Robert Swan, OBE is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and environmental leaders. By age 33, Robert Swan, OBE became the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles, earning his place in history alongside the great explorers and adventurers. His 900 mile journey to the South Pole, ‘In the Footsteps of Scott’, stands as the longest unassisted walk ever made on earth.

His unique insights and life experiences inspire and educate business leaders and young people around the world, and he clearly translates his icy experiences at the Poles to delicate maneuvers in the boardroom.

Swan’s real-life discussion of leadership, trust and working together never ceases to thrill, uplift and stimulate crowds, drawing standing ovations throughout the globe.


  • UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth
  • Icewalk, The International North Pole Expedition
  • In 1992, he completed the 900-mile journey ‘In The Footsteps of Scott’
  • In 1994, he became Special Envoy to the Director General of UNESCO.
  • In 1995, he was awarded the Order of British Empire (OBE)
  • In 2003 and 2004, Robert and his company, 2041, delivered the first ever corporate Antarctic Expeditions on teamwork and leadership
  • In 2008 made Antarctic history again by living solely on renewable energy at the E-Base for over two week
  • Delivered a popular TED talk on the topic of global warming and Antarctica


  • Leadership on the edge
  • Understanding the enormity of a 50-year mission, and creating operational and business strategies to sustain such an undertaking
  • Teambuilding