LSE Aquaman [PODCAST] – Diego Lopez


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Meet Diego Lopez, an LSE alumni attempting to break a Guinness world record by completing a major, significant swim in each of the seven continents (“Continents Seven”)

Diego Lopez is a finance executive, globetrotter and marathon swimmer, born in the Canary Islands in Spain and currently based in New York City. He earned his MSc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in 2006, and has since then been a committed alumnus in a number of geographies globally.  During Diego Lopez’s amateur career as marathon swimmer, he has amassed a number of wins. During 2018, he is attempting to break a Guinness world record by completing a major, significant swim in each of the seven continents (“Continents Seven”) including New Zealand, South Africa, Bolivia, USA, England-France, Hong Kong and Antarctica.

As part of his global journey, Diego swam from Dover in England to Calais in France on July 7th. With a historical success rate lower than 30%, only 1,832 people have completed the English Channel – i.e. less than half of the people that have climbed the Everest. Diego is among the few, if not the first LSE alumnus to complete the swim solo, and just months before Britain is officially set to leave the European Union.

In this podcast, Diego shares his experiences on:

  • How he got started – How he first got into (marathon) swimming and the motivation for his current world record attempt
  • Training whilst maintaining a 9 to 5 – His training regime leading up to this attempt and balancing it with his day job
  • Why it’s not all open waters and plain swimming – The setbacks and challenges he has faced on the journey till date and how he overcome these
  • Goal Setting – His preparations for swimming the English Channel (Dover to Calais)

Listen and learn more below…

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Mandeep Metharu

Mandeep Metharu

Chair at LSEAAL
Mandeep graduated with a law degree (LLB 2010) from the LSE and is presently the Chair of the LSE Alumni Association London (LSEAAL). Previously, Mandeep co-founded Medbiomarkers, a consultancy helping accelerate early stage medical research, playing a key role in forming and helping fund raise $16.6M for an international Autism Consortium. He now supports promising growth companies and venture funds focused in sectors ranging from life sciences, space and education.
Kenneth Damien

Kenneth Damien

Vice-Chair at LSEAAL
Ken graduated with a law degree (LLB 2010) from the LSE and is presently the Vice-Chair of the LSE Alumni Association London (LSEAAL). Ken is a practising solicitor with a core focus on the technology sector currently working with Axiom, a global leading alternative legal services provider. He previously worked as In-House Counsel at Aveva, a world-leading industrial software provider. Ken has a particular interest in issues of data protection, anti-piracy and cybersecurity as well as policy discussions surrounding the regulation of emerging technologies including AI and blockchain.

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