Rob Lilwall is an ordinary person who, through taking an adventurous attitude towards life, has achieved the extraordinary. In the last two decades, he has embarked on expeditions by bicycle and on foot, covering over 80,000 km of the world’s land surface including across Siberia and the Gobi (in winter), China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Iran.
National Geographic has made two TV series about Rob’s self-filmed adventures. He is also the author of two books Cycling Home From Siberia and Walking Home From Mongolia. To date, he has presented to over 40,000 people around the world, with recent clients being Nike, Microsoft, HSBC and Thomson Reuters. Rob’s speeches about embracing challenge, overcoming obstacles and dealing with disruptions, both inspire the mind and impact the heart.
What distinguishes Rob’s storytelling from the rest, is the powerful parallels he draws between succeeding on a difficult expedition and thriving in today’s unpredictable business environment. Rob also weaves in powerful reflections and audience-participation activities about the attitudes, mindsets and principles that helped him overcome fears, persevere despite the obstacles, and thrive amidst uncertainties.
• Former geography teacher before deciding to embark on the inspiring Cycling Home From Siberia expedition, covering 50,000km over three years
• Named his bicycle ‘Alanis’ after the singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette
• In 2011, he set off on the ‘Walking Home From Mongolia’ expedition from the Gobi Desert to Hong Kong. He walked for six and a half months, over 5,630km
• Delivered inspiring keynotes to numerous organisations including Nike, Adidas, HSBC, UBS, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters and Symantec