Professor Adrian Vickers is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a specialist on the cultural history of the Asia Pacific. He is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Sydney, and has held several Visiting Fellowships, including at Magdalene College, the University of Cambridge and most recently as the Brayton Wilbur Jr. Fellow at the Asian Art Museum San Francisco. He is the author of widely acclaimed books on Indonesian history and art, some of which have been translated into six languages. He won two History of the Year book awards for The Pearl Frontier (2015), a history of pearling in the Indian- Pacific. Professor Vickers has appeared on programmes aired on the History and National Geographic Channels and is often called upon by the Australian media to comment on events in Asia that affect Australia.