Epic Journeys: Benedict Allen, Naila Kiani & Nicholas Jubber
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 16:00-17:00
Session No: 197
In our exhaustively mapped, extensively connected world, what do the explorers, adventurers and travellers have left to say? Our panel of high achievers have the answer, and in this session will discuss what they have learned from their exploits.
From insights into humanity’s relationship with the environment to the impacts of becoming role models for others, this panel discussion will cover a lot of ground and travel to surprising places.
Nicholas Jubber has travelled in the Middle East, Central Asia, North and East Africa and across Europe. Along the way, he has worked as a teacher, carpet-washer and even had a stint as a tannery assistant. He has written The Fairy Tellers, The Timbuktu School for Nomads, The Prester Quest and Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah’s Beard.
Benedict Allen is one of the UK’s foremost explorers, particularly known for his solo journeys through the jungle, desert and Arctic without any electronic ‘backup’. Few people alive have spent so long isolated in so many different hostile environments. His ventures have been depicted in numerous books – including two bestsellers – and six BBC television series.
Naila Kiani is a mother of two young kids, amateur boxer and a mountaineer. In 2022 she became the first Pakistani woman to climb 3 peaks higher than 8000 meters, including Gasherbrum I, II and K2. She is working with various organisations in Pakistan to support women on how to convert their dreams into goals.
This session is moderated by Helen Farmer
As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.