Ultra endurance competitor, motivational speaker and author. He helps people achieve more than they thought possible. Unbroken by blindness, Mark was the first blind endurance explorer to race to the South Pole.
Mark Pollock is an author, explorer and endurance racer. He motivates people to realise their full potential and achieve more than they ever thought possible. Unbroken by blindness, Mark has competed in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains and polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. In 2010 Mark was left paralised after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal injury recovery combining an innovative electrical stimulator over his spinal cord and a drug super-charging his nervous system. Through the Mark Pollock Trust he is on a mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.
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Mark Pollock: Explorer, Innovator & Collaboration Catalyst
Mark helps people achieve more than they thought possible. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business (www.markpollock.com).
In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery combining an innovative electrical stimulator over his spinal cord and a drug super-charging his nervous system, whilst walking hundreds of thousands of steps as the world's leading test pilot of Ekso Bionics robotic legs. Through the Mark Pollock Trust (www.markpollocktrust.org) he is on a mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.
Selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and appointed to the Global Futures Council on Human Enhancement, Mark is on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) and is a Wings for Life Ambassador (UK). He is the subject of the acclaimed documentary called Unbreakable, has spoken at Davos, Wired and TEDx Hollywood and is co-Founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark (www.runinthedark.org).
He has been awarded honorary doctorates by The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also from Queens University Belfast. And, he holds a diploma in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century from Harvard University, degrees from Trinity College Dublin and The Smurfit Business School.
Described in the Daily Telegraph as "a story of courage, determination and hope" Mark has used his hard-earned expertise to help people achieve more than they thought possible in over 300 organisations.
Acknowledged as an expert in smashing expectations, Red Bull UK’s Managing Director describes him as “awe-inspiring”.
Head of SMB Sales says he “started a conversation about challenging conventional wisdom that is ongoing at Google”.
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“Awe-inspiring” - Red Bull UK’s Managing Director
"A story of courage, determination and hope" - Daily Telegraph
"It was a privilege to have Mark address both our customers and our Management Team at Google. He delivers that rare combination of inspiration, perspective and practical insight that forces his audience to really reflect on how they rise to their personal challenges and set goals that seem unachievable. He delivers his message in a deeply personal, humorous and memorable way that lands with his audience. It was a pleasure for all of us to spend time in his company. Inspiring." - Shane Holland, Regional Director, Northern Europe, Google
"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." - Barry Collins, Senior Director EMEA, Twitter
"The rule of seven is one of the oldest concepts in marketing, the rule states that you must hear something seven times before you act. Mark is a rule breaker in so many ways, but most importantly his message to be a competitor or spectator, realist or optimist, collaborator or soloist was a onetime hit with our team at LinkedIn. I have heard Mark speak many times and each time I come away with a renewed sense of purpose and willingness to act. Mark’s drive to build radical collaboration hubs is one of the most important efforts in his drive to find a cure for paralysis however it’s also the biggest lesson he has for those he interacts with." - Aaron Downs, Head of Solutions SMB, EMEA & Growth Markets, LinkedIn