Mark Squirrell – Everest Summiteer, Humanitarian, Commando, Speaker and Author
From car bombings to meeting Yasser Arafat and making it to the summit of Mount Everest, Mark ‘Squiz’ Squirrell has experienced more than many can dream about. When he headed to the East Timor Crisis in 1999 he was setting out on the adventure of a lifetime. It was a journey that would see him navigate some of the globes most brutal war zones to deliver emergency aid and conquer the world’s tallest mountain.
Mark Squirrell, aka Squiz, was awarded the coveted “Green Beret” whilst serving with the Australian Commando’s. His tenure with the military provided him with the skills and courage to succeed amongst adversity and turmoil. It was the perfect grounding for a career as an International Aid Worker.
Squiz escorted food convoys through the Gaza Strip, negotiated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamel Eelam (Tamil Tigers) and brokered deals with Somali Clansmen to ensure the safe delivery of United Nations food aid. In doing so, he has mastered the challenges of performing under pressure, communicating effectively and building relationships. Squiz uses anecdotes and presents real time scenarios that demand lateral thinking to deliver relevant and practical tips for those working in today’s complex and fluid global market.
In addition to this, Squiz has taken the concept of being motivated at work to an all new high. He was inspired by his organisation, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and the impoverished people that it feeds, to climb to the top of the world and help raise awareness of the global hunger crisis. After a gruelling six week ordeal, Squiz raised the WFP flag on the summit of Mount Everest. The inspiring and thrilling recount across glaciers and up exposed cliffs reveals the motivation, habits and adversity skills that facilitated his success.
Squiz’s book, “From Arafat to Everest” has had a second edition released. As an addition to the keynotes he provides, clients can have a take home book to gain further insights into the life of an extraordinary man.
1. Extreme Leadership – Strategic leading to ensure a unified and collaborative effort at all levels.
2. Building Resilience – Succeeding amongst turbulent times and unpredictable environments.
3. Team bonding and communication – Opening up the channels that maximise communication and unity amongst team members
4. Corporate Social Responsibility – maximising CSR results and using it as a motivational tool for your workforce
5. Inspiration and Motivation – your audience will be spellbound.