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
  • $17,840 to $33,400

  • 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.

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 Stirling

    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. 

  • 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 Jacobel

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Robert Jacobel is a Professor of Physics at St. Olaf College in Minnesota and has been a participant in the U.S. Antarctic Research Program since 1987. His interests are in the evolution and response of ice masses to climate change and he uses the tools of ice penetrating radar and satellite remote sensing in this research on glaciers and ice sheets around the world.

  • Tony Wheeler

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    A trek along Asia’s “hippie trail” in 1972 led to the creation of the Lonely Planet guidebook company while the New York Times declared Tony “the trailblazing patron saint of the world’s backpackers and adventure travelers.” Since the sale of Lonely Planet, Tony has collaborated with the Planet Wheeler Foundation’s work on more than 50 projects in the developing world. 

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.

  • Jared Diamond

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Jared Diamond is a Pulitzer-prize-winning author of five best-selling books, translated into 38 languages, about human societies and human evolution: Guns, Germs, and Steel; Collapse; Why Is Sex Fun?; The Third Chimpanzee; and The World until Yesterday. As a professor of geography at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), he is known for his breadth of interests, which involves conducting research and teaching in three other fields: the biology of New Guinea birds, digestive physiology, and conservation biology. 

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • 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 Stirling

    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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