Patrick Degerman

Explorer & Climate Activist

Patrick "Pata" Degerman has explored remote regions and was the first to climb and name six mountains in Greenland and Antarctica, where he has also participated in climate research. Between expeditions, he has become one of Finland's most sought-after ­speakers, tackling issues from sustainability to decision-making.

"If you don't do anything, nothing will happen!"

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  • Climate Change
  • The Impossible to Mount SISU
  • Antarctica -93.0 °C
  • New Patterns of Action and Thinking
  • Teamwork


He presents in English and Finnish.

How he presents

Through stories, pictures and videos from different expeditions, Pata will illustrate a variety of opportunities for new models of thought and action.


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In Detail

Pata's expeditions involve a dizzying complexity of logistics, financing, security, and weather concerns. Convincing others to join or support "impossible" ventures is one of his biggest obstacles. A mountain-climber from the age of 17, Pata says his risk level has changed with age and experience. Mistakes, he says, usually come from being overconfident, adding that slipping into overconfidence and routine is good to a certain point. There are many parallels between how companies perform and how things are done on expeditions. To reach your goals, you need to be creative, trust in your team and even sometimes step outside your comfort zone. Pata provides ideas and concrete tools for getting complete trust inside the team, setting the goals and how to achieve them.


Finland's best-known explorer opens up about conquering fears and overcoming naysayers, whether in Antarctica or a corporate boardroom. Pata talks about the importance of reaching for your dreams, the significance of teamwork when balancing on the chasm of a glacier and what is important in life.


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