Robert Swan Motivational Speaker

Robert Swan

Globally recognized public speaker, renowned polar explorer, and transformational leader in sustainability

Robert Swan: Biography highlights

Robert is a polar pioneer and leader in energy innovation and works closely with many of the world’s leading organizations on their ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) practices. As the founder of the 2041 Foundation, Robert Swan has spent the last 30 years supporting the preservation of Antarctica through the engagement of industry and business, young people, and the promotion of renewable energy

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TED Speakers

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Robert Swan’s background

After seeing first-hand the effects of climate change, Robert has dedicated himself to protecting Antarctica and our planet through educating and stimulating people across the globe.

Swan’s contribution to education and the environment have been recognised through his appointment as UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth and a Visiting Professorship of the School of Environment at Leeds University. In 1994 he became Special Envoy to the Director General of UNESCO.

He has earned his place alongside the great explorers and adventurers that have tested their physical and mental strength to the limit in the planet’s most hostile environments. The successful completion of his North and South Pole expeditions marked the beginning of a new phase in Robert’s life. On both expeditions, he experienced, firsthand, the effects of environmental damage on the Polar icecaps. This shaped his lifetime goal: to work for the preservation of the Antarctic as the last great wilderness on earth. He then founded 2041, an organisation dedicated to this goal. With his presence and integrity, accomplishments and reflections, Robert Swan has an extraordinary ability to move people and motivate audiences.

It is through his expeditions and lectures that Swan works to inform, engage and inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility, be sustainable, and know that now is the time for action in policy development, sustainable business generation and future technologies.

Having experienced leadership and team cooperation in some of the world’s most hostile environments, Robert applies the leadership lessons he has learned to inspire bold management practices and effective communication styles. His talks are thrilling, uplifting and stimulating, fostering courage, vision and teamwork. His core themes are inspiration, leadership and future thinking for business, society and the environment.


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Robert Swan Speaking Reel
Robert Swan Speaking Reel
Leadership on the edge: Robert Swan at TEDxUNPlaza
Leadership on the edge: Robert Swan at TEDxUNPlaza
Robert Swan: Let's save the last pristine continent
Robert Swan: Let's save the last pristine continent
Robert Swan on Employees and Sustainability | #RiseAgainstClimateChange | Mahindra Rise
Robert Swan on Employees and Sustainability | #RiseAgainstClimateChange | Mahindra Rise

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