Cruise Ship Speakers

Diplomacy & International Affairs
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Jacques Arnold, D.L.
Former Parliamentarian & Royal Genealogist
BSc (Econ), LSE
Coming from: West Malling,  Kent  UK
Jacques is a former Member of Parliament, and during this period he travelled to exotic and sometimes dangerous locations in his role as a Parliamentary Observer of the introduction of democracy in a number of countries in both Latin America and Eastern Europe. Armed with large numbers of photographs of his many travels, and a keen interest in international events, he provides amusing, interesting and informative talks on his many and varied experiences and lifetime of interest in royal genealogy.

Sir Andrew Burns
World Affairs & International Diplomacy
KCMG Retired Ambassador
Coming from: Minehead,  Somerset  UK
Sir Andrew Burns is a retired British Diplomat with extensive experience of South and SE Asia and China/Hong Kong, Israel and the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, the US and Canada. His final post was as High Commissioner to Canada, having previously been Ambassador to Israel and Consul-General in Hong Kong and Macau. Sir Andrew lectures on historical, cultural and foreign policy subjects in a tailor-made way that illuminates the geographic region of each cruise and draws on his own experiences as a diplomat with an eye for the humorous.

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.

Jim Clement
Destination Lecturer & Maritime Historian
Baltic, Mediterranean. Asia, Caribbean,Latin America, Panama, Norway,
Coming from: Largo,  Florida  USA
Jim is a retired USA Diplomat who lived in 13 countries and has given Destination/Maritime History Lectures on more than 120 cruises in Europe, Asia, S. America. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (BSc) and University of Chicago (MBA). He was a US Navy Submarine Officer, VP International for Fortune 500 companies. He was a University Professor for History, Geography, Logistics, and International Marketing. Having lived and worked in Panama and transited the Panama Canal 30 times and Suez Canal 4 times, Jim can give the ship's bridge commentary about the history of the Canal in English or Spanish. He has also narrated bridge commentary about Glaciers in Chile and Norway.

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 David Durie
International Affairs & Geographical History
KCMG / Former Governor of Gibraltar / Scottish Heraldry
Coming from: Richmond,  Surrey  UK
Sir David Durie, who has had a distinguished career in the public service, was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar, from 2000 to 2003. Between 1995 and 2000 he was Director General for Enterprise and Regions in the Department of Trade and Industry in London, and before that he was UK Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels. David's talks include the history of Gibraltar and his experiences living there, the Ottoman Empire and the Mediteranean more generally, the workings of the European Union and Scottish heraldry.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Andrew Lambert
Military & Aviation Historian
Air Commodore, MPhil
Coming from: Lapford,  Devon  UK
Air Commodore Andrew Lambert flew Phantoms and went on to run the RAF's "Top Gun"¯ school. A planner for the 1991 Gulf War, he then commanded a Tornado fighter squadron on operations over Bosnia. As an Air Commodore he commanded in the Falklands and the Iraqi Northern No Fly Zone. A Military Historian, he has also published a number of papers on the Psychological Impact of Air Power and Coercion and British Defence Policy.

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.

Joseph Micallef
Age of Exploration, Military and Maritime History
Published Author, Fox News and CNN Commentator, Keynote Speaker
Coming from: Tualatin,  Oregon  USA
Joseph V. Micallef is a historian, best selling author, keynote speaker and commentator on military and international affairs. He has produced, directed or written dozens of documentary programs on military history and world politics as well as written a number of books. He has an M.Sc. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs. Joseph has lectured extensively on military history and world affairs at a variety of venues, and also frequently speaks on the history of food, wine and spirits. He is fluent in Italian and English.

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.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Nijensohn
Cultural Historian
Professor of Neurosurgery, MD, MS, PhD, FACS, FAANS (L)
Coming from: Fairfield,  Connecticut  USA
Dr. Daniel E. Nijensohn was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, where he graduated in the National University of Cuyo Medical School with an MD degree. He interned at the University of Buenos Aires teaching hospitals, followed by a surgical internship at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center. He subsequently moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he trained as a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Nijensohn is an Honorary (Emeritus) Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University. He has lectured extensively including on about 30 ocean cruises. His interests include History, Geography, Biology, the Arts, Science, World Affairs and/or Extraordinary Lives.

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.

Gavin Roser
Shipping & Transportation
Coming from: Ayr,  Ayrshire  UK
Gavin has been in the shipping industry for 45 years, and in this time has seen remarkable changes in one of the few industries that operate regardless of national boundaries. Over the years he has been in many senior positions and in between times he runs his own maritime consultancy firm. Gavin also works with the Northern Maritime University in Northern Europe promoting new thinking in maritime education. His talks on how shipping affects us will surprise and entertain you.

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.

Professor Michael Share
History & World Affairs
Russia and Asia
Coming from: Macau,  SAR  China
Michael was born and raised in upstate New York and attended SUNY Binghamton for his BA in European history. Then he went overseas to the London School of Economics for his MA in International History. Returning to the US, Michael completed a PhD in Russian history at the University of Wisconsin. Michael Share taught numerous courses in European, Russian, US, military and diplomatic history for the past 40 years, either part time or full time, in the US, Russia, Hong Kong, and currently at the University of Macau. Michael has lived in the USA, Russia, the UK, Hong Kong and currently in Macau.

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.

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.

Professor Jon A. Wiant
World Affairs, Intelligence & Military History
SES (Ret.), Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies
Coming from: Falls Church,  Virginia  USA
Jon Wiant is an authority on the intelligence and international affairs. His career spanned the Cold War and the global national security challenges that followed. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and the NSC Director for Intelligence Policy as well as senior positions at CIA and Defense. In retirement, this recipient of the Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal has taught at Washington universities. Cruise passengers will be intrigued by his talks on intelligence and international affairs.

Richard Wilson
Travel, World Affairs, Literature & Humanities
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Professor Richard Wilson was educated at Cambridge, Oxford and in France. After a time in publishing, his early career was as a British Council lecturer in Africa and the Middle East. He is a BBC-trained radio and television presenter and has taught at the University of York and at The Open University. Tailor-made for each voyage, Richard’s lectures develop the theme of his BBC series Writers and Places, offering insights into the places visited and the seas crossed.