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speakers for USLS 2018

The USLS has some of the world-renowned life coaches and motivational speakers that believe that all the young scholars have the wisdom and power within them to make their life what they want it to be. Our motivational speakers have gained international acclaim and recognition for their humanitarian work. Their inspirational stories of survival in the face of adversity and lost hope demonstrate the extraordinary strength of the human spirit. These humanitarians acknowledge the fact that there are people out there that have been failed by our systems, people whose rights have been violated, and deserve our help and compassion; their work and perseverance serve as inspiration to many. The following is a short summary of some of our unabashedly outspoken motivational speakers that deliver truly inspiring lectures.

Kishore Mahbubani
Senior Advisor (University & Global Relations) and
Professor in the Practice of Policy
National University of Singapore

Professor Kishore Mahbubani is Senior Advisor (University & Global Relations) and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, where he also served as Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from 2004 to 2017. Concurrently, Prof Mahbubani serves in the Boards and Councils of institutions around the world, including the Yale President's Council on International Activities (PCIA), University of Bocconi International Advisory Committee, World Economic Forum - Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics and as Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee. Before that, he enjoyed a long career with the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004. He had postings in Cambodia (where he served during the war in 1973-74), Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where he served two stints as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Singapore Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998. He also served as a member of Commission of Eminent Persons under the chairmanship of the former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo to advice the International Atomic Energy Agency from 2007 to 2008.

Prof Mahbubani has spoken and published globally. He is the author of Can Asians Think?, Beyond The Age Of Innocence, The New Asian Hemisphere, The Great Convergence (which was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013) and Can Singapore Survive?, and co-author of The ASEAN Miracle. His latest book, Has the West Lost it? A Provocation will be released in April 2018. More information on his writings can be found at www.mahbubani.net.

Prof Mahbubani was awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1967. He graduated with a First Class honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Singapore in 1971. From Dalhousie University, Canada, he received a Masters degree in Philosophy in 1976 and an honorary doctorate in 1995. He spent a year as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1991 to 1992. Prof Mahbubani was conferred The Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998. He was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005, and included in the March 2009 Financial Times list of Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism. He was selected as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he was described as “the muse of the Asian century”. Most recently, he was selected by Prospect magazine as one of the top 50 world thinkers for 2014.
Professor Tan Eng Chye
National University of Singapore

Professor Tan Eng Chye is the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) 5th President and he will be the 23rd leader to head Singapore’s oldest higher education institution, which traces its roots to a modest medical school founded in 1905.

Prof Tan obtained his Bachelor in Mathematics at NUS and his PhD at Yale University. He joined NUS as a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics in 1985. Prof Tan's research interests are in the Representation Theory of Lie Groups and Lie Algebras, and Invariant Theory and Algebraic Combinatorics.

Prof Tan was a pioneer architect of the current academic system in NUS, and has seeded many initiatives such as the Special Programme in Science, University Scholars Programme, University Town Residential College Programme, Grade-free Scheme, Technology-enhanced Education, etc.
Geraldine Cox
President and Founder
Sunrise, Cambodia

Geraldine Cox, started her career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in 1970. Her first posting was to Phnom Penh, where she experienced life in a country at war when the Vietnam War spilled over into Cambodia. After resigning from the government in 1987 she worked for 8 years with the Chase Manhattan Bank in Sydney before deciding to live in Cambodia in 1996.

Geraldine’s original experiences in Cambodia never left her and on a return visit in 1993 she became involved in helping an orphaned Cambodian child. From that small beginning Geraldine co- founded what is now the Sunrise Children’s Villages.

Pan MacMillan published Geraldine’s autobiography, Home is Where the Heart Is in 2000 and Hollywood bought the rights to make a feature film based on her book. The documentary, My Khmer Heart, won the Hollywood Fil Festival Documentary of the Year Award in 2000 and has since been bought and screened by HBO and Discovery Cable Channels.

Geraldine will share her extraordinary life and it will truly inspire you. Her story will make you laugh, cry and most of all, think.
David Begbie
Crossroads Foundation, Hong Kong

David Begbie, the founder of crossroads, a NGO that aims to connect those in need with people who can help, identifies himself as being an ordinary man who stumbled upon a need in the world and found his calling. After founding Crossroads, David has become a world leader for humanitarian issues and has dedicated his life to finding the need in the world and helping to meet it. Through the simulations, his organization has created, he has changed people’s lives in a matter of minutes. David has witnessed millionaires cry, people standing up to take charge and become inspired to make a difference. David is a down to earth, driven and a committed individual.

Over the past 12 years David has become the spokesperson fir Crossroads. He has been a guest at TED, where ideas worth spreading are shared. Through the press, business corporations and the United Nations events he has spoken about his work. He represented his work in South East Asia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, African and the United States.

In 2007, David received the Hong Kong Humanity Award to honour his outstanding humanitarian contribution. Each year, many attendees of the World Economic Forum, such as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, British tycoon, Sir Richard Branson participated in his simulation exercise. David continues his passion on charging people’s lives and rising world-wide awareness for global issues. David will speak on what young people could do to help those in need.
Tim Peters
Helping Hands, Korea

Tim Peters, an American is known to many as the world’s most visible advocate for human rights in North Korea. Peters has devoted himself to helping North Koreans in crisis escape the oppression from their government and its regulations. In 1996, Tim Peters founded Helping Hands Korea and officially committed himself to actively helping North Koreans by partnering with like-minded individuals. In the face of public criticism, the never ending challenges and the risk Peters faces each day he has never wavered his dedication, faith and support for the refugees he helps.

As an American, Tim Peters has given three testimonials to the United Sates Congress and has pressured the government to take action and step in. Finally in 2005, the American government accepted its first North Korea refugee. In 2007, Peters was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and was shortlisted as a finalist. In 2008, Peters was awarded the Stephen’s Prize from the Norwegian NGO “Norwegian Mission to the East.” Peters has been recognized by many international publications including TIME magazine which did a cover story on him.

Peters appears as a soft-spoken individual but the power and commitment he possess makes him an influential leader. Each day, Peters faces the risk of getting caught, possibly killed but his commitment of bettering the North Koreans lives outweigh the possible consequences. Today, Peters still continues to help North Korean’s refugees. He will share on his works of helping the North Korea refugees at the USLS.
Professor Peter Mathieson
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Hong Kong

Professor Mathieson was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He attended a state grammar school in Penzance, Cornwall, becoming Head Boy in 1977. He was awarded an unconditional offer of a place to read Medicine at the London Hospital Medical College in 1978 and graduated from the University of London with First Class Honours in 1983. After junior medical posts in London, he obtained a research training fellowship from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to study at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Cambridge in 1992.

Professor Mathieson then became Director of Studies for Clinical Medicine at Christ’s College, Cambridge. After a further MRC fellowship he moved to Bristol in 1995 as the foundation Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Bristol and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, North Bristol NHS Trust.

He was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1999. Between 2003 and 2007 he chaired the Research Grants Committee of Kidney Research UK. He was a member of the Renal Association Clinical Trials committee from 1996 to 2007 and the Chairman between 2000 and 2003. In 2007 he was elected as President of the Renal Association (the youngest in its history) in a competitive election by its membership and also became Head of the University Department of Clinical Science at North Bristol. In the same year he was appointed Director of Research & Development for the North Bristol NHS Trust. He served the full three-year term as President of the Renal Association and remained a Trustee for a further two years as Immediate Past-President.

In 2008 Professor Mathieson was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Bristol. Following the formation of Bristol Health Partners, he was appointed the founding Director in May 2012, a role which he undertook alongside the role of Dean.

In February 2018 Professor Mathieson will take up office as Principal of the University of Edinburgh.
Professor Ian Jacobs
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor Ian Jacobs has been President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Australia since February 2015. Prior to this he was based in the UK as Dean of Medicine at University College London from 2009-2011 and Vice President of the University of Manchester from 2011-2015.

He studied medicine at Cambridge University and the University of London before specialising in surgical treatment of women’s cancers at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and University College Hospital in London. In the last 30 years he led a research team working on the early detection and risk prediction of cancer focusing particularly on screening for ovarian cancer which had led to grant awards of more than £50m, over 400 publications and an H-Index of more than 70.

In 2005 Professor Jacobs established the Uganda Women’s Health Initiative which conducts a series of projects in Uganda, including a screening programme for cervical cancer. He has been President of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society and the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology. He is Emeritus Trustee of the Eve Appeal Charity which he founded in 1985 and a non-Executive Director of Abcodia Ltd, a medical diagnostics company he founded as a spin out from his research in 2010.

Since joining UNSW in February 2015 Professor Jacobs has taken on a number of additional roles in Australia including: Honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow of the Garvan Institute; Board member of Research Australia; Chair of the Australian Conservation Foundation¹s Leadership Forum for Energy Transition; board member of the Business / Higher Education Round Table Board (BHERT); Lead Vice-Chancellor for Universities Australia on Equity and Diversity; Chair of the Sydney Partnership for Health Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE); and Deputy Chair of Group of 8 Universities.
Francis Kong
Inspirational Speaker & Author

Francis J. Kong is a well-respected speaker in the Philippines and has earned the distinction as one of the recipients for 2014 The Outstanding Filipino Awards. Francis is a businessman, a columnist, a broadcaster, a book author and an inspirational speaker.

As an entrepreneur, Francis is well versed in the field of manufacturing and retail. He founded a famous garment brand and ran it successfully for 17 years. He also ventured into retailing an Italian fashion brand and managed its marketing and operations for many years. Francis also formed Funworks Inc. and Success Options Inc. which started as a publishing firm and now offers training and development consultancy in business, work and life. He also co-founded Inspire, a leadership consultancy company.

As a business consultant, Francis sits as an adviser in some of the country’s top business corporations. As a personal coach, Francis has mentored many of the top business leaders in the country. As a broadcaster, Francis runs a radio program called Business Matters at DZFE-FM 98.7.

As a speaker and trainer, Francis gave an average of 300 talks at seminars and conferences both locally in the Philippines and abroad yearly. As a book author he has authored 18 books.

Francis won the Anvil Award for Excellence for the staging of the Dr. John Maxwell Seminar Series, Gold Quill Award for Best Public Speech category awarded by the International Association Business Communicators.

Francis has also completed the ‘Apologetics and Philosophy’ Course at Oxford University and the ‘Managing Yourself and Leading Others’ seminar in Harvard University's Continuous Education Program.
Simerjeet Singh
International Motivational Speaker & Performance Coach

Simerjeet Singh is a highly sought after International Motivational Speaker who coaches youth and students to tune into and celebrate their inner selves amidst the noise of public opinion. Over the last decade, he has partnered more than 200 organizations worldwide to help them reach the next level of success.

His mission is to help young minds define their own understanding of success and to celebrate their inner selves. His talks and interactive sessions provide a fresh perspective of the purpose of life, cultivated through more than a decade of working with businesses, educational institutes and non-profit organizations globally.

Simerjeet’s background is unconventional, as is his approach. He believes it is the unconventional wisdom that will speak to youth the most. He chose to leave a successful career in the hospitality industry to pursue his dream. In sharing what he’s learned from his experience, he inspires students and youth to harness their own power to pursue their dream.

For him, it comes down to a core belief that for all people, in all places - we have more inside us than we are currently using. Simerjeet’s purpose is to help his audience first identify what their strengths are and to ignite their motivation, enabling them to harness the power of these strengths to achieve success.