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National Geographic Magazine

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 MagazineNational Geographic Magazine


Your account of how you have overcome the loss of sight and continued to live your life and “make it happen” was humbling. But more than that, it was truly inspiring and invigorating as you challenged each one of us to reflect on and recognise how we choose to live our lives. You illustrated by personal example how we make decisions and that, by deciding what we want to change and what we want to see persist; we can find a powerful way through obstacles that originally might have seemed insurmountable. You also recounted your experiences with great style, honesty and humour. I can tell you that everyone who heard you has since spoken of you and been energised.


Nortel Networks Inc.

Mark’s quiet calm and confidence on stage really enraptured our guests.  He tells an inspiring personal story that resonates superbly with a business audience yet is never contrived or over-messaged.  It was a total pleasure to work with Mark.

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Mark spoke to the whole Mars Ireland Business. Mark’s personal humility, remarkable achievements and genuine honesty really touched and inspired many of the team, myself included. Whilst Mark may not be the most famous motivational speaker I would recommend him ahead of the usual celebrity list.



Mark presented at our National Sales Meeting in London. The audience are a tough and sometimes cynical group of sales people when it comes to outside speakers. The key messages of ‘deal in facts’, ‘get a great team around you’ and ‘have the right attitude’ really hit home in this difficult economic environment. The best thing about listening to Mark speak is that he is the embodiment of everything he speaks about. There is no better role model that I have seen in my 25 year career. I’m honoured to have met Mark and heard his story.


HSBC North America Holdings Inc.

Mark presented at our North American Leadership Conference in Chicago. It was attended by 200 of HSBC’s senior managers across Canada and the USA. Given the complexity of today’s financial services industry, Mark’s insight into the motivational challenges facing our management teams was accurate and his suggestions and ideas were equally relevant.

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Red Bull UK

Mark spoke at our sales conference. The impact was instant and the messages continue to affect our people. His delivery was awe-inspiring and truly humbling, which forced us all to take a step back and consider how we face challenges and make decisions. Empowering our teams to take action and avoid excuses is key to our success as a business and Mark’s story demonstrates how to do that.

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Abn-Amro Bank

When facing uncertain times, Mark displays an attitude and perspective that reminds us that we really are in charge of our own destiny. And, in hearing how he has overcome his own difficulties, he demonstrates the power that resides within all of us to ‘make things happen’.

Abn-Amro Bank


World Economic Forum

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
World Economic Forum

Consumer Channels Group (CCG) – Microsoft Corp

“Wow – on behalf of the entire Microsoft CDS team, my sincerest thank you for joining us at our START event in Seattle on our special Culture Day. Your story is inspirational and motivational, and you brought everyone in the room to their feet. The response our global team had to your message was incredible, and we can all only hope to be as positive, persistent and proactive as you are with every challenge we may face.”

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
Consumer Channels Group (CCG) – Microsoft Corp