To achieve the National Geographic Society’s mission to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world, we identify, invest in, and uplift inspiring individuals who are changing the world one idea at a time. That’s why the Society has selected 15 global changemakers to comprise the 2021 Emerging Explorer cohort.
We are pleased to continue expanding our global community of National Geographic Explorers to include more members who represent the diverse array of scientists, educators, storytellers, and conservationists in the world.
These 15 individuals are conducting innovative work focused on a range of topics such as inventing space technologies, ocean exploration, understanding the past through archaeology and anthropology, species conservation, storytelling, and elevating young voices for the future of education.
Meet these incredible Explorers!
- Molly Burhans, Cartographer
- Ved Chirayath, Physicist and Inventor
- Justin Dunnavant, Archaeologist
- Allison Fundis, Ocean Explorer and Educator
- Prem Gill, Polar Conservationist
- Lehua Kamalu, Captain and Navigator
- Senthil Kumaran, Wildlife Photographer and Filmmaker
- Danny Chi-Man Leong, Biologist and Environmental Educator
- Edem Mahu, Marine Biogeochemist
- Keneiloe Molopyane, Archaeologist and Biological Anthropologist
- Ruthmery Pillco, Botanist and Ecologist
- Aviad Scheinin, Marine Conservationist
- Valeria Towns, Biologist
- Sandra Turner, Global Climate Change and Ocean Literacy Educator
- Michael Twitty, Culinary Historian
Please join us in congratulating this year’s cohort on @InsideNatGeo!