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The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet
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24 days

from $135,859 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($92,795 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Ultimate expeditions feature sweeping, themed itineraries that cover great distances using a specially configured private jet. These itineraries are fully planned and comprise private performances, special access to sites, and visits with local experts. Services include travel by private jet, a team of National Geographic experts, local guides, a dedicated flight staff and expedition manager, world-class meals and accommodations, and ground transportation.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Gain unique perspectives on advances in science and technology—from brain science to climate change—with insights from National Geographic experts and Wall Street Journal reporters and editors.
  • Explore colorful bazaars and stunning architecture in Samarqand, and discuss the impacts of the Silk Road revival with archaeologist and National Geographic editor Kristin Romey.
  • Join Wall Street Journal deputy chief news editor Gráinne McCarthy to discover Tallinn, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and a hub for the future of cyber technology.
  • Document astonishing landscapes—from Mount Fuji to the Mongolian steppe—alongside National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A top-notch team of experts and leading journalists will accompany the expedition, including National Geographic editor in chief, Susan Goldberg and Gerard Baker, editor at large for The Wall Street Journal—each of whom will serve as host for a portion of the trip. Throughout the journey, enjoy informative talks and thrilling tales of exploration from accompanying National Geographic expert Rob Hernandez and National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder, and Wall Street Journal science journalist Robert Lee Hotz. In each destination we visit, we'll meet experts on the ground from both organizations who will share their knowledge and insights.

Itinerary

Join a team of world-renowned experts from National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal on an epic journey to centers of creativity and innovation across the globe, from Seattle to Samarqand and beyond. Experience the convergence of ancient traditions and modern advances with visits to secluded temples and cutting-edge research facilities, and meet local leaders pushing the fields of science and technology from Seoul to Helsinki. Witness firsthand the consequences of climate change on business, security, and everyday existence in the far north as you meet with local business owners or hike with reindeer herders. While exploring the world alongside archaeologists, artists, and entrepreneurs, gain unprecedented insight into “the future of everything.”

Days 1-2: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Arrive in Seattle and meet National Geographic and Wall Street Journal experts, as well as your fellow travelers, for a private welcome gala at Chihuly Garden and Glass. The next morning, board our private jet bound for Tokyo and cross the international date line, losing a day in transit.

Days 3-5: Hakone, Japan

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The Future of Environmental Conservation

Touch down in Tokyo and transfer to Hakone near the base of Mount Fuji, where we’ll settle into traditional ryokan Japanese inns. Begin exploring the future of environmental conservation and urban expansion with Yumiko Ono, the Asia digital editor for The Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Arthur Huang. Hear how Arthur’s company Miniwiz has become a global leader in post-consumer recycling technology by launching innovative architectural projects throughout Asia and around the world.

Venture to the slopes of Mount Fuji to visit Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine and attend a blessing ceremony with a Shinto priest. Explore the extraordinary legacy of the textile artist Itchiku Kubota at a museum dedicated to ancient silk-dyeing techniques. After a lunchtime panel with our experts, visit a textile workshop or enjoy a tasting tour of sake breweries.

The following day, choose to hike part of the 400-year-old Tokaido road or visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum, home to works by Picasso, Henry Moore, and other notable artists. Opt to accompany a geologist to the Hakone GeoMuseum for an interactive introduction to the area’s volcanic activity. Gather for dinner at the Venetian Glass Museum, featuring an extraordinary collection of glassware displayed in a picturesque garden.

Days 6-7: Seoul, South Korea

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The Future of the Brain

Fly by private jet to Seoul, the cosmopolitan capital of South Korea. Seoul has rapidly attained prominence as an economic, political, and cultural hub following the so-called “miracle on the Han River”—a period of exponential economic growth during the second half of the 20th century. The metropolis boasts a 15th-century UNESCO World Heritage–listed temple, as well as countless marvels of modern architecture.

Ascend to the top of N Seoul Tower for an unparalleled view of the vast city skyline. Then venture into the busy streets below and check in to our hotel for a panel discussion with Wall Street Journal technology reporter Timothy W. Martin and Fran Smith, author of the National Geographic magazine article “The Addicted Brain.” We’ll learn about the research that is leading the way for global advances in our understanding of the human brain.

The next day, visit a brain research center and hear directly from scientists about their current projects and potential breakthroughs. Later, choose to explore South Korean culture and history at a cooking class in the thousand-year-old Buddhist temple of Jingwansa or at a demonstration on Hanbok, traditional South Korean ceremonial attire. Dine on the grounds of Samcheonggak Temple, a former meeting place for representatives from both North and South Korea, which is named for the three purities: water, mountains, and humanity.

Days 8-10: Shenzhen, China and Hong Kong

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The Future of Health and Medicine

Arrive in Shenzhen on China’s southern coast. Formerly a small fishing village on the Pearl River Delta, Shenzhen was designated as China’s first Special Economic Zone in 1980, making it a testing ground for market-driven capitalism. The city has since transformed into an epicenter of global entrepreneurship and innovation. In tonight’s panel discussion, examine breakthroughs in the understanding of well-being and traditional Chinese medicine’s modern applications—with National Geographic magazine senior editor Peter Gwin and Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yoko Kubota.

After a city tour the following morning, visit centers of innovation to understand how Shenzhen’s scientists and entrepreneurs are moving into the future. Venture into the city’s bustling center, and witness how recent urban growth has stimulated a flourishing art scene. Explore a chengzhongcun “village,” a densely populated area of cooperatively owned land that has remained intact—and underdeveloped—during decades of urban expansion; or visit a traditional village of the local Hakka ethnic group.

The next day, opt to cross the border into Hong Kong. Stand atop Victoria Peak, offering spectacular views of the city and neighboring islands, and stroll the tranquil beach of Repulse Bay before enjoying a traditional dim sum lunch. Travelers who wish to stay in Shenzhen may continue to discover the city’s remarkable cultural and economic diversity with a local guide, who will lead us through ancient quarters and artist workshops.

Days 11-13: Ulaanbaatar or the Gobi, Mongolia

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The Future of Natural Resources

Board our jet bound for Ulaanbaatar, founded centuries ago as a gathering place for nomadic princes, and now the cultural and financial heart of Mongolia. Take a charter flight to the Gobi and arrive at Three Camel Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Settle into traditional ger tents and enjoy a presentation in which Wall Street Journal reporter Patrick Barta discusses the ways a mining boom is transforming the Mongolian steppe, and renowned author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Emeritus Jared Diamond shares insights on the future of cities.

During our stay in the Gobi, explore a desert landscape of steep red plateaus, following in the footsteps of Genghis Khan. Explore the mesmerizing Moltsog Els sand dune, then meet a nomadic family for tea. Hike between the towering canyon walls of Yol Valley, ride horseback across the steppe, and learn how to construct a ger. Participate in a demonstration of Naadam, a traditional sporting festival, and head to the famed Flaming Cliffs—where Mongolian paleontologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Bolortsetseg Minjin is working to establish a dinosaur museum—and take a photo walk with our National Geographic photographer at sunset.

Alternative: Instead of the Gobi, travelers may choose to explore Ulaanbaatar and Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. In Ulaanbaatar, examine the collections at the National Museum of Mongolia and visit the Gandantegchinlen Monastrey. Then travel to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park and check in to our hotel. Explore the park's rolling hills and rocky outcrops on hikes and horseback rides. Experience a traditional Buddhist shaman ceremony, and enjoy a traditional musical performance. On your return to the city, view the 130-foot Genghis Khan Statue and take a tour of its museum.

Days 14-15: Samarqand, Uzbekistan

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The Future of Trade

Depart Ulaanbaatar for Samarqand, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia. For centuries, Samarqand was one of the most important stops along the legendary Silk Road—the trade route connecting China and the Mediterranean. Present-day Samarqand is a remarkable crossroads of culture that UNESCO has recognized with World Heritage status. Visit the Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, burial place of the conqueror Timur—also known as Tamerlane—and explore the elaborate madrassas on Registan Square. Meet the next generation of Uzbekistan’s artists at a performance by a youth dance troupe. In the evening, gather for cocktails and a panel discussion in which we examine the impact of the historic Silk Road on urbanization in Europe and Asia. Discuss what the future might hold for regional and global trade with archaeologist and National Geographic editor and writer Kristin Romey, Wall Street Journal editor Thorold Barker, and Wall Street Journal reporter Jeremy Page.

Delve deeper into this cultural mecca with a visit to Siab Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in Samarqand. Tour an archaeological site, hike through traditional villages in the Gissar foothills, or meet master craftsmen and take part in a paper-making workshop. As the sun sets over Samarqand, celebrate the riches of the Silk Road with a traditional feast in the courtyard of a majestic madrassa, accompanied by Central Asian music, dancing, and bread making.

Days 16-17: Tallinn, Estonia

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The Future of Digitized Society

Since emerging from the shadow of the Soviet Union after the peaceful Singing Revolution, Estonia has become a world leader in digital development and e-Government. The establishment in the 1990s of Tiigrihüpe, or the Tiger’s Leap project, initiated substantial investment in digital infrastructure and information technology education, which has situated Estonia at the forefront of modern cyber technology. Arrive in Tallinn for an evening reception at a historic building in the old town, and discuss the impact of digital communication and imaging on society with Sarah Leen, director of photography for National Geographic magazine, and Wall Street Journal deputy chief news editor Gráinne McCarthy.

Journey through Estonia’s fascinating history the following day on a city tour. Visit the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre for a centennial celebration show in a new concert hall, or attend a lecture at Tallinn University of Technology. Tonight, experience Estonia’s gastronomic revolution at one of the top restaurants in the country.

Days 18-20: Helsinki, and Lapland, Finland

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The Future of the Arctic

Embark a fast ferry for the crossing to Finland, where we’ll focus on climate change and its implications for business, security, and natural resources in the Northern Hemisphere. Arrive in Helsinki and gather for lunch aboard an icebreaker ship anchored in the harbor. Hear stories from the intrepid crew about working and living in polar regions and the everyday consequences of climate change. At our evening reception, learn how global warming is creating a new “cold war” in the far north with documentary filmmaker and National Geographic magazine contributing photographer Louie Palu and Wall Street Journal reporter Yaroslav Trofimov. Afterward, enjoy dinner on the waterfront under the ethereal light of the midnight sun.

In the morning, explore the important sites of Finland’s capital. Head to a historic brewery for lunch, then choose to sail through Helsinki harbor to the 18th-century sea fortress of Suomenlinna. Take a private tour of this stronghold and delve into tunnels and corridors normally off-limits to the public.

The next day, continue your exploration of Helsinki, choosing from a range of activities including a culinary tour or a sauna experience. Or board our jet for a flight to Ivalo, gateway to the Arctic landscapes of Lapland. Here, the local Sami people have herded reindeer through the deep forests and snow-covered plains for thousands of years. On this overnight excursion, explore Sami culture at the Siida Sami Museum or while hiking alongside Arctic husky dogs.

Days 21-23: Reykjavík, Iceland

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The Future of Alternative Energy

Reconvene for our private jet flight to Iceland, a world leader in alternative energy. Tour Reykjavík, where historic neighborhoods blend with modern architectural marvels, and go behind the scenes at the Harpa concert hall.
Our evening panel discussion focuses on the future of renewable energy, with commentary from former National Geographic magazine executive environment editor Dennis Dimick and Wall Street Journal energy editor John Simons.

Explore Iceland's active geology and its ancient history on a tour of the Golden Circle. Visit Thingvellir National Park, home to the oldest democratically elected parliament still in operation; glimpse thrilling eruptions at the Geysir geothermal area; and take in the stunning view of Gullfoss waterfall. Later, enjoy a soak in the Blue Lagoon. Alternatively, set out on a snowmobiling adventure atop a glacier this afternoon.

The next day, opt in to experiencing Iceland's natural wonders from a new perspective, via snowmobile, across Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. Choose to venture into the mouth of the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano and descend alongside expert guides to the floor of the vast magma chamber. Alternatively, visit an Icelandic horse farm and learn training techniques before heading out on a trail ride over the vast rolling hills outside of Reykjavík. Afterward, join the farmers for lunch and share stories over home-cooked Icelandic fare. On the final night, gather for a farewell gala dinner at Harpa Concert Hall.

Day 24: Boston, Massachusetts

Board our jet and fly to Boston to connect with your commercial flight home, or enjoy a complimentary overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light\/moderate; travelers should be in good health; comfortable climbing stairs and walking or standing for extended periods; and prepared for multiple hours of activity on some days. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to historic or cultural sites, or nature walks, with options for more physical activities such as hiking and biking. A signed medical form from your doctor will be required for participation in certain activities. Alternative destinations or activities can be arranged if necessary. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment should be reported when booking so accommodations can be made.

Accommodations
We stay in world-class or best available hotels throughout the expedition.

Expedition Team
A top-notch team of experts will accompany each expedition to share their knowledge and insights with you and bring each destination to life.

About the Jet

Well suited for this incredible journey, a Boeing 757 provides unparalleled flexibility with its long-range capabilities and ability to land in smaller airports. Flying direct and avoiding layovers, we are able to maximize our time in each destination while delivering a superior travel experience. Instead of the standard 233 seats, the jet’s interior has been customized to accommodate just 75 passengers in two-by-two, VIP-style leather seating. You’ll enjoy excellent access to experts and staff, who provide informative briefings and lectures throughout the expedition.

The VIP-configured Boeing 757 private jet provides:

• 75 passenger seats in a customized 2x2 configuration, instead of the standard 233 seats.
• Comfortable VIP-style leather seating with adjustable leg and headrests and a 45-degree recline.
• One of the highest crew-to-traveler ratios in the industry — 1 to 7.
• Roomy cabin with plenty of legroom and convenient storage for personal items.
• Plush, sleek interior design.
• A seasoned and specially-trained flight crew — including three pilots, an expedition chef, a catering officer, multiple flight attendants, an engineer, and a dedicated luggage handler.
• A dedicated expedition physician who accompanies the group on the jet and on land.
• In-seat power outlets and storage space for laptops, digital cameras, and other personal devices.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Well suited for this incredible journey, a Boeing 757 provides unparalleled flexibility with its long-range capabilities and ability to land in smaller airports. Flying direct and avoiding layovers, we are able to maximize our time in each destination while delivering a superior travel experience. Instead of the standard 233 seats, the jet’s interior has been customized to accommodate just 75 passengers in two-by-two, VIP-style leather seating. You’ll enjoy excellent access to experts and staff, who provide informative briefings and lectures throughout the expedition.

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PRICES & DATES

  • date May 15-Jun 7, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $135,859 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $149,402 AUD Per Person

The expedition cost includes transportation by private Boeing 757 jet and other conveyance, as noted in the itinerary. Airfare to Seattle, Washington and return from Boston, Massachusetts is not included in the expedition cost. For your protection, all payments are protected by a surety bond. Please click here to view the Operator-Participant Contract and Terms and Conditions for this departure.

  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Transportation by private jet and other conveyance, as noted in the itinerary
  • Deluxe or best available accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals, from dinner on the first night to breakfast on the final morning
  • Daily activities, excursions, options, and special events as indicated in the itinerary; enrichment program, including lectures by a team of experts.
  • All beverages, including liquor, aboard the private jet and during special events and cocktail parties; house wine and beer at lunches and dinners
  • $50,000 medical evacuation insurance for covered reasons and services of an expedition physician
  • Gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Commercial airfare to the departure city, and return from the final destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, and beverages not listed above as included

PLEASE NOTE

The 2020 departure of The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet will be operated by National Geographic Partners Chicago, the tour operations branch of National Geographic, on flights operated by Icelandair.

Thorold Barker
Editor
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Thorold Barker is the Editor for Europe, Middle East, and Africa at The Wall Street Journal. Thorold joined the Journal in 2008 to relaunch “Heard on the Street” as the paper’s flagship column on global business and finance, before editing it for five years. Prior to that, Thorold was a business reporter and Lex Column writer at the Financial Times in London. He moved to New York in 2003 where he became U.S. Lex Editor. He started his career at the strategy consulting firm Bain and Company after graduating from Cambridge University’s Trinity College with a degree in modern languages.

Thorold will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Samarkand.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Patrick Barta
Editor
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Patrick Barta is the Asia enterprise editor for The Wall Street Journal, managing major features projects and investigations across Asia. Before that he served as the Journal’s Southeast Asia Bureau Chief and as a regional economics and natural resources correspondent based in Bangkok. He joined the Journal in 1997 and previously covered economics, real estate and other subjects in Houston and New York before moving to Asia in 2004.

Patrick will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Mongolia.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Jared Diamond
Geographer Author
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National Geographic grantee and Explorer-in-Residence Emeritus Jared Diamond 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, The World Until Yesterday, and Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize as well as Britain's Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.

Jared is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award; research prizes and grants from the National Geographic Society, American Physiological Society, and Zoological Society of San Diego; and many teaching awards and endowed public lectureships. In addition, he has been elected a member of all three of the leading U.S. national scientific and academic honorary societies—the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is a founding member of the board of the Society of Conservation Biology and a member of the board of directors of World Wildlife Fund\/USA and Conservation International.

Jared will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Mongolia.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Dennis Dimick
Editor Writer
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Dennis Dimick served as executive environment editor at National Geographic magazine. He guided creation of several major editorial projects including an April 2010 issue on global freshwater, a 2011 series called “7 Billion” on global population, and the 2014 Future of Food series on global food security. In September 2004 he originated and orchestrated creation of a 74-page three-story project on climate change called “Global Warning: Bulletins from a Warmer World.”

Dennis co-organized the Aspen Environment Forum from 2008-2012, and regularly lectures on global environmental issues. He holds degrees in agriculture and agricultural journalism from Oregon State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 17 years he has been a faculty member of the Missouri Photo Workshop, and in 2013 received the Sprague Memorial Award from the National Press Photographers Association for outstanding service to photojournalism. He is a native of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where he grew up on a sheep and hay farm, and was a member for many years of 4-H and Future Farmers of America (now FFA.)

Dennis will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Reykjavik.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
David Guttenfelder
Photographer
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National Geographic Photography Fellow David Guttenfelder is an award-winning photojournalist focusing on global geopolitics and conservation. He spent 20 years as a photojournalist for the Associated Press, during which he was based in Nairobi, Abidjan, New Delhi, Jerusalem, and Tokyo, covering news in more than 75 countries around the world. He has photographed multiple stories in National Geographic magazine, including topics as diverse as migratory songbirds in North Africa, the damming of the Mekong River, hidden North Korea, and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. In 2016, David traveled to Tanzania to photograph portraits of Jane Goodall for National Geographic's documentary “Jane,” which was released in 2017. Guttenfelder is an eight-time World Press Photo Award winner, 2013 ICP Infinity Prize winner for photojournalism, Pictures of the Year International and NPPA Photographer of the Year, and winner of Overseas Press Club of America awards. He is also a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news and feature photography. Additionally, David has been an industry leader in smartphone photography and social media, with a growing number of Instagram followers reaching over 1.1 million. His mobile phone photography has been featured in the printed pages and websites of magazines like National Geographic, Wired, NYTimes Magazine, TIME, Newsweek Japan, French Photo, and others. He was named inaugural Instagram Photographer of the Year by TIME magazine, received the Shorty Award for online photography, and the Online Journalism Award. He is also the founder of the Instagram collectives @everydayUSA and @everydayDPRK. David has taught photography workshops, National Geographic Photo Camp (a program that uses photography to help young adults and children in underserved communities around the world to develop their own voices and tell their stories), and lectured on smartphone photography, including speaking on a panel about "Instagramming the News" at the 2014 SXSW digital conference.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Peter Gwin
Editor Writer
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Peter Gwin has been a writer and editor on the staff of National Geographic magazine since 2003. He has written on a wide range of subjects, including pirates in the Malacca Straits, lost Timbuktu manuscripts, ship breakers in Bangladesh, and traditional Chinese medicine. In 2012 he was awarded the Overseas Press Club’s 2012 Whitman Bassow Award for best Environmental Reporting for his work on the rhino poaching crisis. He has received research grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Green Park Foundation in London for his work in Africa’s Sahara and Sahel regions. In 2012 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to trace the history of aging kung fu masters in China’s Song Mountains. He is originally from Peachtree City, Georgia, and is a graduate of Furman University. He began his career teaching English in a remote village in Botswana.

Peter will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Shenzhen.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Robert Hernandez
Biologist Editor Publisher
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A 28-year veteran of the National Geographic Society, Rob Hernandez began as a senior editor for National Geographic magazine and later founded its International Publishing division, which publishes magazines, books, and other media in more than 35 languages. Raised in Cuba and Spain, Rob spent his early career doing ecological field research and documenting the wildlife and culture of the world’s more remote places. He filmed a television special on lions in Namibia, explored the wilderness of New Guinea, journeyed to rarely visited corners of South America, and circumnavigated the Indian and Pacific Oceans in a small sailboat for 2 years.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Robert Lee Hotz
Writer
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Robert Lee Hotz ("Lee") is a science journalist for The Wall Street Journal. He has covered stories from Silicon Valley to Antarctica, including four expeditions to the South Pole. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and shared a 1995 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. He is a distinguished writer in residence at New York University and president of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, which for 50 years has funded independent journalism projects around the world.

Lee will join the entire expedition.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Arthur Huang
Architect Engineer
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Engineer, architect, and 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Arthur Huang turns discarded plastics, apparel, even cigarette butts into everything from Nike Store interiors to sailboats to skyscrapers. Turning trash into post-consumer “high-performance materials,” Arthur and his company, Miniwiz, have become global leaders in post-consumer recycling technology through innovative architectural projects throughout Asia and elsewhere around the world.

Arthur will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Japan.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Yoko Kubota
Reporter
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Yoko Kubota is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal based in Beijing. She has covered U.S. and Chinese technology giants in China including Apple, Baidu, and Didi as well as China’s technology and internet policies. She has previously reported from Tokyo as the automotive reporter.

Yoko will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Shenzhen.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Sarah Leen
Photographer Photo Editor
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Sarah Leen is the director of photography for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Partners. For nearly 20 years she worked as a freelance photographer for National Geographic magazine before she joined the staff as a senior photo editor in 2004. Sarah supervises all visual content and staff for National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Traveler magazine, the online News site, the Proof photography blog and the Your Shot photography community. She graduated with a B.A. in fine arts from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and continued with graduate studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. She was the College Photographer of the Year in 1979 and worked as a staff photographer for both the Topeka Capital Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer until 1988. She published 16 stories and had five covers for National Geographic magazine as a photographer. In 2010, Sarah curated the National Geographic exhibit “Water: Our Thirsty World” at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, and in 2013 she curated “The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years” at the Annenberg Space. She has won numerous awards for her photography both in the Pictures of the Year (POYi) and the World Press Photos competitions. In 2007 and 2008, she won first place Magazine Picture Editing Portfolio from POYi, and she earned second place in 2011. Her team of photo editors has twice won the Angus MacDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award from the POYi competition.

Sarah will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Tallinn.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Timothy Martin
Reporter
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Timothy W. Martin is a technology reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Seoul, where he writes about Samsung Electronics and North Korean hackers. He joined the Journal in 2008, with stints in Chicago, Atlanta and New York. While in the U.S., he wrote about the nation's opioid overdose epidemic, health-care reform and the retirement crisis. He taught English for two years in Seoul before joining the Journal.

Timothy will join the Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet expedition in Seoul. He will join half of the South Korea: The Future of a Society at a Crossroads expedition.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Gráinne McCarthy
Editor
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Gráinne McCarthy is deputy chief news editor for The Wall Street Journal, based in London. Previous roles include Paris bureau chief, markets editor for WSJ.com and Jakarta bureau chief. A native of south-west Ireland, Gráinne was a Knight-Bagehot fellow at Columbia University; she has a master’s degree in journalism from Dublin City University.

Gráinne will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Tallinn.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Matt Murray
Editor in Chief
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Matt Murray is Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, roles he assumed in June 2018. He joined the Journal in April 1994 in its Pittsburgh bureau, and as a reporter covered beats including banking, General Electric Co., food and management. As an editor, his roles have included running the Journal's national editing desk; serving as deputy managing editor overseeing first the U.S. bureaus and corporate coverage, then the foreign bureaus and finance coverage; and serving as Deputy Editor in Chief. Matt is the author of The Father and the Son and was the writer of Strong of Heart, a memoir by former New York City fire commissioner Thomas Von Essen. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.

Matt will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Seattle.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Yumiko Ono
Editor
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Yumiko Ono is the Asia digital editor of The Wall Street Journal, overseeing the social media and audience engagement strategies and operations for the region. She has worked at the Journal for more than 25 years as a reporter, Tokyo bureau chief, and managing editor of its Japanese-language website.

Yumiko will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Japan.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Jeremy Page
Editor
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Jeremy Page is the China political and diplomatic editor for The Wall Street Journal, based in Beijing. He joined the Journal in Beijing in 2010 and previously worked for The Times of London as South Asia correspondent, focusing on Pakistan and Afghanistan, and as Moscow correspondent, also covering Central Asia. He first visited China as a student in 1992 and began his career with Reuters in Beijing in 1997.

Jeremy will join the Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet expedition in Samarqand. He will join half of the China: The Future of a Global Economy expedition.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Louie Palu
Photographer Filmmaker
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Louie Palu is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work has appeared at festivals and in publications, exhibitions and collections internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2016-17 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, two Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grants, a Bernard L. Schwartz Fellowship with the New America Foundation, and a Milton Rogovin Fellowship at the University of Arizona. Louie is well known for his work which examines social political issues such as conflict, human rights, resource extraction and poverty.

Louie will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Helsinki.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Kristin Romey
Archaeologist Editor
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Kristin Romey is an editor and writer covering archaeology and paleontology for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic online. She is the former executive editor of Archaeology magazine and a Fellow of the Explorers Club. Romey holds an A.B. in Greek from Vassar College and an M.A. from Texas A&M’s nautical archaeology program. Before joining the National Geographic editorial staff, Romey served as the field operations director for the Society’s multiyear archaeological expedition at Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan. She was one of the first westerners to survey and excavate in the former Soviet regions of the Black Sea.

Kristin will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Samarqand. She will join the Silk Road: Discovering the Five 'Stans of Central Asia and Georgia and Armenia: Crossroads of Continents expeditions in their entirety.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
John Simons
Editor
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John Simons is the energy editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for The Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining the Journal in 2016, he was business editor at International Business Times, technology and media editor at The Associated Press, and a staff writer at Fortune magazine. Early in his career, he was an economic policy reporter in The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau.

John will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Reykjavik.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Fran Smith
Writer Editor
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Fran Smith’s article on the “Science of Addiction” appeared on the cover of the September 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. She is a nationally recognized editor, writer, and communication strategist, and the author of two nonfiction books. As a newspaper reporter for many years, Fran exposed fraud and wrongdoing in hospitals and nursing homes, profiled power brokers and unsung heroes, and shined a light on achievements that most of the media ignored — the teacher, teen, nurse, artist, advocate, ex-convict, scientist making a difference in their communities, often against all odds. In addition to National Geographic, Fran’s articles have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and dozens of magazines and websites including O: The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Salon, Forbes, Prevention, Psychology Today, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. She has won numerous awards for feature writing, investigative reporting, and editing, and shared a Pulitzer for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the co-author (with Sheila Himmel) of Changing the Way We Die, an Amazon bestseller and winner of an Independent Book Publishers Award.

Fran will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Seoul.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020
Yaroslav Trofimov
Reporter
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Yaroslav Trofimov is chief foreign-affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He joined the Journal in 1999 and previously served as Greater Middle East columnist; as a Rome, Middle East, and Singapore-based correspondent; and as bureau chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is the author of two books, Faith at War (2005) and Siege of Mecca (2007).

Yaroslav will join the Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet expedition in Helsinki. He will join half of the Israel and the West Bank: The Future of Innovation Amid Conflict expedition.

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  • May 15-Jun 7, 2020