The Annual Wee Kim Wee – SOKA International Seminar on Global Peace & Understanding

We are proud to announce this year we are hosting the Second Wee Kim Wee – SOKA International Seminar on Global Peace & Understanding which will take place on the 23rd and 24th of February 2017.

Singapore Soka Association is our generous co-sponsor for this series, which will carry on for the next 4 years. Together we hope to work towards the creation of a deeper understanding of peace. In Japanese, the word SOKA means “Value Creation”.

In his peace proposal, Dr Ikeda, whose thoughts and philosophy ground this Series, highlights how opening up the inner capacities of our lives can bring forth the limitless possibilities of each individual. He believes in empowering individuals to resolve global issues and achieve lasting peace.

There are four main common beliefs that should be upheld: 1.  Universal humanitarianism is essential to solve global problems; 2. Compassion is the pillar of world peace; 3.All world religions are already for world peace in this way, as are all humanitarians of whatever ideology, 4. Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.

We hope that this international seminar on global peace and understanding will inspire and motivate change in our communities and across the globe. Come and take the next step towards peace.

We look forward to welcoming you.

  • Johan Saravanamuttu

    Adjunct Senior Fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

    Johan Saravanamuttu, Adjunct Senior Fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, was formerly professor of political science at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) where he served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences (1994-1996) and as Dean of the Research Platform on Social Transformation (2003-2006). He was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, from 2007-2013....   Read More

    Johan Saravanamuttu

    Johan Saravanamuttu, Adjunct Senior Fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, was formerly professor of political science at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) where he served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences (1994-1996) and as Dean of the Research Platform on Social Transformation (2003-2006). He was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, from 2007-2013. He has held visiting professorships at the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto (1997), Yokohama National University (1993), Uppsala University (1990), was visiting fellow at Cambridge University (1990) and was a residential scholar at the Rockefeller Bellagio Study and Conference Centre (1984). He is the author of The Dilemma of Independence: Two Decades of Malaysia’s Foreign Policy, 1957-1977 (USM, 1983); Malaysia’s Foreign Policy, the First 50 Years: Alignment, Neutralism, Islamism (ISEAS, 2010); Power Sharing in a Divided Nation: Mediated Communalism and New Politics over Six Decades of Elections in Malaysia (ISEAS- Yusof Ishak Institute, in press, 2016). Other publications include: Coalitions in Collision: Malaysia’s 13th General Election (SIRD & ISEAS, 2015 co-ed.) and New Politics in Malaysia (ISEAS, 2003, co-ed.).

  • Angela McLeod

    Upper Hutt City Councillor

    Angela McLeod is on the board of YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand, is the Immediate Past President of UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand and a Past President of BPW New Zealand. She works part-time in Parliament as a Policy, Research and Communications Advisor, is a current Upper Hutt City Councillor and is the former Executive & Communications Manager of BPW International....   Read More

    Angela McLeod

    Angela McLeod is on the board of YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand, is the Immediate Past President of UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand and a Past President of BPW New Zealand.  She works part-time in Parliament as a Policy, Research and Communications Advisor, is a current Upper Hutt City Councillor and is the former Executive & Communications Manager of BPW International.Angela is a strong advocate for the empowerment of women and is a well-received speaker, moderator and facilitator at local, national and international level.  Angela is currently the media spokesperson for the Pay Equity Challenge Coalition, was a key spokesperson for the Coalition for Quality Flexible Work Legislation, and a strong lobbyist on such things as the mandatory “country of origin” labeling of food, alcohol law reform, women in combat, and reducing the rates of violence against women. Angela has a Bachelor of Agriculture and a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies and is passionate about healthy and sustainable living, and along with husband Mac, enjoys her small farm in Whiteman’s Valley, Upper Hutt, New Zealand.

  • Sarita Felder

    Executive leadership and senior team development coach

    Sarita Felder is an executive leadership and senior team development coach with over 20 years of domestic and global leadership experience and a passion for creating peace in the world. It is this passion that drives her to place particular emphasis on serving as advisor, thought and coaching partner to leaders with cross-cultural purview and global impact, supporting them in heightening their self awareness, journeying toward being their most authentic and effective selves, connecting deeply with others and creating extraordinary results....   Read More

    Sarita Felder

    Sarita Felder is an executive leadership and senior team development coach with over 20 years of domestic and global leadership experience and a passion for creating peace in the world. It is this passion that drives her to place particular emphasis on serving as advisor, thought and coaching partner to leaders with cross-cultural purview and global impact, supporting them in heightening their self awareness, journeying toward being their most authentic and effective selves, connecting deeply with others and creating extraordinary results. Sarita holds an MBA from Columbia University in International Marketing and is Adjunct Faculty for the Center for Creative Leadership. She is an International Coach Federation Certified Executive Coach and Professional Certified Coach. Sarita previously spoke in Singapore at the Economic Opportunities for Women in Asia Pacific Sustainability Conference. For additional information about her coaching practice, please visit her website at www.saritafelderandassociates.com.

  • NGUYEN THI THUY DUONG

    Educator

    NGUYEN THI THUY DUONG is a Passionate Educator. With a Master degree in TESOL, earned at Victoria University, Sydney, Australia and more than 25 years of working in multicultural workplace in the role as Vice-Principal at The Western Australian Schools System; Director of Academic Research at American Academy; Vice-Principal at The Vietnamese American Training College; Director of Academic Research at American College Preparation Institute, ...   Read More

    NGUYEN THI THUY DUONG

     NGUYEN THI THUY DUONG is a Passionate Educator. With a Master degree in TESOL, earned at Victoria University, Sydney, Australia and more than 25 years of working in multicultural workplace in the role as Vice-Principal at The Western Australian Schools System; Director of Academic Research at American Academy; Vice-Principal at The Vietnamese American Training College; Director of Academic Research at American College Preparation Institute, She has gained a great deal of experience in Education Administration. She is a good curriculum designer for a lot of Academic programs (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC). She also organized Open Arms _ The Charity Organization to help homeless & disabled people, poor patients, and street children.

  • Tara Grey Coste

    Leadership and Organizational Studies Professor at the University of Southern Maine.

    Tara Grey Coste is a Leadership and Organizational Studies professor at the University of Southern Maine. Her work focuses on refining the training processes that enhance creativity in teams and teaching individuals techniques to enhance leadership abilities in multi-cultural, multi-national environments. She has shared her work at venues around the world. She is a Visiting Scholar at Singapore Management University’s Wee Kim Wee Centre for Cultural Diversity and Past-President of the American Creativity Association....   Read More

    Tara Grey Coste

    Tara Grey Coste is a Leadership and Organizational Studies professor at the University of Southern Maine. Her work focuses on refining the training processes that enhance creativity in teams and teaching individuals techniques to enhance leadership abilities in multi-cultural, multi-national environments. She has shared her work at venues around the world. She is a Visiting Scholar at Singapore Management University’s Wee Kim Wee Centre for Cultural Diversity and Past-President of the American Creativity Association.

  • Mary Anne Peabody

    Social and Behavioral Sciences Professor at the University of Southern Maine

    Mary Anne Peabody is a Social and Behavioral Sciences professor at the University of Southern Maine and a nationally recognized play therapist with her doctorate in Executive Leadership. Mary Anne presents internationally on topics of experiential learning, object-mediated communication, expressive arts, and community engagement. In addition to having held a number of leadership positions within various non-profit organizations, she is Past-Chair of the Association for Play Therapy and is a current Foundation Board member....   Read More

    Mary Anne Peabody

    Mary Anne Peabody is a Social and Behavioral Sciences professor at the University of Southern Maine and a nationally recognized play therapist with her doctorate in Executive Leadership. Mary Anne presents internationally on topics of experiential learning, object-mediated communication, expressive arts, and community engagement. In addition to having held a number of leadership positions within various non-profit organizations, she is Past-Chair of the Association for Play Therapy and is a current Foundation Board member.

  • Adeline Tan

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    Adeline Tan

    Adeline Tan Hui Lin is a local social entrepreneur, natural healing therapist and founder of in-house brand “LINS Smoodees®” created by her company The Healing Concierge. Introducing fresh green smoothies to the public and the first to set up a dedicated green smoothie bar in Singapore, Adeline has made it her life’s mission to share the wealth of holistic living and healthy nutrition to the world. Through The Healing Concierge, it enabled Adeline to make a difference in hundreds of lives who have largely benefited from her in-house creations of healing green smoothies that are known to “heal through the sense of taste”. Adeline is a certified Usui Reiki Pracitioner and also conducts private meditation sessions for harmonizing your body’s energy or what she calls “Energy Detox”.

    Prior to starting The Healing Concierge, Adeline was running the SMU Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship where she was personally managing the Innovation Creation and Startup programmes as well as the Intellectual Property Management Office. She started her first business at the age of 18, creating a series of Concierge business ideas consecutively, whilst amassing her corporate experience in between as a Relationship in DBS, a General Manager in a local contemporary Art Gallery as well as interning in the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore under the International Manpower Division.

     

  • Devesh Singh

    Director

    A very passionate, talented and motivated Director thrives with his creative side. Devesh enjoys exploring his actor’s boundaries while digging deeper into their talent bringing out the best a character demands. In two words he’s an “Actor’s Director” ever seeking to create truly memorable characters with emotional arcs taking the audience on an unforgettable filmic journey....   Read More

    Devesh Singh

    A very passionate, talented and motivated Director thrives with his creative side. Devesh enjoys exploring his actor’s boundaries while digging deeper into their talent bringing out the best a character demands. In two words he’s an “Actor’s Director” ever seeking to create truly memorable characters with emotional arcs taking the audience on an unforgettable filmic journey. Good technical knowledge, fun team leader with immense patience creating productive working environments. Devesh has worked on multiple feature films, and currently working on a Hindi Bollywood Film: GangStars (Comedy Thriller). With many years experience and visually transforming exciting stories from page into a dynamic visual language, Devesh was also the Head of Department (HOD) and created the Film & TV (Production) intensive course at “Film & TV Institute New Zealand (FTI)” in Auckland New Zealand while teaching Direction to students who wish to pursue filmmaking as their career. Devesh undertakes regular “Acting for Screen” workshops around the globe preparing next generation actors for the big silver screen.

  • Rachel Singh

    Producer

    Highly respected professional with over a decade of film and television writing and production experiences. She’s an ardent storyteller & writer and believes bringing the reality in her compelling yet artistic stories inspired by everyday true events. Dr. Rachel is well known, respected leader of creative teams and expert in the financial, technical, conceptual, story development requirements for feature films and popular television content. She is a very organised and sought after Producer...   Read More

    Rachel Singh

    Highly respected professional with over a decade of film and television writing and production experiences. She’s an ardent storyteller & writer and believes bringing the reality in her compelling yet artistic stories inspired by everyday true events. Dr. Rachel is well known, respected leader of creative teams and expert in the financial, technical, conceptual, story development requirements for feature films and popular television content. She is a very organised and sought after Producer with an eye for detail and market trends. A thorough professional accustomed to extreme multi-tasking with extensive filming experience on various formats managing small and large teams. She has great film distribution knowledge and network of key distribution links worldwide (including vibrant Bollywood). Dr. Rachel is passionate and dedicated to the craft.

  • Sanva Saephan

    General manager

    Displaced from the Secret War in Laos from 1963 to 1975, tens of thousands of highland Laotians, Mienh and Hmong people made the perilous journey across the Mekong River to seek temporary refuge in various camps scattered across Thailand. Many harboured hopes of returning to their home land, while some opted for a new start in foreign countries that would grant them a place under the sun....   Read More

    Sanva Saephan

    Displaced from the Secret War in Laos from 1963 to 1975, tens of thousands of highland Laotians, Mienh and Hmong people made the perilous journey across the Mekong River to seek temporary refuge in various camps scattered across Thailand. Many harboured hopes of returning to their home land, while some opted for a new start in foreign countries that would grant them a place under the sun.Sanva Saephan was born in one of the many refugee camps in Thailand his family had sought shelter in. However, being a stateless refugee did not bother his happy and carefree child, nor did it dampen his outlook of life. When it was safe to return to Laos after years of unrest, Sanva’s family was overjoyed. However, Sanva would deeply miss his many friends and everything else about the refugee camps for he knew then that he would never see them again.

  • Sara Brown, Samantha Clapp, Leah Graves, Allison Johnston, Veronica Gorlovsky, Elsbeth Paige-Jeffers, and Suzette Wilson

    Students from University of Southern Maine

    Sara Brown, Samantha Clapp, Leah Graves, Allison Johnston, Veronica Gorlovsky, Elsbeth Paige-Jeffers, and Suzette Wilson are Leadership Studies students from the University of Southern Maine....   Read More

    Sara Brown, Samantha Clapp, Leah Graves, Allison Johnston, Veronica Gorlovsky, Elsbeth Paige-Jeffers, and Suzette Wilson

    Sara Brown, Samantha Clapp, Leah Graves, Allison Johnston, Veronica Gorlovsky, Elsbeth Paige-Jeffers, and Suzette Wilson are Leadership Studies students from the University of Southern Maine. They represent the alumni of The Montagu Project, a signature youth and community leadership development initiative based in South Africa. This decades long partnership provides a real-time global leadership laboratory that creatively and experientially utilizes a collective impact experience to empower emerging community leaders so that they may create positive social change in their respective homes, building safer, healthier, thriving communities.  

  • DARLENE BOYD

    DARLENE BOYD Ed.D. | Dr. Boyd has been the Director of the University of California Irvine’s Gifted Students Network for over twenty-five years. She received her Ed.D. from Temple University and completed postdoctoral work at Harvard University. ...   Read More

    DARLENE BOYD

    DARLENE BOYD Ed.D. | Dr. Boyd has been the Director of the University of California Irvine’s Gifted Students Network for over twenty-five years. She received her Ed.D. from Temple University and completed postdoctoral work at Harvard University. She has received distinguished service awards from both the California Association for the Gifted and the Orange County Council for Gifted and Talented education. Dr.Boyd’s research on a Stage Theory of Creative Productive Thinking, has received commendation in the US, Russia, Italy, Japan, South Africa and China. She has been asked to speak in these countries on several occasions. Dr. Boyd is a sought after speaker in the areas of creativity, creative problem solving, creative productive thinking and gifted and global studies.

  • Dr. Z. Alexandra

    Management Advisor, Author, Affiliate Professor

    Dr. Z. Alexandra: Management Advisor, Author, Affiliate Professor at Guanghua School of Management.Dr. Alexandra has served in senior management positions at world-leading multinational corporations, and has been advising business leaders on corporate development, innovation, social responsibility, multilateral collaboration, communication, leadership and corporate governance....   Read More

    Dr. Z. Alexandra

    Dr. Z. Alexandra: Management Advisor, Author, Affiliate Professor at Guanghua School of Management.Dr. Alexandra has served in senior management positions at world-leading multinational corporations, and has been advising business leaders on corporate development, innovation, social responsibility, multilateral collaboration, communication, leadership and corporate governance. Educated in Germany, China and United Kingdom, she has earned PhD and Master in Natural Sciences, Master of Business Administration (MBA), and is professionally trained in Communications. Wandering across cultures and borders, Dr. Alexandra is also engaged in creative writing, arts and inclusive development.

  • Nora Vagi Brash

    Poet and Creative Writer

    Nora Vagi Brash was born in Dagoda Village, Central Province, Papua New Guinea.Nora graduated as a teacher in 1964, and diploma of teaching techniques at the East West Center, Honolulu later that year....   Read More

    Nora Vagi Brash

    Nora Vagi Brash was born in Dagoda Village, Central Province, Papua New Guinea.Nora graduated as a teacher in 1964, and diploma of teaching techniques at the East West Center, Honolulu later that year. She graduated with a B.A and a diploma in journalism from University of Papua New Guinea. She is best known as a playwright. Her first play,The highcost of living differently, was written in 1975, followed later that year by Which way big Man?  The plays have been published by Oxford Uni Press, Melbourne along with childrens’ readers. The work is known internationally and has been a guest speaker at many literary festivals around the world. A collection of her poems was published by UPNG Press.She was awarded The distinguished order of the British Empire by Her Majesty, the Queen in 2008.  Currently is a board of trustees of the national museum and art galleries. The amphitheatre at the museum was named after her. Apart from her artistic obligations she has a directorial role with her children and son in-law with Tanorama limited, a consultancy firm running projects in the public sector.

  • Dr Chang-Yau HOON

    Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of Asian Studies, University of Brunei Darussalam.

    Dr Chang-Yau HOON is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of Asian Studies, University of Brunei Darussalam. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Sing Lun Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU). He is currently also Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he obtained his PhD (with Distinction). He won the SMU Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and SMU Research Excellence Award in 2014....   Read More

    Dr Chang-Yau HOON

    Dr Chang-Yau HOON is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of Asian Studies, University of Brunei Darussalam. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Sing Lun Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU). He is currently also Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he obtained his PhD (with Distinction). He won the SMU Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and SMU Research Excellence Award in 2014. His book, Chinese Identity in Post-Suharto Indonesia: Culture, Media and Politics (2008, Sussex Academic Press), was translated in Chinese and Indonesian. He is the co-editor of Chinese Indonesians Reassessed: History, Religion and Belonging (Routledge, 2013), and Catalysts of Change: Ethnic Chinese Business in Asia (World Scientific, 2014). His research specializes on identity politics, multiculturalism, education, religion and interfaith relations. He is an active advocate of intercultural and interfaith dialogue, and has been invited to deliver speeches at various interfaith conferences, including the UNESCO International Peace Conference in Paris in September 2016.

  • Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf

    Vice President of IMAN

    Professor Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf is the Vice President of IMAN (a professional Muslim women NGO in Kuala Lumpur) and has been teaching English Literature at IIUM for almost 28 years. She is widely published in the areas of women’s writing, English Renaissance Literature, Islam and is an active social worker specially to do with underprivileged women and children. She is also a member of ACCIN, ...   Read More

    Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf

    Professor Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf is the Vice President of IMAN (a professional Muslim women NGO in Kuala Lumpur) and has been teaching English Literature at IIUM for almost 28 years. She is widely published in the areas of women’s writing, English Renaissance Literature, Islam and is an active social worker specially to do with underprivileged women and children. She is also a member of ACCIN, an umbrella body of over 18 Muslim NGOs in Malaysia and part of ACCIN’s activities involve in organising interfaith dialogues with other faiths and religions to promote peace and harmony in Malaysia. Professor Faridah is also a published bilingual creative writer who has won some writing awards in Malaysia. Her poetry book The Art of Naming: A Muslim Woman’s Journey was published in 2006 and she is now working on a family history novel on the Rawas.

  • Mikk Talpsepp

    Founder of World Wealth Creation Conference

    Mikk Talpsepp is the Founder of World Wealth Creation Conference, happening in Singapore on 28-30 November, with presenters such as Jim Rogers, Marc Faber, Michael Pettis, Brian Tracy, Ron Kaufman and several successful hedge fund managers and representatives from the top VC companies in the world. In 2003, he started his wealth creation process, with less than 1000 dollars, becoming stock market trader and an investor. In 2010, after 2008-2009 crises, Estonian leading business newspaper ranked Mikk as top #7 wealthy individual investor in Estonian stock market....   Read More

    Mikk Talpsepp

    Mikk Talpsepp is the Founder of World Wealth Creation Conference, happening in Singapore on 28-30 November, with presenters such as Jim Rogers, Marc Faber, Michael Pettis, Brian Tracy, Ron Kaufman and several successful hedge fund managers and representatives from the top VC companies in the world. In 2003, he started his wealth creation process, with less than 1000 dollars, becoming stock market trader and an investor. In 2010, after 2008-2009 crises, Estonian leading business newspaper ranked Mikk as top #7 wealthy individual investor in Estonian stock market. In 2015, Mikk got the second prize in a prestigious Estonian writing competition known as “Successful Estonia”, organized by the leading business newspaper “Äripäev”. Mikk’s writing “Manifesto of Successful Estonia” presented 19 ideas how to turn Estonian economy to growth and make Estonia more successful not just economically/financially, but how to improve the living standard for everyone. The Manifesto included ideas for the use of green energy, including specific financially profitable green energy projects, as well as ideas for economic success in Estonia in general.

SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY

Incorporated on 12 January 2000, Singapore Management University (SMU) aims to groom outstanding business leaders and creative entrepreneurs capable of excelling in a rapidly changing and dynamic world.  The University is known to be a pioneer for its interactive pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes which remains its unique hallmark.  Today, SMU is home to more than 6,000 students and comprises six schools: Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Accountancy, School of Economics, School of Social Sciences, School of Information Systems and School of Law.  SMU offers bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree programmes in business and management-related areas, ranging from Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Wealth Management, Law, Information Systems and Social Science.  It also has a dedicated Office of Research, a number of institutes and centres of excellence, and provides public and customised programmes for working professionals through Executive Education. Collaborations with leading institutions, including The Wharton School, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, allow SMU to draw on academic and research strengths across all major disciplines.  The SMU campus is a state-of-the art facility located right in the heart of Singapore's civic and business district.

WEE KIM WEE CENTRE @ SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY

The Wee Kim Wee Centre is tasked to promote deeper understanding of the impact of cultural diversity on the business environment.  The late Dr Wee Kim Wee, after whom the Wee Kim Wee Centre in Singapore Management University is named, had a heart for people and for lifelong learning.  The Centre hosts and supports lectures, conferences, publications and aims to advance learning and thinking about cross cultural issues.

SOKA

Singapore Soka Association (SSA) was officially registered with the Registry of Societies in 1972 as a Buddhist organization that aims to promote the understanding and practice of Nichiren Buddhism.  The organization is committed to working towards peace, social harmony and progress.   Soka means “creation of value”.  It describes the core spirit of self-empowerment in Buddhism.  The life-affirming Buddhist philosophy and teaching empowers one with wisdom and spirituality to live a value-creative life and be a positive influence in one’s family, community and society at large.   SSA is part of an international network of Soka affiliated organisations under the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) movement that has membership in 192 countries and territories worldwide.