At the age of 21 Pedro lived through the horrifying
plane crash in the Andes, in which 30 lost their lives. With his rugby
teammates he survived for 70 days in the middle of snow-capped mountains. They
had no food, equipment or climbing expertise. After finally being rescued,
Pedro studied economics and rose to CEO of Argentina’s biggest brewery. He now
shares a remarkable story of human strength, showing how we can all influence
outcomes at work and in life.
Pedro is one of the survivors of the Uruguayan plane
crash that killed 30 people 40 years ago, and left 15 young men stranded in the
Pedro and his colleagues survived for 70 days stranded
in the middle of the snow capped mountains, at 4000m in freezing weather, with
no water or food, no equipment and no mountain expertise. The struggle for
survival was an excruciating ordeal: they even had to feed from the bodies of
their dead friends before they were able to send an expedition that walked out
of the mountains and brought back help.
After his experience in the Andes Pedro moved to
Buenos Aires, where he went back to school, completing his education with a
degree in economics. He then travelled to the US where he obtained an MBA from
Stanford University. Upon graduation, Pedro embarked on a successful business
career, culminating with his appointment as CEO of the largest brewery in
Pedro is not a leadership or motivational ‘guru’. He
speaks about his own experiences on triumph against extreme adversity; of
teamwork and leadership. He has studied his experiences and those of his
colleagues from different angles and his testimony is powerfully delivered in
order to help others to go through their own ‘mountains’ and achieve.
Pedro believes that he and his fellow survivors were
just ordinary people, and what they did to survive is a demonstration of how
strong a human being can be to overcome the most difficult challenges. You just
need a strong will to survive and a disposition for team work.
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.