Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders

Polar Explorer

Ben Saunders is a record-breaking polar explorer, a TED ‘master storyteller’ and an advocate for future pioneers.

Across two decades “and more than a year on the ice“ he has covered more than 4,500 miles (7,242km) on foot in the polar regions. 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 108-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 a global brand ambassador for Land Rover and Canada Goose, an ambassador for Scouts and The Prince’s Trust, a patron, fellow and development board member of British Exploring, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an acclaimed keynote speaker, described by TED (where he has spoken three times, with his talks receiving more than five million views) as ‘a master storyteller’.

In print, Ben is the author of Shackleton (A Ladybird Expert Book), a contributor to What Doesn’t Kill You: Fifteen Stories of Survival, and he has featured in ReWork by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, The Rise by Sarah Lewis, Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up by Jerry Colonna, and TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson.