Jan Nijman is Professor Emeritus of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami. His specialities include geopolitics, economic and cultural globalization, and the history of world cities. Chair of National Geographic's new Global Exploration Fund for Northern Europe and a former member of National Geographic's Committee for Research and Exploration, Jan has traveled across the globe supporting research projects at many of the sites we visit on our journey. He is the author of several books and more than 100 scholarly publications and has worked extensively in India, the Caribbean, Europe, and West Africa. A native of the Netherlands, he speaks five languages. The National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation have supported his work. Jan has received the University of Miami's Excellence in Teaching Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.