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Exploration Expo 2016

Join us on Thursday, June 16th for drinks and exploration presentations — hang out with explorers, connect with mentors, tour Club Headquarters, ask questions about membership and meet potential sponsors. This is an evening for new and seasoned explorers, and those who are interested in creating new paths in exploration, scientific knowledge and human discovery.

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Gino Caspari studied archaeology and history of art at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He then finished a Master’s in Business. In 2015, he received his second MA degree in East Asian Studies as a Fulbright scholar from Columbia University. In 2016, he finished his PhD Dissertation on remote sensing and landscape archaeology in southern Siberia. He has participated and led expeditions and archaeological excavations in Switzerland, Italy, France, Turkey, Syria and China.


A Forbes adventure journalist, Fellow and Director of The Explorers Club. He has driven a Bugatti at 253 mpg and flown at Mach 2.6 to 84,000 feet in a MIG. Jim has interviewed Neil Armstrong and owns a space ticket to fly with Virgin Galactic Airways.


Aza "Bones" Derman studied physical anthropology at CUNY Hunter College and worked as a Forensic Technician in the 9/11 Human Remains Recovery Program. She is field-trained archaeologist, and currently works as a Paleontology Specialist at Astro, New York's largest high- end gem and fossil gallery. She is pursuing an MS/PhD in geology/Paleontology.


Ariel presently works at the New York Times (T magazine). Previously, she was an Associate Producer for the Women in the World Summit (Tina Brown Media/NYT), where she helped produce summits in India, London and at Lincoln Center; and an Assistant Editor for an ESPN series. She has also taught film and photography on National Geographic's Mongolian Adventure treks, and has received grants from Bryn Mawr College to work in Istanbul and in Bangladesh, where she directed a short thesis film on the Microfinance industry.


Justin Baron Fornal is a film maker and researcher for National Geographic Studios. His personal expeditions primarily focus on rituals, ethnobotany, natural dyes, and indigenous protein sources. For his current expedition FABRICS he is documenting and collecting 6 ancient textiles that are on the verge of extinction.


A documentary filmmaker and producer, his work has appeared in many major media outlets. He is currently working on his first feature length documentary about the Nicaraguan Solidarity movement in San Francisco during the Sandinista Revolution. Oliver and his brother Darrell are the co-founders of Jungles in Paris, a media project that creates and shares stories from around the world about culture, craft, geography, and wildlife.


Jeremy is a risk and crisis manager who has leveraged his skill set on expeditions around the world including Alaska where, as a member of the U.S. Antarctic Program, he worked with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Air Force providing emergency response and rescue services at both McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole Stations. Jeremy has a passion for expedition risk management and the psychology of high-stress and remote environments.


As an associated member of The Explorers Club, Renata's world-wide diving experience includes the Galapagos Archipelago, cage diving with great white sharks near Guadalupe, Mexico, cave diving, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and the coral reefs of the Maldives, amongst others. She also has a passion for the RMS Titanic and had won a spot on the 2012 Titanic Expedition. Currently, Renata is participating in the Sedna Epic Expedition as the Expedition Leader Assistant.


Nancy is the founder and executive director of NY Wild Film Festival. A filmmaker, passionate conservationist, avid sailor and scuba diver, Nancy made a variety of award-winning films about the natural world for National Geographic before exploring contemporary issues and the performing arts as subjects, including Last Dance. She is an active member of The Explorers Club and joined a flagged expedition to Papua New Guinea for a documentary film project, HeadHunt Revisited.


A marine scientist, explorer, photographer and filmmaker, Gaelin began diving at 14 and has continued exploring ocean ecosystems. She began her career at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, earning her Master’s degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. Gaelin founded Global Ocean Exploration (GOE), which is devoted to bringing cutting-edge expedition science to the public through photography, writing, and film.


After earning her BFA at Parsons School of Design and a MA in Fine Arts at Hunter College, Wendy lived in Kenya for 23 years, photographing international aid and relief work for non-profit organizations and United Nations agencies. She has traveled to 22 countries in Africa on assignments with UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, UNDP, USAID, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and many others.


Before the age of 21, Trevor was able to travel to all 7 continents through grants and scholarships. His love of the outdoors has brought him ice climbing in Iceland, scuba diving in Fiji, to Everest base camp, caving in Cuba and many more adventures in all environments. As an expedition filmmaker, he has worked both behind and in front of the camera as well as an editor, creating documentaries in seven different languages.


His exploration activities include studying glaciers with the Juneau Icefield Research Program and developing robotic sailboats for collecting marine data with Autonomous Marine Systems (AMS). In his spare time, he is an attorney specializing in intellectual property law with an office in NYC.


Eric Zember is a published author on false memory neuroscience research. He has trekked, scuba dived and explored across the globe, including environmental advocacy work in China, India, New Zealand and on tour with Coldplay.


Ticket Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Date: Thursday, June 16th

Time: 6:00 - 10:00 pm

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

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