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
It is tough to build resilience and collaborate with others. 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.
“The reason to bring in a speaker is to move the audience emotionally. It can never be about the speaker. Rather, it must be about engaging the audience to help them achieve more than they thought possible – that is what I aim to do every time.” – Mark Pollock
As a speaker Mark is best known for his 2018 TED Talk focused on resolving the tension between acceptance and hope, delivered jointly with his fiancée, Simone George. It gathered over 1.5 million views in It’s first six months on TED.com, and has been translated into 12 languages.
Acknowledged as an expert in resilience and overcoming adversity, high performance, and collaboration, Mark has developed a three-part Masterclass series expanding on his experience as a keynote speaker working with hundreds of organisations worldwide.
Co-hosted with his colleague Paula Cunniffe, CEO of Strive Management and Executive Director of Collaborative Cures, Mark has been supporting organisations in Europe, Asia, America, Australia and the Middle East through their ‘Challenge is the Opportunity’ masterclass series.
Author of Making It Happen, Mark is the subject of the acclaimed documentaries Blind Man Walking and Unbreakable – The Mark Pollock Story.
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.
Mark has used his hard-earned expertise to help people in over 1,000 organisations worldwide including at Davos, the Web Summit, the World Economic Forum, EG, Wired and TED.
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”