Faanya Rose

Faanya Rose

President Emeritus, The Explorers Club

Faanya Rose, born in South Africa, is a British-American business woman, conservationist, philanthropist and explorer. She was the first woman and the first British citizen elected president of The Explorers Club, a multi-disciplinary, professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and scientific exploration. The headquarters are in New York USA and  there are twenty five Chapters worldwide.

In her twenties, Faanya was a civilian observer of Operation Noah, the world's largest wildlife rescue from the flooding of the Kariba Gorge by the completion of the Kariba Dam. During her years in Victoria Falls, Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe (1965-1979), she went on many expeditions into the bush to observe animal habitat. Aware of the challenges to African wildlife, with her husband Donald Goldin (deceased in 1979), she was involved in initiatives to quell poaching, conservation of fauna and flora and soil erosion.

In 1993 she participated in an expedition to study mosaics of Roman Africa and in 1994 she joined British Expedition leader Colonel John Blashford-Snell on the great Elephant Quest to investigate rumors that giant mammoths, thought to be extinct, were raiding Nepalese hunting grounds. Between 1998 and 2011, Faanya participated in seven Explorers Club Flag Expeditions including the 1999 Everest Extreme Expedition led by Scott Hamilton and in 2011, an expedition led by British Explorer David Hempleman-Adams.

Faanya became a member of The Explorers Club in 1994 and was elected director in 1998. Thor Heyerdahl, notable explorer for his Kon-Tiki expedition, was a strong advocate for her election to the Board and in 2000, by a vote of directors, she became the first woman president.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in U.K., a Fellow of the Canadian Royal Geographical Society, a recipient of the medallion of Honor from The Society of American Architects, New York Council, and a Silver Award from the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Currently she is the President of Fight for Sight (the largest Eye Research Charity in the UK) and in March 2012 she established a library in Pokhara, Nepal.

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