Lorie Karnath

Chair, Strategic Advisory Board

Lorie Karnath is the co-founder of The Explorers Museum. She is also a founding member of the Molecular Frontiers Foundation, and currently heads the Foundation’s Strategic Advisory board. Lorie also served as the 37th president of the renowned Explorers Club, the second woman to hold this position in the club’s 108-year old history. Lorie served for 3 terms (2009-2012) and during her tenure conceived and spearheaded the Club’s development campaigns, raising significant funding for the organization. During this period, Ms. Karnath also executed and oversaw the completion of a substantial restoration of the Club’s historic headquarters. Lorie participates on a number of international scientific and educational boards and has conceived and spearheaded scientific and educational symposia around the world. A lifelong explorer Lorie a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was a founding member of the RGS Hong Kong. She also was elected a fellow of the Canadian Royal Geographical Society. Lorie has helped to establish a sanctuary for theWhite Stork in Northern Germany and has also been involved in the creation of a number of schools in Asia. Prior to her current activities within the scientific, educational and other non-profit realm, Lorie worked for a number of years in international finance and investment banking. She has lived and worked around the world and is the author of many books on science, exploration and the arts and is a contributor to numerous international publications. She received her MBA from INSEAD and received an honorary Ph.D. from Shenandoah University.

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