International explorer, educator, photographer, author,
diver, and television host Josh Bernstein has traveled more than 1,000,000
miles by train, plane, bus, bike and camel to over 75 countries, exploring the
biggest mysteries of our planet in pursuit of knowledge and discovery.
Born and raised in New York City, Josh studied at Cornell University (BA,
Anthropology & Psychology). After graduating from Cornell, he spent a year
in a post-graduate program in Jerusalem studying, among other things, mysticism
and ancient texts.
Josh has traced the Ark of the Covenant from the caverns of Jerusalem to the
mountains of Ethiopia, searched for the Holy Grail in the bowels of Nazi
Germany, and communed with tribal chiefs in the darkest jungles of the Amazon
rainforest. He has ventured deep underground with NASA scientists to explore
the origins of life on Earth and has hunted with alleged cannibals by moonlight
in the forests of Papua New Guinea—all in a quest to uncover some of the most
fascinating mysteries of our planet.
Josh’s television career began in 2005, when he debuted as the host of a new
adventure-archaeology series called Digging for the Truth on The
History Channel. The series quickly became the highest-rated original series in
the network’s history, and Josh continued to host “Digging” for two more
record-breaking seasons. In 2007, Josh moved from The History Channel to
Discovery Channel, where he served as host and executive producer of Into
The Unknown with Josh Bernstein for two years. The two series have
been enjoyed by fans in over 220 countries and territories around the world and
are still broadcast today.
In addition to his work on television, Josh has had a long career as a
wilderness guide with BOSS, the Boulder Outdoor Survival School.
Based in the small town of Boulder, Utah, BOSS is the oldest and largest
wilderness survival school in the world. Josh first attended BOSS as a student
in 1988 and, over the next 25 years, he advanced through the ranks from
apprentice to instructor to marketing director to president & CEO of the
company. At BOSS, participants challenge themselves on survival courses up to
one month in length, learning primitive skills like how to make fire without
matches, build shelter from local materials, and turn river rocks into cutting
edges. Under Josh’s direction, BOSS course offerings expanded and diversified
and staff development programs were put in place to facilitate growth. As a
result of consulting work for many television and Hollywood productions –
including a number of reality shows, celebrity trips, and all of the island
survival scenes for Cast Away starring Tom Hanks – BOSS achieved record
growth and visibility under Josh’s tenure. In December 2013, Josh sold
the school to begin development on Explorer At Large, a Washington, DC-based
initiative to reach, engage, and educate millions of students with freely-distributed,
curriculum-driven videos, study guides, and educational products that inspire
curiosity and wonder for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and
Josh is a fellow of The Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical
Society. His hobbies and interests include technical SCUBA diving (cave,
wreck, re-breather), photography, and restoring classic Land Rovers and Land
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.