16 episodes

The Pioneers is a brand new series that tells the stories of people improving the planet. You’ll hear how Rolex supports these innovators with whom they share a passion for safeguarding the earth for future generations. Gain precious insight into the fresh thinking that is disrupting received wisdom for the better; and learn how fearless action continues to be the crucial driver of change.

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The Pioneers is a brand new series that tells the stories of people improving the planet. You’ll hear how Rolex supports these innovators with whom they share a passion for safeguarding the earth for future generations. Gain precious insight into the fresh thinking that is disrupting received wisdom for the better; and learn how fearless action continues to be the crucial driver of change.

    Olivier Nsengimana

    Olivier Nsengimana

    Rwandan veterinarian Olivier Nsengimana tells us about his mission to save the endangered grey-crowned crane, an elegant bird that represents wealth and prosperity but has been poached for people to keep as a pet.

    • 19 min
    Brad Norman

    Brad Norman

    The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, recognisable by its celestial markings. Australian scientist Brad Norman has been tracking this elusive and endangered creature by using technology designed to study stars, as well as images collected through ecotourism. Norman is based in Perth, where he runs his company Ecocean.

    • 20 min
    Bruktawit Tigabu

    Bruktawit Tigabu

    Former teacher Bruktawit Tigabu is teaching children in Ethiopia about hygiene through a hit TV show she created, ‘Tsehai Loves Learning’. It features a six-year-old giraffe who has become a beloved character watched by millions across Africa.

    • 19 min
    Francesco Sauro

    Francesco Sauro

    We speak to speleologist Francesco Sauro about the physical and psychological demands of cave exploration. He tells us what it's like to be the first person to set foot in a cave and how being a subterranean expert has enabled him to work with astronauts.

    • 19 min
    Mark Kendall

    Mark Kendall

    We meet rocket scientist-turned-immunology expert Mark Kendall to find out about his Nanopatch, which could revolutionise vaccinations and eradicate some diseases.

    • 20 min
    Andrew McGonigle

    Andrew McGonigle

    We speak to volcanologist Andrew McGonigle about the technology he’s developed to get inside volcanoes, where he finds his inspiration and how volcanology can take you to space.

    • 30 min

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