Robert Swan

OBE Founder, 2041 Foundation Inc.

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it."

Robert Swan, OBE, one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and environmental leaders, is the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles. Robert’s presentation focuses on his mission to honor a life-long commitment to preserve Antarctica by: engaging, inspiring, and educating leaders across the globe to make informed and sustainable decisions. The dramatic story of success, failure, and leadership that evolved out of his expeditions—and subsequent transition to global motivator—has the power to inspire and uplift audiences worldwide. Not only does he highlight the key elements of successful leadership and what it takes to achieve the impossible, but Robert continues to raise awareness on climate change and the importance of adopting sustainable, renewable energy practices so Antarctica will never be exploited for its resources. Robert will highlight:

  • Inspiration – Robert has shown through his expeditions to both Poles that individuals have the power to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals – whatever these may be – through perseverance, determination and commitment.
  • Leadership / Teamwork – Having experienced leadership and team cooperation in some of the world’s most hostile environments, Robert applies the lessons he has learned to inspire bold management practices and effective communication styles. Robert highlights how great feats are rarely achieved by individuals in isolation; more often, it is a team effort.  Robert further emphasizes the importance of strategic decision making.
  • Sustainability – As an environmental leader, Robert takes climate change and the protection of Antarctica as the burning platform. Robert engages audiences on what it takes to be the leader and predecessor in creating new models and sustainable solutions for the future.