Earle de Blonville, FRGS
Chief Exective Officer
Member, Research Committee
Earle is co-founder and CEO of ORI, responsible for development of oceanic programs and international research partnerships. He is skipper of the flagship Research Expedition Vessel (REV) and will lead ORI’s Arctic expeditions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London (since 1984); Fellow, Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics, Catalonia University, Spain; and Adjunct Professional Fellow, Institute of Development, Environment and Sustainability, Southern Cross University, Australia. He holds the Queen Elisabeth II Silver Jubilee Award.
An Arctic explorer, author and filmmaker, in 1979 he made Australia’s first modern major sea kayak expedition, a 70-day, 1,600km circumnavigation of Tasmania, and later led the first northerly sea kayak crossing of infamous Bass Strait. He was co-leader of a 1985 pioneering science expedition into an unexplored region of the Kimberley, which provided reconnaissance data for the Royal Geographical Society’s 1988 Kimberly Research Project. In 1985-86 he led Australia’s first Arctic expedition, with HRH The Prince of Wales as patron and Lord Shackleton as Principal UK Advisor. Earle has an intimate knowledge of Greenland, having explored more than half of its navigable coast travelling by yacht and sea kayak.
His critically acclaimed sold-out book Seventh Journey is in collections and libraries worldwide, with a later edition, Savage Coast, now available through major online retailers. His television documentary film Savage Coast was released internationally through Discovery, BBC, CBC, ABC, plus European and South American broadcasters.
Earle’s Doctoral research (deferred) built on 40 years of work by Harvard research psychologists to develop an innovative approach to leadership for today’s era of climate crisis. In the corporate sphere he has consulted on leadership culture and served as a C-Suite executive leadership coach.
Earle has strong affiliations with traditional wooden ships in Europe and the UK, through restoration, racing events and club development. In 1987 – 88 Earle was Director of the Tall Ships spectacular where the Prime Minister officially opened Australia’s Bicentenary celebrations before a multi million international television audience. It was the largest staged event in Victoria’s history.