Ali, who has traveled widely since childhood, has developed her skills in leadership, management, communications and logistics. She studied international relations at the postgraduate level and speaks Mandarin. Ali has multiple seasons of polar experience in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Ali revels in the opportunity to share her passion for conservation and sustainability with Quark Expeditions’ guests.
About Alison Kirk-Lauritsen
Ali loves the world of polar adventures. Born in Australia, she grew up in various cities throughout the country and fondly remembers her first big adventure: traveling around Australia with her family for 6 months at the age of 9. Her love of travel intensified further when she was fortunate to experience her first around-the-world trip at age 12. These early life experiences shaped her perspective of the importance of family and the privilege of traveling.
Ali’s professional career in Australia provided further opportunities for travel and to develop her skills in leadership, management, communications and logistics. She studied international relations at a post-graduate level and speaks Mandarin.
An avid skier, scuba diver, cyclist and runner, she enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors with her husband, nieces and nephews. When not in the Polar Regions, Ali lives on a farm in Tasmania, Australia, taking delight in her renewable energy sources and vegetable garden. She volunteers at the local high school as a literacy tutor, but would also like to improve her Mandarin skills by spending more time in China, and further her international politics education in the dynamic area of Australian-Sino relations.
Today, Ali revels in the opportunity to share her passion for conservation and sustainability with Quark Expeditions’ guests.