National Geographic Society

The Power of Storytelling

The National Geographic Society is a global non-profit which provides grants to fuel the efforts of scientists and explorers to continue to discover, educate, protect and preserve our wildlife, all 7 continents and oceans, and every corner of our planet. Below you can explore a few examples of their recent work, and then register to attend this year’s Arthur C. Clarke event, enjoy a cocktail and dinner conversations with CEO Jill Tiefenthaler, and learn more about this valuable organization.

Botswana Youth Share Stories of the Okavango Delta at National Geographic Photo Camp

The National Geographic Society Wayfinder Award

The National Geographic Society sponsors the annual Wayfinder Award, recognizing individuals poised to be the next generation of influential leaders, communicators, and innovators. Candidates for the Wayfinder Award are recognized for their work addressing and inspiring innovative technology, conservation, environmental change and social awareness. Award recipients join the Society’s global community of National Geographic Explorers, and each receives a monetary prize to support their work.

Uruguay Commits to Establish a New Marine Protected Area around Isla de Lobos

World Ocean Day 2023, Uruguay announced a commitment to establish its newest marine protected area (MPA) near Isla de Lobos. The home of one of South America’s largest sea lion colonies, thus is just a first step in a larger, long-term commitment. Photo Credit: Steve Spence/National Geographic

National Geographic Society Names Lee Berger Explorer in Residence

The National Geographic Society named world-renowned paleoanthropologist Lee Berger as a National Geographic Explorer in Residence.

Berger’s relationship with the Society started in 1996 for the excavation and preservation of early Homo sapiens footprints at Saldanha Bay in South Africa, but he is best known for his work at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in South. His excavations have led to some of the most significant scientific findings of the 21st century.

National Geographic Society president and Chief Operating Officer, Michael Ulica

As president and chief operating officer at the National Geographic Society (NGS), Michael Ulica implements the institution’s global strategy, which invests in groundbreaking scientists, explorers, educators, and storytellers to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Mr. Ulica also oversees the Society’s day-to-day operations. Learn more about Michael Ulica.

Since joining National Geographic in 2006, Ulica has held a variety of leadership roles. Most recently, he served as executive vice president and chief operating and financial officer where he oversaw all operational, administrative, and financial functions, including serving as the Society’s treasurer. From March to September 2018, Ulica also served as interim president and CEO while the organization searched for a permanent leader. Ulica previously served as the Society’s chief financial officer and deputy chief financial officer.

Prior to joining National Geographic, Ulica worked at Discovery Communications where he spent 10 years in a range of leadership roles, including senior vice president and chief financial officer of Discovery’s corporate services and consumer products divisions. Prior to Discovery, Ulica spent 10 years with Time Life Inc., where he held management positions in finance and operations.

Ulica sits on the board of directors of Ocean Exploration Trust as well as the board of overseers of the Columbia University School of Professional Studies.

He is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he earned a B.S. in finance.