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Chiara Montanari

Explorer and Expedition leader in Antartica

  • 15 years of experience as Expedition Leader of Polar Missions
  • Leader of missions at the most extreme international research bases in the world
  • Developer of the "Antarctic Approach" focussed on the ability to deal with uncertainty
Fee Range: €/$ from 5000 to 10.000
Languages: English, French, Italian

*Fee ranges are an estimation for a live keynote speech in an European venue, they can vary significantly depending on the specific requests of the clients, the type of performance, the preparation time and the travel time which is requested. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.


Chiara Montanari is passionate about travel, has a degree in engineering and 15 years of experience in organising and managing polar missions.
She has completed 5 missions in Antarctica, as Expedition Leader she has led missions at the most extreme international research bases on the planet (to date, representing Italy, France and Belgium).
For the past several years she has focused her interests and activities on the impact of the exponential changes we are experiencing (on individuals, on the way we work as a team, and on the ecosystem).
In addition to her Polar experiences, Chiara has worked in the UK in the digital start-up sector and in Italy as a consultant on energy saving strategies and sustainable innovation.

She currently lives in Milan where (as a coach and consultant) she works with companies to develop an “Antarctic approach,” or the ability to deal with “uncertainty” through increased resilience (individual and group) and the development of the effective ability to create opportunity and well-being in multiple contexts. This is an approach he developed together with a teacher and friend: Gianluca Bocchi, a philosopher of science and historian of ideas.
In 2014, she was awarded the “Ambrogino d’oro” for her commitment to innovation and technology transfer.
In 2015, she published the book “CRONACHE DAI GHIACCI” about her last expedition to the Antarctic Plateau, in which he proposes the extreme environment as a metaphor for the contemporary world: featured by high complexity, high risk and permanent uncertainty.
Chiara has been a speaker for TEDx, and participates and many events on innovation and management.



- Empowerment and resilience to deal with uncertainty
- Management: change, growth, leadership, teambuilding, decision making, crisis management, complexities, conflicts.
- Multicultural, multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary team management.
- Problem solving.

- Energy-saving strategies.

- Sustainable innovation.

- Awareness (Yoga and Mindfulness)

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