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Driven by curiosity, Preet Chandi embarked on an Antarctic adventure fuelled by a simple Google search. Preet wanted to show people that they could start anywhere, they could have any goal and achieve whatever they want, regardless of where they were born, or where they are from.

About our speaker

Preet Chandi is a British Army Officer and physiotherapist in the Royal Army Medical Corps. 

In 2022, Preet became the ninth woman in history to ski solo to the South Pole and the first woman of colour to complete a solo expedition on the continent. Preet set out on her next adventure during which she broke two Guinness World Records for the longest solo, unsupported, one-way ski expedition by a woman and overall. As part of the endeavour, she covered 922 miles in 70 days. 

She completed more than four months of school talks in 2022, reaching more than 18,000 students. That same year, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  

She won the ‘Inspirational’ and ‘Woman of the Year’ awards at the inaugural Women in Defence event in October 2022 and received an honorary masters at Derby University. 


Booking for in-person attendance is required.

AnchorAbout Monday night lectures

  • Monday night lectures are open to Fellows and Members and are included in the cost of membership.

  • Monday night lectures are held in person in the Ondaatje Theatre and the bar will be open in the Map Room before and after the lecture. Please be advised all payments are card only.

  • All Fellows and Members wanting to attend in person must pre-book a free ticket.

  • All Monday night lectures are livestreamed via our website so you can watch them from wherever you are.

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Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

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  • Monday night lecture Image of Milford Haven oil refinery in Wales

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    Professor Gavin Bridge will share findings from a four year research project on the changing relations between global oil networks and the UK. 

  • Monday night lectureBook cover of Matthew Teller's nine quarters of Jerusalem, a biography of the old city

    Nine Quarters of Jerusalem

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Key Information

Members + one guest
12 February 2024, 6.30pm-7.45pm

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