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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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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After experiencing unexpected setbacks and serious injuries on the way to completing his lifelong dream of being the first person in history to walk to both Poles, Robert had no choice but to become an expert on resiliency. Robert discusses the specific challenges he has faced on his expeditions, and how he and his team had to be resilient in their toughest moments to resilient accomplish their goals. Robert relates these experiences to the specific challenges of your audience and inspires strength and resiliency in the face of modern-day setbacks.
Creating a New Normal
As we emerge from the initial phases of the pandemic at different rates across the globe, many of us are being met with the stark realization that things may never return to our idea of “normal.” Robert divulges his experiences with returning to society after nine months of isolation in Antarctica and finding out that everything had changed – even himself. changed He gives advice on how to embrace these changes and deal with the confusion and disappointment that often accompany them so that we may create and thrive in our “new normal.”
ESG for Employees
After experiencing the effects of climate change firsthand on his expeditions, Robert uses his expertise to relay the importance of incorporating and improving sustainable practices within businesses and corporations. Robert discusses his trek to the South Pole powered entirely by renewable energy and why a global shift to renewable energy is crucial for the preservation renewable of Antarctica and the survival of our planet. Robert tailors his speeches to discuss your company’s specific Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) policies as well as how your company can join Rob’s lifelong fight in protecting Antarctica for decades to come.
As someone who spent nine months living 3,000 miles away from civilization in a 16 by 24-foot hut at the edge of Antarctica with zero communication to the outside world, Robert is no stranger to isolation. Robert recounts his feelings of intense isolation on his journey, the way he dealt with that isolation, and the valuable lessons he continues to draw from those experiences. continues He relates these lessons to the specific challenges your audience is facing, especially in the wake of the ongoing global pandemic.