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Leng Ouch is an investigative reporter and activist. He spent many months undercover to expose the illegal logging taking place in Cambodia’s forests and is a recipient of the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize
Martine Croxall is a journalist, broadcaster and one of the main presenters for BBC News. She also hosts the channel’s The Papers programme and presents the RGS-IBG’s Discovering People evenings
John Peck is an adventurer, expedition leader and organiser. He runs Executive Stretch, for business leaders looking to make adventure part of their lives, and Bravehearts, wilderness survival programmes on remote Scottish islands for inner-city youth leaders working with violent gangs
Edward Whitley is a conservationist, author, and founder of the Whitley Fund for Nature
Mark Evans is an explorer, author and founder of the University of the Desert in Oman. His latest 1,300km expedition across the word’s largest sand desert, the Rub al’Khali, recreated the first crossing by Bertram Thomas in 1930
Louie Psihoyos is a photographer and an Academy Award-winning film director for the documentary The Cove, whose latest film is Racing Extinction

Robert Penn

Robert Penn is an author, journalist and TV presenter. He wrote and produced the BBC series Tales from the Wild Wood, and wrote It’s All About the Bike and his latest book The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees
Saba Douglas-Hamilton is a conservationist, film-maker, and presenter of wildlife television programmes. After growing up in the African bush, she joined her father’s conservation charity, Save the Elephants, and manages the family’s eco-lodge, Elephant Watch Camp, in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is a journalist and campaigner. His book, Feral, documents his explorations into why he had become indifferent to our countryside

James Bowthorpe

James Bowthorpe is a film-maker, designer, adventurer and former round-the-world-by-bicycle record holder. His latest endeavour – the Hudson River Project – sees him scouring the streets of Manhattan and hiking up the Hudson river to explore our relationship with nature

Frank Barrett

Frank Barrett is an author and Travel Editor for The Mail on Sunday. His latest book, Treasured Island, is an odyssey around Britain in search of the landmarks that inspired Britain’s literary classics

Phyllis Omido

Dubbed the ‘East African Erin Brockovich’, Phyllis Omido wasn’t an activist when she went to work at a Kenyan lead smelter. But when her breast milk made her baby sick, she began gathering evidence on the smelter’s damaging health effects

Beth Healey

Beth Healey is a research MD at the Concordia station in the Antarctic. Her job is to research the possible physical and psychological effects of living in the station and how they might be similar to long-term spaceflight

Howard Wood

Wood took up diving as a hobby, but soon found the Isle of Arran’s once abundant waters depleted through overfishing. He won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for Europe in recognition of COAST, which he co-founded to protect Arran’s waters

David Warrell

David Warrell is a professor and International Director of the Royal College of Physicians and Tropical Medicine. A long-standing member of the RGS-IBG medical cell, he co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine
Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos is a UK-based medical doctor and extreme environment physiologist. His latest endeavour, part of his ‘Ice, Water, Fire’ challenge, is running the 250km Marathon des Sables across the Sahara, in support of biodiversity charity, the Opwall Trust
Andrew Gorman-Murray is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Western Sydney. His work examines how domestic life has changed in Australia, and explores how natural disasters impact sexual minorities and Australia’s cultural response to climate change

Owen Hatherley

Owen Haterley is a writer and journalist specialising in architecture, politics and culture. In A New Kind of Bleak, he looks at how the recession changed Britain’s urban landscape

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