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Jarvis AM

Explore, advise, sustain.


Tim is an environmental scientist, author and adventurer with Masters degrees in environmental science and environmental law. He is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss and uses his public speaking engagements, films and books about his expeditions and sustainability work to promote progressive thinking in these areas.

Current work

Tim is founder and leader of 25zero, a climate-change awareness-raising project that focuses on the world’s rapidly melting equatorial glaciers, and Global Ambassador for WWF-Australia. Tim was named Australian Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year 2013 and Conservationist of the Year 2016, the only person ever to receive both awards.

After over two decades of polar travel and work as an environmental scientist, Tim is a well-known public speaker, applying the lessons he has learned throughout his expeditions to talk about leadership, problem-solving, teamwork, change management and goal setting for both organisations and individuals.

Previous experience

Expeditions: Tim has undertaken unsupported expeditions to some of the world’s most remote regions, including to the South Pole, the Arctic and across the Great Victoria Desert. He has authentically retraced the 1913 polar journey of Sir Douglas Mawson as well as Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 “double” - sailing a replica James Caird boat 1500kms across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island to South Georgia, and traversing South Georgia’s mountainous interior - using the same rudimentary equipment, technology and rations as Mawson and Shackleton had 100 years before.

Talking Points

By Endurance We Conquer: Lessons in Leadership from a Lifetime of Expeditions

In March 2013 explorer and environmental scientist Tim Jarvis led a team that made the first successful retracing of legendary polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 Antarctic survival journey. Using the same rudimentary equipment, period clothing and technology as Shackleton, his team sailed a replica James Caird lifeboat 1500 kilometres across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, before climbing through the island’s mountainous interior with virtually no equipment or provisions. This is the first time that anybody has been able to recreate Shackleton’s journey, regarded by many, Sir Edmund Hillary included, as the greatest survival journey of all time.

In his presentation (virtual or in-person) Tim will talk about the lessons learnt from both the Shackleton Epic Expedition and his current climate change awareness project 25zero to talk about leadership, problem-solving, risk management, resilience, teamwork, motivation and goal setting in an organisational and personal context. In the context of the challenges the world faces as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, when the need for resilient and humane leadership, adaptability, motivation and team cohesion is greater than ever, Tim’s observations have even more resonance.

With his highly regarded public-speaking skills and his familiarity with presenting to camera, Tim engages his audience, whether live or online, with gripping, first-hand accounts of the challenges faced, offering unique insights into the very real parallels that exist between his expeditions and achieving at the highest level both personally and professionally, even in a time of crisis.

Coping with Isolation - Lessons from a Lifetime of Exploration and Environmentalism

In a rapidly changing world, virtual presentations are an increasingly appropriate means of delivery. And in these uncertain times as the world grapples with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for motivation and team cohesion is greater than ever, as we find ourselves working remotely and struggling with the challenges of isolation.

Tim’s experience of isolation has taken many forms over the years, from undertaking expeditions to some of the world’s remotest regions to the loneliness of working for himself, of leadership and of challenging environmental norms. In his virtual presentation, Tim will share with his online audience the coping mechanisms that he has employed in these widely ranging but surprisingly connected scenarios.

With his highly regarded public-speaking skills and his familiarity with presenting to camera, Tim engages his online audience with his insights on managing and overcoming the challenges of isolation. Drawing connections between his own, unique experiences and the challenges facing all of us today, Tim encourages and inspires his remote audiences to take positive action, motivate themselves and remain cohesive as a team in the face of the current crisis.
“Tim Jarvis is a wonderful speaker and story teller. He brings to life his incredible achievements in a truly humble manner that captivates his audience from the first minute. Crucially Tim relates his experiences to the world of business and shares practical insights and lessons to enable individuals, teams and business units to take immediate and effective action. He is a force for good who makes a difference in every sense.” Westpac

“The perfect opening speaker to our workshop. He inspired our group with his personal polar projects and experiences, showing them that big ideas can be made into reality. His key message stayed with the participants throughout the workshop, enabling them to channel the ‘thinking is good, doing is better’ philosophy into innovative thinking in sustainability.”


“It was wonderful to have Tim to deliver the closing plenary of our conference. He proved a fantastic drawcard and his session was named by many delegates as their favourite. His presentation was fabulous - such entertaining and fascinating stories set against amazing images of the Antarctic, combined with powerful messages about sustainability and climate change. Thanks Tim for inspiring our delegates!”

CSIRO NCCARF Climate Adaptation Conference 2016, Australia

“Tim spoke to our senior management team at Alliance Trust with such enthusiasm and passion that it was possible to visualize the enormity of the challenges and achievements of his expedition. What made our session with Tim all the more beneficial was his ability to draw such clear parallels between his expedition and the everyday challenges faced in running an investment management business. His narrative is inspiring and he is able to captive the audience as a storyteller of a truly epic adventure, but also make it relevant and a learning experience for all. I have no reservation in recommending Tim as a motivational speaker and leader in performance management.”

Alliance Trust Investments, UK

“Tim Jarvis AM, adventurer, environmental scientist and author, enthralled his audience at the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) in Geneva, Switzerland, with stories and details of his 2013 recreation of Sir Ernest Shackleton`s epic crossing of the Southern Ocean described by many as the greatest survival journey of all time. My colleagues and I of the Geneva Committee wholeheartedly recommend Tim to those who seek a better understanding of the qualities of exceptional leadership, the demands of exploration in extreme conditions, the critical importance of teamwork, a better appreciation of our fragile environment and the deeper understanding of ‘Self’ through exertion, effort and achievement of great survival journeys.”

British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Switzerland
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