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.

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.

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.

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.

Michael Hick
History & Geopolitics
Coming from: Houston,  Texas  USA
Michael Hick was born and educated in England. As a young school-boy he was taken all over Europe with his parents who were on post-war business in the war-torn continent. Michael graduated in History, Geography and English Literature and then joined the Royal Navy serving throughout the Mediterranean, the Baltic and the West Indies. Then, during a long career at Lloyd’s of London, he traveled world-wide doing business in most countries. Following a successful global business career Michael became a Professional Speaker for business audiences and has won numerous speaking awards. Since 2005 he has worked with almost every cruise line specializing in destination history talks.

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.

Philip Hurst
Cultural History & World Affairs
M.A., LL.M., F.R.G.S.
Coming from: Zahara de la Sierra,  Cadiz  Spain
Philip Hurst is a popular shipboard lecturer on world affairs, geopolitics and modern history, based in Spain. After several decades practising in the stratospheric regions of international law, his focus is now history, with a particular interest in modern states in transition, from colony to independence and from dictatorship to democracy, Imperial history, and the geopolitics of the First World War. Since retiring from legal practice, Philip devotes his time to lecturing at sea, historical research and writing; he also lectures in Spain on sherry and other Spanish wines.

Clive Leatherdale
International History and Geo-Politics
PhD
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Daniel Silke
Political Analyst, Author & Keynote Speaker
Coming from: Cape Town,    South Africa
Daniel Silke is an Independent Political Analyst, Author and Keynote Speaker specializing in South African and International politics. He has a specialist interest in political parties and elections and is a renowned Futurist lecturing widely on issues surrounding global change, volatility and the future of the world. He is regarded within South Africa as one of that country’s leading political commentators and most passionate public speakers.

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.