We are passionate, experienced, pragmatic idealists. We are problem-solvers, helpers, leaders, team-mates, worker bees and visionaries. We are adventurers, explorers, and storytellers. We are part of a growing community of like-minded people creatively working together to preserve and protect some of our planet’s most awe-inspiring places for the benefit of future generations…before it’s too late.
Our co-founders Gerry Moffatt and Pia Saengswang bring over 45+ years of exceptional experience in adventure travel, expedition filmmaking, writing, education, non-profit management, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and social entrepreneurship. Under Thunder Dragon, Gerry and Pia work with a close cadre of world-class cinematographers, expedition leaders, athletes, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, educators, and community leaders to bring ideas, stories, and dreams to life.
Gerry Moffatt has been a professional expedition guide in Nepal and Bhutan for over 32 years. National Geographic considers him “the most experienced whitewater guide in the Himalayas”. He’s conducted first descents of rivers throughout the Himalayas, started whitewater adventure companies in Nepal and Pakistan, led multiple overland expeditions across the entirety of Africa and Asia, paddled the legendary Susitna, Alsek, and Stikine rivers, and summited Everest twice for film productions (from both North and South Cols). He’s helped pioneer ski descents in Greenland, South America and Alaska, and opened up whitewater tourism in Bhutan, Pakistan, and Sikkim. Gerry’s worked for decades with the world’s best outdoor cinematographers both in front and behind the camera, making multiple films for Discovery, Outdoor Life and National Geographic. He is widely sought after on camera presenter and public speaker. This Fall (2016) Gerry will be appointed Nepal’s first Ambassador for Adventure Travel.
Pia Saengswang Moffatt brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in philanthropic strategy and management, education, advocacy, social entrepreneurship, and filmmaking. She helped to launch the first social entrepreneur-focused venture fund in the United States – The Echoing Green Foundation. EGF has funded over 300+ non-profit start-ups worldwide in the environment, education, public health, and youth service. As one of the original Directors at The Broad Foundation, a $1 billion Los Angeles-based education fund, Pia developed and oversaw a portfolio of venture philanthropy initiatives focused on dramatically improving public education in the United States. As a strategy consultant, Pia’s clients have included The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Prudential Foundation and The College Board, among others– managing diverse initiatives at the White House, federal, state, and local levels. She’s produced documentaries for the Getty Conservation Institute as well as a multiple-award winning short film “First Daughter” (thesis project) at the American Film Institute. She attended Mount Holyoke College, Harvard Law School and The American Film Institute.