Jade Hameister

Polar Explorer and Environmental Advocate, The Villars Institute

Jade is the youngest person to complete the Polar Hat-Trick (North & South Poles, and Greenland).

She is 21 years old, from Melbourne, Australia, and is in the third year of a Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University in 2023.

In April 2016 at the age of 14, she became the youngest person in history to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside the last degree, unsupported and unassisted.

In June 2017, aged 15, she became the youngest woman to complete the 550 km crossing of Greenland, the second largest ice cap on the planet unsupported and unassisted.

In January 2018, aged 16, Jade skied 600km from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted, after an epic 37-day journey via a new route through the Transantarctic Mountains and up the Kansas Glacier, from the Amundsen Coast.

Jade set a number of world records including: the youngest human to complete the Polar Hat-Trick (North & South Poles, and Greenland); and the first Australian woman in history to ski coast to South Pole unsupported and unassisted.

Jade was recognised by the Australian Geographic Society as Young Adventurer of the Year 2016, and again recognised as Young Adventurer of the Year in 2018 with the award presented by Prince Harry.

In the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours, Jade was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to Polar Exploration.

In 2016 and 2018 Jade’s polar expeditions were captured in two National Geographic Channel documentaries that aired in 170 countries, with a focus on climate change.

In 2018 Pan Macmillan released a book that Jade authored seeking to educate young people on climate change (also published in the USA).

In 2018 she delivered a talk on climate change as the Oceania Youth Representative at the Opening Ceremony of Pope Francis’ International Conference on Laudato Si' at the Vatican.

Jade is a volunteer with the Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF) Program at Monash University.

She is Youth Advisor at The Villars Institute, a global climate institute based in Switzerland, with the goal of accelerating the transition of the global economy to net-zero.

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