Based in Singapore, National Geographic TV Adventurer Rob Lilwall is a sought-after keynote speaker around the world.
He has cycled and walked over 80,000 km of the world's land surface – from the frozen plains of Siberia to the thick jungles of Papua New Guinea, to the lonely passes of Afghanistan.
In his speeches, Rob transports his audiences into the world of adventure, while drawing powerful parallels with the challenges of the business world and providing practical strategies to overcome them.
He has spoken to tens of thousands of people in over 50 cities, and in 2020-22 Rob has presented to numerous clients from across the globe virtually, with practical takeaways for the uncertain times of the pandemic and post-pandemic eras. Clients include HSBC, Gartner, DBS, IMD, Swiss Re, Microsoft, Walmart, P&G, Bupa and EY.
Global adventurer, author, and keynote speaker
Rob started his career as a geography high-school teacher in England. But after his transformational expeditions, he is now a sought-after keynote speaker with two books and two National Geographic TV shows. His first big expedition, Cycling Home from Siberia, was a three-year, 50,000 km bicycle ride from the far edge of Siberia to London, via Papua New Guinea, Tibet and Afghanistan. On the way, he camped at minus 40, hitch-hiked by boat from Hong Kong to Australia, and cycled over the Himalayas.
An ordinary guy who learned to thrive under extraordinary conditions
His second major expedition, Walking Home From Mongolia, was a six-month, 5,000 km walk from Mongolia to Hong Kong, through the heart of China. This included walking across the Gobi Desert in winter, along parts of the Great Wall, and down the banks of the frozen Yellow River. His latest and hardest expedition was a 71-day, solo walk across the notorious Taklamakan Desert in Western China. This involved hauling a home-made cart laden with water for 1,000km, crossing giant dunes, and swimming swollen rivers.
Rob is passionate about having a growth mindset
Despite all the challenges he has been through, Rob has not turned into a super-tough guy. But he has learned the difference a good mindset can make. He has learned that our abilities are not fixed, and that we can grow in many ways, including to become more positive, courageous, and resilient. As a passionate believer in our ability to grow and adapt, Rob is continually looking to push outside his comfort zone and grow through whatever new challenges come his way. This may be through his speaking, his writing, his charity work, or through his expeditions.