Ocean Rower and Coach
Duncan Greenberg Yale World Fellow
Roz Savage, since 2005, has become the world’s foremost female ocean rower, having rowed – solo– across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. An Oxford-trained lawyer, she spent the first 11 years as management consultant (Accenture, UBS) before becoming a world-class adventurer. On the ocean, where she would spend up to five months alone at sea on a 23-foot rowboat at the mercy of winds, waves, and currents, Roz had to redefine her comfort zone on a daily basis and discovered the importance of keeping a cool head in life-endangering situations. Her blog posts garnered an enthusiastic worldwide audience. Her personal transformation from office professional to ocean rower is documented in her book, Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean, and in the short documentary, “Rowing the Atlantic.” Roz was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2010, and has also been recognized as a Climate Hero by the United Nations Environmental Program. In 2013, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honors. As a trained coach, she now uses the life lessons learned at sea and on land to help professional women achieve greater success.