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Since 1888, the National Geographic Society has brought together extraordinary individuals from around the world. While our Explorers represent diverse backgrounds and pursue very different types of work, we think they share some traits in common. 

National Geographic Explorers:

  • are leaders.
  • are problem solvers.

  • are informed, curious, and capable individuals who are committed to making the world a better place.

  • have a sense of responsibility and respect for other people, cultures, and the natural world.

  • are empowered to make a difference, pursue bold ideas, and persist in the face of challenges.

  • observe, document, and engage with the world around them. 

  • tell stories that inspire others.

  • create and foster a global community committed to a sustainable future.

  • are committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in their respective fields.


Our explorers in the field are working to illuminate and protect the wonder of the world. Find out more on a few of our explorers we’re featuring in the below profiles.


Meet all of our Explorers

Encouraging Cultural, Gender, and Geographic Diversity

Expand the Field

National Geographic welcomes explorers from around the globe and seeks to build a community that reflects the rich diversity of our world. Learn more about some of the work we’re doing in parts of Asia and Africa.

We also strive for gender equity across our programs. Watch the above video to find out how women are making a difference.