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SEA Studies Symposium 2016 – Keynotes

“Human and Environmental Welfare in Southeast Asia”

14 – 16 April 2016
at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

in partnership with

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Opening Keynote: José Ramos-Horta

1100–1230, Thursday 14 April 2016, L1


José Manuel Ramos-Horta GCL AC is Co-Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism working on a comprehensive UN Reform.

He was the President of East Timor from 20 May 2007 to 20 May 2012. He is a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize. He was most recently the United Nations’ special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) from 2013-1015. As a founder and former member of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN), Ramos-Horta served as the exiled spokesman for the East Timorese resistance during the years of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor (1975 to 1999). After East Timor achieved independence in 2002, Ramos-Horta was appointed as the country’s first foreign minister. Ramos-Horta served as Prime Minister from 2006 to 2007, when he stepped down following his election as President.


Southeast Asia Investment Forum: Hashim Djojohadikusomo

1630–1830, Friday 15 April 2016, L1



As a noted businessman and philanthropist, Hashim S. Djojohadikusumo has devoted the past twenty years to a variety of pressing social issues in Indonesia. His notable achievements include: the backing of programs to save the orangutan and honey bears of Kalimantan (Borneo), and the welfare of the wild elephant population of Sumatra. He is a board member of the Institute for the Preservation of the Indonesian Heritage (“Badan Pelestarian Pusaka Indonesia”) and the Indonesian Shadow Puppeteers Association (“PEPADI”). He is the founder of the Arsari Djojohadikusumo Foundation, which was established in honor of his late father, Professor Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, a former Indonesian economist considered the architect of the country’s modern economy.



Dinner Keynote: Elizabeth Pisani


Elizabeth Pisani is the author of the critcally acclaimed Indonesia Etc. Pisani is an epidemiologist who has spent over a decade working on the defining epidemic of our age – HIV. She’s done research and worked as an advisor for the Ministries of Health of China, Indonesia, East Timor and the Philippines, and has also provided analysis and policy advice to UNAIDS, the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, US Centres for Disease Control and many others. She is especially interested in trying to ensure that HIV prevention programmes are guided by sensible analysis of high quality information. In 2010, she founded the public health consultancy Ternyata. Previously, Elizabeth was a foreign correspondent for Reuters, The Economist and the Bangkok-based Asia Times, posted in Hong Kong, New Delhi, Jakarta, Hanoi and Brussels. She covered everything from conflicts (Tiananmen Square, the Aceh civil war) to markets (Asian stocks, currencies and commodities, EU trade policy). You can read some of her writings here.