Date: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London
Time: Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start
The title for this year’s event was chosen to reflect the missing months that have interrupted our annual event and left us picking up from where we left off in 2019. It also provides our speakers with a theme that gives plenty of scope for them to entertain us with stories of their travels and discoveries from around the world. As always we are extremely grateful to our speakers for sharing with us their adventures, especially as we emerge from a period of isolation and limited vision. This evening is a joyous return to the good old days which were so popular. We very much look forward to seeing familiar faces and friends, both old and new. Let’s celebrate!
Toby Nowlan is a wildlife artist, photographer and journalist with a particular passion for birding and diving. He has led many expeditions in search of the world’s rarest and most endangered animals, from the Critically Endangered vaquita porpoise in the Sea of Cortez, to the spoon-billed sandpiper in South Korea. In 2009 Toby was the BBC’s Young Environmental Journalist of the Year and a Rolex Young Laureates finalist for his Indonesian coral reef conservation plans. Toby is a television producer, currently making natural history films for the BBC and Netflix. For the last 10 years Toby has directed film shoots for major series including the BBC’s Planet Earth II and A Perfect Planet and he is now co-producing a new global series for Netflix due for release in 2023. In 2019 TET supported Toby in his search for one of the rarest mammals on Earth, the Critically Endangered Javan rhino.
Sacha Dench is a pioneering conservationist, record-breaking adventurer and inspirational speaker. As the UN Ambassador for Migratory Species and CEO and founder of Conservation Without Borders, Sacha’s real-world experiences offer a unique insight into sustainable procurement. Known as the ‘human swan’ for her flight, supported by TET, from the Russian Arctic to the UK by paramotor to help save the Bewick’s swan and inspire millions of people to help, Sacha wants to change the narrative of the climate crisis to one of ambition, energy and enthusiasm for solutions! She is the first woman to receive the prestigious Britannia Trophy in 50 years and a freediving record holder. She holds the Environment Campaign of the Year Award 2017, the British Women Pilots Association Trophy 2017, and was awarded Woman of the Year 2017. Sacha also has achieved the Green Swan award, with Sir Tim Smit, for ‘Making the seemingly impossible, virtually inevitable’. Conservation Without Borders’ current project is the Round Britain Climate Challenge – a 3000+ mile circumnavigation of Britain in an electric paramotor. Sacha will be flying our coastlines, landing to talk to some of Britain’s most influential individuals, businesses and communities about how climate change is affecting our country and their inspiring solutions. The Round Britain Climate Challenge took flight from Loch Lomond on the 26th June. It’s conclusion is due to coincide with the COP26 Climate Change conference in Glasgow.
Rebecca Stephens is an author, journalist, lecturer, and coach, and the first British woman to climb Mount Everest and the Seven Summits. Other expeditions include sailing the Southern Seas to the South Magnetic Pole and Antarctica and skiing across the South Atlantic island of South Georgia in the footsteps of Shackleton. She also leads treks, mostly in the Himalayas and East Africa – the last in the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia, just before lockdown in November 2019. In 2007, she established a company Seven Summits Performance Ltd to deliver effective professional and leadership development, and is an adjunct at Hult Ashridge Business School and a consultant for strategy execution firm Skarbek Associates. When permitted, she takes her master classes to the mountains where people have the opportunity to learn experientially. She has written several books: The Seven Summits of Success, a leadership book co-authored with business writer Robert Heller; On Top of the World, an account of her climbing Everest; Everest Eyewitness Guide; and Due South, a pole-to-pole helicopter odyssey. This autumn her latest book, written with Skarbek Associates, entitled Making it Happen, is published by Bloomsbury. She is a long-standing trustee for The Himalayan Trust UK.
Ranulph Fiennes is a household name. His achievements (including occasional misdemeanours, in his younger days) are the colourful and sometimes scarcely credible subject of a biopic film being produced by Universal Pictures Content Group together with the British Film Institute and due for general release next year. Producer George Chignall and Director, Matt Dyas, with the generous agreement from Universal Pictures Content Group will show exclusive footage captured during the making of the documentary and join Ranulph on the stage to discuss the project and answer questions.