Luc Hardyis a French-American technology entrepreneur and investor, explorer and environmental advocate, photographer and film producer. He is the founder and head of Sagax Development Corp, a consulting and investment firm and Sagax Entertainment, a film production company. He is a member of the Explorers Club of New York, of the Société des Explorateurs Français and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. Through his NGO Pax Arctica, Hardy has led and sponsored numerous scientific expeditions and projects, traveling to remote corners of the world to raise awareness about global causes related to climate change, biodiversity and human justice. Luc Hardy is a published art photographer and the author of several books including: Antarctic Adventure, Greenland Impressions, Arctic Transitions and The Pursuit of Endurance - On the Shoulders of Shackleton. He is involved in the production of projects and films on environmental and human justice issues. Through his media company Sagax Entertainment, Hardy has produced or co-produced several documentaries and feature films, mostly on themes at the intersection of environment and social justice causes. Some titles include: Arktika Incognita (Gold Award, Spotlight Documentary FF), The Pursuit of Endurance and At the Edge of Light as producer and expedition leader, as well as Eami (Tiger Award, Rotterdam FF), All That Divides Us (Dir.: Thierry Klifa with Catherine Deneuve and Diane Kruger), The Last Worlds (Dir.: Jonathan Nossiter with Nick Nolte and Charlotte Rampling), The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (Dir.: Ken Scott, with Dhanush, Bérénice Bejo, and Gérard Jugnot) as co-producer. He was also the first co-producer of the Award-winning PBS American Masters animated documentary film Unladylike: The Changemakers (Dir.: Charlotte Mangin).
2019 Laureate of Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, Yezidi Human Rights and Social Activist; Founder of the German based NGO Air Bridge Iraq (2007) and Yezidi Relief Fund (2005) to support vulnerable women, children and terror victims; Former Advisor to the Iraqi President for the Affairs of Non-Muslim Minorities and recently KRG Advisor for the Disputed Areas; Expert on Iraqi Minority affairs; Founder of House of Coexistence in Sinjar (2021), a post-genocide holistic center to promote peace, stability, rebuilding and reconciliation in Iraq. 2016 Laureate of the Golden Stauffer-Medaille, highest Award for extraordinary engagements, granted by the Prime Minister of State Baden-Württemberg. 2021 Recipient of Special Mention of the Human Rights Prize of French Republic