||Nick Baggarly, FRGS|
Nick Baggarly is known for his ability to organize ambitious team efforts to achieve meaningful objectives. A successful Silicon Valley software engineer, Nick took a sabbatical from McAfee Associates in 1997 to lead an expedition on an 8,000-mile drive through Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. His team delivered medical supplies to remote villages for Rivers of the World, an international aid organization. In 2002 he co-founded the ‘Drive Around the World’ non-profit organization to produce extraordinary and relevant adventures with each project aimed at highlighting a different problem.
Drive Around the World was founded with the goal of producing dramatic adventures to promote cross-border understanding and goodwill as well as to raise funds for charitable causes. In 1999, Nick led the LATITUDE Expedition—a 16,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe through 16 countries, driving from Beijing to San Francisco. During the journey, his team worked with teachers throughout California to interact with middle school students. In 2005 he led the LONGITUDE Expedition, a 44,000-mile drive through 30 countries to highlight Parkinson’s Disease research. The project featured five non-profit programs including a drive-a-thon fundraising program and a global-grass-roots awareness campaign which was lauded as “unprecedented in the history of disease advocacy.” Nick believes humanities’ problems are merely, “seemingly-insurmountable challenges.” He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of New York’s Explorers club.
While Nick's charitable work has always been a labor of love, his expeditions will always have special
purpose for him because his 35-year-old sister was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.