Lewis Pugh is an inspirational speaker, endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans.
He is the first person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world.
Over a period of 30 years Lewis has pioneered swims in the most challenging environments on earth, developing an understanding of the beauty and fragility of life and its many ecosystems.
In 2007 he undertook the first long-distance swim across the North Pole, wearing just Speedo swimming trunks, to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice.
He followed this up with a swim across a glacial lake on Mount Everest to draw attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas.
In 2018 Lewis became the first person the swim the 528km length of the English Channel.
Lewis’ driving purpose is to protect our oceans.
In 2016 he played a pivotal role in creating the largest marine reserve in the world in the Ross Sea off Antarctica. The media coined the term “Speedo Diplomacy” to describe his efforts swimming in the icy waters of Antarctica and shutting between the USA and Russia to help negotiate the final agreement.
In 2010 he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2013 he was chosen to be the first UN Patron of the Oceans.
Lewis Pugh – Keynote Speaker:
Lewis Pugh is a vivid storyteller. 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.
TED describe him as a “master story-teller” and his speech at the 2008 Business Innovation Forum in Rhode Island was voted as one of the “7 Most Inspiring Speeches on the Web”.
Speaking topics include:
- How to achieve the “impossible”
- Protecting the environment
Popular Speaking titles include:
- How do we achieve the impossible? For companies that have set massive targets and need the strategy and inspiration to get to the next level.
- How do we change? For organisations that know they need to adapt in a fast changing world.
- How can we work more effectively as a team? For multi-nationals that operate with teams made up of many different cultures and backgrounds.
- How do we attain excellence? Popular with leadership teams who are working in developing economies.