Marie-Clare Eden is not only a young, courageous adventurer and explorer, but she's also a trained journalist and has 11 years’ experience behind the camera. She began her television career at Sky Sports-Rugby Union, then moved on to Blue Peter, and then ITV Sport and BBC News.
Marie-Clare is a true action woman – she trained for months in China in the art of kickboxing and Kung Fu with The Shaolin Monks. She has been part of a six-man team to climb Mera Peak and Island Peak in the Himalayas, and even more impressively, a mountaineering expedition to Camp 11 on Mount Everest. Marie-Claire has a hunger to face bigger and more extreme physical challenges, especially if she can go to the ends of the earth to do so.
Marie-Clare trained alongside the first female members of the elite Gurkha fighting squad, and worked tirelessly to gain the trust and respect of the instructors, her fellow male trainees, and most importantly the female pioneers themselves. As part of her training she lived with a Sherpa family at high altitude, ice-climbing and carrying 60kg in a doko basket on her head.
More recently Marie-Clare has been lived in the USA working as a TV News Producer for CCTV America in Washington DC. She previously worked for Discovery as the Chief Adventure Officer, where she travelled through India filming and presenting a documentary called The Spirit of India.
Now back in the UK and never one to rest on her laurels, Marie-Clare is busy planning her next awe-inspiring adventure. With a unique combination of fearless determination and buccaneering spirit, she is someone we’re very excited to have on the Great British Speakers team!