Specializing in portraying and interpreting threatened environments, species, and cultures, Mattias Klum is one of the most important natural history photographers of our time and has been a filmmaker since 1994. His advocacy on behalf of biodiversity earned him a medal from the King of Sweden and designation as a 2008 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2010 he was named Senior Fellow of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and National Geographic Fellow, in which role he supports National Geographic Mission Programs efforts on critical biodiversity and conservation issues. He was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for IUCN in 2011.
Klum has photographed multiple stories for National Geographic magazine, among other international publications. He regularly collaborates with globally recognized network organizations to raise public awareness and support for important environmental, sustainability, and humanitarian initiatives. He released two new films in 2011: The Testament of Tebaran, a Penan elder’s plea to end deforestation in Borneo; and The Coral Eden, which highlights the importance of biodiversity from one of the Earth’s last untouched coral reef havens. His recent book, coauthored by renowned scientist and global sustainability expert Dr. Johan Rockström, was published in the spring of 2012.
A powerful voice in conservation and one of National Geographic’s most highly acclaimed speakers, Klum delivers an inspiring and entertaining program with a resonant message, encouraging us to lighten our footprint on Earth and to consider the legacy we will leave to those who follow.