Professor Lily Kong
Keynote Speaker

Professor Lily Kong is Provost and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences at the Singapore Management University (SMU).

A graduate of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and University College London, Professor Kong was a faculty member in the NUS Department of Geography from 1991 to 2015.  She took on numerous administrative positions from 1995, often concurrently, including Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2000 – 2003); Dean of the University Scholars Programme (2002 – 2003); Vice Provost (Education) (2004 – 2007); Vice-President (University and Global Relations) (2007 – 2014); Acting Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs), Yale-NUS College (2011 – 2012); and Vice-Provost (Academic Personnel) (2012-2015).  She was a key force in shaping and establishing Singapore’s first liberal arts college.  She moved to SMU in late 2015.

Professor Kong is well-known for her research on religion, cultural policy and creative economy, urban heritage and conservation, and national identity.  She remains actively engaged in research.  Recent publications includeReligion and Space: Competition, Conflict and Violence in the Contemporary World” (2016), “Food, Foodways and Foodscapes: Culture, Community and Consumption in Post-Colonial Singapore” (2015) and “Arts, Culture and the Making of Global Cities: Creating New Urban Landscapes in Asia” (2015).

Dr Tim Soutphommasane
Keynote Speaker
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Dr Tim Soutphommasane has been Race Discrimination Commissioner since August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, Tim was a political philosopher and held posts at The University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, patriotism and national identity has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.

Tim is the author of four books: I’m Not Racist But … (2015), The Virtuous Citizen (2012), Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He was co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That’s Left (2010). He has been an opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian newspapers, and presented the documentary series Mongrel Nation on ABC Radio National (2013). Tim is an adjunct professor at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University and chairs the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity.

Born in France and raised in southwest Sydney, Tim holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford, and is a first-class honours graduate of The University of Sydney.

For those interested in the correct pronunciation of Tim’s surname, the phonetic spelling of it is Soot-pom-ma-sarn.

Tony Dreise
Keynote Speaker

Indigenous policy analyst & researcher, Australian National University

Tony Dreise is former Principal Research Fellow, Indigenous Education, at ACER. He descends from the Guumilroi people of north-west New South Wales and south-west Queensland.


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