Paul Wait lived in the UK in his formative years and graduated from the University of Oxford (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) in 1971. He and his wife, June, (who provides a talk on this tour) emigrated to Australia and, for over 40 years, he was a transport economist, consulting to the public and private sectors in Australia and for a range of international aid agencies principally in Asia, the Pacific Region and the Middle East, providing policy advice and evaluations of infrastructure proposals. Paul has worked in many countries, including Singapore, China, Myanmar, Kuwait, Vanuatu, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Barbados and Tuvalu. He and June also lived in Indonesia for two years while he was working on a World Bank project and they have travelled widely for pleasure to India, North America and many countries throughout the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Since retiring, Paul has enjoyed pursuing his interest in choral and classical music in addition to lecturing on a variety of historical subjects, including the Great Siege of Malta, the Fall of Constantinople, the Battle of Hastings and the Hanseatic League.