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Ben Saunders - Keynote Speaker

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Ben Saunders

Pioneering explorer

Speaker Themes

  • Leadership & motivation

  • Teamwork

  • Peak performance

  • Overcoming adversity

  • Risk

  • The impact of climate change

Travels From

Gloucestershire, UK



Ben Saunders is one of the world’s leading polar explorers, and a record-breaking long-distance skier who has covered more than 7,000km (4,350 miles) on foot in the Polar Regions since 2001.

His accomplishments include leading The Scott Expedition, the longest human-powered polar journey in history, and the first completion of the expedition that defeated Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, a 105-day round-trip from Ross Island on the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again. Ben is the third person in history to ski solo to the North and South poles, and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton.

He is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, a patron and fellow of British Exploring, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an acclaimed keynote speaker, described by TED (where he has spoken three times) as ‘A master storyteller’.

In print, Ben is the author of Shackleton and he has featured in ReWork by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, The Rise by Sarah Lewis, and TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson.

Having seen the impact of climate change on his travels, Ben is an outspoken advocate and campaigner for sustainable solutions.


As a motivational speaker, Ben has delivered keynote presentations in nearly 30 countries to many of the world’s largest and most successful corporations.

He speaks with honesty, humility and passion about motivation, goal setting, teamwork, success, failure, risk-taking, overcoming adversity, dealing with change, and achieving what we set out to achieve, no matter how steep the odds.


To the South Pole And Back (TED)

Why bother going outside? (TED)