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Friday, April 26, 2019 | 10:25-11:25

Jo Parfitt

Journalist, editor, writer, speaker and teacher, Jo Parfitt has lived abroad for 31 years across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

In 1997 Jo founded Summertime Publishing, a global organization with an extensive international network that specializes in producing books by and for people who live overseas. Since 1984 Jo has authored 32 of her own books and worked with over 200 authors to help them write and publish their own stories.

Jo is more than a writer and publisher – she is a mentor for aspiring writers and is renowned for helping people develop writing skills ‘that pay’. She establishes Writing Circles wherever she resides, and continues to encourage people to write their life stories as a means to celebrating their individual journey.

The title of Jo’s keynote address is: Stories Connect Us

Jo has actively supported FIGT for close to 20 years; in 2014 she co-founded the Parfitt-Pascoe Writing Residence (PPWR), a global team of skilled yet amateur writers, with Robin Pascoe. PPWR offered participants an opportunity to work closely with Jo and attend the FIGT Conferences as scribes, capturing every session for subsequent publication and sharing. To celebrate 20 years of FIGT, Jo also organized the publication of A Reunion of  Strangers, a compilation of the most inspiring quotes from FIGT speakers and attendees across the years. 

Jo believes that connecting means finding links between seemingly unconnected phases in our lives, and that stories play an integral role in enabling us to do so. In this Keynote she will share her experience, her vision and offer strategies for building your own story.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10:00-11:00

Anita Kapoor

TV presenter, travel show host, emcee, professional speaker, writer and avid traveller, Anita Kapoor is familiar to many. Born in India but a resident of Singapore since 1978, ATCK Anita is known for her eloquence and energy, particularly around issues related to equality and individuality.

Anita’s work has taken her around the world and seen her present for Lonely Planet, Discovery TLC and Channel News Asia to name but a few. Her passion for connecting with communities and offering her support have led to ambassadorial roles within Habitat for Humanity (building or improving homes) and Pink Dot (supporting equality for the LGBT community). She also supports Willing Hearts (a feeding programme in Singapore) and Magic Bus (a sports programme in India). Wherever Anita goes, she asks questions, reflects, shares, and is grateful.

This Keynote will focus on the concept of LEAD. Anita wants people to embrace the opportunities that the TCK life offers. She sees great opportunity, when living globally, to gain a valuable and unique sense of perspective and insight into societies and communities.

She will tell stories of her own learnings, and demonstrate what has led to her to develop her own voice and individuality. Keen to shake off the labels we assign ourselves and step out of the bubbles we can find ourselves in, Anita will demonstrate how a transient life enables us to become wiser stakeholders in the global community. 


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