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Blade running gold-medallist and AI specialist

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Being the best in the world is not as enjoyable as the path to get there.


Liam Malone is nothing short of inspiring and truly knows how to WOW an audience.

Liam speaks on the fascinating movements in AI, digital disruption, innovation and more. Unlike many futurists, Liam is working with these technologies and seeing their advances daily, thereby offering a unique insight into the industry, what’s ahead and what it means for doing business as we know it.

From technology for shopping assistants to customer service agents, Soul Machines creates life-like digital humans for business to employ to humanise online self-service, it’s a concept Air New Zealand, among others have already trialled.

Well received among all audiences, Liam’s story will surprise and delight; an authentic and vulnerable delivery covering everything from overcoming adversity to AI.

Current work

The retired blade-running Paralympian has followed his passion for technology and innovation to work with Auckland-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm Soul Machines, known for their cutting edge, world leading AI technology.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Liam hasn’t stopped running completely; he has set himself a challenge more difficult than sprinting and has begun training for marathon running.

Previous experience

Headlines: Liam is widely known as the world number one bladerunner, hitting the headlines when after less than three short years in the sport he broke the previous Paralympic records held by Oscar Pistorius. His story of hitting rock bottom while at university to turning it all around and receiving two golds and a silver medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games is nothing short of incredible. His times on the track make him New Zealand’s second fastest 400m sprinter ever, legs or not!

Awards: Liam’s awards also include the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Athletics, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the 54th Halberg Awards, and winner of the Sovereign Insurance ‘Make a Difference’ start up competition in 2015.

Talking Points

Overcoming Adversity

Liam shares his very personal and raw story of adversity from losing his feet at 18 months old, to losing his mother to bowel cancer as a teenager, and his battle with drugs and alcohol - and how he turned it all around to become a gold medal athlete!

The audience will take away clear messages around the capacity we all have to make significant change in our lives, through sheer determination and hard work the impossible is achievable. Learning from our failures not letting them define us.

Health and Wellbeing

Liam will openly discuss his struggle with depression while growing up, the impact of being labelled disabled, self-doubt, the grief of losing his mother as a teenager, hitting rock bottom - and how he managed to turn it all around through new habits and changing his mindset. The power of exercise and good nutrition on your general wellbeing.

Your audience will learn the habits and philosophies Liam implemented that allowed him to turn his life around - take control and be happy!

Bespoke Presentations

Liam will always tailor his presentations to suit the theme, required outcomes and demographics of the audience. His presentations are not limited to the above - contact us to find out the other areas Liam could cover at your event.
What an incredible young man Liam is. He made an impact with the audience across every generation and there was not one person in the room who wasn’t in awe of how authentic and honest he was. He models resilience and determination and I can’t tell you how impressed I was with his ability to convey his message. Liam went the extra mile to connect with our Invictus Athletes and that left an overwhelming feeling of support with them. He uplifted them and their journey and showed real respect to their stories. What a great ambassador for our country. Royal New Zealand Navy

Liam was an excellent choice thank you very much for the recommendation. He was very engaging and inspiring. He had read his brief and confirmed when he arrived re the focus of his speech. He was also very mindful of the time and kept to time perfectly. I had already recommended Liam to some corporate clients and hope that he gets more work for doing our event.

Gold Coast Tourism Corporation

Liam put together a great presentation for us. He took us through his journey in a very confident and relateable way. The messages that he left our guests with were very empowering and his address was exactly what we were looking for at our event. Liam has a great ability to make the crowd laugh and it was a pleasure having him at our annual awards.


Liam’s professionalism and ability to tell a compelling story, whilst also sticking to the brief, is something all speakers should aspire to. Liam outperformed our expectations through his raw, genuine and often hilarious recounts of his past as well as highlighting the strength of his character through his career aspirations. We are very grateful for the value he added to our conference.

Fonterra Brands New Zealand

Liam was well prepared, engaging, and presented himself very well. He gave us a presentation that was thought provoking and kept us entertained throughout. Sometimes it can be difficult to relate to a speaker when they are talking about leadership or a similar topic, however Liam was very down to earth, real and honest with us about his life and how he used and developed his leadership. It was money well spent and I would thoroughly recommend him.

University of Canterbury
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