Felicity Aston MBE
Polar Explorer, Author and Scientist
Felicity Aston is the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone, for which she holds a Guinness World Record. The 1,744km 59-day journey, completed in January 2012, also made her the first person in the world to traverse the continent purely by muscle power without the aid of kites or machines. In 2015 she was awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal for services in Antarctica – making her one of only ten women ever to be given the honour – and was appointed MBE for services to polar exploration.
In 2009 Felicity led the 38-day, 911km Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, the largest and most international women’s team ever to ski to the South Pole. Felicity was responsible for selecting and training this diverse, multicultural team of novice adventurers for one of the most arduous journeys on Earth.
Felicity loves sharing her story with audiences, inspiring them to challenge their assumptions and think bigger.