Michael Vatikiotis

Michael Vatikiotis is the Asia Regional Director for the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Based in Singapore, he works on promoting dialogue and conflict resolution in Asia and has a decade of experience working to mitigate conflicts in Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar as well as the Philippines. Formerly a BBC Correspondent and editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, Vatikiotis has been a writer, broadcaster and journalist in Asia for more than thirty years. With family origins in the Middle East, he has lived in Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand as well as Hong Kong. His latest book is “Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia.” His published fiction includes two novels set in Indonesia, “The Spice Garden” and “The Painter of Lost Souls”. He is a regular broadcaster and contributor to the opinion page of several newspapers. Vatikiotis is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, earned his doctorate, which was on Thailand, from Oxford University, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Asia Society’s International Council. He speaks the Thai and Indonesian languages fluently. He is currently writing a study of cosmopolitanism in the Middle East seen through the lens of his family.