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Paul Rose

Paul Rose

Paul Rose

A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced divers and polar experts, Paul Rose has been helping scientists unlock global mysteries for the past 30 years in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

Paul is Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division.

He is an expert polar, environmental, exploration and field science consultant.

His new BBC documentary, Frank Wild: Antarctica’s Forgotten Hero, has just aired on BBC ONE and BBC TWO. And his new reportage on cycling has recently been transmitted on BBC ONE Inside Out.

He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal.

For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica he was awarded the US Polar Medal.

The Royal Geographical Society presented The Ness Award to Paul – “For the popularisation of Geography and the wider understanding of our world”.

Paul has a mountain named after him in Antarctica and is an Honorary Fellow of theUniversity of Cumbria.

With unique access across a wide range of expert fields, Paul is constantly working to raise awareness of global issues such as the understanding and protection of our ecosystems and biodiversity, climate change and sustainability. He is an award-winning champion for inspiring and motivating the next generation of field scientists and explorers.

More about Paul on his website, follow him on Twitter, or meet him in person at the RGS Explore weekend.

Roz Savage MBE

Roz Savage MBE

Roz Savage MBE

Roz Savage MBE is a British ocean rower, environmental campaigner, and keynote speaker.

She holds four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oar strokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat. She uses her ocean rowing adventures to inspire action on the top environmental challenges facing the world today.

A latecomer to the life of adventure, Roz worked as a Management Consultant in London for 11 years. Since embarking on her first ocean in 2005, she has braved 20-foot waves, been capsized 3 times in 24 hours, and faced death by dehydration when both her water makers broke. She has encountered whales, dolphins, sharks, and turtles, and admired the timeless beauty of sunrises, sunsets, and star-filled night skies. The ocean has forced her to develop courage, tenacity, perseverance, and the strength to transcend self-imposed limits.

An accomplished and inspiring keynote speaker with a charismatic stage presence, Roz has spoken to tens of thousands of people across six continents. Past engagements include the Royal Geographical Society in the UK, the National Geographic Society in the US, the TED Conference and the Vail Symposium, as well as numerous corporate speaking engagements.

Roz Savage is a a United Nations Climate Hero, and an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an International Fellow of the Explorer’s Club of New York, and has been listed amongst the Top 20 Great British Adventurers by the Daily Telegraph. In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic.

Her story has been featured on CBS, ESPN, NPR, and the BBC, and in articles in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Express and the Evening Standard. She has written for numerous magazines and websites including Forbes and the Huffington Post, and contributed a chapter to the book “Oceans” to accompany the Disney film of the same name.

Her inspirational book, “Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean”, is published by Simon & Schuster. The eponymous documentary has been screened around the world in association with the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

More about Roz on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Dr Alexander Kumar

Dr Alexander Kumar

Dr Alexander Kumar

Dr Alexander Kumar isn’t your average medical doctor. British-Indian in origin and having grown up in Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire and with family in Delhi, he developed an appreciation from an early age for the natural world and life abroad.

Recently celebrating his 29th birthday in Antarctica – his coldest yet – armed with only with a stethoscope, sense of humour and curiosity for life, he has lived, worked and travelled through over 60 countries and has led and acted as the medic to many expeditions to remote areas of the world, some with his partner and fellow doctor, Kathy Duong. They live in London along with their mischievous Siberian Husky puppy, Mishi-bear.

Family

Alex is the youngest of four children. His parents, both retired Professors of Cancer Research, combined the best of both English and Indian family heritage, instilling their passion and love for art and science. His eldest brother is also a doctor, whilst his sister is an accomplished artist and his closest brother is a film-maker.

Education

After wriggling free from the restriction of his school years, he spent the next year living in Nepal teaching English, at the time of the tragic massacre of the Nepalese Royal Family. He later graduated with a Medical Degree from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’ in London, following numerous medical placements including in India, Israel, Shetland and the Amazon. He also holds a first class honours degree in International (Public) Health.

Passion for Science and Research

Since a young age, he has been fascinated by life in the Polar regions.

He followed his heart to the Canadian Arctic, where he completed his dissertation conducting the first piece of research on HIV among Inuit. He is studying a further degree in Polar Health.

Alongside holding extensive experience in Polar Medicine, he holds a special research interest in snake bite – having bared witness to its devastating effects on communities in Asia, Africa and South America.

He works as a Trainee Anesthetist and Intensive Care Doctor within the Oxford School of Anaesthesia.

Drawing Attention to Global Inequality

He uses film and photography to help raise awareness about issues he feels strongly about –global health inequality -including indigenous peoples’ health status, the impact of humans on the planet and complex human-wildlife conflict.

Follow Alex’s adventures on his website and on Twitter.

Debbie Flood

Debbie Flood

Debbie Flood

Debbie Flood is a British rower, having won medals at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games for rowing. In 2013 she was named as the first female Captain of the Leander Rowing Club in over 100 years, and works for the Prison Service.

Debbie graduated with a degree in Physiology and Biochemistry from Reading University in 2005, and is keen to inspire the next generation.

Follow Debbie on Twitter

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