Lorie Karnath, a former William Smith student, was recently elected the 37th president of the world-renowned Explorers Club, devoted to preserving and advancing the field of science and exploration. She is the second woman to be president of the Club.
Karnath has served as a chapter chair, member of the board of directors, and chair of the scientific advisory board for the Explorers Club.
A philanthropist, she has been involved in many activities in the realm of science and education, developing programs to encourage creativity and exploration. Karnath herself has traveled the world, hoping to discover the answers to some of nature’s largest questions. Karnath is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (RGS), and a founding member of the RGS Hong Kong Branch.
Karnath is also a lecturer and author of a plethora of articles and books; her next book on women explorers is to be published this September. She currently lives in Germany, France, and the U.S. with her husband, a fellow Explorers Club member. Karnath received her M.B.A from INSEAD, and was conferred an honorary Ph.D. from Shenandoah University.