Lewis Pugh – Keynote Speaker

Endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans

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Specialist Subjects

  • Goal Setting
  • Motivation
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • High Performance
  • Resilience
  • Sustainability
  • Change
  • Risk


  • English


Lewis Pugh is an endurance swimmer and an ocean advocate.

He pioneers swims in the most vulnerable ecosystems on Earth to call for their protection.

Over a period of 35 years he has undertaken more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history. He was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. He was also the first to swim across the North Pole, and the first to swim the length of the English Channel.

Lewis Pugh has been instrumental in protecting over 2 million km2 of vulnerable ocean – an area larger than Western Europe. His dream is to help protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.

Lewis has received a number of awards for his work. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was chosen as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. And he was awarded South Africa’s highest honour the Order of Ikhamanga (Gold Class). In 2013 the United Nations appointed him as the UN Patron of the Oceans.

Lewis read law at Cambridge University.

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