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COSF Speaker Luncheon with Dr. Robin Hanbury-Tension, OBE, FLS

COSF Speaker Luncheon with Dr. Robin Hanbury-Tension, OBE, FLS

25 February 2014 12:30 pm

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The Hong Kong Room The Hong Kong Club Building, 3 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong

Luncheon with Dr. Robin Hanbury-Tenison, OBE, FLS

(Magdalen College, Oxford)

The Greatest Explorer of his Era

"Fifty Years of Exploration"

12:30 for 12.50, Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Hong Kong Room, The Hong Kong Club Central, Hong Kong


We are delighted and honoured to welcome to Hong Kong Dr Robin Hanbury-Tenison, considered by most the greatest explorer of his era, having led some 30 international expeditions on every continent.  Dr Robin Hanbury-Tenison has also saved more than 500 minority ethnic groups around the world through his charity, Survival International, is the author of some 20 books, star of 11 films, organiser of the largest peacetime demonstration in British history and holds the HM the Queen?s Gold Medal for exploration.

Dr Hanbury-Tenison was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford.  

In 1957, he made his first expedition driving from London to Ceylon.   Just a year later, he made the extraordinary achievement of making the first land crossing of South America at its widest point, for which he was awarded the Ness Award of the Royal Geographical Society.  In the 1960s he made Saharan camel travels with Tuareg, the first river crossing of South America from north to south from the Orinoco to Buenos Aires and the Amazonas Expedition by Hovercraft, from Manaus to Trinidad.  In 1969, he led the Trans-African Expedition by hovercraft from Dakar to Lake Chad to the Congo.

In 1971, Dr Hanbury-Tenison became the founding chairman of Survival International, the worldwide movement to support tribal peoples. He was Chairman until 1981, when he received an OBE for his work, and he has since been President. On Survival International's behalf he has led innumerable overseas missions assisting in the saving of remote tribes and indigenous peoples in South America, Africa, SE Asia, Siberia and Canada.

In 1978-79, Dr Hanbury-Tenison led the Royal Geographical Society's largest expedition ever, taking 150 scientists to the interior of Sarawak in Borneo for which he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Patron’s Gold Medal in 1979.  The research from this expedition, and his book, "Mulu: the Rainforest", started the international concern for tropical rainforests.  Since 1980, Dr Hanbury-Tenison has been on innumerable expeditions including walking across the Kalahari Desert with Bushmen, expeditions in Ecuador, Brazil and Venezuela, having lived with the Yanomami tribe in Brazil, rode two Camargue horses across France, rode along the Great Wall of China, led a mission to investigate the arrest of Malaysian environmentalists and innumerable other expeditions.

Dr Hanbury-Tenison has been Vice-President and Gold Medallist of the Royal Geographical Society, an International Fellow of the Explorers Club, a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow, is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, a Member of the Society of Authors, a winner of the Krug Award for Excellence, holds the Mungo Park Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, was Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, when he organised the largest peace-time demonstration in British history and was Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.  Dr Hanbury-Tenison is a regular contributor of articles and reviews to many magazines and newspapers and is also a frequent broadcaster both on television and radio.  Dr Hanbury-Tenison is the star of 11 films made of his expeditions and is also the author of some 20 books, many of them best-sellers, including "A Ride Along the Great Wall", "Fragile Eden", "The Oxford Book of Exploration", "Land of Eagles" and most recently "The Great Explorers", published in 2010.

Dr Robin Hanbury-Tenison is going to speak during the lunch and also respond to questions on his amazing and varied career.

If you would like to attend the lunch, please send the attached form completed with a cheque for HK$1,000 payable to the "China Oxford Scholarship Fund" to be received by Friday, 21 February 2014, at 3216 Jardine House, Central, Hong Kong.

At least half of the ticket price is a contribution to the China Oxford Scholarship Fund.

In the twenty years since its inception, COSF has offered much needed assistance to postgraduate students from Mainland China as well as Hong Kong to study at the University of Oxford.  A total of over 10 million Hong Kong dollars have been offered to more than 180 COSF scholars, in disciplines encompassing from archaeology to zoology.   

COSF has thus formed a substantial network with Oxford and amongst the Scholars themselves, both within China and internationally; and has immense value in helping China take on new concepts in the academic, economic, legal, political, social and cultural arenas.

If you cannot attend the lunch but would like to give your financial support to COSF or receive further information, please either send correspondence or cheques to the above address or an email to the following address

We very much look forward to hearing from you and receiving your support.

To secure your seats:

1. Email to Rupert McCowan at

2. Then, send your cheque to arrive by Friday, 21 February 2014 payable to "China Oxford Scholarship Fund" to 3216 Jardine House, Central, Hong Kong 3.  Inquiries: Rupert McCowan at           

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