What a pleasure it is to be here with all of you – old friends and new friends. This forum has had the good fortune of starting in a magical city, Oaxaca, in 1998, moving to another magical city, Sydney, in 2002, and now coming to a third magical city – Bangkok. As it moved, it grew, as you heard from Monica Patten on Thursday, and I can’t wait to hear where it will go next.
Before starting my remarks today I want to be sure to tell you how honoured I am that WINGS decided to name a lecture after me. I started out in life to be a professor, but a funny thing happened on the way to the classroom: the Ford Foundation called and offered me a job in its Jakarta Field Office. That was 35 years ago and having a lecture named after me seems almost poetic as I finally try to get back into the classroom. But there is no such thing as a free lunch and going along with having a lecture named after you means you actually have to deliver a lecture.