Robert Swan’s life time of achievements is a true testament to his personal leadership commitment to creating a more sustainable planet while inspiring and building true future leaders from across the globe. 

With his presence and integrity, accomplishments and reflections, Robert has an extraordinary ability to inspire and motivate audiences worldwide. Having experienced leadership and team cooperation in some of the world’s most hostile environments, Robert applies the leadership lessons he has learned to inspire bold management practices and effective communication styles. Robert’s talks are thrilling, uplifting and stimulating – all while fostering courage, vision and teamwork. His core themes are inspiration, leadership and future thinking for business, society and the environment.

26 years ago, French ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau gave Robert Swan a 50-year mission to save Antarctica from the realities of climate change. The 2041 Foundation was founded and through perseverance and dedication, Robert has helped inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility for their life paths. 

As the founder of the 2041 Foundation, Robert has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica and the planet through promoting renewable energy and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change.

Robert Swan has been working side-by-side with his son Barney for the past 5 years. On January 15th 2018 at the South Geographic Pole, the baton was passed onto Barney Swan, who, on that day, became the first person in history to journey to the South Pole powered entirely by renewable energy. This incredible feat marked the launch of CLIMATEFORCE, a 7 year campaign to remove 326 million tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere through effective solutions and education to encourage personal leadership in our carbon neutral future. CLIMATEFORCE continues to build on the 2041 legacy through action and personal leadership today and in the future.  

This is not only an incredible story about a father and son, it is a legacy story of Robert Swan and the 2041 Foundation and their unstoppable commitment and leadership to preserve this earth for generations to come.

As founder of the 2041 Foundation, Robert’s life time of commitment to the preservation of Antartica and the world has lead to International influence through expeditions, E-Bases and inspiring action to the next generation of leaders: 

Footsteps of Scott South Pole Expedition (1984-1987)

The North Pole (1987-1989)

Antartica 1500 tonne Clean Up (1992-1997)

World Summit 2002

Voyage for Cleaner Energy (2002-2005)

E Base (2008)

World Summit Rio 2012

International Antartica Expeditions (2003-2018)

SPEC Testing Expedition 2016

South Pole Energy Challenge 2017-2018

ClimeWorks 2017

TransAmerica Cycle 2019

‘Our greatest threat to the planet is the belief that someone else will save it’
— - Robert Swan OBE