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Prominent Alumni & Lecturers

Renowned world figures, leaders, and Nobel Laureates have been a part of many Semester at Sea voyages. See below for a list of prominent alumni and lecturers.

Prominent Alumni

Global Business and Social Leaders

  • Tory Burch (Spring 1987); Fashion Designer
  • Po Chung (Fall 1963); Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of DHL International (Hong Kong)
  • Jane Lauder (Fall 1993); Global President and General Manager of the Origins and Ojon Brands
  • Antony Leung (Fall 1971); Chairman of Blackstone Group’s Greater China Corporate Office
  • Bob McKnight (Fall 1973); Founder and CEO of Quiksilver
  • Ann S. Moore (Spring 1970); Former Chairman and CEO of Time, Inc.
  • Sean O’Sullivan (Spring 1998); Global Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist
  • Scott Seamans (Fall 1978); Co-Founder of Crocs shoes
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Spring 2007); Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

Social Entrepreneurs

  • Adam Braun (Spring 2005); Founder and Executive Director of Pencils of Promise
  • Andrew Briggs (Spring 2002); Founder and President of Freedom in Creation
  • Howard G. Buffett (Spring 1975); President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation
  • Daniel Epstein (Spring 2007); Founder of the Unreasonable Institute
  • Jessica Jackley (Spring 1999); Co-Founder and Board Member of Kiva
  • Daniela Papi (Fall 1998); Co-Founder and Board Member of PEPY

Entertainers & Athletes

  • Gary Foster (Spring 1982); Film and Television Producer (e.g. Sleepless in Seattle, The Soloist, Community)
  • Stephen Gaghan (Fall 1986); Academy Award-winning Screenwriter (e.g. Traffic, Syriana)
  • Joan Lunden (Fall 1967); Journalist, Author, and former host of Good Morning America
  • Cynthia Nixon (Spring 1986); Emmy, Tony, and Grammy Award-winning Actress best known for her
  • portrayal of Miranda Hobbes on Sex in the City
  • Neal Moritz (Fall 1981); Film Producer (e.g. Fast and the Furious series, I Am Legend, 21 Jump Street)
  • Jonathan Murray (Spring 1999); Emmy Award-winning Television Producer (e.g. Real World, Project Runway)
  • Aubrey O’Day (Fall 2003); Singer and Actress, former member of Danity Kane
  • Kathy Reichs (Fall 1987); New York Times Bestselling Author of the Temperance Brennan (Bones) novels
  • Kerri Strug (Fall 2000); Olympic Gold Medalist

Notable Lecturers & Guests

  • Fidel Castro (Cuban President)
  • Anwar Sadat (Egyptian President)
  • Indira Gandhi (Indian Prime Minister)
  • Mikhail Gorbachev (USSR President)
  • Corazon Aquino (President of the Philippines)
  • SHRM King Mohamed VI (King of Morocco)
  • HRH Moulay Rachid (Prince of Morocco)
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Nobel Laureate)
  • Mother Teresa (Nobel Laureate)
  • Nelson Mandela (First President of South Africa, Nobel Laureate)
  • Arthur C. Clark (Author of 2001: A Space Odyssey)
  • Pete Peterson (First U.S. Ambassador to Viet Nam)
  • C.H. Tung (first Chief Executive of Hong Kong after end of British colonial rule)