Cruise Ship Speakers

Anthropology & Cultural Studies
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Elizabeth Adlam
Biologist, Ecologist & Anthropologist
BSc. MSc.
Coming from: Malvern,  Worcestershire  UK
Elizabeth took her degrees at the University College of Wales Aberystwyth. After teaching for many years at secondary level she entered the Higher Education Sector, training students in the skills needed to teach secondary sciences. Having completed more than 40 cruises, she is experienced in selecting topics ranging from wildlife, cultures and destinations that reflect the cruise itinerary, hoping to enhance the visits which the passengers may make ashore.

Ian Black
Caribbean History & Politics
Coming from: Henley-on-Thames,  Oxfordshire  UK
Ian read History and Economics at university, majoring on American History & Politics. He started work as a lecturer in Computer Applications and Communications with a major computer manufacturer, and was posted abroad to the Caribbean in 1972 where he lived for 3 years. He later set up a PC dealership which grew into a group of computer support companies that was bought by a US corporation. In 2002 he took early retirement and has spent 8 years travelling in the Caribbean, South America and Alaska. Ian's extensive range of talks cover Caribbean and American History & Politics.

Elizabeth Cassell
Social Anthropologist - Scandinavia & The Baltic
Arctic Peoples - Inuit, Sami and Russian Indigenous People, Canada
Coming from: Wivenhoe,  Essex  UK
Elizabeth is a social anthropologist who worked as a commercial property partner in London before entering academic life. After spending a year of research at the renowned Scott Polar Research Institute, she was inspired to pursue her long-standing interest in Arctic peoples. She has travelled the length of the west coast of Greenland, researched the history of settlement in Eastern Canada and lived with the Innu people. She presents a series of lectures on the indigenous peoples of the Arctic, beautifully illustrated with film, sound and her own photographs.

Marie Conte-Helm
East Asian Studies and Art History
OBE
Coming from: Nr Hexham,  Northumberland  UK
Professor Conte-Helm holds higher degrees in the History of Art and in Asian Art. From 2000 to 2011 she served as Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, the largest UK charity. She has published widely on the economic and cultural relationship between Japan and Britain. Marie, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has lecture titles including aspects of the Arts of Asia, Buddhism, Zen & Japanese Gardens.

Adrian Cooper
Geography
BSc (Hons), Phd
Coming from: Felixstowe,  Suffolk  UK
Dr Adrian Cooper worked as an Associate Research Fellow in the Department of Geography, Birkbeck College, London University from 1992 - 2013. His interests include Wildlife, Natural Environments and Oceanography, as well as Mythology, Cultural Geography and Historical Geography. Since 1992, Adrian has been a frequent broadcaster and contributor to the BBC World Service on a wide range of wildlife, environmental and conservation issues. In recognition of his work in promoting the public understanding of geography, Adrian was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1999.

Margaret Cox
Forensic Anthropologist & Medical Historian
BA, BA Hons, Phd, MIFA, FSA
Coming from: West Wellow,  Hampshire  UK
Professor Margaret Cox is an internationally experienced forensic anthropologist who has worked in such places as Iraq, Rwanda, Kosovo, Cyprus, Italy, Belgium and France. She retired from her role as Professor of Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield University and now undertakes consultancy work for governments. She has authored several academic books, appeared in numerous TV and radio documentaries. Her very popular lectures deal with archaeology & anthropology and the history of disease.

Jane Ann Davey
Linguist & Norwegian Specialist
Coming from: Hereford,  Herefordshire  UK
Jane Ann is a professional linguist who was educated in Singapore and England. She gained her Post Graduate Diplomas for Linguists, specialising in French, German and Norwegian. She had a varied career in business, before becoming a technical transalator in Norway. Her lecture topics include Norwegian History, the Vikings, the geography of Fjordland and Norwegian Folklore.

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.

Glynda Easterbrook
Geology
BSc., ARSM, MA(Ed)
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Glynda is a geology graduate of Imperial College, London, an Associate of the Royal School of Mines and has an MA in Education. Starting her career as a mineralogist for the British Geological Survey, she then moved to the Science Faculty of the Open University where she taught and had responsibility for a wide range of Earth Science courses and Summer Schools. She has been an academic advisor to the BBC, the co-author of two books and is a Vice-President of the Oxford Geology Group. She is also President of the Huguenot Society and a Trustee of the Huguenot Museum in Rochester, UK.

Aldon Ferguson
Military Aviation Historian & Russia Expert
FRICS, MRAeS
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Aldon was brought up in the North West of England developing a strong interest in aviation. After a period in the RAF he graduated as a Chartered Surveyor. He specialised in commercial property in London and then set up the first property company in post-Communist Russia. Initially opening in Moscow and quickly expanding into St Petersburg and Kiev in Ukraine. Simultaneously, Aldon's love of all things aviation and related buildings led to him becoming one of the leading experts in RAF history.

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.

Eileen Goulding
The Ancient World
Coming from: Crystal Palace,  London  UK
Eileen specialises in the History, Arts, Myths & Legends of the Ancient World and as a qualified Egyptologist, author and lecturer, is also an authority on the people of Ancient Egypt, their history, language, art, religion and funerary practices. She is an experienced Guest Speaker on cruise ships, lectures to Archaeology/Egyptology societies in the UK and is also an accredited Lecturer for NADFAS.

James Grant-Peterkin
Islands of the Pacific Ocean
MA Cambridge University
Coming from: Hanga Roa,  Easter Island  Chile
James was born in Inverness, Scotland and fulfilled a childhood dream when he first set foot in the South Pacific in 1996. He went on to read Modern languages at Cambridge University, writing his finals dissertation about the linguistic situation on Easter Island, and later specialising in Polynesian languages. He came back to live on Easter Island after completing university, and has been leading archaeological tours of the island for over 15 years. James has been the British Honorary Consul on Easter Island since 2009, and living in Polynesia has given him a unique insight into these exotic islands.

Anne-Marie Harrison
Anthropologist, Cultural Expert & Historian
Diplôme d'anthropologie (EHESS Sorbonne)
Coming from: Saint-Privat des Prés,  Dordogne  France
Anne-Marie is an Anthropologist who has been involved in the communities of the various countries where she has lived (France, England, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia) through many cultural and charitable projects. She is particularly appreciated for her ability to present complex subjects in a “palatable” form. In over 20 years, she has devised many lecture series on Southeast Asia and Europe which can be adapted to suit the different itineraries offered by cruise lines.

Peter Hawthorne
Journalist
Coming from: Cape Town,    South Africa
Peter, a veteran journalist, foreign correspondent and author, was born in England but has been in Africa for most of his working career. His experience stretches into most countries of Africa over more than 40 years, during which he has been witness to many of the momentous events of Africa’s dramatic winds of change. He has been a correspondent for various international media organizations in press, radio and television, including the British Broadcasting Corporation, the New York Times and several British national newspapers. Peter presents a wide range of African topics.

Sharon Irvine
Destinations & History
Honors B.A., Bachelor of Education
Coming from: Toronto,  Ontario  Canada
Sharon has travelled extensively throughout the world in her studies of language and civilization over the last 30 years. With university degrees in French language and civilization as well as education, She is a retired professional educator in Toronto, Canada where she now lives. A frequent traveller for her own personal enrichment, and lecturer on cruise lines for more than 8 years, Sharon enjoys sharing her insights on topics of history, culture and architecture as they relate to the cruise destinations. Her experience includes lectures on Caribbean and Mexican destinations, Alaska, and Europe.

Susan Kikoler
Cultural History
M.A.(Oxon) - Italian Culture & Jewish History
Coming from: Edgware,  Middlesex  UK
Since 2004 Susan has been Honorary Director of the British-Italian Society, the UK’s leading Anglo-Italian cultural association. She first fell in love with Italy as a teenager visiting Florence and after studying English Language and Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, Susan taught English for five years in Syracuse, Sicily, which remains her second home. She has lectured on Italian culture and history since 2005 both in the UK and abroad to a wide variety of audiences. She loves travelling to new places and meeting people.

Roger Luckenbach
Planet Earth, Marine Biology & Anthropology
Ph.D.
Coming from: Carmel Valley,  CA  USA
Roger Luckenbach holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and combines a unique background of academics, research, exploration , adventure travel, film production and writing. As a distinguished, if peripatetic professor he won recognition for teaching and research excellence. He served as a research scientist /curator for the Smithsonian, as well as several museums and aquaria. For over 50 years, Roger has organized, and taught both over-seas study programs including tropical biology courses in Central & South America and a number of SCUBA-based coral reef ecology programs in the Caribbean, Central America, and the South Pacific.

Tiiu Lukk
Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker & Lecturer
M.S. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Coming from: Santa Monica,  California  USA
Tiiu has served as an enrichment lecturer and a naturalist for more than 23 years. She has visited 119 countries throughout the world and has served on 8 different cruise lines, as well as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on both land and sea. Her career has encompassed work as a journalist, a foreign correspondent in southern Africa for ABC News and the Washington Star, as a documentary filmmaker, and an author. Tiiu’s beautifully illustrated presentations focus on the history, culture, art, architecture, and natural history of destinations, so that passengers step ashore with more understanding and knowledge of their cruise destinations.

Patrick McCormack
Destination & Enrichment Speaker
The Caribbean and pre-columbian culture & history.
Coming from: Jacksonville,  Florida  USA
Patrick took his degrees in Sociology and Psychology at the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), emphasizing research, analysis and the development of personality. Having lived in Andaluz, España; Okinawa Prefecture, Nippon, and Sydney, Australia, he developed an interest the evolution of societies and thus, early humans. As a lecturer, he specializes on the peoples of the pre-Columbian Caribbean and Mesoamerican civilizations. On the post-Columbian side, Patrick’s list of subjects include: The Bermuda Triangle; Ancient Atlantis; and 3,000 years of pirates!

Lina Mookerjee
Psychotherapist, International Lecturer & Writer
BEng, DipMS, MA
Coming from: Nottingham,  Nottinghamshire  UK
A pioneering and multi-talented British Bengali with an extremely engaging interpersonal style, Lina is a psychotherapist, teacher, published writer and Director of a nationally acclaimed Yoga School. She was born and educated in the West Midlands, UK, with extensive first-hand knowledge and experience of Indian culture, religion and history. Lina is an experience enhancement speaker on cruise ships, and her areas of expertise are Yoga, Health and well-being, Stress management, Mind-body medicine and Indian religions and philosophies.

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.

John Nixon
Scandinavian & Baltic Countries
B.Sc (Econ), M.Sc, MBA
Coming from: Pershore,  Worcestershire  UK
John Nixon holds degrees in economics and business planning. As a result of his extensive range of work in the Far East and Scandinavia especially in China, he was recently presented with the highly prestigious Dunhuang Award. He offers talks on current developments in Norway and neighbouring countries set against the background of their recent history, social structures and economies. His presentations are superbly illuminated and compliment all voyages in the northern hemisphere. These talks go together with port talks very well indeed.

Derek Potter
Southeast Asia, Maritime and Military History
BSc(Hon), MA (x2)
Coming from: Tyne and Wear,  Sunderland  UK
Coming from a long line of sea captains and chief engineers Derek has a strong interest in maritime history, and being a former officer in P&O lines and an ocean-going yachtsman, has a fascination for ocean liners and circumnavigation in the age of sail. He graduated as a marine engineer and enjoyed a successful career in the maritime and offshore oil industries throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Jonathan Rice
Author on Popular Music, Sports & Japan
Coming from: Hythe,  Kent  UK
Jonathan Rice wears many hats. For most of the time he is a consultant and lecturer on cross-cultural business links with Asia, and a specialist on international marketing and management styles. He read Japanese at Cambridge University, and then lived and worked in Japan for a dozen years. He has written three books on Japan. He is also a sports writer, having written at least a dozen books on cricket, football, golf and sports history. Since 1990, he has been specialising in national and organisational culture. He talks on the subjects of Japan, Cricket and Popular Music.

Vivianne Rowan
Egyptology & History
Ancient Civilizations
Coming from: Southport,  Merseyside  UK
Vivianne has been a student of Ancient Egypt for many years. She developed her knowledge primarily via diploma courses at Manchester University, and the British centre of Egyptian studies. She has attended many seminars and lectures and worked on projects at the Cairo Egyptian Museum and Pertrie Museum. Vivianne has visited Egypt in excess of fifty times, travelling extensively to visit the many ancient historic sites, often taking small groups of people and acting as guide. She has a series of talks that she tailors to fit the type of audience to make them interesting and not too academic.

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.

Corey Sandler
Destination Lecturer & Special Interest Lecturer
Bestselling author, wire service correspondent, photographer
Coming from: Nantucket,  MA  USA
Corey Sandler has been a storyteller all his life. Beginning as a reporter for a small-town daily paper, he covered two national Presidential campaigns and become a correspondent for The Associated Press. He has written more than 200 books on history, sports, travel, computers, and business; several titles have become national bestsellers. He has appeared as a guest on NBC’s “Today” show, CNN, National Public Radio, and The Travel Channel. Sandler has worked with the world's leading luxury cruise lines for many years. His lectures blend a broad understanding of history and culture in an entertaining package of photos, music, and video.

Kenneth Steven
Norwegian & Greenland Expert
The Sami and the Greenlandic Inuit, Arctic Norway
Coming from: Balvicar,  Argyll  UK
Kenneth Steven is first and foremost a creative writer. He's best known as a poet: 14 of his collections have been published over the years, and he's very much a novelist and children's author too. Since he's lived for several years in Norway he speaks Norwegian fluently and has translated a number of literary works. He has written and presented many programmes for BBC Radio: his feature on St Kilda won a Sony in 2006. He is passionate about the people of the Arctic, having spent a year in the far north of Norway alongside the Sami.

Ian Stone
Historian
BA, BSc, MEd, PhD
Coming from: Isle of Man,    UK
Dr Ian Stone retired from the University of Kent in 1996, and today is an Honorary Polar History Research Associate at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. He is also an Editorial Advisor to 'Polar Record', the principal journal of polar studies. Although a polar specialist, having visited the Arctic and Antarctic more than 50 times each, he has an in-depth knowledge of, and experience in, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Black Seas and the Atlantic Islands.

Chris Stringer
Archaeology, Human Evolution & Earth Sciences
Coming from: London,    UK
Professor Chris Stringer has worked at The Natural History Museum London since 1973, and is now Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His early research was on the relationship of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Europe, but through his work on the ‘Recent African Origin’ theory of modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists, dating specialists, and geneticists in attempting to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally. He has excavated at sites in Britain and abroad, and he is currently co-directing the Pathways to Ancient Britain project, funded by the Calleva Foundation.

Charles W. Sullivan III
Scandinavian & British Mythology & Culture
Coming from: Floyd,  VA  USA
Emeritus Professor of English, Dr. C.W. Sullivan III is retired from the English Department at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, USA. Among his honors there, he was named Distinguished Research Professor of Arts and Sciences at ECU, ECU Board of Trustees Distinguished Research Professor of English, and UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching. He is also a Full Member of the Welsh Academy for his contributions to the study of medieval Welsh Celtic myth and literature, a past president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and the former editor of the ejournal, Celtic Cultural Studies.

Mary Symons
Culture and Lifestyle of Japan and Korea
Ohara Ikebana Sensei & speaker on Japanese and Korean Life and Culture
Coming from: Ferndown,  Dorset  UK
Mary has travelled extensively throughout Japan having spent several years training in Ikebana and other aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyle. Through this and her teaching qualifications, she is in demand as a regular speaker on both the serious and light hearted sides of life in Japan. Mary has spoken on the radio and TV and also runs courses and workshops on Ikebana and Japanese lifestyle. She lectures for various Cruise lines, mostly those on world cruises. She can also hold a range of Japanese Culture and ikebana themed workshops and specific requests can be fulfilled.

Ellie Targett
Norwegian Customs & Culture
Occupation of Norway during WW2
Coming from: Leominster,  Herefordshire  UK
Ellie was born and brought up in Norway where she lived on the West Coast. Her father, a scientist, was a member of the Norwegian resistance during World War ll and wrote his story which was published in 2005 under the title, "Another Man's Shoes". Ellie spent many years as an actress, and also worked in commercial radio as a presenter and voice-over artist before moving to the BBC in 2000. She is a very accomplished speaker, and tells the story of her father's escape extremely eloquently. She also talks with personal first-hand knowledge of Norwegian culture, customs and costumes.

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.

Charles Urbanowicz
Anthropology
Polynesian Society
Coming from: Chico,  California  UK
Dr. Charles Urbanowicz has been traveling throughout the Pacific for more than 45 years. After completing his graduate research in the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga, he received the Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oregon in 1972, the same year he began his teaching career at the University of Minnesota. In 1973 Dr. Urbanowicz joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Chico, and retired from that institution in December 2009. Dr. Urbanowicz holds life membership in The Polynesian Society (University of Auckland) and his Pacific interests and travels have taken him to many of the Polynesian Islands.

Alan Walker
Destination & Enrichment Lecturer
Historian. Travel Writer & Speaker. Regional Analyst
Coming from: Abergavenny,  Monmouthshire  UK
Alan is a Destination & Port Lecturer, Historian and Geographer and has undertaken extensive research and travel in the U.S.A. and Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Mediterranean World including Egypt, Israel, Turkey and the Black Sea, South Africa, large cities of South-East Asia, Australia and the frozen worlds of Iceland. He has lectured on world voyages for many of the major cruise lines, and offers a comprehensive and interesting range of lectures in History, Geography and Environmental Studies.