Guest Speakers

Adding layers of insight and interest

Our pioneering history, reputation and National Geographic connections give us access to a rewarding breadth of guest speakers. Depending on the expedition you choose, you might be exploring with an astronaut or a National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence; a scientist doing research in the region we’re exploring, an author, or a foreign dignitary, even a former Prime Minister.

Carefully chosen to be relevant and meaningful in context, our guest speakers’ talks and unique insights complement the already-lively onboard conversation and ongoing learning our staff stimulates. Together they add layers of knowledge and connection to a geography that no other company can offer.

And our guest speakers have chosen to share the expedition experience with you as active participants and fellow travelers. You’ll have the opportunity to hear them in the context of their lounge talks, but also to hang out with them and other members of our staff—while cruising in a Zodiac, over a drink, or during dinner.

Featured Global Perspectives Guest Speakers

Anthony Powell

Past Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
Film maker Anthony Powell had to design and build a lot of his own camera equipment to withstand the harsh conditions of the deep Antarctic winters. Together with his wife Christine, who he married in Antarctica, he has spent over 100 months there, including 10 winters in months of unending darkness.

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Gordon Brown

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2010. As Prime Minister, Brown’s tenure coincided with the start of the global financial crisis. He was one of the first to initiate calls for global financial action, while introducing a range of rescue measures in the UK. In April, 2009 Brown hosted the G20 Summit in London where world leaders committed to making an additional $1.1trillion available to help the world economy through the crisis and restore credit, growth and jobs. They also pledged to strengthen financial supervision and regulation.

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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
Canada, 14 September 2017
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
Canada, 07 September 2017
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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Zaria Forman

Guest Speaker
The inspiration for Zaria’s drawings began in early childhood when she traveled with her family throughout several of the world's most remote landscapes, which were the subject of her mother's fine art photography. After formal training at Skidmore college she now exhibits extensively in galleries and venues throughout the United States and overseas.

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