Indagare’s Global Conversations Series with CEO and Founder Melissa Biggs Bradley

In April, we launched our Indagare Global Classroom to allow people to explore the world while staying at home. With Global Conversations, my series of hour-long Zoom calls, I am inviting friends and heroes of mine to share how different places have shaped their lives and perspectives. Many of these people have been part of our Insider Journeys, and all of them have amazing stories to tell and insights to offer. I hope you’ll join me—live, via Zoom—as I introduce some of the most innovative and inspiring people who I have met on the road.

Missed a session? You can now stream episodes of past Global Conversations on our Indagare Podcast! Listen and subscribe now on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Stitcher. New episodes are added weekly!

Sign up here for Global Conversations. New programming is being added regularly. Friends of Indagare Members and Subscribers are also welcome. Learn more about the talks below and read AFAR Magazine’s review of our program here! Plus: 16 charitable organizations our GC speakers know and love. 

New Global Conversations

There are the hotels that amaze and the hotels that pamper—and then there are those hotels that take on a life of their own, that transport you to another time and place and welcome you to get carried away in your own fantasies. Ballyfin Demesne in County Laois, Ireland is one of these great hotels. Just a 40-minute drive from Dublin, this historic estate offers some of the most sumptuous and idiosyncratic interiors in Europe; the ultimate 19th-century country house, it is rich in Irish personality and romance, and it sits on a lush 614-acre property that feels truly Edenic. We are able to experience this magic today thanks to Jim Reynolds—Ballyfin’s Managing Director and the man who led the charge in discovering and restoring the estate after it had fallen into disrepair, directing the design team and, most notably of all, applying his considerable expertise in archaeology and horticulture to regenerate the estate’s parklands, woods, walled gardens and follies to their former glory—with striking new additions. On Tuesday, join Melissa in conversation with Jim for what is sure to be a lively firsthand-account of the Ballyfin restoration and its discoveries, as well as the many stories and secrets of the property—and of Jim’s genius (and perhaps, if we’re lucky, a special peek at Butterstream, his widely-adored personal gardens!).

Time: Tuesday, October 20 at 11:30 a.m. ET

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The symbiosis between travel and food is irresistible, and one whose power is hard to describe. Many of us fall in love with a destination for the cuisine alone (hello, Italy), and we pilgrimage around the world to dine at Michelin-starred restaurants like Noma—just as we book flights to taste our way through the markets of places like Bangkok and Lima. Many writers and foodies have devoted their careers to capturing this magic—and few have done so as well as James Oseland, the author and editor of the new World Food book series (which launches this November with World Food: Mexico City). James has been writing about international cultures and their cuisines for decades. During his eight years as editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine his work garnered many accolades, including numerous awards from the James Beard Foundation and the American Society of Magazine Editors. His cookbook Cradle of Flavor, a memoir with recipes about his time living in Indonesia, won a James Beard Award and was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, Time Asia and Good Morning America. He was also a judge for five years on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Join the conversation as James Zooms in from Mexico City to discuss the intersection of food and travel—and the cultural traditions behind his favorite cuisines—and discover his insider tips for exploring local markets, sourcing the best ingredients and souvenirs and authentic cooking—at home and around the world.

Time: Wednesday, October 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET

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When the world went on lockdown, we all began to consider how and why we travel more seriously than ever before—but Jaisal Singh has been examining the impact of travel on our environment for the last two decades. At just 21 years old, Jaisal built one of the very first eco-conscious luxury safari tented camps in India—Sher Bagh on the edge of the famed Ranthambore Tiger Reserve—and with his wife, Anjali, they expanded the brand, SUJÁN, internationally, adding SUJÁN The Serai (Jaisalmer), SUJÁN JAWAI (Jawai Bandh) and Elephant Pepper Camp (Masai Mara, Kenya). The Singhs are now globally recognized as pioneers in India’s conservation tourism efforts—as well as the minds behind some of the finest hotels in the world. Anjali has also been recognized by Forbes as one of the 12 young female business leaders on the rise in Asia (as of 2016). Join Melissa in conversation with this power couple next week for their insider perspective on traveling responsibly—as well as the future of hospitality and sustainability in India (and around the world), what to know about Indian tourism and culture (should you be planning a trip for the future) and, of course, the majestic Ranthambore tigers.

Date and time to be announced.

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Join us for a conversation with designer Britt Moran and The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ. Magazine contributing editor Sarah Medford—if they don’t know a design movement or trend, it doesn’t exist. The North Carolina-born, Milan-based Britt Moran is one of the two founders of Dimorestudio (the Architecture and Interior Design Studio for clients such as Dior, Fendi, The Arts Club, Ian Schrager and Thierry Costes), Dimoregallery (the historical and contemporary Design Gallery) and Dimoremilano (the label housing the furniture, fabric, decorative and home collections), which he heads with his business partner, Emiliano Salci. Sarah Medford has enjoyed a long career in media since the 1980s at such publications as Architectural Digest and Town & Country. Now a contributing editor at WSJ., she’s a design expert and also co-hosts some of the Insider Journeys that Indagare runs in partnership with WSJ.

Date and time to be announced. Sign up here to receive details!


Sometimes places with the roughest histories make the most impact on visitors: In the case of Rwanda, the chance to see the gorillas is the big draw. But the chance to meet so many motivated people who lived through or were shaped by the 1994 genocide and who are now part of the success story of rebuilding this beautiful country is a big part of the experience, too. Artist Emmanuel Nkuranga represents this transformation. He was born in Uganda to Rwandan parents who had fled during the country’s pre-civil war unrest. After the family returned to Rwanda, Emmanuel and his brother developed their painting skills at Ivuka Arts Kigali, a contemporary arts center. And in 2012 they started their own center, Inema Arts Center, dedicated to promoting art as a healing, educational and economic tool for current and future generations of Rwandans. In this conversation, Emmanuel will talk about opening minds, improving lives and creating jobs through art and creativity.

Date and time to be confirmed. Email us at the address listed here to receive details when they are announced!

You can now stream episodes of past Global Conversations on our Indagare Podcast! Listen and subscribe now on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Stitcher. New episodes are added weekly!

Find our more about Indagare’s Global Classroom Program.  Private classes can also be requested—and given as a gift. We can help arrange small-group or private events, special celebrations, birthday parties or gatherings with family and friends, as well as corporate programsContact us for more information.

– Melissa Biggs Bradley on September 9, 2020

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