Fuelled by a pioneering spirit and a conviction that anything is possible, Lewis Pugh aims to draw attention about the vulnerability of our oceans and their importance to humanity.
Pugh was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world, the first to undertake a swim across the icy waters of the North Pole and the first to swim across a glacial lake on Mount Everest. In a career spanning almost 3 decades, the maritime lawyer has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history.
As an ocean advocate, pioneer swimmer and explorer, Pugh puts his hard-learned lessons into the context of a corporate environment. He shares the visualisation that enabled him to undertake the first swim across the sub-zero waters of the North Pole. He also shares the “radical tactical shift” that he used to complete the first swim across a glacial lake on Mt Everest. Most importantly, he inspires people to reach for the dream of achieving their own impossible.
Pugh is a vivid storyteller, his address on leadership at the Business Innovation Forum in Rhode Island was voted as one of the “7 Most Inspiring Videos on the Web”. His autobiography “Achieving the Impossible” is a Bestseller and was chosen for Oprah’s Exclusive Book List.
Pugh has received a number of awards including France and South Africa’s highest honours, as well as the Freedom of the City of London. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader for his “potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership” and in 2013 the United Nations Environment Programme appointed him “Patron of the Oceans.”