Creator of TV series Al filo de lo imposible (On the Edge of the Impossible), journalist and adventurer
Reaching the summit meant an end to the suffering, but above all, beginning to dream
The name of journalist, author and columnist Sebastián Álvaro is inscribed on the roll of great Spanish adventurers. As director and creator of the documentary series Al filo de lo imposible (On the Edge of the Impossible), which was aired by TVE (Spanish national state-owned television) from 1983 to 2008, he has transported audiences in their millions to the most inhospitable places on the planet with his teams of technicians and specialists, and has shown the general public high-risk sporting activities such as cave diving, sailing, hang-gliding, and of course, mountaineering.
For Sebastián Álvaro combining adventure with knowledge and reflection has always been essential. That is why his expeditions around the most far-flung corners of the earth are always accompanied by a clear commitment to conserving the environment and preserving local cultures.
“Reaching the summit meant an end to the suffering, but above all, beginning to dream”
In his talks he infects his audiences with his love for the planet and makes an effort to put across the very best values of sport and teamwork and our ability to better ourselves. He has given hundreds of talks and takes part in all kinds of events, including those to do with sport and adventure as well as within the business world. He is a sure bet for any organization, as his presentations always have a great impact on his audiences, because of their content and his communication skills and also because of the impressive audiovisual support that accompanies them.
Since his stint at TVE came to an end (in 2008) Sebastián Álvaro has not only been devoting his time to giving talks, but has also been working with media such as AS, radio network Cadena Ser, newspapers El Mundo and El País, RNE (Spanish National Radio), and magazines GEO, Siete Leguas and Desnivel.
He has won awards for his documentaries at the world’s most important film and television festivals, and has published ten books that deal with mountaineering and adventure expeditions from different angles.
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Dean of the IE School of Global and Public Affairs & Senior Associate of Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in Harvard.
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