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Past Speakers

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Dinner in San Francisco has had the pleasure of hosting distinguished speakers from academia, the arts, entrepreneurship, and exploration.

 2019   Thomas CampbellDirector and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF)
 2018   Carey PerloffA.C.T. Artistic Director
 2017Matthew ShilvockGeneral Director, San Francisco Opera
 2016   Sir Christopher HumFormer British Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
 2015   Paul SaffoTechnology forecaster and futurist
 2014Simon Winchester Writer, journalist, and broadcaster 
 2013Richard WatersWest Coast Bureau Chief, the Financial Times - blog
 2012 Dr Philippa KellyResident Dramaturg at California Shakespeare Festival, author of "The King and I (Shakespeare Now)"
 2011Professor Sheldon Rothblatt Professor Emeritus History, UC Berkeley. You can see his books here 
 2010 Julian Evans HM Consul General, San Francisco
 2009 Roz Savage Ocean Rower - Set off to row the Indian Ocean 1.5 hours before our 2011 SF Boat Race Dinner and arrived Oct 4th 2011 in Mauritius. Roz is the only woman to have rowed the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
 2008 Jonathan Lynn Media
 2007 Baroness Ruth Deech, DBE Higher Education Ombudsman, former principal St Anne's College, Oxford
 2006 Raymond Nasr          Former Google Executive and University of Oxford business lecturer
 2005 Lord Patten of Barnes (Christopher Patten) University of Oxford Chancellor
 2004 Martin Uden HM Consul General in San Francisco, now UK Ambassador to Korea
 2003 Dr John Rowett, OBE Former Warden of Rhodes House and CEO of the Rhodes Trust
 2002 Dr Gordon Johnson        President, Wolfson College, Cambridge
 2001    Dame Jessica Rawson Warden Merton College, Oxford