Speaker Mark Pollock

Mark Pollock

Explorer, Innovator, & Collaboration Catalyst

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  • Motivation- Resilience and Attitude Under Pressure
  • Leadership- Performance and Leading Through a Crisis
  • Teamwork- Collaboration Across Disciplines and Geographies
  • Innovation-At the Intersection Where Humans and Technology Collide

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 (www.markpollocktrust.org) he is on a mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.


Testimonials 7

  • I was honored to meet with Mark Pollock in Ireland this year, where we engaged with teachers and students at St. Patrick’s College to discuss the ways technology is changing how students learn. Mark is an extreme adventurer and athlete who has raced to the South Pole — and even more incredibly, he was the first blind man to ever do so. Mark is a brilliant example of the fact that we can always achieve more than what we think is possible.

    Satya Nadella

    CEO, Microsoft

  • Mark provided a powerful perspective to the assembled media at Davos. Mark doesn’t just talk about the transformative intersection of technology and humankind – he lives it. As he explores a cure for paralysis, he helped people understand the human dimension of the fourth industrial revolution at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting

    Head of Public Engagement & Foundations, World Economic Forum

  • Mark was a speaker at National Geographic’s Extreme Explorers dinner in Davos in January 2016. His personal story and insights were incredibly powerful, and clearly had a profound impact on everyone in the room. He embodies the spirit, resilience and determination that are the hallmarks of what it means to be an explorer.”

    Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine

  • Mark brought a hugely authentic and moving story to our conference. He challenged us all to think about the mind-sets we bring to work and life, and to change those for the better.

    Global HR Manager Crude & SEE, Shell UK

  • In the weeks following Mark’s talk I have seen managers’ at LinkedIn reference Mark’s approach to solving
    complex problems. His talk was inspirational and can be applied in our daily business lives.

    Director, Northern Europe & Growth Markets, LinkedIn

  • Mark has presented to our EY tax department and to the finalists of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year
    programme. By using his experiences as a backdrop, he presented the decisions that we all face in times of
    uncertainty and change. And, as the story unfolded, both audiences were prompted to examine their decision
    making when challenges appear. The relevance to entrepreneurs and corporate employees alike was

    Head of Tax and EY Entrepreneur of the Year Programme, EY Ireland

  • Mark joined us at our National Conference to share his insights into individual decision making in tough circumstances, and the importance of collaborative working. Using his own field of endeavour to bring the session to life, he prompted us to focus on the decisions we make when we face challenges, rather than the challenges themselves. It is this kind of thinking that led us to invite Mark to speak at our conference, where he delivered a very powerful speech that left a lasting impression.

    Pfizer, UK Managing Director

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