A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Art historian Paula Swart has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. Born in The Hague in the Netherlands, Paula studied at the University of Leiden and Amsterdam. She holds degrees in Sinology, art history, history, and archaeology, and has published several books and numerous articles on art and architecture. Paula has researched and lectured on Dutch trade and exploration, including artifacts from the wreck of the Dutch East India company ship Witte Leeuw (White Lion), which was found off the island of St. Helena and documented in the October 1978 issue of National Geographic magazine. She speaks five languages, including Dutch and Mandarin, and has a special interest in 17th-century Dutch still life paintings.
Dutch photographer Jasper Doest specializes in conservation issues, travel, and wildlife photography. As a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, his photographs have received multiple awards and appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, GEO, and Smithsonian magazine. He is also a regular contributor to the Dutch editions of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, for which his latest assignment has been built around the restoration of natural river dynamics in the largest fresh water tidal region in Europe, the Dutch Biesbosch National Park. Through his photographic work, Jasper seeks to give a voice to environmental issues as well as those who can’t speak our language or are often misunderstood, emphasizing the beauty and fragility of our planet.
Born in Denmark, award-winning photographer Sisse Brimberg has produced and photographed more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine over the past 40 years, covering a wide range of subjects, from the Hanseatic League and the Vikings to the flower trade in Holland and all over the world. As contributing photographer for National Geographic Traveler, she produced stories about Belgium and Austria's Wachau Valley, and sailed down the Rhine for a story about chocolate. Sisse won first prize for “Picture Story of the Year“ from the National Press Photographers Association for her story on migrant workers. Brimberg established and managed her own photo studio in Copenhagen after attending photography school. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in Germany, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, New York City (International Center for Photography), and Washington, D.C. (The Newseum).
Jan Nijman is Distinguished University Professor in Geosciences and director of the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University. Jan has been affiliated with National Geographic for more than 15 years, as a member of the Committee for Research and Exploration and as chair of the Society’s Global Exploration Fund in Europe. He has traveled the globe in support of Society-funded projects, and has received multiple grants from National Geographic. The author of five books and more than a hundred other publications, Jan specializes in urban and regional development and the history of cities around the world. A Dutch native, he speaks five languages and has received numerous awards, including the Nystrom Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Jan lives in Atlanta and Amsterdam.