Barney Swan is the International Director for CLIMATEFORCE and a globally recognized thought leader in the areas of leadership, innovation and sustainability.
Barney is the first person to walk to the South Pole powered solely by clean energy technologies. After skiing 600 nautical miles, using cutting edge technology from NASA, Goal Zero and Shell, Barney’s mission to conduct a polar expedition entirely on renewable energy was an extraordinary success. Upon returning, Barney was invited to share his story at The World Economic Forum in Davos. The South Pole Energy Challenge marked the launch of the ClimateForce Challenge, a solution driven mission to clean-up 360 million tons of CO2 before the year 2025.
Son of Robert Swan OBE, the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles, Barney’s commitment to lead the next generation towards a sustainable future runs deep in his blood. Barney works in partnership with his father, Robert Swan to continue the 2041 Foundation Legacy through the ClimateForce challenge while inspiring the next generation through impactful storytelling focused on personal leadership.
Barney Swan was born in London, United Kingdom and grew up in tropical Far North Queensland, Australia. Being raised off the grid in Australia, cemented at an early age Barney’s acute understanding for the value of energy. Barney is currently sponsored by Patagonia, Shell, Toyota, Samsung, Edelman, Judith Neil Foundation and the W Foundation.
Barney has inspired audiences that include Forbes Under 30 Summit , Environmental Media Association’s impact summit , CohnReznick, Young Investors Organization, the AREI ‘AREDAY’ Summit, Climate Leadership and Resilient Communities, and Powershift, Merrill Lynch, Calvert, BNP, AlixPartners.
He has been featured on Vice News, CBS, The Times, The Huffington Post, Forbes, SkyLive, The Daily Mail, NDTV, Chronicle Live, BBC Live, Digital Journal, Euro News, and the Global Goals Cast podcast on itunes.
Empowering audiences with solutions, dialogue, and call-to-action through topics that include:
• Social capital & sustainable development
• International community building
• Story-telling & leadership for the next generation
• Outdoor stewardship – motivations and responsibilities