Global Perspectives Guest Speakers

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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Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard
  • 17 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • May
  • $16,990 to $33,400

  • Paul Greenberg

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Paul Greenberg is The New York Times bestselling author of Four Fish and American Catch. A regular contributor to the Times and many other publications, Mr. Greenberg is also the featured correspondent of the 2017 PBS Frontline documentary The Fish On My Plate. His 2015 TED talk has over a million views to date. He is currently the writer-in-residence at the Safina Center and a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. His forthcoming book, The Omega Principle, will be published by Penguin Press in the summer of 2018. Mr. Greenberg is a winner of a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Grantham Prize of Special Merit and numerous other awards and grants. He resides in New York, catty-corner from Ground Zero, where he produces (to his knowledge) the only wine grown and bottled in Lower Manhattan. Paul Greenberg wrote Four Fish. For more information, please contact our partners at Longitude Books.

Land Of The Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration Of Arctic Svalbard
  • 11 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • May/Jun
  • $10,430 to $20,100

  • Ian Sterling

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Dr. Ian Stirling is a Research Scientist Emeritus with Environment Canada and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton. He has done research on polar bears and polar seals (Arctic and Antarctic) for 50 years. Particular areas of research interest include ecology, behaviour, evolution, relationships between polar bears and seals, the biological importance of polynyas, and the conservation and management of polar marine mammals and ecosystems. 

Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic
  • 16 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Aug
  • $13,990 to $32,400

  • Eva Aariak

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Eva Qamaniq Aariak is a Canadian politician, who was elected in the 2008 territorial election to represent the electoral district of Iqaluit East in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. She was subsequently chosen as the second Premier of Nunavut, under the territory's consensus government system, on November 14, 2008. She was the fifth woman to serve as a premier in Canada. Prior to her election, she was the first Languages Commissioner for Nunavut. In her capacity as Languages Commissioner, she was asked to choose an Inuktitut language word for the Internet; she settled on ikiaqqivik, which literally means "traveling through layers" and refers to the traditional Inuit concept of a shaman travelling through time and space to find answers to spiritual and material questions.

  • 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. 

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast
  • 17 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Jun
  • $15,650 to $29,470

  • Ari Trausti Guðmundsson

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Ari has been active as a lecturer and nonfiction writer with some 40 published book titles in the fields of geology, volcanology, glaciology, astronomy, environmental science, and mountaineering. In addition, he has published poetry and short stories in magazines and anthologies since the 1970s, and in 2002, he received the Laxness Literary Prize for his collection of short stories. His fiction writings also contain eight collections of poems and four novels. 

  • 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.

Epic 80°N: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands
  • 24 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Aug
  • $25,990 to $49,640

  • Ian Sterling

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Dr. Ian Stirling is a Research Scientist Emeritus with Environment Canada and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton. He has done research on polar bears and polar seals (Arctic and Antarctic) for 50 years. Particular areas of research interest include ecology, behaviour, evolution, relationships between polar bears and seals, the biological importance of polynyas, and the conservation and management of polar marine mammals and ecosystems. 

  • 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. 

Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland
  • 9 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Sep
  • $6,990 to $13,950

  • Aleqa Hammond

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Former prime minister of Greenland, Aleqa Hammond is the first female to hold the position. She has extensive tourism experience and was the commissioner of the Inuit Circumpolar council. 

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