Lewis Pugh – Polar Adventurer, Endurance Swimmer, Environmental Campaigner and Motivational Speaker
Lewis Pugh is an environmental campaigner, a maritime lawyer and an endurance swimmer.
Lewis is one of the world’s leading inspirational and leadership speakers and an authority on how to achieve the “impossible”.
Lewis Pugh frequently swims across vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to their plight. He is best known for undertaking the first swim across the North Pole in 2007 to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice and for recently swimming across a glacial lake under the summit of Mt Everest to draw attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas, and the impact the reduced water supply will have on world peace.
He was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. In a career spanning 27 years the maritime lawyer has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history.
Pugh has received a number of awards for his campaigning including South Africa’s highest honour – the Order of Ikhamanga (Gold Class), the highest honour from the French Sports Academy and the Freedom of the City of London. In 2010 the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader for his “potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership.”
Lewis is a vivid storyteller. His ability to make his story matter has made him one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He talks about the methods he uses to undertake swims, which were deemed “impossible” – choosing the right team, meticulous preparation, the right mind-set, never quitting, and changing when circumstances dictate.
Pugh is one of the busiest speakers on the international speaking circuit undertaking over 120 speeches per annum. His speeches have received widespread acclaim.
Speaking topics include:
- How to achieve the “impossible”
- Protecting the environment
Popular Speaking titles include:
- How do we achieve the impossible? From companies that have set massive targets and need the strategy and inspiration to get to the next level.
- How do we change? From organisations that know they need to adapt in a fast changing world.
- How can we work more effectively as a team? From multi-nationals that operate with teams made up of many different cultures and backgrounds.
- How do we attain excellence? Frequently from leadership teams of companies who are working in developing economies.
Lewis has received numerous awards. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. In 2013, the United Nations appointed him “Patron of the Oceans”. In the same year, he was also inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. His book “Achieving the Impossible” is an international bestseller
His accomplishments have received extensive media coverage by the BBC, Good Morning America, CNN, Jon Stewart, National Geographic, Sky News, Jay Leno and many more.