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Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, author, keynote speaker, leadership & team coach / consultant, documentary presenter and sustainability campaigner.
An Arabic and Nepalese speaking former British Army Gurkha Officer, Special Forces reservist and lifetime adventurer, in the last decade he has conquered Everest, K2, the North and South Poles, the length of Greenland by kite-ski and the Arabian Desert by camel, along with two Guinness World Records, two books and three documentaries.
One of the few extreme adventurers in the world with a senior corporate background, including seven years as an Airbus Middle East Sales Director, Adrian is now an internationally acclaimed keynote / motivational speaker and professional leadership, team and executive coach & consultant, delivering speeches, seminars and programs worldwide.
He is an ambassador and campaigner on economic, social & environmental sustainability – the ‘triple bottom line’ of people, planet and profit, not just profit – and a patron of several organisations and charities, speaking, writing and campaigning on related contemporary world issues. As a former qualified Paramedic, he is also involved in an ongoing project providing medical treatment and health & hygiene education in the remote areas of the Himalayas.
Adrian has featured in three documentaries: the 2011 National Geographic Channel ‘Greenland Quest’, the 2013 Discovery Channel ‘Footsteps of Thesiger’ and the 2017 Discovery Channel ‘Genghis is Alive’ and is now an establishing television and documentary presenter. His first book, ‘Footsteps of Thesiger’, was published in 2013 and his second book, ‘K2 – The Tragedy and the Triumph’, will be published in 2018.
Aside from the UK and UAE, he has lived in Hong Kong, Brunei, Oman, France, New Zealand and Norway and has travelled to more than 100 countries in the World. In his free time, Adrian has played almost every sport on the planet but, outside of mountaineering and expeditions, now focusses on running, cycling, swimming, the gym, rock climbing, hiking, triathlon and the occasional Ironman. His interests include health & nutrition, medicine, astronomy, science, politics, film and music and he occasionally still sings and plays guitar in a rock band.