David Lim


Specialty Areas

David Lim, is best known in Singapore for leading the 1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition in 1998 which succeeded in placing two members on the summit. The climb captured the imagination of the entire country and helped reset the parameters of what could be achieved by the small, flat, tropical island nation.

A week after his return from Everest, he was totally paralysed by the rare nerve disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Artificially ventilated for 42 days, he spent six months in hospital before returning home.

Though he was permanently disabled in both legs, he made a dramatic comeback to climbing the world's great mountains, and returned once more to Everest in 2001.

In his presentations based on Lessons From Mt Everest, David covers-

  • the importance of passion and vision.

  • embracing change,

  • re-defining success

  • pushing the boundaries of the possible.

  • He also focuses on the need for the right kind of people for projects. What are the right sort of mindsets? And what of his own devastating paralysis from Guillain-Barre Syndrome and disability?

    In a highly interactive presentation, audiences will learn:

  • How to Pick the Best People

  • the 5 ' C's of team membership essential for high performing teams

  • the Art of Chunking down - why it matters to success

  • Avoiding the Success Trap - how to keep re-inventing

  • Overcoming Obstacles - Three Secrets of the Champions

  • the Alpinist Attitude - why it's critical for survival in changing time

  • Fact/Belief Tool in overcoming disempowering attitudes

  • All presentations can be tailored to meet duration requirements as well as specific desired client outcomes, themes and take-aways

    David leads an organisation that delivers programmes designed to bring out the best in teams through a combination of coaching, cognitive behaviour profiling, and experiential learning. David and his team have delivered programmes and presentations in 13 countries and 23 cities worldwide. Popular keynotes include topics on the challenge of managing change, overcoming obstacles and excellence in execution.

    Clients include Accenture, Rockwell Automation, IBM, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, IKEA, INSEAD Business School, Intel, Ministry of Finance, Danone, AP Moller/Maersk, Oracle, Prudential, AXA, TATA Steel, ABN Amro, Nokia, Citibank, Bulgari, Singapore Telecommunications, Novartis, Pfizer and Emerson.

    David was educated in Singapore and Britain; and graduated with a law degree from Cambridge University. In the corporate world, he spent nearly a decade in the media industry with positions in marketing, journalism management and multimedia. David is author of the books "Mountain to Climb" , and " Against Giants " ( both published by Epigram ). He is an accredited trainer in many human-change tools and a certified Meta-Coach.


    Your keynote speech left ..many speechless and lost in introspection; others were searching for words to express a sudden surge of self-belief; and at least one participant kept repeating that it was an event that has already changed his life. When we did a re-cap the next morning, participants fell over each other to call out their favourite point from your presentation. We filled 3 slides with the points that were recalled.
    - General Manager - HR - Financial Services Group ,Cholamandalam Investment ' Finance Company Limited ,Chennai, India

    The material you used was exceptionally powerful, and the way you put the messages across to the team was very effective. The session was very well received by the audience and went better than we could have expected. Having sat through two days of Powerpoint slides already I am sure the audience was a tough one, but the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive.,In short it was more than we expected and was very well received by the audience.
    - Channel Development and Operations Director - GE Money

    Thanks again for your keynote speech at UGS' executive client event in Qingdao, China. Your speech was the highest rated session at the event. The themes in your presentation were very well aligned with the business challenges that our clients face. The time that you spent with my team preparing for this event was also extremely valuable.
    - VP Asia Pacific Business Strategy and Marketing - UGS Asia Pacific

    David Lim speaker

    Speaker Video

    David Lim

    Other speakers you might like:

    Nora Fraser

    Nora Fraser (she/her) is an inspiring People & Culture Leader driven by an entrepreneurial mindset and Founder of the Multicultural Professional Network and Equi Consultancy Partners. Nora has a wealth of experience and an extensive background in the private & public sectors. She has been involved in the implementation of key diversity and inclusion programmes for global organisations across Australia, Europe and the UK. Beyond corporate endeavours, she is a dedicated volunteer with several inclusion-focused organisations and serves as a mentor to many professionals.

    Tim Gard

    Tim’s down-to-earth style and real-life humor leaves a lasting impression that audiences will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today. Becoming more resilient is not about telling jokes or laughing at everything. Instead of making light of serious issues, Tim shines a light on unseen possibilities for solutions to difficult situations. He demonstrates how to be professional, yet light-hearted throughout all his programs.

    John Waters

    John Waters is one of Australia's most recognised and respected film and theatre actors. Son of Scottish actor Russell Waters, John’s childhood was spent around film studios and appearing in minor roles. Arriving in Australia in 1968 he was cast in the US film Adam's Woman, landed the lead role of Claude in the 1969 production of rock musical, Hair alongside Marcia Hines, and later the role of Judas in Godspell. This quickly led to a flourishing career on stage, film, and television with ABC TV's Rush in 1974 earning him a Logie Award for Best New Talent, and quickly followed by films such as End Play, Summerfield, Breaker Morant, All the Rivers Run, Nancy Wake and Alice to Nowhere. From 1972 he hosted the children’s ABC program Play School for a decade, and regularly appeared until 1991, endearing him to generations.

    Rael Bricker

    As a seasoned entrepreneur who turned a health scare into motivation, Rael Bricker leverages his diverse experiences from finance to education, on two continents and two listed companies. He serves businesses globally, having navigated challenges from starting companies to managing billions in loans. His partnerships are a blend of real-world experience with academic qualifications (MBA, MSc, CSP) to guide people and companies towards excellence.

    Inbal Rodnay

    Inbal Rodnay is a former programmer, entrepreneur, and innovator who helps businesses create effective technology strategies and thriving cultures of innovation. She co-hosts the Agents of Change show and is the CEO of Theory and Motion.

    Back to Top