Rob Lilwall

“The only constant in life is change”, so said the philosopher Heraclitus. Today, issues of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity resound across the headlines and through our lives on a daily basis. In every industry, in every role, pressures are mounting, challenges are multiplying, and the stakes are rising. At such times, the default is to focus on surviving till the latest crisis passes. But can we rise above the situation, and even thrive amid the difficulties? It is no longer enough to simply have the right knowledge, competencies and technology; the key to thriving is found in cultivating the right perspective and habits of mind about change.

Rob Lilwall is an ordinary person who, through taking an adventurous attitude to life, has achieved the extraordinary. In the last two decades, he has embarked on expeditions by bicycle, on foot, and by boat, covering over 80,000 km of the world’s land surface. These have included an unsupported walk across the Gobi Desert in winter; pedalling over the war-torn passes of Afghanistan; and being the first person ever to drag a bicycle across the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. National Geographic have made two television series about his exploits and he is the author of two books, Cycling Home From Siberia and Walking Home From Mongolia.

In his energetic and interactive keynote, Rob transports his audiences into the world of adventure, while expertly drawing powerful parallels with ever-changing challenges of ordinary life, and providing practical, effective strategies to overcome them. To date, he has given his keynote to over 40,000 people around the world, with recent clients including HSBC, InterContinental, Hewlett Packard, ABB, MDRT, Nike and UBS. He is based in Hong Kong, and available to speak worldwide.