Head of Operations & Sustainability, Partner
Born and raised in Argentina, Mariano Curiel is a senior polar guide and expedition leader with a wealth of experience in the execution and management of operations. From a young age, he cultivated a pioneering sense of adventure and a deep respect for the polar regions since he first witnessed Antarctica, just after obtaining a university degree in Communications and Strategic Planning, in Buenos Aires. Following that first visit he never looked back and for over twenty years he has been guiding and leading projects in the Antarctic, Greenland, and Svalbard where he has seen the expedition landscape evolve hugely and has participated in more than two hundred sea, land, and ice-based polar expeditions. As a seasoned expedition veteran, Mariano has sailed pole to pole, becoming the first Argentinian to ski across Greenland 2016.
Guiding in the higher latitudes of the globe for the last twenty years, Mariano has been working with a remarkably respected polar operator since 2010 contributing to the executive management of the operations, specializing in expedition performance, delivery and team development. As well as working with several committees at IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators), Mariano is one of the founding members and former vice-President of the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA).