As a maritime lawyer, an ocean advocate and pioneer swimmer, Lewis puts his hard learned lessons in to the context of a corporate environment. His message is highly relevant, inspirational and, most importantly actionable.

Lewis is one of the world's leading inspirational speakers

He undertakes over 100 speeches a year to companies and organisations around the world.

Inspiring. Motivational. Exceptional.

What are the qualities that make Lewis Pugh one of the world’s leading inspirational speakers? What is it about his talks that bring audiences to their feet? What is it about him that captured the imaginations of world leaders like Bill Clinton, Ted Turner and Desmond Tutu?

Lewis goes to extremes. He’s been to the world’s most inaccessible places. He’s put his body through unimaginably difficult conditions. He’s learned how to harness the energy that comes from overcoming extraordinary odds. And he knows how to inspire audiences to rise to their own internal challenges. His talks make a difference, to individuals, and to organizations.

His dream is that they will make a difference to the world.

Walking his talk

Lewis’s ability to make his story matter has made him one of the world’s leading inspirational speakers.

On their 125th anniversary, Coca-Cola asked Lewis to address their world-wide leadership team. When Unilever decided to double their business and halve their environmental footprint, they chose Lewis to motivate their management team. And when Lloyd’s Agency Network turned 200 years old, they asked Lewis to help them visualize their future in an increasingly unpredictable world.

And earlier this year he addressed the world’s business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

As an ocean advocate, pioneer swimmer and explorer, Lewis puts his hard-learned lessons into the context of a corporate environment. He shares the visualization that enabled him to undertake the first swim across the sub-zero waters of the North Pole.

And he 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.

Achieving his Impossible

Lewis is the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. To date he has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history. Each of these seemingly impossible feats was done to raise awareness about the vulnerability of our oceans and their importance to humanity. And he’s not finished yet.

Lewis 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”.

Over 7 million people have viewed his TED talks, and countless others have followed him on BBC, Good Morning America, CNN, Jon Stewart, National Geographic, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Jay Leno and more. His autobiography “Achieving the Impossible” is a Bestseller and was chosen for Oprah’s Exclusive Book List.

Lewis 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.”


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Achieving the Impossible | Vision | Goal setting | Planning and preparation | Motivation and inspiration | Leadership | Teamwork | Power of the mind | Self belief | Overcoming obstacles and setbacks | Risk | Protecting the environment | Change | Excellence


Lewis is a totally enchanting speaker and provides valuable lessons to apply to business and to life.

Guy Kawasaki  Chief Evangelist | Canva

You won’t find a more captivating story teller… Lewis stole the show at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Adam Grant  Professor | Wharton Business School

Thank you for coming to speak to us. You have a very special gift. Not many people can speak to a group of world leaders like you did – with so much authority and passion. I could have heard a pin drop.

Ted Turner  Founder of CNN

Your address was the perfect close to a conference centered around achievement and moving to the next level. The story you have to tell is incredibly unique and was delivered in such a professional and entertaining manner. Everyone was inspired by your extraordinary journey.

Colin Grassie  CEO | Deutsche Bank (UK)

Lewis Pugh doesn’t tell us what to do, he shows us what can be done.

Bill Clinton  42nd President of the United States of America

Lewis Pugh gave the perfect TED talk: a little bit of action, some thinking outside the box, humbling words on the need to respect nature, a happy ending. A Hollywood scriptwriter could not have structured it better.

The Financial Times  

Thank you for such an inspirational and awe-inspiring speech at our 200th Anniversary celebration.

Dr Richard Ward  CEO | Lloyd's Insurance

Lewis’s speech was riveting and passionate. He’s stunning!

Archbishop Desmond Tutu  Nobel Peace Laureate 1984

Lewis tells a very inspiring and motivating story of achieving sporting excellence at it’s most extreme. I was blown away by it and at the same time saw real value in how we can all approach our challenges and reach our goals.

Gary Kirsten  Former Head Coach | South African Cricket Team

I cannot thank you enough for your speech at our Leadership Conference. It was absolutely remarkable and your message was a moving and emotional experience. The incredible scale of endeavour, the meticulous preparation, and the emotional magnitude, came through so crisply. Not only are your achievements so incredible and inspiring, but your ability to put them across in such a special way will no doubt have a lasting impact on our leadership team.

Adrian Gore  CEO | Discovery Holdings

Some of the organisations Lewis has worked with:

  • Airbus
  • Airtel
  • Anglo American
  • Apax Partners
  • Avon
  • Barclays
  • BASF
  • British Army
  • BMW
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Coca Cola
  • Deloitte
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • deVere Group
  • Discovery Channel
  • Ernst & Young
  • Estée Lauder
  • Ford
  • Gartner
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Harvard University
  • Hoffmann-La Roche
  • HP
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • International Olympic Committee
  • Investec
  • Johnnie Walker
  • Jones Lang Lasalle
  • J.P. Morgan
  • KPMG
  • Kraft Foods
  • LG
  • Liberty
  • Lloyd's Insurance
  • Mercedes
  • MetLife
  • Microsoft
  • Mondi
  • Morgan Stanley
  • MTN
  • Naspers
  • Nestle
  • Nike
  • Old Mutual
  • Pfizer
  • PWC
  • Prudential
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Relais & Chateaux
  • Remax
  • Roche
  • Royal Mail
  • Royal Geographic Society
  • SABMiller
  • Santander
  • Samsung
  • SAP
  • Siemens
  • Standard Chartered
  • Swiss Re
  • Talisker
  • TBWA
  • Tesco
  • Toyota
  • UNEP
  • Unilever
  • University of Cambridge
  • Virgin
  • Vodafone
  • Volvo
  • Walmart
  • World Economic Forum
  • Yellow Pages
  • Zurich

Pro bono speeches

Request a pro bono speech

Lewis loves giving speeches to high schools, universities, charities, sports bodies, military academies, 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 in alignment with his work on leadership and protecting our oceans. We do hope you understand.