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Dr. Tom Gunnar HOOGERVORST (The Netherlands)

Tom, a graduate of the Leiden University Indonesian Studies programme, has recently completed a DPhil at Linacre College, University of Oxford, in the maritime archaeology and interethnic trade networks of the Indian Ocean, and teaches at the University of Leiden and the Rotterdamse Volksuniversiteit. Fluent in half a dozen Asian languages, including Malay, Javanese and Tetum, Tom is passionate about the cultural, linguistic and archaeological study of Southeast Asia. Tom is a long-time enthusiast of Southeast Asian music, martial arts and cooking. He regularly visits his family in Indonesia – his grandmother is Javanese – and has travelled extensively around Southeast Asia for academic fieldwork. He is thus no stranger to the routes the team will be travelling on this trip. Tom has participated in Malay speech contests and collaborated on a documentary on isolated communities.

Dr. THUM Ping Tjin (‘PJ’) (Singapore)

PJ is an academic who teaches history at the University of Oxford. A Harvard graduate in East Asian Studies, he has recently completed a DPhil in History at Hertford College, University of Oxford, entitled Chinese-language Political Mobilisation in Singapore, 1953-63. A Rhodes Scholar and Commonwealth Scholar, PJ swam for Singapore at every level including the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He is also the first Oxford graduate and first Singaporean to swim across the English Channel in August 2005, completing the journey despite inclement weather in 12 hours and 24 minutes.

Dr. CHAN Xin Hui Supanee (Singapore)

Xin Hui is a doctor at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital of Thai-Singaporean descent who is passionate about international health and development. She read Medicine at St. Edmund Hall and Lincoln College at the University of Oxford. An active volunteer and student leader, she has won awards for her contributions to the University and her humanitarian work on three continents including the prestigious University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Civic Award and the St. Edmund Hall Simon and Arpi Simonian Prize for Leadership. She was named one of the British Council’s International Students of the Year in 2008.

A former member of Project Southeast Asia, Xin Hui resigned from the Project in March 2014.

Alternate Team Member

Andrew T Crum (United States of America)

Andrew T Crum is a naturally curious INTP born and raised in the heat of North Portland, Oregon, imbiber of fermented beverages, and a student of the University of Earth. He initiated the Moments of Truth Project in 2007 to challenge himself mentally, physically & spiritually while researching the creative process and initiating dialogues with creative people.