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Mark Pollock keynote speaker - Photographed by Peter Macdiarmid for the Mark Pollock Trust

Mark Pollock

Dublin, Ireland

Endurance explorer, innovator and collaboration catalyst

Extraordinary insight into crisis leadership and performance

Pioneering a cure for spinal cord injuries using robotic technology

“Awe-inspiring” – Red Bull UK’s Managing Director

Mark helps people achieve more than they thought possible. It is tough to deliver world class performance. Your people won’t do it by chance. With a high-impact catalyst you can help them act with the courage to make it happen. Mark Pollock is that catalyst.

Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games.

In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery combining an innovative electrical stimulator over his spinal cord and a drug super-charging his nervous system whilst walking hundreds of thousands of steps as the world’s leading test pilot of Ekso Bionics robotic legs.

Through the Mark Pollock Trust he is on a mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.

Described in the Daily Telegraph as “a story of courage, determination and hope” Mark has used his hard-earned expertise to help people achieve more than they thought possible in over 250 organisations worldwide as well as Davos, Wired and TEDx.

Selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, Mark is on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) and is a Wings for Life Ambassador (UK). He is the subject of two acclaimed documentaries – Unbreakable, and Blind Man Walking – and is co-Founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark.

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Our Comment

"Mark is a high-impact speaker, much in demand at conferences and after dinner. Mark’s story moves people from making excuses to making it happen. Mark’s incredible story and personal example leaves a valuable legacy long after the conference. Google credited him with “…starting a conversation about challenging conventional wisdom that is ongoing”."

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