is pioneer of programmes of social change and medical innovation.
With experience derived from over 30 years’ experience working in
worldwide most extreme environments, as an expedition leader, and as a former
Special Forces soldier, including the worlds highest mountains, both
Polar regions and the world’s driest deserts, Mark is the orginator of an
emerging medical sub discipline of Extreme Medicine* which is helping
to shape how medicine is delivered in disaster zones, on top of the worlds
highest mountains by stimulating innovation, education and the exchange of
ideas and knowledge.
of World Extreme Medicine, Across the Divide Expeditions and prestigious
Extreme Medicine Conference series, Mark is an innovative and entrepreneurial
leader whose passion is to bring inspirational people together, building
networks to improve standards in remote, disaster & humanitarian medicine.
providing extreme medicine courses to medical professionals, to helping individuals
raise more than £87m (UD$115m) to date for charitable courses, to building
effective, collegiate and happy teams for corporate partners, Mark has built
businesses and delivered experiences, courses and conferences that motivate and
Divide was the first commercial organisation in the UK to employ doctors,
provide comprehensive CME certified training, and to standardise medical kits
deployed on all of its events and expedition and significantly lifted the
standards of medical care provided by the adventure travel market.
recently, he has established the ‘Extreme Medicine’ Conference series.
Developed specifically with medical professionals in mind, this ground-breaking
conference series has been held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London and
Harvard Medical School in Boston. The World Extreme Medicine conference
challenges thinking, builds bridges and shares new and more effective
approaches to medical practice in the world’s most remote and austere
honoured for his ‘pioneering work in the field of the promotion of expedition
& wilderness medicine’ by the Royal Society of Medicine and also awarded
BT’s Essence of the Entrepreneur Award in 2008 (for the creation of Across the
Divide’s Corporate Social Responsibility arm). Mark was made a Fellow of the
Royal Society of Arts in 2004; he was also elected as a Fellow of the Royal
Geographical Society in the early 1990s.
the Logistics and Security on for the ‘Peoples Convoy’ to Syria,
which raised £260,000 within 10 days and delivered equipment to build a
children’s hospital to Aleppo the world’s first crowd-funded hospital
medical sub discipline of Expedition, Extreme & Wilderness Medicine*
(Lancet Nov 15)
helped to raise £92m in charity fundraising
Extreme Medicine PGcert, PGdip, M.Sc Programme at the University of Exeter
Journal of Extreme Physiology & Medicine
World Extreme Medicine
Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School
Executive Longevity™ Specialist and Transformational Speaker
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.