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Meet our board
Armin
Ellis
Founder

Dr. Armin Ellis is the Founder of Exploration Institute. Accomplished scientist, engineer, and explorer, Dr. Armin Ellis started EI because ...

 

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Bonita
Helmer
Artist & Explorer

Bonita Helmer is a Los Angeles based artist who studied painting at UCLA and Antioch University and earned a BFA from Antioch University in 1978. She continued...

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Guillermo
Sohnlein
Entrepreneur & Ocean Explorer

Guillermo is a serial entrepreneur and an emerging ocean explorer. In 2009, he co-founded OceanGate, a company that designs and builds next-generation deep ocean ...

 

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Joe
Caranhan
Director & Screenwriter

International critics’ prize award winning director of Smokin’ Aces, Joe Caranhan has been capturing attention for years with his Hollywood and independent films.

 

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Scott
Parazynski
Astronaut & Physician

In his career as an astronaut, Scott has spent more than eight weeks in space on 5 different shuttle flights. Having conducted 7 spacewalks (EVAs), he is considered one of the...

 

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Alex
Lightman
Author & Artist

Alex Lightman is an award-winning author, artist, futurist, entrepreneur, government advisor and activist who has spent seven years traveling and exploring the world beyond the US...

 

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