Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking polar explorer & adventurer, keynote speaker, business coach, author and campaigner. An Arabic and Nepalese speaking former Airbus Middle East Sales Director, British Army Gurkha Officer and Special Forces soldier, he has achieved more major adventure goals the past ten years than almost anyone in the world - Everest, K2, the North Pole, South Pole, the length of Greenland by kite-ski, the Arabian Desert by camel, two Guinness world records, two documentaries and one book.
One of the few extreme adventurers in the world with a senior corporate background, Adrian is an internationally acclaimed keynote / motivational speaker and professional leadership, team and executive coach, delivering speeches, seminars and programs worldwide.
A passionate lifetime follower of international affairs and an ambassador on economic, social & environmental sustainability, he is also a member of several organisations and charities, speaking, writing and campaigning on a number of contemporary world issues. As a former qualified Paramedic and Nepalese speaker, he is also involved in an ongoing project providing medical assistance in the remote areas of Nepal.
Adrian has featured in two television documentaries: the 2011 National Geographic Channel ‘Greenland Quest’ and the 2013 Discovery Channel ‘Footsteps of Thesiger’. His first book ‘Footsteps of Thesiger’ was published in 2013. His second book ‘K2 - The Tragedy and the Triumph’ will be published in June 2017.
"I am delighted to be asked to become an advisor for the Mars One project. I have long been an avid space ‘nut’, fascinated by all things astronomical and, as such, am an enthusiastic (and rather envious) supporter of the entire Mars One concept. A one way expedition to Mars is merely a modern day extension of humankind’s intrinsic pioneering need to explore and stretch our boundaries to the farthest reaches of our world and beyond. It has its similarities with the longest expeditions on this planet also, and, aside promoting the project wherever I can, I look forward to sharing some insights on the mental challenges and team dynamics that the candidates will encounter on their ground breaking mission."