Based on years of experience, Mark provides insights into leading through a crisis; developing intrinsic motivation; and innovating at the intersection where humans and technology collide.

Mark says: “Up to this point in history, it has proven to be impossible to find a cure for paralysis. But history is filled with accounts of the impossible made possible through human endeavour. The kind of human endeavour that took explorers to the South Pole at the start of the last century. And, the kind of human endeavour that will take adventurers to Mars in the early part of this century.

Inspired by those stories of exploration we started asking ourselves, “Why can’t that same human endeavor cure paralysis in our lifetime?” Now, we believe it can, as we explore the intersection where humans and technology collide.

Take a look at some of Mark’s milestones exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide through the Mark Pollock Trust.

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I first met Mark while competing against him in the North Pole Marathon and was struck by his incredible spirit. To take on endurance challenges in places like The Poles, Himalaya and Gobi Desert requires great courage and mental strength. The fact that Mark completes these adventures after losing the use of his eyes and now his legs makes him truly remarkable.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes


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

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