Inspirefest

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. He became the first blind person to race to the South Pole and has also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games.

In 2010, Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second-storey window. He is now exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide, and catalysing collaborations that have never been done before. Through the Mark Pollock Trust, he is unlocking $1bn to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

Mark is the subject of the acclaimed documentary Unbreakable and is co-founder of global running series Run in the Dark. He also set up a motivational speaking business and has spoken at TED and the World Economic Forum (WEF), to name a few.

Selected by the WEF as a Young Global Leader and appointed to the Global Future Council on Human Enhancement, Mark is a UBS Global Visionary, is on the board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (US), and is a Wings for Life Ambassador (Europe).

Mark has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also from Queen’s University Belfast. He holds a diploma in global leadership and public policy for the 21st century from Harvard University, as well as degrees from Trinity College Dublin and the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.