Roger Chao is an accomplished mountaineer, white water kayaker, caver, rock climber, arctic expeditioner, backcountry skier, bike tourer, and hiker. He is also a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and the Vice Chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Chapter of the Explorers Club.
In 2006 Roger was awarded the prestigious Young Adventurer of the Year medal by the Australian Geographic Society for leading a world first expedition in South-West Tasmania, and in 2007 he became the youngest person to cross the Greenland Icecap from East to West unsupported and
unaided. On this expedition, he faced temperatures below -40C and winds of over 150km/ph, towing a 100kg sled behind him.For his achievements on this expedition, he was elected as a member of the New York Explorers Club. He is now a member of the club’s executive committee.
In 2008, having completed a research project on the Inuit peoples of the Arctic regions - exploring, researching and documenting the effects of global warming on indigenous people in polar regions. he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.
In 2010, he completed a 12-month expedition riding through Central Asia on a specially designed pedal powered recumbent four-wheeled bike, passing through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Xinjiang, towing a 200kg load, braving 55-degree deserts, minus 50 degree winters, and high altitude mountain passes.
Roger has also guided, trained and advised numerous clients on various world first expeditions around the world. He was also chosen to be a part of the Vice Chancellors Elite Athlete Support Program at Monash University, and awarded a commendation for the Sir John Monash medal.
Currently working as a project manager designing and implementing a new education and employment strategy in regional Victoria, he has also worked as a consultant reforming palliative care in residential aged care facilities. He has also had stints working at the Wilderness Society, as a volunteer with Bush Search and Rescue, as an environmental consultant, as a tutor for the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme, and managed a longitudinal study of homelessness.
In his spare time, Roger also works as a motivational speaker, workshop presenter, and management consultant on topics as varied as leadership and goal setting, organisational culture, ecological footprint reduction, organisational change and development, community development, poverty and environmental awareness.