Robert Swan Interview: Record Breaking Polar Explorer

Robert Swan is the first person in history to have walked to both the North and South Poles.  His 900-mile trek to the South Pole remains the longest unassisted walk in history. Throughout his expeditions, Swan witnessed the stark impacts of global warming, experiencing its effects firsthand. keynote speaker robert swan

Above and beyond his record-breaking adventures, he dedicates his time to preserving Antarctica, and “helping companies engage with their employees on sustainability and good leadership”.

During this exclusive interview, Robert Swan gives us a rare glimpse into teamwork, leadership, resilience,, and ultimately what it takes to achieve goals that “seem impossible”.

The perseverance required to conquer what Swan has is immense – “you’re walking nine hours a day, 7 days a week, for 70 days in a row, losing over 30kgs of body weight”. Building a strong team was crucial to the success of his pioneering expeditions, where authentic leadership and diversity sat at the core of his approach – “if it weren’t for the strong team, I would be dead.”

His approach is highly sought-after by corporations, leaving audiences gripped and inspired to tackle what’s ahead.

Inspiring the youth is integral to saving the planet, Swan provides some hope for future generations rather than focusing on the “doom-and-gloom” of it all.



Video Timeline

  • 00:18 – Who are you and what do you do?
  • 00:56 – What is the power of authentic leadership?
  • 02:00 – What role has diversity and inclusion played in your record-breaking expeditions?
  • 04:17 – What can audiences take for the motivation and resilience required to conquer what you have?
  • 07:18 – Why is it so important to engage with the youth on these topics?
  • 09:36 – Other than inspiring the audience with your talk, what else do you bring to the table?

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