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Mark Pollock

Mark Pollock - Explorer and 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 ( In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a secondd story window. He is now exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide and catalyzing collaborations that have never been done before. Through the Mark Pollock Trust he is unlocking $ 1 billion to cure paralysis in our lifetime. ( Selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and appointed to the Global Futures Council on Human Enhancement, Mark is a UBS Global Visionary, is on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) and is a Wings for Life Ambassador (Europe). With his fiancée, Simone George, he is a TED Speaker ( as well as a speaker at Davos, World Economic Forum, InnoTown, F.ounders, EG and Wired. In addition, Mark is co-Founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark ( He has been awarded honorary doctorates by The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and from Queens University Belfast. And, he holds a diploma in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century from Harvard University, degrees from Trinity College Dublin and The Smurfit Business School.


  • 9:35 - 10:20

    Keynote: Mark Pollock and Simone George

    Main Stage


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