Global Perspectives

Add an extra layer of insight and interest to our team’s expertise


Our Global Perspectives Guest Speaker program, exclusively on every National Geographic Explorer expedition, pairs engaging, knowledgeable experts with fascinating geographies to enrich your experience, and add extra levels of perspective and insight to our expedition team’s expertise. Taken from the top tiers of world affairs, journalism and exploration, these are people that you might have seen on TV talk shows, or in a lecture hall—suddenly available to you in person. Each global speaker has chosen to voyage with us to be part of the expedition community, to go exploring along with our staff and guests, and to provide perspectives to enhance your overall experience. You’ll share adventures, drinks, dinner, deck time and activities with these intriguing individuals.

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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
  • 24 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Feb/Nov
  • From $25,220 to $56,520

  • Peter Hillary

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Peter is the son of Sir Edmund Hillary who was the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest with his climbing partner Tenzing Norgay in 1953. He is the first second-generation to climb Mt Everest, he has climbed the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each of the seven continents) and he has been on over 40 mountaineering expeditions around the world.

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
  • 14 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec
  • From $14,680 to $36,550

  • Christiana Figueres

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Ms. Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on global climate change. She was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2010-2016. Assuming responsibility for the international climate change negotiations after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009, she was determined to lead the process to a universally agreed regulatory framework. Building toward that goal, she directed the successful Conferences of the Parties in Cancun 2010, Durban 2011, Doha 2012, Warsaw 2013, and Lima 2014, and culminated her efforts in the historical Paris Agreement of 2015. Throughout her tenure Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the unprecedented climate change agreement. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.

  • David Yarnold

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    As President and CEO of the National Audubon Society since 2010, David has unified and built America’s most effective conservation network. His vision aligned Audubon’s conservation work along migratory flyways, the "superhighways in the sky" that millions of birds travel, across geographic and political boundaries. Birds lead Audubon to America’s most important regions, from the Colorado River Basin to the Everglades to Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes and the prairies of the Dakotas. Using cutting-edge science, Audubon protects these places and promotes bipartisan policy solutions in communities, statehouses, in Washington D.C. and across the Western Hemisphere. 

  • Felicity Aston

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    British explorer Felicity Aston is the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. The 1084-mile, 59-day journey completed in January 2012 also made her the first person in the world to do so without the aid of kites or machines. Named by ‘Outside Magazine’ as a 2012 Adventurer of the Year, she was entered into the Book of Guinness World Records. Elected Fellow of both The Explorers Club in New York and the Royal Geographical Society in London, in 2015 she was awarded an MBE and The Queen’s Polar Medal by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services in Antarctica, making her one of few women ever to receive these prestigious honors.

  • Joe MacInnis

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Joe MacInnis is a medical doctor, author and storyteller who’s pioneering research on undersea science and engineering projects earned him his nation’s highest honour — the Order of Canada. He currently studies leadership in high risk environments and gives leadership presentations in North America and Europe. His audiences have included Microsoft, IBM, National Geographic, Rolex, Visa, Toyota and the U.S. Naval Academy.

  • Kathy Sullivan

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Dr. Kathryn Sullivan was confirmed by the Senate as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator in 2014, having previously served as Acting NOAA Administrator. She is a distinguished scientist, renowned astronaut and intrepid explorer. 

  • Robert A. Bindschadler

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Dr. Bindschadler’s career spanned more than 30 years at NASA where he retired in 2010 as the Chief Scientist of NASA’s Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and a Senior Fellow of the Goddard Space Flight Center.

  • Ted Scambos

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Dr. Ted Scambos is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has specialized in using satellite data of the polar ice caps to map these regions in new ways, and in studying the effects of climate change in Antarctica. Among his research interests are climate change impacts on the polar regions, Antarctic history, geochemistry and planetary science. He has studied the collapse of ice shelf areas and glacier acceleration in the Antarctic Peninsula, ice streams of the Ross Ice Shelf and wind-snow interactions on the East Antarctic Plateau, in 18 expeditions to Antarctica. A major focus of his work now is developing instrumentation to try to better monitor and understand Antarctic climate and ocean circulation in areas of major change.

South Georgia and the Falklands
  • 19 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Mar/Oct
  • From $17,940 to $35,550

  • Andrew Evans

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Andrew Evans is an author, travel writer, and TV host. Embracing all media, he shares his stories from around the globe on pixel and paper. 

  • Jamling Tenzing Norgay

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of the Everest pioneer Tenzing Norgay, did not idle in the shadow of paternal legacies. He is a member of a living dynasty of climbers, with 11 of his relatives summiting Mount Everest. Jamling's spiritual journey has led him to an attachment to the Himalayan region and its magestic jagged 8000-meter peaks.

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