Cruise Ship Speakers

Politics & Current Affairs
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Andrew Baker
Politics and Modern and Contemporary History
Author and retired Grammar School Headmaster
Coming from: Thorpe Bay,  Essex  UK
Andrew is a retired Headmaster, a former Head of History and Politics and the author of a bestselling book on Contemporary British Politics. He taught in Grammar Schools for over 40 years. Andrew now works as a Consultant. He has given lectures and presentations to a range of audiences and conferences on aspects of contemporary history and he has also spoken on topics such as The Art of School Leadership, Understanding British Values and Building School Ethos and Identity. Andrew has a particular interest in social, educational, cultural and political change in Britain since the Second World War and is a fluent, engaging and entertaining speaker and writer.

Stephen Cole
Presenter / Al Jazeera / BBC World
CELEBRITY
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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Commodore Rupert Wallace
Maritime & Naval History, and Middle Eastern Affairs
CBE, BA
Coming from: Northwood,  Middlesex  UK
Rupert joined the Royal Navy in 1981, after graduating in History from Bristol University and following two years travelling the world. He retired in 2014 as a Commodore, after a career which included seeing action in the Falklands War, commanding three ships and a destroyer flotilla, and six months in Baghdad. He also became a specialist in the Middle East and North Africa via operational deployments, a tour as Defence Attaché in Tunis and Algiers, and strategic international relations work in the Ministry of Defence. Since retirement he lectures on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the situation in the Middle East.