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Rob Lilwall

Hong Kong
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Hong Kong-based National Geographic Adventurer

Sought-after motivational speaker, travel writer and author

Ambassador for Viva, a children's charity

“Rob cleverly takes lessons from his adventures and applies them to business, whether it be management or sales. There are not enough original speakers with positive takeaways for their audiences, Rob Lilwall is surely one.” -Tony Gordon, Former President, Million Dollar Round Table

Self-Leadership in a Changing World with Nat Geo Adventurer.

“The only constant in life is change” so said the philosopher Heraclitus. Today, issues of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity resound across the headlines and through our lives on a daily basis. In every industry, in every role, pressures are mounting, challenges are multiplying, and the stakes are rising. At such times, the default is to focus on surviving till the latest crisis passes. But can we rise above the situation, and even thrive amid the difficulties? It is no longer enough to simply have the right knowledge, competencies and technology; the key is found in cultivating self-leadership with the right perspectives and habits of mind about change.

Rob Lilwall is an ordinary person who, through taking an adventurous attitude to life, has achieved the extraordinary. In the last two decades, he has embarked on expeditions by bicycle and on foot, covering over 80,000 km of the world’s land surface. These have included an unsupported walk across the Gobi Desert in winter; pedalling over the war-torn passes of Afghanistan; and being the first person ever to drag a bicycle across the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. Through learning from the local people he has met at ground level in over 50 countries, Rob has gained a unique perspective into humanity in all its diversity. National Geographic have made two television series about his exploits and he is the author of two books, Cycling Home From Siberia and Walking Home From Mongolia.

In his energetic and interactive presentations, Rob transports his audiences into the world of adventure, while expertly drawing powerful parallels with the ever-changing challenges of daily life, and providing practical, effective strategies to overcome them. To date, he has given his presentations to over 50,000 people around the world, with recent clients including Citi, HSBC, InterContinental, Hewlett Packard, Thomson Reuters, MDRT, Nike and UBS. He is based in Hong Kong, and available to speak worldwide.

Our Comment

"Drawing lessons from life on the road, of camping at minus forty in Siberia, carrying his bicycle through thick jungles in Papua New Guinea, and crossing the lonely valleys of Afghanistan on the world's slowest escape vehicle, Rob's "Attitudes of Adventure" offer powerful takeaways for individual staff and teams. "

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