SEA Studies Symposium 2013 – Keynote Speaker
We are delighted that Mark Pritchard MP, Chair of the All-Party Group for ASEAN in the UK Parliament, will be gracing the Symposium as one of its keynote speakers.
Mr Pritchard is the Member of Parliament for the Wrekin in Shropshire. He is also a member of the UK’s Joint National Security Strategy Committee, member of the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and the Vice Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee. In addition to his main political contributions in the areas on defence, cyber-security, homeland security, and foreign relations, Pritchard is also known for advocating animal welfare and pro-life issues. He introduced three animal welfare related private bills – Sale of Endangered Animals on the Internet (Prohibition) Bill in 2006, Primates as Pets (Prohibition) Bill in 2007, and Common Birds (Protection) Bill in 2009. His contribution in animal welfare issues has seen him being nominated for numerous awards including the Dodds Charity Champion Award for Animal Welfare. Pritchard was also the mover of the key amendment to the Human and Fertilization and Embryology Bill between 2005-2010 in the Parliament, which aimed to reduce the abortion termination term limit from 24 weeks to 16 weeks.
Pritchard was named as one of London’s 1000 most influential people by the London Evening Standard in 2011.