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.

Guest Speakers

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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
  • 24 Days
  • National Geographic Orion
  • 102 Guests
  • Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec
  • $23,790 to $47,720

  • Frances Ulmer

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Frances A. Ulmer is the Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC), appointed by President Obama in 2011. In 2014, Secretary Kerry asked Ms. Ulmer to serve as a Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Alaska’s largest public university. Previously, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and chairs the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association. Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond and Director of Policy Development for the state. She has served on numerous state and federal boards including the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010, over 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council, and co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Arctic Climate Change. Ms. Ulmer lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • Joe McConnell

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Joe McConnell is an environmental and climate researcher at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute where he is Director of the Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory. Raised in Santa Fe, his interest in earth and natural science was influenced heavily by the spectacular setting of northern New Mexico. With degrees in geophysics from Yale and Stanford, he spent nearly 10 years working in oil exploration before returning to graduate school to study hydrology and climate change at the University of Arizona and pursue a career in environmental science.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Tim Jarvis

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Tim Jarvis AM (Member of the Order of Australia) is an adventurer, author, film maker and public speaker with Masters degrees in environmental science and environmental law. He is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss. He is an experienced leader across disciplines and uses his public speaking engagements, films, and books about his expeditions and work to promote progressive thinking in these areas. Tim is leader of 25zero and WWF-Australia’s Global Ambassador.

  • Zaria Forman

    Guest Speaker
    Zaria was born in South Natick, Massachusetts and currently works and resides in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and received a B.S. in studio arts at Skidmore College in New York. Her works have been in publications such as the New York Times T Magazine,  Juxtapoz Magazine, National Geographic Proof Blog, Huffington Post, and the Smithsonian Magazine. Zaria was featured on CNN, the Wall Street Journal and interviewed by Lucy Yang on ABC7 Eyewitness News. She exhibited in Banksy's Dismaland, delivered a TEDTalk at the Town Hall Theater in New York City that is featured on TED.com, traveled aboard the National Geographic Explorer as the artist-in-residence for four weeks in Antarctica, and flew over the polar regions with NASA's Operation IceBridge.

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
  • 14 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec
  • $13,760 to $29,490

  • Andrew Clarke

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Andrew Clarke is an ecologist who has spent all of his working life in polar regions. He grew up in London where his lifelong interest in birds started in the city’s many green spaces and on family visits to Norfolk. He studied zoology and geology at Cambridge University, spending the summer of 1968 supporting geological fieldwork in Svalbard.

  • Dyan deNapoli

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Dyan (aka “The Penguin Lady”) is both a penguin expert and educator. As a Senior Penguin Aquarist at the New England Aquarium, Dyan hand-raised dozens of penguin chicks, presented daily programs about penguins to aquarium visitors, was a guest expert on several television and radio programs, traveled the globe to work with penguin researchers in the field, and was the content reviewer for several books about penguins. Since starting her own educational company, she has authored the new penguin article for Scholastic Publishing's The New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia.

  • Gregg Treinish

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    With a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration, Gregg founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation in 2011, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. The ASC’s goal is to build a bridge between the scientific and outdoor communities. Adventure athletes contact the organization and volunteer to collect data on their travels. ASC matches them with researchers who need help getting expensive, time-consuming, hard-to-reach information. More than a hundred scientific organizations and a thousand adventurers have already participated. Gregg also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human interaction, fragmented habitats, and threatened species.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jon Bowermaster

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Adventurer and author Jon Bowermaster is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and filmmaker. Author of eleven books, he is also writer, director and producer of twenty documentary films, most recently Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now, produced with and narrated by actor/advocate Mark Ruffalo, and Antarctica 3D, On the Edge, narrated by Tilda Swinton. Current film projects include The Ghost Fleet, which looks at the global issue of fishing slaves, a six-part series for Vice.com called Clean Water Wars and the web series The Hudson, A River at Risk. Bowermaster lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. 

    Jon Bowermaster wrote Crossing Antartica. For more information, please contact our partners at Longitude Books.

     

  • Lee Berger

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Prof. Lee R. Berger Ph.D. D.Sc. is a world-renowned paleoanthropologist, physical anthropologist, and archaeologist. Time Magazine called him one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2016, and he has received numerous awards including the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for Research and Exploration and the Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award.

  • Lise Van Susteren

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a practicing general and forensic psychiatrist in Washington, DC, is an expert on the physical and mental health effects of climate change. In 2011 she co-authored The Psychological Effects of Climate Warming on the U.S.—Why the US Mental Health System Is Not Prepared. Dr. Van Susteren has served as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and has been a consultant to the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government profiling world leaders.

  • Mike Libecki

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Mike Libecki is a 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his commitment to exploring the world’s most remote places, including Antarctica, Baffin Island, Greenland, other remote exotic islands, and even unnamed spots on the globe. An accomplished climber, Mike has planned and succeeded on 60 expeditions and established multiple first ascents. He led a National Geographic-sponsored trip (with the dream team of Freddie Wilkinson, Cory Richards, and Keith Ladzinski) to the eastern stretches of Antarctica’s Queen Maud Land, where they battled extreme cold and furious katabatic winds in an epic, ten-day climb to the summit of the untouched Bertha’s Tower at the bottom of the world, which was featured in the popular National Geographic Live! film series. Mike has received numerous grants and awards, and has been in movies/TV shows that have aired on PBS, the National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and more.

  • Robert Lee Hotz

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    The science columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Lee Hotz writes about cutting-edge research on climate change, cosmology, molecular medicine, the human brain and much more. He has traveled three times to the South Pole.

South Georgia and the Falklands
  • 19 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Mar/Oct
  • $16,990 to $32,880

  • David Sibley

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including the New York Times best seller The Sibley Guide to Birds. He has contributed art and articles to Smithsonian, Science, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Birding, BirdWatching, and North American Birds, and wrote and illustrated a syndicated column for The New York Times. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Birding Association and the Linnaean Society of New York's Eisenmann Medal. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

  • Greg Marshall

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Greg Marshall is an inventor, biologist, conservationist, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who has dedicated his life to studying, exploring, and documenting animal life in the oceans and across the globe.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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