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

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
  • 24 Days
  • National Geographic Orion
  • 102 Guests
  • Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec
  • $23,990 to $49,990

  • 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, 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 Orion
  • 102 Guests
  • Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec
  • $13,890 to $30,960

  • 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.

  • 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 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.


  • 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.

  • Susan Goldberg

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Susan Goldberg is Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor In Chief of National Geographic magazine. She is in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure. She was named Editorial Director in October 2015 and Editor in Chief of the magazine in April 2014. She is the 10th editor of the magazine since it was first published in October 1888. Under her leadership in 2017, National Geographic was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its issue about gender and the magazine received numerous other awards for photography, storytelling, and graphics.To see Susan's insights on Svalbard, click here

South Georgia and the Falklands
  • 19 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Mar/Oct
  • $16,990 to $34,520

  • 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.David will be the designated Year of the Bird Ambassador on the Oct 22, 2018 departure of our South Georgia and the Falklands expedition.

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