ENHANCING ASEAN-UK RELATIONS: Forging closer ties between Brunei Darussalam and Swansea in a globalised world

The 2015 James Callaghan Memorial Lecture will be given in June by The Honourable Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng, Swansea University alumnus and Honorary Fellow (1990), Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam.


The Honourable Pehin Dato Lim Jock SengTitle: ‘Enhancing ASEAN-UK Relations: Forging closer ties between Brunei Darussalam and Swansea in a globalised world’

Speaker:  The Honourable Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng, Swansea University alumnus and Honorary Fellow (1990), Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam 

Date: Monday 29th June 2015

Time: 5:00pm

Venue: Taliesin Theatre, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University

Admission: Free of charge and all welcome. To book your free tickets, please contact the Taliesin Box Office on 01792 602060, or email: office@taliesinartscentre.co.uk.

This lecture will be delivered in the English language. 


Event summary: James Callaghan (1912-2005), who was British Prime Minister from 1976-1979, was President of Swansea University from 1986-1995.  He became an Honorary Fellow of the University in 1992.

The James Callaghan Lecture Series was established on the occasion of the University's 75th anniversary in 1995 and to commemorate the Presidency of The Right Honourable Lord Callaghan of Cardiff.

In October 1996, Lord Callaghan returned to Swansea University to open the campus building named in his honour.  The building fittingly reflects Lord Callaghan's working life, as it houses (amongst others) the departments of Politics and International Relations, and History.

Previous speakers in the James Callaghan Memorial Lecture Series include the Right Honourable the Lord Heseltine CH, PC; Professor The Lord Kenneth Morgan, Labour peer and distinguished Oxford historian; George Abbey, former Director of the Johnson Space Center and the man who helped shape America’s space programme over three decades; Former Archbishop of Canterbury, The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Lord Williams of Oystermouth; Former Archbishop of Canterbury, The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Lord Carey of Clifton; and most recently in 2013, Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham. 


Speaker biography: The Honourable Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng received his Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) in Sociology/Social Anthropology from Swansea University and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He started his career at the Brunei Museum as Deputy Director and Director and was subsequently transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam as Director-General of ASEAN-Brunei Darussalam in August 1983.

He was then appointed as Brunei Darussalam’s High Commissioner for New Zealand in February 1986.

In May 1986, he became the Director of Politics at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was promoted to the post of Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the same year.

He was appointed by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah as a member of the Privy Council in 2003 and as an official member of the Legislative Council in 2004.

For his services, he was conferred the title of Pehin Menteri and Dato Seri Setia, as well as other meritorious awards by His Majesty.  He was appointed as the Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in May 2005.