Pen Hadow

Arctic Explorer & Ocean Conservationist Who Has Trekked to the South Pole & Solo Trekked to the North Pole

  • Director of the Arctic Mission programme
  • Founder of The 90North Foundation
  • Named as Hero of the Environment 2009 by TIME Magazine
  • 2009 World Technology Award- Environment winner
  • Honorary Patron & Fellow of the British Exploring Society
  • Honorary Vice-President of the Scientific Exploration Society

Discover Pen Hadow’s biography of published work below.

Solo Pen Hadow
Solo: The North Pole: Alone and Unsupported

Pen Hadow is a leading polar explorer and ocean conservationist, who has spent the majority of his career trekking through some of the most challenging landscapes the Earth has to offer. Having trekked solo to the North Pole and alongside fellow adventurer Simon Murray to the South Pole, Pen has experienced the extraordinary and seen the impact first hand that humans have on the planet. Now booked as a sustainability speaker, Pen advises audiences on how they can reduce their impact on the environment.

A world-class explorer, Pen is famed for being the only person to complete a solo expedition from Canada to the North Pole and for leading vessels into the Arctic Ocean with no aid of icebreakers. He was also the founder and leader of the Catlin Arctic Survey and the only British person to go to the North Pole and the South Pole from continental coasts. A true inspiration to all, many of Pen’s explorations have been motivated by his passion to promote conservation, in particular the conservation of the Arctic Ocean’s ecosystem and various wildlife species around the world.

Pen is also the Director of the Arctic Mission programme and the founder of The 90North Foundation. This organisation was founded by Pen to aid in the mission of ocean and arctic conservation, catalysing and promoting policy-making processes of the Arctic Council and the United Nations. Throughout his career, Pen has claimed several awards such as the 2009 World Technology Award – Environment, being named as the Hero of the Environment by TIME Magazine in 2009 and the 2003 Best Global Adventure Award.

Having offered his expertise of the environment as an Honorary Patron and Fellow of the British Exploring Society and as the Honorary Vice-President of the Scientific Exploration Society, Pen is now often booked as a sustainability speaker to share how individuals can change their life to benefit the planet. Having seen the devastating effects of global warming across the breadth of the geographical poles, Pen is passionate to see that the essential ecosystem of the poles is conserved. Sharing a mixture of anecdotes of high-performance in challenging environments to the importance of protecting the Earth’s ecosystems and species, Pen Hadow is a fantastic sustainability speaker determined to make a change.

Official Testimonials

Pen Hadow is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Pen was amazing, just amazing, Richard was extremely impressed with his presentation and Pen himself. I thought he was utterly charming and a real gentleman, he was an outstanding speaker and we have received many compliments on his presentation. It was a real pleasure to meet him. Thank you both so much”

Tracey, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

“Pen was excellent, I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a really interesting and engaging speaker. His story is fascinating, and he tailored the underlying messages well to our audience. I think he was a great addition to our conference”

Claire, CORGI Technical Services Ltd

“We would like to thank you for opening the second day with your experience, which was truly inspirational. Your talk ‘The art of the possible in the face of adversity: insights from the North Pole’ contributed a lot to the programme and encouraged the delegates to think differently. The session was very well received and we were delighted with the feedback from the delegates throughout the event”

9th Regional Oncology Forum

“We had some audio issues on the day which Pen dealt with like a true pro and powered on ensuring that the room could still hear him (I was sat at the very back and I heard every word). The audience remained very much engaged throughout”

Mark, production Co-Ordinator, Meet and Potato

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