I am frequently invited with full funding to speak in international conferences, workshops, and symposiums. Between 1995 and November 2017, I made over 88 invited trips to speak in such diverse regions as the Americas: US(9), Canada(1), Brazil(1), and St. Lucia(1); Europe: Ireland(2), Denmark(3), Finland(1), Germany(4), Hungary(1), Italy(1), Spain(1), Sweden(1), Switzerland(1), the Netherlands(2), and the UK(12); the Middle East: Dubai(1); and the Asia Pacific: Australia(4), China(12), Hong Kong(11), Japan(3), Macau(1), Malaysia(3), New Zealand(2), the Philippines (1), South Korea(3), Taiwan(3), and Thailand(2). I am also actively involved in organizing a wide range of conferences and workshops listed below.


The Seelye Fellowship Lecture, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 22 November 2017.

Geography at Manchester 125 Years Anniversary Lecture, University of Manchester, the UK, 19 October 2017.

Keynote Presentation at the GW-CIBER Global Business Forum, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA, 23 February 2017.

Invited Panelist at the Symposium on “Revisiting Development Theory: A Celebration of Alice Amsden”, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, USA, 4 April 2017.


Asia Symposium Keynote Lecture presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, USA, 29 March-2 April 2016.

Opening Plenary Lecture at the 11th World Congress of the Regional Science Association International, Istanbul, Turkey, 24-28 April 2016. (not delivered due to last minute postponement of the Congress).

Keynote Speaker at the 2nd World Free Zones Organization Congress, Dubai, 9-11 May 2016.

Invited Discussant of Justin Lin’s Area Development and Policy Annual Lecture, 33rd International Geographical Congress, Beijing, 22 August 2016.

Invited Lecture at the School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China, 15 November 2016.


Plenary Roundtable Discussion on “Economic Thought and Practices Seen from the Global South”, University of Cologne, Germany, 27-29 May 2015.

Plenary Discussion Sponsored by Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography, University of Oxford, UK, 19-23 August 2015.

Plenary Lecture at the Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 31 August-2 September 2015.

Plenary Lecture at the Regional Studies Association China Conference 2015, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 25-27 November 2015.

Invited Lecture at the Urban and Economic Geography Research Meeting of the Kansai division of the Japan Association of Economic Geographers, Osaka, Japan, 5 December 2015.


Opening keynote lecture at the10th World Congress of the Regional Science Association International, Bangkok, Thailand, 26-30 May 2014. (not delivered due to last minute cancellation of the Congress).

Plenary Panel Discussion on “Understanding the China Model”, Fifth Conference of the Cross-Strait New Economic Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Geography, Nanjing, China, 27-28 June 2014.

Invited Lecture at the Asian International Economists Network Speaker Series, Asia Development Bank, Manila, the Philippines, 15 September 2014.

Plenary Panel Discussion on “Creating Opportunities for Businesses Including SMEs in ASEAN”, ASEAN Economic Community Symposium, Yangon, Myanmar, 13 October 2014.

Plenary Lecture at the annual meeting of the North American Regional Science Council Washington, DC, USA, 12-15 November 2014.


Keynote lecture at the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2013, University of Western Australia, Perth, 1-4 July 2013


Second LSE-NUS Public Lecture Series Presented at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the UK, 26 January 2012

Keynote lecture at the 40th Anniversary Symposium, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland, 30 January 2012

Keynote lecture at the 39th Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland) Conference, University of Liverpool Management School, the UK, 29-31 March 2012


Admiral David E. Jeremiah and Mrs. Connie Jeremiah Lecture Series 2011, University of Oregon, USA, 18 April 2011

Plenary Lecture, Annual Conference, Human Geography Division, Geographical Society of China, Nanjing, China, 14-15 May 2011


Keynote lecture, Creating Cities: Culture, Space, and Sustainability: The City, Culture, and Society (CCS) Conference, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany, 25-27 February 2010

Keynote lecture, Spaces of International Economy and Management International Symposium, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka, Japan, 24-25 March 2010.

Public lecture, HafenCity University, Hamburg, 20 May 2010.

Plenary lecture, Annual International Conference of the Regional Studies Association, Pécs, Hungary,  24-26 May 2010.

Keynote lecture, Conference on Industrial Cluster, Regional Innovation and Regional Development, East Asia Normal University, Shanghai, China, 27-28 July 2010.


Keynote lecture, Third Conference of the Cross-Strait New Economic Geography, Peking University, China, 22-23 June 2009.


Co-Organiser, Special Panel on Continental drift? Development issues in Asia, Latin America and Africa at the 104th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, 15-19 April 2008. See our special theme section in the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography and our Introduction in Poon, Jessie P.H. and Yeung, Henry Wai-chung (2009), ‘Continental drift? Development issues in Asia, Latin America and Africa’, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Vol.30(1), pp.3-6.

Keynote lecture, Seventh International Conference on Industrial Cluster and Regional Development, Henan University, China, 13-15 June 2008.

Keynote lecture, Fourth Summer Institute in Economic Geography, Manchester, UK, 13-18 July 2008.

Keynote lecture, Running Hot Conference on ‘Interconnection: NZ Science in the 21st Century, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand, 29-31 October 2008.

Keynote lecture, the Division of Geography, School of Humanities, University Sains Malaysia, Penang, 16 December 2008.


Co-Chair, Organizing Committee of the Second Global Conference on Economic Geography, Beijing, 25-28 June 2007. Visit this link for the programme and many wonderful photos of the first conference held in Singapore in December 2000.

NEG Annual International Guest Lecture, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology (GPS) and Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), University of Newcastle, UK, 27 March 2007.

Keynote lecture, High-level Policy Seminar on “Strengthening ASEAN Integration: Regional Players and Enterprise Regionalisation”, the ASEAN Secretariat and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Bangkok, Thailand, 18-19 October 2007.

The Norma Wilkinson Annual Public Lecture, University of Reading, UK, 6 November 2007.


Co-Organiser, Special Session on Relationality and the Space Economy and Geographies of Economic Geography at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, 7-11 March 2006.

Keynote, Conference On Best Practices in the Use of Fiscal Incentives in Accordance With WTO Rules, Saint Lucia, 22-26 May 2006.

Asia Pacific Viewpoint Lecture, the International Geographical Union Regional Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 3-7 July 2006.

Plenary lecture, the Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, London, 24 November 2006.


Co-Organiser, Special Session on Teaching Economic Geography at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Association of American
, Denver, 5-9 April 2005.

Keynote speaker, Second Conference of the Cross-Strait New Economic Geography, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 20-22 June 2005.

Programme Committee, Centennial Conference on “Asian Horizons: Cities, States and Societies”, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore, 1-3 August 2005.


Organiser, Special Session on Geographies of Development in Asia at the 100th Annual Meeting of the Association of American
, Philadelphia, 14-19 March 2004.

Special Session on Global Production Networks at the 100th Annual Meeting of the Association of American
, Philadelphia, 14-19 March 2004.

Keynote lecture, Annual Meeting of Finnish Geographers in Joensuu, Finland, 11-13 November 2004.


Co-Organiser, Special Session on Emerging Global-City Regions in Asia at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Association of American
, New Orleans, 5 - 8 March 2003.

NUS Contingent with Ros Whitehead The Great and Martin Hess, IBG London 2003

NUS Contingent, IBG London 2003


Special Session on Economic Geographies of Asia at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, 19 - 23 March 2002.

Keynote lecture, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Department of Geography, Beijing University, China, 8-9 April 2002.

Keynote lecture, the Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, 29 May – 1 June 2002.


Sessions on Geographies of International Business, 97th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York City, 27 February - 3 March 2001.

Keynote lecture, Workshop on “Economic Geography”, Henan University, China, 3-4 December 2001.


Secretary, Organising Committee of
Global Conference on Economic Geography, Singapore, 5-9 December 2000. See many wonderful photos at this link.

Second GaWC Annual Lecture 2000, Loughborough University, UK, 7 March 2000.


Co-Organiser, Sessions on Globalisation and the Asian Economic Crisis, 95th Annual Meeting of the Association of American
Geographers, Honolulu Hawaii, 23-27 March 1999.

Chairman, Organising Committee of the 3rd SPH Geography Quiz, Singapore 13 March 1999.

NUS Contingent, AAG 2002


Chairman, Organising Committee of the Annual Seminar of the Geography Teachers' Association of Singapore, Singapore, 18 April 1998.

Co-Organiser, Sessions on Industrial and Business Networks in Asia, 94th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers,
Boston, 25-29 March 1998.

Secretary, Organising Committee of the Fifth Southeast Asian Geography Association Conference, Singapore, 30 November -
4 December 1998


Co-Organiser, The Logic(s) of Globalisation Workshop, National University of Singapore, 2-5 December 1997.

Treasurer, Organising Committee of the International Conference on Women in the Asia Pacific Region, Singapore, 11-13 August 1997.

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