Inspire Your Audience

Robert Swan is a globally recognized public speaker, renowned polar explorer, and transformational leader in sustainability.



Each year Robert Swan presents to a diverse range of audiences in the corporate, non-profit and educational world. Recent high-profile clients include companies such as Boy Scouts of America, BP, Coca-Cola, KPMG, NASA, Shell, TED Global, Unilever and many more.

“Robert Swan has been a consistent and clear favourite among our corporate clients for their leadership meetings.  His tale of personal leadership, teamwork is accompanied by simple and memorable visuals and anecdotes from his own many adventures.  As a speaker bureau we know that we can count on him to take the client’s brief and work it into his story in a compelling and inspirational way.  And he’s just great fun to work with on a personal level.  I highly recommend him.”

-Founder, Speaker Ideas

“Shell staff have participated in Robert’s expeditions since 2009 and we have been pleased to have Robert Swan visit us as a speaker on more than one occasion. He offers a unique proposition for business; real world awareness, advice and guidance blended with pragmatism and a strong sense of environmental stewardship.”

-David Hone, Chief Climate Change Adviser, Shell Research Ltd

“If you have a heartbeat, you will be inspired by Robert Swan. Whether talking to C-suite executives or rising stars, Swan is uniquely poised to inspire people to stretch their ideas about what is possible–then to dig deep to achieve the extraordinary. He doesn’t just change people’s ideas: he changes their lives.” 

-MR Rangaswami, Founder, Corporate Eco Forum

Robert’s Message

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.


Hire Robert for your next speaking event to hear the riveting story of how he overcame the challenges he has faced and the lifelong lessons he draws from these experiences.

Robert’s Speaking Topics


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 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.


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. He relates these lessons to the specific challenges your audience is facing, especially in the wake of the ongoing global pandemic.

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. 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 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.

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