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.

Dr Norman Berdichevsky
Cultural & Social Geography
Coming from: Orlando,  Florida  USA
Dr Norman Berdichevsky is a Freelance lecturer, teacher, translator, writer, researcher, editor, cruise enrichment speaker, interpreter, tutor, and community events manager with sophisticated communications skills; He has forty-five years’ experience teaching at university, college, and junior college levels in the United States, Denmark, Spain and Israel – 6 published books, more than 300 articles in a variety of American, British, Danish, Spanish and Israeli journals; fluent in Hebrew, Danish, Spanish and Esperanto and has conducted many cruise enrichment lectures.

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.

Robert Cribb
World History (especially Asia, Australia)
Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Canberra,  ACT  Australia
Robert is an Australian historian with a nose for interesting stories. He has lived in Europe, Asia and the U.S. and delights in enthusing undergraduates with the span of historical change in Asia and the Pacific. He knows Indonesia best, but also works on Japan, China, Mongolia, Korea, Myanmar and Vietnam. He has written seven books on Asian history on topics from opium smuggling and war crimes trials to orangutans and historical maps.

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
CBE, ACIS, OStJ
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.

Mark Fitzpatrick
World Affairs
Coming from: Washington,  DC  USA
Mark Fitzpatrick is a former senior US diplomat who now heads the North American office of one of the world’s premier think tanks. A leading expert on nuclear issues who lectures widely at international conferences, he is a frequent guest on BBC, NPR, CNN and other media outlets, particularly on current issues regarding North Korea, Iran and Pakistan. He is the author or co-author of nine books relating to nuclear dangers.

Derek Fraser
Historian
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.

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
KCVO, CMG
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.

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.

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.

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.

Knut Nesse
Enrichment Speaker
Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Westmount,  Quebec  Canada
Knut O. Nesse, a native Norwegian living in Montreal, was Norway’s Trade Commissioner to Canada, and later Commercial Counsellor & Consul for the Norwegian Embassy in Germany. As a student leader in the 1980s, he was active on the European political scene, and had the opportunity to participate at high-level meetings with European and world leaders. This unique experience developed his knowledge of the politics of Europe and the world, and shaped a lifelong interest in the political life, culture, and history of Europe. His special interests include the Vikings and Arctic Explorers.

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
AFC FRAeS FCIM
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.

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.

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.

Marc Stanton
Enrichment Speaker
PhD, MA, MRes, BA, PGCHE,
Coming from: Ormskirk,  Lancashire  UK
MarC Stanton is one of the most charismatic and entertaining members of various professions. With Degrees in multiple disciplines including, Performing Arts, Chinese, Asian Pacific Business, Broadcasting, and Education, his PhD research is about Developing Nations. He has a wide range of experiences in Industry, the Media and Education. He presents at International conferences around the world, is frequently asked to be an expert for radio and television programmes and is often asked to give guest lectures on cruise ships.

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.

Anthony Terry
Maritime History & Antique Cartography
Former Diplomat - South America, Caribbean & Pacific
Coming from: London,    UK
Anthony is a former officer of the Diplomatic Service with extensive experience of South America in a variety of roles covering political, intelligence, economic and commercial issues. His other overseas experience includes Cuba, Chile, Kenya, Guatemala and the former Yugoslavia. He makes annual visits to Chile in connection with his map business and related research, and since 2007 has lectured regularly on cruise ships on the subject of early voyages and antique cartography.

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
LL.B, Ph.D, FRSA
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.