Adrian Hayes

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Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, author, keynote speaker, leadership and team consultant & coach, social commentator, campaigner and documentary presenter.

An Arabic and Nepalese speaking former British Army Gurkha Officer, who also spent two years in a Special Forces regiment, his adventuring achievements include trekking to both Poles, summiting Everest and K2, crossing the length of Greenland and the Arabian Desert, setting two Guinness World Records, writing two books, and featuring in three documentaries to date.

A former Airbus Middle East sales director, in his primary work Adrian has been a global keynote speaker and professional leadership, team and executive coach, consultant & mentor for over 18 years, delivering speeches, seminars, programmes and workshops worldwide.

 In his social commentator role, he is a regular panellist and interviewee on British TV and speaks, writes and commentates on many contemporary world issues. As a campaigner, he is a patron of several international charities and involved with several other causes and campaigns – including speaking & writing for many years on economic, social and environmental sustainability. As a former qualified Paramedic, he additionally set up a project providing medical treatment in the remote areas of the Himalayas.

 Adrian has presented or featured in three broadcast documentaries to date: The Greenland Quest for the National Geographic Channel, and Footsteps of Thesiger and In Inner Mongolia for the Discovery Channel, and is now an establishing television and documentary presenter. His first book, Footsteps of Thesiger, was published in 2013, and details his 44-day journey across the Arabian Desert. His second book, One Man’s Climb: A Journey of Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph on K2, was published in 2019. He is in the process of writing his third book, on human development and society, which will be published in the next two years.

A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he has lived and worked in eight countries in the World and travelled to more than 100. Outside of mountaineering and expeditions, his interests include most sports, particularly rugby union, athletics and rock climbing, human development, politics & international affairs, medicine, health & nutrition, astronomy, science, film & music, and he is still an occasional singer and guitarist in a rock band.

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