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Adrian Hayes

Adrian Hayes

Passionate about life, people and the world

Management & Leadership, Energy, Climate & Environment, Sports
Business leader | Entrepeneur, Business coach | Mentor
Keynote speaker
Languages spoken
Travels from
United Kingdom


Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, documentary presenter, author, keynote speaker, consultant and campaigner.

An Arabic and Nepalese speaking former British Army Gurkha Officer, who also spent two years in the Special Forces, his adventuring achievements include trekking to both Poles, summiting Everest and K2, crossing the length of Greenland and the Arabian Desert, setting two Guinness World Records for Polar expeditions, writing two books, and featuring in three documentaries to date.

One of the few extreme adventurers in the world with a senior corporate background – including six years as an Airbus Middle East Sales Director – Adrian is now a global keynote speaker and professional leadership, team and executive consultant & coach, delivering speeches, seminars, and programmes worldwide. He is also an Advisory Board member for a Mars mission.

In his campaign work Adrian is an ambassador for economic, social & environmental sustainability, and a patron of the Population Matters and CHASE Africa charities, amongst other causes. As a former qualified Paramedic and current First Responder, he is additionally involved in an ongoing project providing medical treatment in the remote areas of the Himalayas.

Adrian has featured in three documentaries: The Greenland Quest in 2011 for the National Geographic Channel, Footsteps of Thesiger in 2013 and In Inner Mongolia in 2017 for the Discovery Channel, and is now an establishing television and documentary presenter. His first book, Footsteps of Thesiger, was published in 2013, followed by his second, One Man’s Climb: A Journey of Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph on K2, in 2019. His third book, on human development and society, will be published in 2021.


Keynote speaker


Adrian delivers change inducing, deeply learning and gimmick-free team development programmes to Boards of Directors, senior management teams, business, sports or non-profit teams worldwide, that are designed with one overriding objective – “teams exist to achieve results’. His programmes have been developed from years of study of personal and team coaching, relationship systems work and conflict resolution techniques - together with his unique experience of putting these tools into practise in the expedition, corporate, sporting and military worlds.