Meet Hannah

Hannah McKeand: Motivational Speaker, After Dinner, Awards

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British adventurer and endurance athlete Hannah McKeand is the fastest woman to trek to the South Pole, solo and unaided from the Antactic coast.

Hannah has now trekked to the South Pole from the Antarctic coast six times - more than anyone else in the world.  A highly respected Polar Guide, Hannah continues to lead others to realise their polar ambitions in Antarctica.  She also works in remote logistics and risk analysis, putting in camps and runways at remote locations such as sea-ice based emperor penguin colonies.


Hannah McKeand broke the world-record for both men and women trekking solo, unsupported to the South Pole in 2006 and she remains the fastest woman to complete this arduous journey of 690 miles.  During this expedition, Hannah pulled a sledge that weighed 80kg (176lbs) at the start of her expedition from the coast of Antarctica. Despite a high fat diet including fudge and chocolate, Hannah lost 42lbs during her solo trek.  Completing her polar expedition in just 39 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes, Hannah broke the world record for the fastest solo, unsupported journey.

Hannah's leadership, energy, vitality, dedication and resourcefulness are clearly evident in her South Pole success. Focus, determination, positive visualization, excellent risk assessment and a will to face adversity are vital to survive in the polar environment.  

‘On Antarctica, the environment can be really ferocious but the main challenge is its vastness, its monotony and its relentlessly aggressive weather.  Travelling through it is almost like a meditation exercise, trying to stay permanently in tune with it, calm and in control. It is as much a mental challenge as an extreme physical one.’ 

Hannah McKeand in New York Times

Hannah's inspirational story delivers powerful messages about extending your own limits, developing potential and effective teamwork for businesses across all sectors.  She is passionate about raising environmental awareness too where appropriate.

Hannah offers an entertaining and inspiring keynote talk with stunning images from the Polar environment and footage from her expeditions.  She is also in demand for after dinner speaking engagements. Her style is natural and engaging with self-effacing humour and her story is highly motivational as she seeks to encourage others to achieve their goals.

Topics include:

  • Self-belief
  • Achieve your potential
  • Risk
  • Achieve your goals
  • Co-operation in adversity
  • Determination

 Hannah tailors each talk following a telephone briefing call and uses images from her polar expeditions to illustrate her talks. 


How to book Hannah?

Hannah is based in the United States but she does visit the UK and mainland Europe regularly.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check Hannah's availability and to discuss how Hannah can best tailor her talks to suit your client event.