Emily Penn Ocean Advocate and Skipper | Speaker | MFL Global
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Emily Penn

Ocean advocate and Skipper

Ocean advocate and Skipper Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in our ocean. She has organised the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for micro plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace, and worked on a sailing cargo ship trading western supplies for coconuts.

Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition; a series of all female voyages whose mission is to collect data and expose the ‘invisible’ micro plastic and toxic pollution in our seas; and working on the business and educational side with Parley for the Oceans and other corporate clients.

Prior to this, Emily co-founded Pangaea Explorations, to enable scientists, filmmakers and interested people to gain access to the most remote parts of our planet, via a 72ft sailing expedition vessel.  On one trip, whilst collecting globally-pressing data they discovered previously unknown oceanic gyres – huge accumulations of plastic pollution brought together by currents.

At the heart of Emily’s work is a mission to inspire and facilitate a community of change makers. She runs workshops and programs that encourage us to rethink everything we do from the social and environmental challenges we face, to happiness, efficiency, values, mass-consumption and more. Emily has followed her passion in life, not a pre-set career path, and as such she is an inspiration to all who desire the same for their lives.

An experienced public speaker, Emily has spoken around the world at TEDx conferences, universities and global companies, sharing both her adventures and an understanding of the issues relating to our oceans, human mindset and future society.

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How your superpower can help solve the plastic issue

A Shift In Thinking Will Change The World

War on Plastics

As an organisation we are extremely fortunate to work with some of the leading figures in both the environmental and adventure sectors Unquestionably, Emily is one of the best public speakers we have had the pleasure to work with. She is clearly a leading international expert in her field and always provides insightful and thought provoking talks. However, it is her ability to captivate an audience and inspire individuals to take positive action to help protect our planet that makes her truly stand out from the crowd. Emily is equally adept at speaking in front of large audiences or at more tailored events, whether corporate or after dinner talks. Her drive and passion are really quite remarkable and we would thoroughly recommend Emily for any speaking engagement.

IBEX Earth

After hearing Emily speak at a recent Ibex Earth event, we approached her to reprise her talk for ForumFest, a celebration of 20 years of Forum for the Future. Her engaging and vivacious presentation really encapsulated the spirit of the evening, and specifically our Inspiration Space theme. Emily takes her audience on a personal journey that perfectly balances detail and practical insight with the colour of her own experiences. Seamlessly integrating voiceover and images, Emily’s slides are pertinent and powerful. Conveying urgency and showcasing tangible opportunities to engage with the projects that she is visibly passionate about, Emily’s speaking style appeals to and captivates a variety of audiences, leaving them not only inspired, but with specific projects to direct their energy to affecting real change.

Forum for the Future

As part of our #RaisingTheBAR campaign to raise awareness internally and through our partners, Emily came to do a talk for the Land Rover BAR team on ocean plastics and the environmental challenges she has researched. As a fellow sailor and passionate ocean advocate, she managed to engage our team wholly, inspiring us to make a change, and further instilling in us the responsibility we have as sailors and marine industry professionals to address the issues that effect our playground and workplace

Landrover Bar

Emily gave two insightful and excellent talks to our Sixth Form Geographers. She combined a deep insight of the issue of ocean conservation with elements of Chemistry, Biology, Oceanography, Geography and Anthropology, all delivered in an easy-going informative style. Her personal journey I can only describe as fascinating and inspiring - she made a real impact on our pupils. The workshop on solving the problems of ocean plastics was very effective in a clearly developed, yet simple way. Each step brought in new issues for the pupils to consider. It added to their understanding of the topic of ocean issues.
I would say that Emily is one of the most inspirational role models that young people could meet and listen to - a real insight into seizing opportunities. Most of our pupils said. 'Sir, she was amazing!

Bradfield College

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  • UK:

    £7k to £15k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £15k to £30k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £15k to £30k

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  • United Kingdom



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