Leah Chowdhry | Author & Entrepreneur

Leah Chowdhry is an author, entrepreneur, CEO and coach who made history in 2018 as the first British Asian woman to swim the English Channel, completing it in under 15 hours and raising £250,000 for charity. She is the founder of award-winning mobile childcare company ‘Pop Up, Party & Play’ and was named ‘Woman of the Year 2018’ by The London Asian Business Awards and ‘The Most Inspiring Young Person of 2019’ by the Asian Voice Charity Awards.




* Media Comment, Expert Opinion & Interviews

For media outlets seeking expert opinion on topics such as mindset, diversity, overcoming adversity, and entrepreneurship, Leah offers a wealth of experience and inspiring perspectives. Her story of resilience, dedication, and impact serves as a powerful example of what can be achieved with the right mindset and goals. She is available through The Double Agents on matters including: Creating an Unshakable Mindset and Goal Setting: Leah’s journey across the English Channel and her completion of the London Marathon demonstrate her ability to set and achieve ambitious goals. She can provide valuable insights into cultivating resilience and a strong mindset to achieve extraordinary feats. Making Your Diversity Your Superpower: As the first British Asian woman to swim the English Channel, Leah has a unique perspective on leveraging diversity to break barriers and achieve greatness. She can discuss how embracing one's unique background can lead to powerful and impactful achievements. Dealing with Setbacks - FAIL = First Attempt in Learning: Leah’s experiences in overcoming challenges such as jellyfish stings, ship tankers, and seasickness during her swim highlight her ability to turn setbacks into learning opportunities. She can share strategies on how to view failures as essential steps towards success. Overcoming Your Fears and Growing Your Confidence: Leah’s fearless approach to tackling one of the world’s most challenging swims is a testament to her ability to conquer fears and build confidence. She can offer advice on how to face fears head-on and grow self-assurance in personal and professional pursuits. Growing Your Own Happiness by Helping Others: Leah’s philanthropic efforts, which have raised significant funds for various charities, underscore her belief in the power of helping others to enhance personal happiness. She can speak to the benefits of charitable work and how it contributes to personal fulfilment and community wellbeing.

* Public Speaking Engagements

Leah is available for a variety of in-person and virtual speaking engagements. Enquiries and bookings can be made through our speaking agency, BubbleandSqueak.London


Leah Chowdhry is an extraordinary individual whose achievements span sports, business, and philanthropy. On July 4th, 2018, at the age of 26, Leah made history by becoming the first British Asian woman to swim the English Channel. She completed the swim in just under 15 hours, overcoming numerous challenges such as jellyfish stings, navigating through ship tankers, and battling seasickness. Her feat raised £250,000 for charity and later became a book – Making a Splash.

Leah’s journey is marked by a series of outstanding accomplishments. In addition to swimming the English Channel, she has also completed the London Marathon. Academically, Leah holds a BSc in Childhood Studies, which laid the foundation for her career in childcare and education.

Professionally, Leah has a diverse background, having worked for EY and managed a children’s nursery before venturing into entrepreneurship. She is the Founder and CEO of the award-winning childcare company, ‘Pop Up, Party & Play.’ This innovative company provides mobile childcare services, making childcare more accessible and convenient for parents. Their services are available at workspaces, members’ clubs, corporate events, and special occasions. The company’s motto, ‘Discovering a bright future in every child,’ reflects Leah’s dedication to nurturing and supporting children’s development.

Leah’s contributions extend beyond her business. She is committed to her community and charity work, which has earned her numerous accolades. She was named ‘Woman of the Year 2018’ by The London Asian Business Awards and ‘The Most Inspiring Young Person of 2019’ by the Asian Voice Charity Awards for her work with children. Leah’s exceptional community service and dedication were also recognized with the British Citizenship Medal. Furthermore, she was shortlisted for ‘Best Community Champion’ by the Best Business Awards and ‘Most Generous Philanthropy 2019’ by the 21st Icon Awards, acknowledging her efforts in raising £250,000 for various charities throughout her life.

Leah’s story is one of resilience, passion, and a relentless drive to make a positive impact. Her achievements in swimming, business, and philanthropy serve as an inspiration to many, highlighting the profound difference one individual can make in the world. As a coach, tax-trained professional, and channel swimmer, Leah continues to break barriers and pave the way for future generations.


Further Information:

Personal website – LeahChowdhry.com

Socials: @leahchowdhry (Instagram, YouTube and Facebook)

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