Mark Pollock: Explorer & Collaboration Catalyst
Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business (www.markpollock.com).
In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal injury recovery as the world’s leading test pilot of Ekso robotic legs combined with aggressive physical therapy and innovative electrical stimulation. Through the Mark Pollock Trust (www.markpollocktrust.org) he is on a mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.
Selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, Mark is on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) and is a Wings for Life Ambassador (UK). He is the subject of the IFTA nominated documentary Unbreakable, is a TEDx Hollywood Speaker and is co-Founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark (www.runinthedark.org)
In addition, he holds an honorary doctorate from Queens University Belfast, a diploma in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century from Harvard University and degrees from Trinity College Dublin and The Smurfit Business School.