Distinguished Speaker Series

The Western Academy of Beijing is connecting our students with exceptional people who inspire. These distinguished speakers are invited to WAB from all over the world, and through their experiences and stories, challenge our newest generation to make a difference.

All Distinguished Speaker Series are free of charge and open not only to WAB students, parents and staff, but also to the community. RSVP to reserve your seat now.

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Upcoming Events

Distinguished Speaker Series: Eric Maskin
Blu Theatre



Past Speakers

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Michael Cherney in his work

We were delighted to host Michael Cherney, also known as Qiu Maiqiū mài)in Chinese, as our guest speaker. Qiu Mai, a renowned photographer, calligrapher, and book artist, epitomizes Chinese artistry with exceptional sophistication.

Movie Screening Dame Valerie Adams

We had the honor of screening Dame Valerie Adam's film "More than Gold" in our school. "More than Gold" is a touching documentary film that follows the life of Dame Valerie Adams, a Tongan/New Zealander and one of the world's most celebrated athletes.

DSS Speaker Baba

Baba joined us at WAB for a captivating five-day collaboration with our students, teachers, and parents. He captivated everyone with his stories and messages about embracing their purpose and potential as a Global Citizen.

DSS Speaker Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman joined us at WAB and helped guide meaningful discussions and empower our community with valuable tools for developing our students and individual social and emotional well-being.

Melanie Vrba

Melanie Vrba shared what she learned during her 10 years as the High School Principal at WAB and her perspective on mapping life choices.

James Zimmerman

James Zimmerman spoke about what inspired him to write his newly published book “The Peking Express: The Bandits Who Stole a Train, Stunned the West, and Broke the Republic of China”.


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