Monique Ponfoort

Monique Ponfoort

Chief Executive Officer

Travel is part of Monique’s DNA. Ever since her first trip overseas to Europe at the age of 11, her innate sense of wanderlust has never wavered. Now at the helm of Aurora Expeditions, she can share her love of pioneering expedition travel with our equally passionate expeditioners. With a career spanning more than 25 years in the travel and cruise industry – including Qantas, Jetset, Helloworld, and most recently, seven years in expedition cruising managing the Asia-Pacific market – Monique brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Aurora Expeditions at a time when the company is expanding. With a new purpose-built ship, the Sylvia Earle, launching in November 2021, new global itineraries, and ongoing sustainability, health and safety initiatives, Monique will be working with the entire Aurora Expeditions team to deliver life-changing experiences in and beyond the polar regions to some of the most biodiverse corners of the planet. High on her bucket-list? The Russian Far East, Raja Ampat, West Papua, the North West Passage, and Baja California.

Monique is truly humbled to manage an Australian-owned business where the team spirit is alive and thriving, a team that is determined, genuinely caring, has a strong sense of camaraderie, and is ready to continue its journey with the greatest respect for our expeditioners and the extraordinary places we visit.