Insights: video

Scroll down to review some of Mark’s mini-documentaries focused on his quest to cure paralysis in our lifetime through to some of his adventure races to the South Pole, in the Gobi Desert and on his new tandem handbike and interviews



Catalysing Collaborations Across The Globe

The therapies that have the ability to make a difference are locked inside university labs or under funded start-ups. Mark presented that problem to his colleagues in the WEF’s Young Global Leaders during an education module in Oxford along with my fiancée Simone George. The result was the formation of an initiative called the Druid Collective and a $5 million investment fund to develop spinal stimulation technology that will change people’s lives in the next 5 years.



Collaborating With Ekso Bionics

Mark and his team are working in partnership with Ekso Bionics to raise awareness of how exoskeletons, like the EksoGT™, and other advanced technologies, impact people’s lives with the aim of evolving the field of rehabilitation to accelerate the cure for paralysis.


Research Partnership With Microsoft & 2 Universities

Mark began working with Microsoft on a series of data and cloud computing projects alongside students at Imperial College London and University College London.




Facilitating a Venture Philanthropy Investment

Through Mark’s connections in the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, we supported NeuroRecovery Technologies to move one step closer to commercialising their trans-cutaneous spinal stimulators. As a founding member of WEF’s Druid Collective initiative, Mark and Simone catalysed the formation of a $4 million venture philanthropy fund with Presidio Partners in San Francisco and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation in New York. 


Mark’s Story Captured in Award Winning Documentary Feature Film

Mark’s rollercoaster story of blindness, spinal cord injury and work to cure paralysis with his fiancee, Simone George, is chronicled over the course of six years in Unbreakable – The Mark Pollock Story. Director, Ross Whitaker, said: “The film is really a testament to the power of human relationships and the human spirit to challenge seemingly unsurmountable obstacles.”


Stimulating Voluntary Movement at UCLA

Professor Yury Gerasimenko of the Pavlov Institute electrically stimulated Mark’s spinal cord during some baseline testing at UCLA. And, for the first time since his accident 3 years earlier, Mark voluntarily pulled his knee to his chest.


Stress testing the early designs of Ekso Bionics robotic legs

After walking for the first time in 2012, Mark went on to become the world’s leading test pilot of Ekso Bionics robotic legs. And, during the early years of walking, Mark worked with the Ekso Bionics team to stress test components for the next generation Ekso GT.



Promoting Neuro-Plasticity

Mark explored the potential of promoting neuro-plasticity in his nervous system by following a daily aggressive physical therapy programme in the US. And, with the support of his former South Pole teammate, Simon O’Donnell, they continued the training back in Ireland. 


The first blind person in the world to race to The South Pole

Mark follows in the footsteps of Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen during a 43 day expedition race with temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees. After man hauling sledges over 1,000 kilometres with his teammates, Simon O’Donnell and Inge Solheim, Mark became the first blind man to race to the South Pole.

Award winning documentary maker, Ross Whitaker, created a mini-series of videos tracking Mark’s preparation, training and race to the South Pole. This formed the basis for the documentary Blind Man Walking released in 2010.


Mark runs 6 marathons in 7 days in the Gobi Desert

After losing his sight in 1998, Mark competed in the inaugural Gobi March – The Race Of No Return – with his teammate Nick Wolfe. One year after winning silver and bronze medals at the Commonwealth Rowing Championships, Mark swapped the rivers and lakes for the desert to run 6 marathons in 7 days.

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Mark presented at our Global Sales Partners Conference in Twitter and was exceptional.  His ability to link his personal story to people’s everyday life and work challenges was excellent. The session was not just about listening to an incredible story, it was a chance for everyone to really think about themselves.  There is something in this talk for everyone.

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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.

North America Holdings Inc.


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