Sven Lindblad

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President & Founder, Lindblad Expeditions

Sven-Olof Lindblad, Founder of Lindblad Expeditions, born in Switzerland, traveled extensively with his father, renowned adventure-travel pioneer Lars-Eric Lindblad, who led the first non-scientific groups of travelers to Antarctica (1966). In 1979 he launched Special Expeditions, the adventure travel company that became Lindblad Expeditions.

In 2004, Lindblad formed a strategic alliance with National Geographic that combines the strengths of two pioneers in global exploration, with the goal of inspiring people to explore and care about the planet.

Lindblad’s personal experience led to a commitment to environmentally responsible travel, which has resulted in numerous travel and environmental awards, including the 2009 Climate Champion Award from Clean-Air, Cool Planet, the 2008 National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Award for Corporate Achievement and the 2007 Global Tourism Business Award from the World Travel and Tourism Council. The company has also received the Condé Nast Traveler 2002 Ecotourism Award. The United Nations Environment Programme named him to their Global 500 roll of honor.

Lindblad is a member of the General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands. In May 2006 he received international recognition for his innovative and successful model of tourism, receiving the “Commandeur de Notre Ordre de Merite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau” from Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg at the Grand-Ducal Place. He also had a newly discovered endemic species of moth in the Galapagos Islands, Undulambia lindbladi, named in honor of his conservation work. Additionally, he serves on the Board of The Safina Center and the National Geographic Society’s International Council of Advisors; is a founding Ocean Elder of the non-profit organization, Ocean Elders, which brings together global leaders to pursue the protection of the ocean’s habitat and wildlife, and serves on the Board of Advisors for Pristine Seas.

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