Global Perspective 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.

Featured Global Perspectives Guest Speakers

Jared Diamond

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
Jared is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed and the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, which won him a Pulitzer Prize as well as Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.

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Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is an NPR international correspondent covering South America. Her stories span culture, politics, corruption, crime, sports, and much more. Before relocating to South America, she served as NPR’s Bagdad Bureau chief and as a correspondent based in Israel. She covered post-September 11th events from Afghanistan in 2002 and was one of the first journalists to report from Libya in 2011 after the Arab Spring uprising.

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Peter Hillary

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
Antarctica, 06 March 2018
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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Robert Siegel

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
Robert Siegel is senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered. With 40 years of experience working in radio news, Siegel is still at it hosting the country's most-listened-to, afternoon-drive-time news radio program and reporting on stories and happenings all over the globe. As a host, Siegel has reported across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia.

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The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005).The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson came to Canada from Hong Kong as a refugee in 1942 and made the astonishing journey from a penniless child to an accomplished broadcaster and distinguished public servant in a multifaceted lifetime. Madame Clarkson is the bestselling author of the 2014 CBC Massey Lectures, Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship, as well as Room for All of Us: Surprising Stories of Loss and Transformation, Heart Matters: A Memoir, and a biography of Dr. Norman Bethune, the Canadian hero of the Chinese people. In 2005, she co-founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) to help new citizens in Canada integrate into Canadian life. The ICC hosts the annual 6 Degrees Citizen Space, the global forum on citizenship, immigration, inclusion, and diversity in the 21st century. In 2006, she established the Clarkson Cup, the championship trophy of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. A Privy Councillor and Companion of the Order of Canada, Madame Clarkson lives in Toronto.

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