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
  • Feb/Nov
  • $23,990 to $56,380

  • 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 deNapoli is a penguin expert, TED speaker, and author of THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE. The recipient of several literary awards, her book chronicles the dramatic rescue of 40,000 penguins from the Treasure oil spill in South Africa. A Senior Penguin Aquarist at Boston’s New England Aquarium at the time of the disaster, Dyan served as a rehabilitation manager during the rescue effort, which still stands as the largest and most successful animal rescue ever undertaken.

  • 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 Orion
  • 102 Guests
  • Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec
  • $13,890 to $35,330

  • Carol Devine

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Humanitarian, social scientist, and a member of the Society of Women Geographers, Carol led a civilian ecological clean-up in collaboration with the Russian Antarctic Expedition, an Arctic Svalbard marine clean-up, and a marine debris and toxin research expedition in Scotland. Carol is co-author of The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning, a cultural history book based on a 1995-96 civilian ecological expedition she led for The VIEW Foundation with the Russian Antarctic Expedition. It weaves stories from a contemporary clean-up expedition with those of early Antarctic explorers and scientists, told through journal excerpts, facts, vignettes and images.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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 hereTo see Susan's insights on Antarctica, click here 

  • 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.

  • Will Steger

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    A formidable voice calling for understanding and the preservation of the polar regions and the Earth, Will Steger is best known for his legendary polar explorations. He has traveled tens of thousands of miles by kayak and dogsled over 50 years, leading teams on some of the most significant polar expeditions in history.

South Georgia and the Falklands
  • 19 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Mar/Oct
  • $16,990 to $35,380

  • 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.

  • John Mark Francis

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    John Francis is the former Vice President for Research, Conservation and Exploration at the National Geographic Society. A marine biologist and National Geographic grantee, John began his career studying the behavioral ecology of seals and sea lions on remote islands in North and South America. A film on his work led to his role as a National Geographic producer of wildlife films, covering everything from chimps and tigers to whales and sharks. Included was his role as the first scientist to deploy Crittercam on fur seals and whales, revealing for the first time their perspective of life in the deep. 

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