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Asia-based TV adventurer, author, motivational speaker.


Rob Lilwall is an adventurer, author, and keynote speaker with independent adventures by bicycle and foot across 50,000 miles (80,000 km) of the world, including through Siberia, Tibet and Mongolia in winter, as well as Papua New Guinea, Australia, China, Iran and Afghanistan. He has two TV series with National Geographic and has written two books.

In his speeches, Rob takes the audience with him on his journey, bringing to life the mindsets that are needed to succeed in today's uncertain, high-pressure and high-opportunity business environment. He weaves in powerful takeaways to empower the audience to thrive amid change, embrace challenges, and achieve great goals.

Rob has given speeches in over 50 cities around the world, to organisations including Microsoft, Symantec, Gemalto, IBM, ADP, ABB, Swire Properties, CBRE, Ayala Land, Stokke, MEC, Nike, adidas, P&G, Mars-Wrigley, Ferrero, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG, HSBC, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Alliance Bank, Permira, Prudential, Manulife, AIA, Sun Life, Randstad and Thomson Reuters.

Rob’s keynote speeches are an ideal fit for conferences, town halls and off-sites where, alongside industry experts and company updates, you are looking for an out-of-the-box story to add value and give “wow” to the event, and which will provoke a deep, positive change in attitudes and habits.

Talking Points

Masterclass - Maintaining Motivation in Uncertain Times

How do we stay motivated when the months ahead are unpredictable? How do we find
opportunity in the midst of uncertainty? In this session, Rob uses powerful stories of his
journeys through tundra and jungle to reflect on:

- Nurturing a growth mindset: tough times are the best times to grow
- Preparing well but being adaptable
- Understanding our fears by understanding them
- We cannot make it on our own; reach out to both receive and give help

Masterclass - Staying On Track in Changing Times

When we face unprecedented situations, it is easy to get off track. Using stories of nearfailure but eventually accomplishing challenging goals in the wild lands of the world, Rob
reflects on:

- Staying focused and managing distractions
- Nurturing a positive mindset as individuals and in our working relationships
- Practising self-care: physical and mental health

Masterclass - Building Resilience in Turbulent Times

Significant setbacks can discourage us and destroy our chances of achieving key goals. But if
handled with the right mindset, we can find ways forward. Rob uses stories of setbacks
on his expeditions to reflect on:

- Finding solutions and ways ahead
- Staying motivated and resilient when it feels like the predicament is 'never-ending'
- Overcoming setbacks and moving forward
- Focusing on doing the 'next right thing' and breaking goals into manageable steps
It is my pleasure to recommend Rob to anyone looking for a professional and engaging speaker. Rob was one of our keynote presenters at an event we held in Bangkok in March 2015, for 2000 of our top performers. His presentation style made the audience comfortable and his story of adventures around the world captured people's attention. While his topic is not directly related to our line of business, Rob easily found ways to link his stories to the daily challenges associated to our line of work, and was able to complement with real life experiences that made him ever more credible as a speaker. I highly recommend Rob and would not hesitate to work with him again in the future Manulife, Hong Kong

We were extremely fortunate to have Rob as a motivational speaker at one of our larger customer conferences. The adventures he has experienced and the challenges he overcame during his long journeys are truly inspiring. In addition to being a truly genuine person and absolute pleasure to work with Rob also did an excellent job of engaging the audience and draw parallels between lessons learned on the road to everyday life, both personal and business.


Rob worked with us to be part of a session for our senior key talents. Rob came across as extremely personable and the authenticity of his experiences made his sharing extremely powerful. Candid, humorous and yet thought provoking, he managed to weave his experiences in line with the principles we were advocating in this sharing.


Your story is fascinating and your presentation of it was engrossing. This was plainly evident by the amount of questions that you were asked despite your presentation taking place at the end of a long day (and well into the scheduled drinks time)!

UBS, Hong Kong

Rob's story about getting beyond borders and taking calculated risks, following dreams and persevering in the face of obstacles was extremely motivating and added great value to our conference. He kept the audience captivated with his anecdotes and inspired to be more creative and innovative in their own lives.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Singapore

Rob became my benchmark on successful engagement during virtual events. His sessions are full of energy and all attendees get clear takeaways. His stories are very inspiring and helps to put our lives in a different perspective when facing challenging situations.

Standard Chartered

An engaging, enjoyable and fantastically inspirational start to the day. I see a lot of speakers and his session was world-class and wonderful. Highly recommended.

The Marketing Society

Rob is a fantastic motivator - he is able to translate his journeys into the corporate world, demonstrating how to have not only a goal, but a strategy to achieve it. Obstacles are related to lateral thinking, and how extra opportunities can arise from them. Most importantly, Rob's enthusiasm is infectious.


Swiss Re

I was very impressed by how professionally [Rob’s virtual session] was run and how engaging it was despite the fact that it was not face to face. Rob has managed to bring to life his amazing experiences in the difficult setting of cyberspace and I can only recommend Robs virtual presentations to anyone who is looking for a captivating and motivating experience that will lift spirits during these challenging times.

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