Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark became an adventure athlete competing in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole.
In 2010, a fall from a second story window nearly killed him. Mark broke his back and the damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed.
Now he is on a new expedition, this time to cure paralysis in our lifetime by exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide
Mark is acknowledged as an expert in resilience and overcoming adversity, high performance, and collaboration
Mark’s keynote speeches have inspired millions of people to achieve more than they thought possible, in over 1,000 organisations worldwide.
Author of Making It Happen, Mark is the subject of the acclaimed documentaries Blind Man Walking and Unbreakable. He is a regular contributor to international broadcast and print media.
Director, Northern Europe & Growth Markets, LinkedIn
"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, EMEA Emerging Markets, Google
“Mark spoke at our Google Emerging Markets event. His message of resilience and leadership really resonated with our dynamic, international team. His ability to balance both the darker and lighter sides of his life experiences prompted us to think about how we approach our challenges.”
Carole Valette, Area Vice President Northern Europe, Citrix
“At our recent kick-off for Citrix Northern Europe, Mark shared his incredible story of how to adapt and remain resilient in the face of ongoing uncertainty and change. As well as Mark’s keynote outlining his approach to tackling challenges, he shared a mental model for how we can all turn challenges into opportunities during an interview led by his colleague and co-host, Paula Cunniffe. The impact was fantastic and opened the door for all of us to reflect on how we are tackling our own challenges both personal and at work”