Mark Agnew Keynote Speaker

  • Sports & Adventure Editor at the South China Morning Post
  • Inspirational speaker on bouncing back from failure
  • Part of the team seeking to become the first to row the Northwest Passage

Mark Agnew's Biography

Mark Agnew is the Outdoor & Extreme sports editor for the South China Morning Post. Mark is an experienced adventurer whose expeditions include London to Mongolia, rowing through the Indonesian archipelago, and running ultra-marathons in uninhabited corners of Asia. In 2021, Mark will be part of a team attempting to become the first people to row the Northwest Passage; the Arctic route that links the Atlantic and the Pacific.

Ocean rowing has defined Mark’s life. Two attempts to row across the Atlantic have come up short as technical issues have forced him to abandon ship. When Mark first failed to row across the Atlantic, he thought his dream had come to an end. The story was splashed across the British tabloids and his bank account was empty. But the saga opened up further opportunities in adventure sports and landed him his dream job at the South China Morning Post.

Mark was distraught after his second Atlantic crossing was dashed by powers beyond his control. However, he gained an understanding of positive action, attitude and the nature of luck, which he has organised into his ‘mental pyramid’ as a pathway to success. Mark is sharing the stories of his time at sea and bouncing back from those failures.

Now, Mark is looking forward to his greatest challenge yet as he seeks to conquer the Northwest Passage. Melting of the Arctic pack ice has sparked worldwide interest in the route as possible shipping lane and raising territorial claims. For concerned activists, the changing waterway shows the pressing nature of climate change.

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Videos of Mark Agnew

Exploring Motivations and Resilience | Mark Agnew | TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh
Exploring Motivations and Resilience | Mark Agnew | TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh

Comments & Testimonials

Mark’s mix of honesty, humour, success, and failure made him an instant selection as a professional speaker, fit for the specific purpose we had in mind. Mark enables true adventure to be relatable to the day to day working life of corporate employees by his engaging storytelling and transparent approach to articulate his trials and tribulations. I’d highly recommend Mark for your event or professional speaking needs, easy to work with, great content and a fast turnaround time. Exactly what we were looking for!
Craig Clarke Senior Manager, UKIMESA Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

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