Hire Motivational Speaker Robert Swan

Hire Motivational Speaker Robert Swan

Globally Recognized Public Speaker, Renowned Polar Explorer, Transformational Leader in Sustainability 

July 17th, 2021 | RobertSwan.com

Robert Swan, Motivational SpeakerIf you are looking to hire a motivational speaker for your organization, consider Robert Swan as a top candidate to inspire your audience. There are very few people on the planet that have the power to inspire and captivate audiences in the way that Robert can. As the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles, Robert has earned his place alongside the greatest explorers in history. Drawing on his experiences, Robert inspires audiences across the world time and time again. Having demonstrated transformational leadership and true resiliency in some of the planet’s most hostile environments, Robert applies the lessons he has learned to instill impactful leadership, sustainable management practices and effective communication. 

Robert’s core themes as a motivational speaker are inspiration, leadership, and dynamic thinking for businesses and environmental organizations.


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Blog Table of Contents

Hire Motivational Speaker Robert Swan  |  Speaking Experience  |  Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)  |  Awards and Commendations  |  Publications  |  Speaking Topics Top Motivational Speeches  |  About Motivational Speaker Robert Swan  |  About the 2041 Foundation  |  Antarctic Treaty 


Speaking Experience


Hire Motivational speaker Robert SwanRecognized as one of the top motivational speakers on the planet, Robert Swan has given thousands of speeches to audiences across the globe. Each year, Robert presents to a diverse array of audiences in the corporate, non-profit and educational sectors, including organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, Beyond Petroleum (BP), Coca-Cola, KPMG, NASA, Shell, TED Global, Unilever, and many more. Robert has been featured in some of the world’s top media outlets. 

In 1992, Robert was invited by the United Nations to be a keynote motivational speaker at the first Earth Summit for Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was then invited to speak at the TEDGlobal conference in 2014, also held in Rio de Janeiro.

Robert has been featured as a keynote motivational speaker at the United Nations World Summit for Sustainable Development, the World Economic Forum, and the Corporate Eco Forum. 

Robert uses his vast experience, knowledge, and expertise to motivate organizations to integrate sustainable practices into their business models. 

Watch Robert’s TED Talk at TEDGlobal 2014 


Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)


Hire Motivational speaker Robert SwanRobert works closely with many of the world’s leading organizations on their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices. Robert has spent the last 30 years working toward the preservation of Antarctica through the engagement of industry and business, young people, and the promotion of renewable energy. His extraordinary story demonstrates leadership, teamwork, and the resilience that is necessary to overcome the challenges leaders face in the 21st century.



Awards and Commendations


Robert Swan, Youth EducatorRobert’s contributions to education and the environment have been recognized through his appointment as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Youth. He was a winner of the United Nations Global 500 Award and honored with the United Nations NOVUS Summit Award for his contribution to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In 2003, the European Union named Robert as an Ambassador for the Environment.

In recognition of his life’s work, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Robert the Polar Medal and the high distinction of OBE, Order of the British Empire. Robert is also the winner of the Humanitarian Innovation Lifetime Achievement Award and became a Special Envoy to the Director General of UNESCO in 1994. 




Robert is an expert in environmental sustainability, exploration, and leadership; he is the co-author of four books that explore these topics in depth:

  • In the Footsteps of Scott
  • Icewalk
  • Antarctica 2041: My Quest to Save the Earth’s Last Wilderness
  • Antarctic Survival 


Speaking Topics


Hire Robert Swan as your motivational speaker to hear the riveting story of how he overcame extraordinary challenges in some of the world’s most hostile environments. His personal story of unbelievable spirit will take you on a journey filled with courage and humility; he will inspire you to instill these values in your own life.

Robert regularly speaks and is a subject matter expert on the following topics:

  • Motivation
  • Sustainability
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Discipline
  • Dealing with isolation
  • Vision
  • Team diversity
  • Servant leadership
  • Delivery of your goals
  • 2041 mission to preserve the Antarctic
  • Intergenerational teamwork


Top Motivational Speeches


Listed below are two examples of Robert’s inspirational speeches. Hire this world renowned motivational speaker to deliver a unique presentation that meets the specific goals of your organization.


Leadership on the Edge


At the age of 11, Robert’s dream to become the first person to walk to the South and North Poles was born. In addition to reaching both poles, his dream quickly expanded to crossing the whole of the Antarctic Continent on foot. In this speech, Robert tells the story of how he and his teams achieved this goal and reached both poles after 22 years of financial and physical hardships. Robert recounts the shifting leadership roles in his teams necessary for the success of their journey.

The Audience will learn about:

  • Best-in-class leadership
  • Trusting your team
  • Delivering a goal


Dealing with Setbacks

Robert’s lifelong goal has been to walk to both the North and South Poles and to cross the whole of the Antarctic Continent on foot. After setting out on three different Antarctic expeditions, Robert has only 97 miles left out of a total of 1,522 miles left to complete this goal. In this story, audiences will hear how Robert faced unexpected and serious setbacks in one of the world’s most hostile environments. After 36 long years, Robert has stayed true to his mission; he is determined to complete his lifelong goal of crossing the entire Antarctic Landmass and will return to do so on his Undaunted Expedition in January 2023. This is the motivational story of how Robert has continued to stay focused and has persevered to accomplish his lifelong mission despite setbacks and serious injuries.

The audience will learn about:

  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Dealing with isolation
  • Returning to ‘normal’ after isolation 
  • Maintaining Resilience 


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Robert Swan, Explorer


About Motivational Speaker Robert Swan


Robert Swan is the first person in history to have walked to both the North and South Poles. He is a renowned polar explorer, a leader in energy innovation, and founder of the 2041 Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Antarctica as a natural reserve land for science and peace. 

Raised in Yorkshire, England, Robert committed to his goal of walking to both poles at the young age of 11. In 1984, Robert and a team of three accomplished the longest unassisted march in human history by successfully completing a 900-mile journey on foot across Antarctica to the South Geographic Pole. Three years later, in 1987, Robert led a team of eight to the North Pole on an expedition called ‘Icewalk’. By the age of 33, Robert had successfully achieved his dream of walking to both of the Poles.

During these two historic expeditions, Robert experienced firsthand the effects of climate  change and environmental degradation. At the South Pole, his eyes changed color through  damage due to the prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays as he walked under the hole in the  ozone. At the North Pole, his team nearly drowned due to premature melting of the ocean ice. These two hard-hitting and unexpected incidents galvanized him to launch the mission of the 2041 Foundation to preserve Antarctica as a land for science and peace. 

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About The 2041 Foundation


2041 Foundation ExpeditionAside from inspiring audiences across the globe, Robert has also dedicated his life to spreading awareness about the importance of preserving Antarctica. 26 years ago, the famous French ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau, inspired Robert Swan’s 50-year mission of saving Antarctica from the realities of climate change. Cousteau charged Robert with educating young people on the importance of preserving Antarctica and the greater environment. As a result, Robert created the 2041 Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Antarctica. Through the 2041 Foundation, Robert has worked to motivate the next generation of leaders to take responsibility for their life paths and engage with the environment. Robert has led 30 expeditions to Antarctica over 25 years, inspiring 3,500 alumni to take definitive action toward preserving Antarctica. 

Learn more about 2041 Foundation Antarctic Expeditions


Antarctic Treaty


2041 Antarctica TreatyThe Antarctic Treaty was initially signed in 1959 by 12 countries that were scientifically active in and around Antarctica at the time; it was officially put into effect in 1961. The Treaty declared Antarctica as a land to be used only for peaceful and scientific purposes. It upholds this declaration by forbidding any military activity on the continent, as well as barring territorial claims; this means that Antarctica is not owned by any one group or nation – it is something to be preserved by us all. 

In 1991, The Protocol on Environmental Protection was added to the Antarctic Treaty and put into effect in 1998. This protocol enforces the early clauses of the Treaty to protect Antarctica as a land for peaceful and scientific exploration, but it adds additional conservation requirements. The Protocol bans all commercial mining and prohibits any mineral mining activity with the exception of scientific research. It also enforces regulations for Antarctica’s wildlife, marine pollution, and waste management with the hope of preserving the continent for decades to come. 

The Treaty is now signed by 54 countries and is up for discussion in the year 2041 among the Treaty parties.