Prof. Colin White was educated in England, receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Cambridge University and specialising in history and economics. He and his wife and their four children emigrated to Australia in 1978 where he worked at La Trobe University, rising from junior lecturer to full professor (Professor of Economics). In that time he was head of three different departments, including those of economic history and of economics, and also the Graduate School of Management where he was the inaugural head. He retired from full-time employment in 2008. His teaching covers a wide range of topics from The Industrialisation of the Great Powers and The Emergence of the Modern Economy to The International Business Environment and The Economic Rise of Asia. He has taught all over the world, notably in Britain, Australia, Japan, China, Vietnam and Bulgaria, and participated in three previous Semester-at-Sea voyages (Fall 2005, Summer 2008 and Fall 2009). His research interests are wide, but focused mostly on comparative economic development. He has published a number of books, the most recent being Strategic Management, Risk and Foreign Direct Investment and Understanding Economic Development: a global transition from poverty to prosperity? The last, first published at the end of 2009, has this year been republished as a paperback.