Ask about Rob Lilwall
Key Points
  • Rob Lilwall is a British-born, Hong Kong-based TV adventurer, writer and motivational speaker.
  • His expeditions have seen him travel over 80,000 km on foot, by bicycle, and by boat through some of harshest corners on earth, including the frozen wastelands of Siberia, the hidden valleys of China, and the lonely passes of Afghanistan.
  • His two most epic expeditions, the 50,000 km Cycling Home From Siberia expedition, and the 5,000 km Walking Home From Mongolia expedition were commissioned as television series for National Geographic.
  • His motivational talks have enthralled tens of thousands of people in Asia, Australia, Europe and America.
  • When speaking to corporate audiences, Rob relates the ever-growing challenges of the 21st century workplace to his own - at times hilarious, at times deadly serious - trials, tribulations and triumphs in the wild lands of the world.
  • Rob’s talks combine laugh-out-loud entertainment with profound motivational messages, making them an excellent and memorable component of corporate training days, awards dinners, off-sites, and conferences.
  • Rob has recently become a Professional Member of Asia Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS)
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Special virtual masterclass series

Rob is an expert in adventure, resilience and handling uncertainty. He is now offering a special series of virtual masterclasses for the Covid-19 era.

These specially designed, customised virtual masterclasses are ideal for companies looking to improve the productivity, focus, motivation and resilience of their workforces during this uncertain time.

Using his experiences from expeditions and as a world-class keynote motivational speaker, Rob uses powerful stories and insights from his expeditions to give practical and personal tips to thrive in times of uncertainty and setback. When times are tough, our qualifications, IQ and experience matter, but above all, we must have the right mindset.

  • Maintaining Motivation in Uncertain Times
    How do we stay motivated when the months ahead are unpredictable? How do we find opportunity in the midst of uncertainty? In this session Rob uses powerful stories of his journeys through tundra and jungle to reflect on:
    • Nurturing a growth mindset: tough times are the best times to grow
    • Preparing well but being adaptable
    • Understanding our fears by understanding them
    • We cannot make it on our own; reach out for help and support
  • Staying On Track in Changing Times
    When we face unprecedented situations, it is easy to get off track. Using stories of near failure but eventually accomplishing tough goals in the wild lands of the world, Rob reflects on:
    • Staying focussed and managing distractions
    • Practising self-care: physical and mental health
    • Nurturing a positive mindset as individuals and in our working relationships
  • Building Resilience in Turbulent Times
    Big setbacks can discourage us and destroy our chance of achieving key goals. But if handled with the right mindset, we can find ways forward. Rob uses stories of setbacks on his expeditions to reflect on:
    • Finding solutions and ways ahead
    • Staying motivated and resilient when it feels like the predicament is ‘never-ending’
    • Overcoming setbacks and moving forwards
    • Focussing on doing the ‘next right thing' and breaking goals into manageable steps


  • 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
Testimonials

Rob, you don’t realize how much you impacted our team in terms of mindset. I stopped counting how many times your name popped out, or how many times the analogy of desert and dunes was used. Thank you so much for your outstanding speech.
Novartis Leadership Conference

Rob Lilwall's journey is amazing. His story is a great way for organizations to deliver a unique way of thinking, focusing on the growth mindset, the importance of clear goals, self-focus, reflection, perseverance, connections, risk-taking and problem solving.
Microsoft

His inspiring, humorous and highly engaging talk detailing his cycling journey home from Siberia resonated strongly with all of us. His ability to intertwine themes that are so important to thrive in the corporate world be they a growth mindset, perseverance, focus, partnership, balanced risk were very resonant. I would highly recommend Rob and would hope that we are able to work with him again in the future.
Deutsche Bank

Rob’s story is inspiring, his style engaging and his sharing/learnings applicable and practical. It was a real pleasure to have Rob as our motivational speaker at our recent company conference. His spirit of adventure permeates both in personal and business contexts. I highly recommend Rob’s story of provocation to all who’s game for mindset and cultural change.
Mars

Rob's session was the best way to start the second day of the conference. The session was fun and engaging, it was radiating positivity. The participants continue sharing good feedback about the session and still are requesting information about Rob's book. Rob, wasn't just a great speaker, he was a real gentleman to deal with offstage as well. I truly look forward to other opportunities to work with him again.
ACWA Power

Rob recently joined us for a motivational session with our Agents. I found the session to be very useful because it was different from the usual motivational speakers and involved the Agents very effectively. Rarely have I seen all the Agents so engaged with the speaker, as they were with Rob, myself included!
BSN, Prudential

Rob is a true inspiration and a great story teller! It was the end of the day at our recent event and the audience was engaged right through listening intently. His experiences could certainly draw parallels from business! Thank you Rob! Learning on the Road has taught me few things!

Ruckus Wireless

We had Rob Lilwall share his stories and adventures with several groups of staff - from our leadership team to our potential leaders. He also spoke at our Consumer Banking conferences. Rob is able to translate and relate his experiences into impactful learning for all. Rob understands how to inspire and motivate his participants by pitching his talks to the different levels of audiences.
Alliance Bank 

Rob's talk exceeded all our expectations. Rob was able to articulate the connection between overcoming his personal life challenges on his 3 year 50,000 km cycling journey from Siberia to UK and connect these lessons with the challenges we face in the corporate world. Rob pushed us to explore outside our comfort zone, by showing us the different between Growth Vs Fixed mindset and how to leverage stress rather than be constrained by it.

HKBN

Rob was an outstanding keynote speaker at our 2017 Radius Travel Global Summit, earning attendee ratings of 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 (excellent). The audience consisted of executives from travel management companies from nearly 30 countries. Rob brought humility, a great sense of humor, and his messages of perseverance, tackling challenges and engaging with diverse peoples and cultures were perfect for our audience. I found Rob easy to work with during the preparation process, open to my thoughts on what would work for our conference while confident based on his speaking experience about how to approach his presentation. Rob helped make this important event very successful for Radius Travel. His captivating personality and story ended with a standing ovation from the room. We couldn't have asked for better!
Radius Travel

Rob spoke at an internal conference for FTI Consulting bringing to life his expeditions to provide some lessons for the corporate world on goal setting, problem solving, resilience, collaboration and receiving help. I would highly recommend Rob as an engaging speaker and a great storyteller. Rob helped us create a powerful and positive end to our day.

FTI Consulting 

In previous years, speakers at Asian Private Banker's Family Office Summit have included Kenneth Taylor ("The real hero of Argo") and Al Gore (45th Vice-President of the United States). This year we had Rob Lilwall, and he certainly did not let us down. Through a combination of endearing humility and granite determination, Rob delighted and motivated a riveted audience.
Asian Private Banker

Rob cleverly takes lessons from his adventures & applies them to business, whether it be management or sales. There are not enough original speakers with positive takeaways for their audiences, Rob Lilwall is surely one.
Former President
Million Dollar Round Table

We had the privilege of hearing from Rob at a recent gathering of law firm leaders. Rob was amazing. His presentation was captivating, funny, motivational and relevant to our audience. A number of our guests have expressed interest in having Rob involved with their own events. I highly recommend him.
Thomson Reuters

Rob gave an outstanding motivational talk to our team in London. The team were from 7 countries across Asia and he managed to connect with them all. His style is humble yet the passion shines through and he engaged you with his compelling story and the decisions he had to make. He drew a parallel between this and business life which I think hit home hard with our team. Great talk.
AIA

Rob brings a degree of authenticity that is difficult to find these days. His message is grounded in humble personal experience and connects some very real and essential elements of human nature to the business world. Refreshingly different!
CBRE

I have just had the pleasure of having Rob speak at our regional conference. A down-to-earth yet inspiring speaker whom had my team engrossed and engaged from beginning to end. Rob's skill is in his ability to weave real life and business lessons into his session without ever breaking away from what is a truly captivating story. As such you are learning without it ever seeming like you are bring taught...a rare skill.
MEC

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. In addition to being a truly genuine person and absolute pleasure to work with Rob also did an excellent job of engaging the audience and draw parallels between lessons learned on the road to everyday life, both personal and business.
ABB

Rob worked with us to be part of a session for our senior key talents. Rob came across as extremely personable and the authenticity of his experiences made his sharing extremely powerful. Candid, humorous and yet thought provoking, he managed to weave his experiences in line with the principles we were advocating in this sharing. What a great sharing.
UBS

Rob is a great adventurist and an excellent speaker cum presenter. I found his story very inspiring and motivational. Most of all his honest and determined approach to the arduous task definitely encouraged me to set goals that are achievable.
Zee Entertainment

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, and makes good use of video and pictures. It works very well in the corporate environment with great messages about overcoming challenges and being resourceful.
Macquarie Capital

Humorous, unassuming and definitely inspiring…. Rob did a fabulous job in sharing his experiences with our team.  He was able to weave in and bring to life some of the key thoughts and teaching points surrounding the program.
Nike

Rob was very good - great messages and images.
World Corporate Travel

In previous years, speakers at Asian Private Banker's Family Office Summit have included Kenneth Taylor ("The real hero of Argo") and Al Gore (45th Vice-President of the United States). This year we had Rob Lilwall, and he certainly did not let us down. Through a combination of endearing humility and granite determination, Rob delighted and motivated a riveted audience.
Asian Private Banker

Rob cleverly takes lessons from his adventures & applies them to business, whether it be management or sales. There are not enough original speakers with positive takeaways for their audiences, Rob Lilwall is surely one.
Tony Gordon, Former President, Million Dollar Round Table 

Rob brings a degree of authenticity that is difficult to find these days. His message is grounded in humble personal experience and connects some very real and essential elements of human nature to the business world. Refreshingly different!
CBRE

We were lucky enough to have Rob Lilwall speak at our Annual Conference for our hotel Sales and Marketing teams, in June of 2015; not only was his speech engaging, funny, and inspirational but Rob also demonstrated to the audience how it was relevant to the key themes of our conference, specifically tailoring his presentation after a detailed briefing session with the leadership team. I cannot thank Rob enough and I look forward to any opportunity in the future to hear him present once more.
InterContinental Hotels Group, EMEA

I recently leveraged Rob Lilwall as part of a company quarterly business review. He was nothing short of amazing and very good at linking his life experiences with the corporate and professional world. Rob speaks with conviction, passion and eloquently describes the importance of team work, setting goals and powering through adversity.
Citrix

I was fortunate to have the privilege of enjoying Rob regale my audience with his unique story, pragmatic wisdom, and his sincere empathy for our focus on the "Future of Work" recently in Hong Kong. His style, his content, and his character captivated the room, and the level of engagement was palpable... he made every person feel as if they were having a personal conversation with him, and the result was 100% delivery on the intent of his message... it resonated and left the audience truly moved. I encourage anyone looking to produce these types of experiences and results to connect with Rob and share your needs; I guarantee he will deliver beyond expectation.
ADP

Rob just came and spoke to our senior Asia Pacific leadership team at the MEC regional meeting. We have a talent manifesto of "Don't just live thrive", and we wanted people to be inspired by someone who has truly thrived in their life. Rob took us on his three year cycling journey in a very inspiring, amusing at times, thought provoking way. He opened up the minds of those in the room to focus on a goal, and be resilient, and often creative in achieving it. He spoke for an hour and it seemed to pass in a minute. Highly recommended.
MEC

It is my pleasure to recommend Rob to anyone looking for a professional and engaging speaker. Rob was one of our keynote presenters at an event we held in Bangkok in March 2015, for 2000 of our top performers. His presentation style made the audience comfortable and his story of adventures around the world captured people's attention. While his topic is not directly related to our line of business, Rob easily found ways to link his stories to the daily challenges associated to our line of work, and was able to complement with real life experiences that made him ever more credible as a speaker. I highly recommend Rob and would not hesitate to work with him again in the future
Manulife, 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. In addition to being a truly genuine person and absolute pleasure to work with Rob also did an excellent job of engaging the audience and draw parallels between lessons learned on the road to everyday life, both personal and business.
ABB

Rob worked with us to be part of a session for our senior key talents. Rob came across as extremely personable and the authenticity of his experiences made his sharing extremely powerful. Candid, humorous and yet thought provoking, he managed to weave his experiences in line with the principles we were advocating in this sharing. What a great sharing.
UBS, APAC

I attended an event hosted by my firm recently and found his presentation generated feelings of inspiration, admiration and in some cases consternation as he navigated through dangerous terrain and situations. I think all of us in the room took something special away from his speech, including a great deal of humour, and I look forward to hearing about his new and similarly exciting new travels with his wife. Best wishes for the future Rob. Great stuff!
HSBC Private Bank