Rob Lilwall


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Rob Lilwall is an adventurer, author, and keynote speaker with independent adventures by bicycle and foot across 50,000 miles (80,000 km) of the world, including through Siberia, Tibet and Mongolia in winter, as well as Papua New Guinea, Australia, China, Iran and Afghanistan. He has two TV series with National Geographic and has written two books.

In his speeches, Rob takes the audience with him on his journey, bringing to life the mindsets that are needed to succeed in today's uncertain, high-pressure and high-opportunity business environment. He weaves in powerful takeaways to empower the audience to thrive amid change, embrace challenges, and achieve great goals.

Rob has given speeches in over 50 cities around the world, to organisations including Microsoft, Symantec, Gemalto, IBM, ADP, ABB, Swire Properties, CBRE, Ayala Land, Stokke, MEC, Nike, adidas, P&G, Mars-Wrigley, Ferrero, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG, HSBC, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Alliance Bank, Permira, Prudential, Manulife, AIA, Sun Life, Randstad and Thomson Reuters.

Rob’s keynote speeches are an ideal fit for conferences, town halls and off-sites where, alongside industry experts and company updates, you are looking for an out-of-the-box story to add value and give “wow” to the event, and which will provoke a deep, positive change in attitudes and habits.

Topics covered include:

  • Thrive amid change & uncertainty
  • Embrace challenge
  • Collaborate better
  • Persevere under pressure & rise from setback
  • Achieve great goals
  • Harness fears & take the best risks
  • Improve self-care & wellness
  • Grow self-discipline


I would commend Rob's ride and highly recommend him as a guest speaker for any occasion. Rob would also make an excellent speaker for a partners function.
- Rotary Club of Canberra City, Australia

Rob's presentation was colourful, warm, funny and heart-felt. I couldn't recommend it more whole-heartedly.
- Geographical Association, England

To effortlessly lead us through your 30,000 mile, 37 month trip through frozen wastes, tropical jungles, plains and high passes in less than an hour was extraordinary.
- The Globetrotters Club, London

Your talk was superb - amusing, varied, shocking, humanly moving, extremely adventurous and a crazy venture - we loved it!! The standard of your pictures was first rate, and the whole show laced together with stories and anecdotes kept the audience riveted at all times.
- The Wilderness Lectures, England

All our members were exceptionally inspired by Rob's interesting and stimulating cycling adventure.
- Rotary Club of Macau

Fascinating, amusing and interesting address that delighted our delegates.
- Conference Chairman, London District Rotary Conference, 2009

Rob Lilwall is an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker. Not only does he introduce us to his wonderful journey and opens our eyes to places we might want to visit, he makes us think about life and humanity. His stories about the people he met and the warmth and generosity of those in the most unlikely places were eye opening. He makes us reflect on life and challenges us to think without any sense of lecturing. My 150 sixth form boys warmed to him and were engrossed in his stories.
- Deborah Gibbs, Head of Sixth Form, John Lyon School

Lilwall's story is a remarkable one, enhanced by the fact that he has a writer's skill for conveying a sense of place
- The Sunday Telegraph

Engaging and inspiring, Rob translates lessons learned during his adventures into the building blocks of success in the workplace
- MD Goldman Sachs

We have had many conferences, and many after-­‐‑dinner speakers, and without doubt Rob Lilwall was one of the very best. His journey is fascinating and his talk and style highly engaging, filled with humour... It works very well in the corporate environment with great messages about overcoming challenges and being resourceful.
- Macquarie Capital, Hong Kong

We were extremely fortunate to have Rob as a motivational speaker at one of our larger customer conferences. The adventures he has experienced and the challenges he overcame during his long journeys are truly inspiring... Rob did an excellent job of engaging the audience and drawing parallels between lessons learned on the road and everyday life, both personal and business.!
- ABB, Singapore

Rob’s down to earth personality combined with his extraordinary achievements inspired and instilled confidence in our team that by setting goals, getting started and persevering it is possible to make dreams come true.!
- Maersk Line, China

Thank you for your excellent contribution to our 2011 Asia Pacific Director of Finance Conference… it was a real inspiration to everyone listening. I like the way that you tailored your presentation to tie into the key messages of our conference.!
- Marriott International, Hong Kong

Rob's story about getting beyond borders and taking calculated risks, following dreams and persevering in the face of obstacles was extremely motivating and added great value to our conference. He kept the audience captivated with his anecdotes and inspired to be more creative and innovative in their own lives.
- DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Singapore

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