. Robert Is presently based on Cape Town and he has also held faculty positions at many universities including Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Western Australia, Kent and Sciences Po in Paris.

Joseph Snyder
Destination and Special Interest
International Relations
Coming from: Kensington,  Maryland  USA
Snyder was a diplomat with the U.S. State Department Foreign Service for thirty years. He served in Thailand, Iran, Taiwan, Malaysia and Austria, as well as in Washington. Among his positions was Director of the State Department Press Office and Spokesman, when he often delivered a televised daily briefing with reporters, and Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, where he directed work on nuclear issues in North Korea, Iran and Iraq. For the past nine years he has been a destination and special interest lecturer on cruise ships, private jet tours and Smithsonian Journeys land tours.

Struan Stevenson
Global History
International Lecturer and Broadcaster.
Coming from: Girvan,  Ayrshire  UK
STRUAN STEVENSON served three terms as a UK Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2014. He is an award-winning author, lecturer, newspaper feature writer and broadcaster. 'The Course of History - Ten Meals That Changed The World' is his fifth book and reflects his fascination with global history and the way major decisions are often taken over the dinner table, assisted by generous quantities of food and wine.

Richard Thomas
Political Historian & Africa Specialist
GeoPolitics/Imperial and Colonial History
Coming from: Farnham,  Surrey  UK
Richard was educated in England, Canada and Ireland obtaining his Masters in Development in 1971 and his PhD in Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin in 1975. He has worked in the field of International Development for most of his career. From 1991 to 2011 he was a senior adviser for the Overseas Development Administration (part of the Foreign Office) and its successor the Department for International Development. Since retirement he has undertaken several consultancies and has lectured to local U3A groups, Rotary, Nadfas and on several Cruise ships.

Dr Christopher Whelan
The European Union
Coming from: Woodstock,  Oxfordshire  UK
Dr Christopher Whelan is Associate Director of International Law Programmes at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law (since 2005, Spring Semester) in Virginia, USA. He is also a practising barrister, specialising in Employment Law, at 3PB in the Temple. His current research interests are in the fields of Lawyers’ Ethics and European Union Law, but he has over 70 publications on a wide variety of topics in international and comparative law. Dr Whelan is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Colin Williams
Globalisation & World Affairs
Coming from: Bristol,  Somerset  UK
Colin is a graduate of the University of Bristol and a Chartered Accountant who has travelled the world extensively. Working for a number of years as an international accountant, and subsequently as a tax consultant he has seen how, in the modern age, globalisation dramatically affects the lives of each of us on a daily basis. All of Colin’s talks are topical and entertaining as well as being informative. They are tailored to suit the audience with specific reference being made to the countries to be visited.