David Lega
Speaker at Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2024

David Lega is a Swedish politician and Member of the European Parliament since 2019. He serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the subcommittee on Human Rights.

David began his Paralympian swimming career when he was 12 years old. During the course of his career, he proceeded to win several World Championship gold medals and received the ’Triumph of the Human Spirit’ award in the Atlanta Paralympic Games 1996.

After retiring from swimming, he started a successful career as a public speaker and an entrepreneur. He was awarded with ”The Outstanding Young Person of the World” in 2004. Previous honorees include Orson Welles, John F. Kennedy and Elvis Presley.

According to David, he had “the fortune of being born at the exact right time and place” to live a good life. This feeling sparked his commitment to give back to society, and has become something of a red thread in his political career.

Upon being elected a Member of the European Parliament, David pledged to be the voice of the people who have the most difficulties in being heard. He therefore use his platform in the European Parliament for this purpose, and has participated in numerous events for improving children’s rights. Being co-chair of the Intergroup for Children’s Rights he intends to ensure that the child perspective is integrated into the legislative work and that all children’s voices are being heard.

Talks at Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2024