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Inspire. Motivate. Connect

Do you need top-class inspirational speakers for Conferences, Events, Keynotes, after-dinner speeches and motivational lectures?

Let the world's greatest living Explorers and Adventurers inspire your audience with captivating tales of their adventures encapsulating themes of leadership, team work and motivation.


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Welcome to the World Explorers Bureau where the world's greatest explorers and adventurers will inspire and motivate your audience.


I was thoroughly mesmerized by Matt's subject matter, style, and engagement with the audience. He is able to bring every one of the participants along with him as he experienced the triumphs and epic challenges of his journey. Adding interactive "what would you do" moments into the presentation creates an immersive experience and mandates full attention. Matt was able to skillfully leverage his story of leadership, courage, and perseverance to underscore our core meeting objectives through an entertaining and gripping presentation.

Hewlett Packard about World Explorer, Matt McFadyen

Her adventures and achievements are admirable; her boundless energy and creativity make her unique

Adobe Systems Inc. about World Explorer, Lia Ditton

Dave’s fresh and compelling point of view is a great draw card and inspires positive change in work and personal life.

Professional Investment Holding Ltd about World Explorer, Dave Cornthwaite

Not only in his business, but also in this account of his adventures, Bruce Poon Tip is making an active contribution to creating a more peaceful and happier world, while at the same time creating a model from which others can learn

His Holiness the Dalai Lama about World Explorer, Bruce Poon Tip

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Arita Baaijens joins World Explorers bureau

Arita Baaijens is a Dutch explorer, biologist, author, photographer. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Explorers Club, Long Riders Guild and WINGS Worldquest. She won the Women of Discovery Humanity Award 2014 and has published several books and wrote numerous articles about her journeys. The book Desert Songs won an award in 2008.

A long time ago Arita quit her job as environmentalist, bought camels in Egypt and never looked back. She has been exploring the deserts of Egypt and the Sudan for 15 years with her small caravan of camels. Often completely alone, she utilises basic navigatios tools: a simple compass and an old map. At other times she has had to rely on armed escorts, or joined Sudanese nomads and trade caravans.

Arita Baaijens is the first woman to have travelled the Darb el Arbain twice and the first woman to have crossed the Western Desert of Egypt alone and on camel. She visited and photographed the last surviving female caravaners in Mauritania.

  • Change drives innovation – How to transform resistance into a positive and powerful force
  • Leadership – a woman in a man’s world
  • Diversity – cultural perspectives – worldviews – science and the wisdom of traditional knowledge

I recommend every organisation, struggling with innovation and change, to invite Arita Baaijens for a powerful brainstorm session. She helps transform old mental models. Comforting and breath taking. Beautiful images.

Maaike Thiecke, SPINN, Bureau for Organisational Change


Record Making Speakers

Our World Explorers Bureau explorers and adventurers demonstrate a wide range of high value personal characteristics and skills. Here we feature from time to time some of our amazing team who have made or broken world records, set world firsts and entered in the Guinness Book of Records to give you a feel for what our adventure speakers can offer your audience:

2010 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Roz is an ocean rower, an accomplished international speaker, author and passionate campaigner. She holds four world records for Ocean rowing, including first woman to row three oceans. She has rowed over 15,000 miles and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23 foot row boat. She uses her ocean rowing adventures to inspire and motivate audiences.

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Kenton Cool

Kenton’s first expedition to Everest in 2004 was the starting point of his professional career in high altitude mountaineering and has lead to Kenton becoming Britain’s most successful Everest mountaineer and the second-most successful Western Mountaineer of all-times.

In total Kenton has summited Everest 11 times – even twice in one week. In 2009 he successfully lead the Sir Ranulph Fiennes Everest Expeditions and was part of a BBC documentary centred around the expedition. Kenton was the first person to ever send a tweet from the summit of Mount Everest (in 2011) and also make a 3G phone call from the top too. He is the only Brit to have ski descended two 8000m peaks.

More recently he has summited the three mountains of the Everest horseshoe, Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse in one continuous push - completing the ultimate ‘Three Peaks’Challenge in 2013.

Ryan Waters

"Ryan Waters holds audiences spellbound presenting his exploits around the world. In addition to being the first American to complete the Adventurer's Grand Slam (climbing all seven summits and reaching both the north and south poles on foot), Ryan has been a successful environmental consultant in a global engineering consulting company. With his self depreciating humor, he motivates and inspires while stressing the importance of teamwork and keeping a positive attitude no matter the situation. I have hired Ryan to speak at two events and will gladly do so again when the opportunity arises."

John Jenkins, Black & Veatch

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Mollie Hughes


Over the last 7 years Mollie has been on many mountaineering, rock/ice climbing and mountain biking expeditions from South America, to Africa to the Alps and the Himalayas, summiting Everest in 2012 at the age of 21. In 2015 Mollie aims to climb Everest again, this time from the north side.



Dave Cornthwaite

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At the age of 25 Dave Cornthwaite left his job as a graphic designer and embarked upon an adventure that would take him all over the world, in all kinds of different ways. His Expedition1000 project is considered one of the most ambitious adventure projects of all time. Twenty-five different non-motorised journeys, each in excess of 1000 miles. 

Maria Leijerstam

 Maria Leijerstam

On the 27th December 2013, Maria Leijerstam became the first person in the world to cycle from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the South Pole and also set the new World Record for the fastest human powered coast to pole traverse, completing her journey in 10 days, 14hrs and 56 minutes