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What makes Lewis Pugh an outstanding inspirational speaker?

Captivating energy

Lewis knows how to hold a room – whether negotiating the protection of UK waters, inspiring a corporate audience, or walking alone into the Kremlin.

Lewis’s speech at the Business Innovation Forum in Rhode Island was voted one of the 7 Most Inspiring Videos on the Web.

Vivid storytelling

Lewis takes his audiences through the highs and lows of pioneer swimming, reliving the close calls, spectacular wildlife encounters and the passion that fuels him to take action to and help change the world.

Gifted speaker

Lewis transforms his experience into lessons that every person can apply to their own work and lives.

Media pull

Over 5 million people have viewed Lewis’s TED Talks, and countless others have followed him on the BBC, CNN, BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show, HBO, France 2, Good Morning America, Radio 4’s The Today Programme, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, and many more. Lewis has appeared with Jon Stewart and Jay Leno. His editorials have been published in The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph, among others. Sky News has made three documentaries about his work.

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Speaking Highlights

When Unilever decided to double their business and halve their environmental footprint, they chose Lewis to motivate their management team. On their 125th anniversary, Coca-Cola asked Lewis to address their worldwide leadership team. And when AIA, one of the largest life insurers in the Asia Pacific region, turned 100, it was Lewis they chose to help them visualise their future in an increasingly unpredictable world.

He regularly addresses political and business leaders at large international conferences including the World Economic Forum and the COP Climate Change Summits.

In 2018, Lewis co-hosted the Wildscreen Panda Awards, the world’s most prestigious wildlife and environmental film and TV awards.

The following year, HM The Queen invited Lewis to give the principal reflection on the 70th anniversary of The Commonwealth at Westminster Abbey.


  • Achieving the Impossible
  • Vision
  • Leading Diverse Teams
  • Motivation
  • Creating a Culture of Excellence
  • Managing Change
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Resilience
  • Embracing Risk
  • Building a Sustainable Business

Pro Bono Speeches

Lewis loves giving speeches to high schools, universities, charities, sports bodies, NGO’s, political and religious groups, scientific organisations etc. If you would like Lewis to undertake a speech to your organisation, on a pro bono basis, please contact us. Unfortunately due to the sheer volume of requests, he can only do those which align with his work on leadership and protecting our oceans.

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Some of the organisations Lewis has spoken to:

TBWA, Airbus, Cathay Pacific, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PWC, Accenture, Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Company, BMW, Ford, Mercedes, Toyota, Volvo, CocaCola, Johnnie Walker, Pernod Ricard, SABMiller, Talisker, BASF, TEDGlobal, Swiss Economic Forum, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser Group, Royal Mail, Avon, Estée Lauder, BAE Systems, Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Eton College, Ecolint School, Singapore Institute of Management, Wharton Business School, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Pew Charitable Trusts, SANCCOB, Surfers Against Sewage, World Green Economy Summit, WWF, Virgin Active, LG, Allianz Global Investors, Barclays, Central Bank of Malaysia, Deutsche, Asset Management, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Investec, JP Morgan, LGIM, Maybank, Morgan Stanley, Pictet, Santander, Standard Bank, Standard Chartered, UBS, Visa, Kraft Heinz, Nestle, Herbalife, AIA, Allianz, Ergo Group, Liberty, Lloyds Insurance, MetLife, Old Mutual, Prudential, Reinsurance Group of America, Swiss Re, Zurich, Colgate, Covidien, Desmond Tutu Health Foundation, Medical Defence Union, Apax Partners, Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper, Linklaters LLP, White & Case LLP, World Law Group, Beyond Sport Foundation, British Chamber of Commerce, British Army, The Commonwealth, DEFRA, EntrepreneursOrganization, Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office, International Olympic Committee, Royal Geographic Society, Royal Navy, Royal Scottish Geographical Society, United Nations, UNEP, US State Department, Wilson Center, World Economic Forum, YPO, Naspers, Guinness World Records, Anglo American, Barloworld, Bidvest, Mondi, Mallowstreet, Boehringer Ingelheim, GSK, Hoffmann-La Roche, Pfizer, Roche, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, RE/MAX, Jones Lang LaSalle, Tesco, Walmart, World Retail Conference, Nike, Speedo, Springbok Rugby Team, The Royal & Ancient Club of St Andrews, Cisco, Enablon, Gartner, HP, IBM, IFS, Microsoft, SAP, Siemens, SUSE, Airtel, AT&T, BT, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, PCCW, Samsung, Vodafone, &Beyond, Hurtigruten, Relais & Châteaux, Shangri-La.


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