Lewis Pugh is an inspirational speaker, endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans.
Lewis is the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world.
He has pioneered swims in the most hostile waters on earth including the Antarctic, the North Pole and the Himalayas and developed an understanding of the beauty and fragility of life and its many eco-systems.
In 2015 he played a pivotal role in creating the largest protected area 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.
He is probably best known for undertaking the first swim across the North Pole in 2007 to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice.
In 2010, Lewis swam 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.
More recently, Lewis was undertook a 1km swim in Arctic waters to raise awareness of the catastrophic impact of human activity in the region. The campaign was filmed by Sky News for the documentary Arctic Peril. Lewis almost didn’t come back from this swim…
Even though Lewis was in his best pre-swim condition ever, he didn’t get enough preparation time in cold-water. This became critical when he found myself in a sub-zero ocean for much longer than was safe.
Many millions have viewed his TED talks and have followed him on BBC, Good Morning America, CNN, Jon Stewart, National Geographic, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Jay Leno and more.
His autobiography “Achieving the Impossible” and his book “21 Yaks and a Speedo“are both bestsellers.
Lewis 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 and in 2013 the United Nations appointed him as the first UN Patron of the Oceans. The same year he was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. And in 2015 he was chosen as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year.
Lewis Pugh – Keynote Speaker:
Lewis is one of the world’s leading motivational speakers, with TED describing him as a “master story-teller”.
His speech on leadership at the BIF Conference was voted one of the “7 Most Inspiring Speeches on the Web”.
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.