Barney Swan was born in London, United Kingdom, and then moved to tropical Far North Queensland, Australia at the age of 7. Being raised off grid in Australia helped him developed an acute understanding of how valuable energy is, with conveniences often not being an option.
On January 15, 2018, after skiing 600 nautical miles, Barney Swan along with two other explorers became the first person in history to journey to the South Pole powered entirely by renewable energy. His incredible feat marked the launch of the ClimateForce Challenge, a 7-year campaign which he has committed to remove 326 million tons of C02 out of the atmosphere.
Using this journey as a platform for engagement, he will be working with sponsors, and partners to empower audiences with solutions, dialogues, and measurable actions plans surrounding sustainable development.
With degrees in Business and Multimedia, Barney helps run the 2041 Foundation and co-directs 2041’s expeditions and ventures across the globe. Over the last 5 years, he has developed and applied his skills in alpine mountaineering, risk management, technical sailing, and outdoor leadership.