Karen Kjær Gunn is the Editor-In-Chief of the 4 Nordic editions of National Geographic Magazine – published in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. She started her career with National Geographic when the local language editions of the magazine were launched there in 2000. She traces her interest in National Geographic from early childhood when she pored over pictures of pioneers like Jane Goodall and Jacques Cousteau in her parents’ magazines. During her ten years with the National Geographic she has edited a vast number of articles within practically all scientific fields, gaining a broad working knowledge of everything from plate tectonics and elephants to astronomy and ancient civilizations.
Gunn took a Masters Degree in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Copenhagen and worked in public administration in Denmark for a few years. She also spent three years in Greece, working as a mountain guide and studying Greek – an experience that sparked a deep interest in archaeology. In 2006 she joined the on-going excavation of an early Islamic mosque in Jarash, Jordan under the auspices of Copenhagen University.
Gunn is currently working on a pan-Nordic photo exhibition in collaboration with the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, to mark the fact that in 2011 the world population will exceed 7 billion.
About the Global Exploration FundThe National Geographic Society has funded the work of curious and inquiring men and women in every corner of the Earth—filling gaps in human knowledge, sometimes in spectacular ways. Since 1888, National Geographic has awarded more than 10,000 grants representing a combined value of $153 million. Scientific field research, exploration, conservation, and adventure are the backbone of National Geographic’s grants, which have led to countless discoveries that continue to shed light on the planet’s rich variety and diversity—and help to preserve it. The results from fieldwork are shared with audiences around the world through an array of National Geographic media, including print, broadcast, and online outlets, as well as events, exhibitions, and educational platforms.
The Global Exploration Fund is a global initiative modeled on National Geographic’s century-long approach to funding research, conservation, and exploration projects through targeted grant programs. Supported through funding partnerships, National Geographic plans to launch regional Global Exploration Funds around the world. Each fund will rely upon an intensive peer-review process to evaluate projects seeking funding and an advisory board of scientific and innovation experts to help guide the program to achieve regional priorities. The grantees and outcomes supported by the fund will benefit from National Geographic media and outreach.
National Geographic launched the Global Exploration Fund in 2011 in Sweden to extend support to scientists, conservationists, and explorers from the Northern Europe region who are advancing research and exploring solutions for the benefit of the planet. In 2012, the Global Exploration Fund expanded to China with a dedicated Air and Water Conservation Fund designed to focus China’s most creative scientific and conservation talent on solving problems confronting the country’s air and water resources.
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