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SEA Studies Symposium 2015 – Keynote Speakers

“The Year of ASEAN: Integrating Southeast Asia”

in conjunction with the Asian Economic Panel conference

20 – 24 March 2015
at Sunway University, Malaysia

hosted by

JCI Sunway University

Royal Keynote Address:

DYMM Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, Sultan of Perak

raja_nazrin_shahSultan Nazrin Shah was born on 27 November 1956 at George Town, Penang. He is the eldest son of the late Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-lah and the The Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Bainun Binti Mohd Ali.

Sultan Nazrin has a BA degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Worcester College, Oxford. He also holds an MPA degree from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a PhD degree in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.

Sultan Nazrin’s research interests are in the area of economic and political development in South-East and North-East Asia, historical national income accounting and economic growth in developing countries. The Sultan has also written articles and spoken on a wide range of issues including the role of the constitutional monarchy in Malaysia, education, Islam, ethnic relations and economic development.

He has assumed the role of Financial Ambassador of the Malaysian International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC), has been Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Malaya since 1989 and is the chairman of the Board of Governors of the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. He is also an Eminent Fellow of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia.

He was proclaimed the Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Perak on 15 April 1984, taking over from his father, Sultan Azlan Shah, who had become the Sultan of Perak two weeks earlier. On 29 May 2014 he become the 35th Sultan of Perak on the death of his father, Sultan Azlan.


Opening Keynote Lecture:

Wang Gungwu
Chairman, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore; Chairman, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; Chairman, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.

Wang GungWu

Professor Wang Gungwu is the Chairman of the East Asian Institute and University Professor, National University of Singapore. He is also Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University.

Prof Wang is a Commander of the British Empire (CBE); Fellow, and former President, of the Australian Academy of the Humanities; Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science; Member of Academia Sinica; Honorary Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Science. He was conferred the International Academic Prize, Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prizes. In Singapore, he is Chairman of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies; Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS; Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Heritage Centre; Board Member of the Institute of Strategic and Defence Studies at NTU.

Prof Wang received his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. degrees from the University of Malaya in Singapore, and his Ph.D. at the University of London (1957). His teaching career took him from the University of Malaya (Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1968, Professor of History 1963-68) to The Australian National University (1968-1986), where he was Professor and Head of the Department of Far Eastern History and Director of the Research of Pacific Studies. From 1986 to 1995, he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong. He was Director of East Asian Institute of NUS from 1997 to 2007.

Books since 2000 in English include: The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the history of the world. (By Ooi Kee Beng, 2015); Another China Cycle: Committing to Reform (2014); Renewal: The Chinese State and the New Global History (2013); Wang Gungwu: Educator and Scholar, edited by Zheng Yongnian and Phua Kok Khoo (2013); Wang Gungwu, Junzi, Scholar-gentleman: in conversation (with Asad-ul Iqbal Latif, 2010); Divided China: Preparing for Reunification, 883-947 (2007); Diasporic Chinese Ventures: The Life and Work of Wang Gungwu. Edited by Gregor Benton and Liu Hong (2004); Anglo-Chinese Encounters since 1800: War, Trade, Science and Governance (2003); Don’t Leave Home: Migration and the Chinese (2001); The Chinese Overseas: From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy (2000).