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“Yet for every scrape with death, the explorer has a myriad of unforgettable and life-affirming experiences.”

– The Independent

British-Iranian filmmaker Reza Pakravan transformed himself from a financial executive in London on a six-figure salary to a global explorer-adventurer (winning a Guinness World Record in the process). He explores the fundamentals of the adventuring mindset and how

taking managed risks can enhance your working life and personal growth.

Reza focuses on the true value and unforeseen opportunities that often come from taking risks and adopting the attitude of an adventurer-entrepreneur. He explains how he uses lessons from his travels in his everyday business life, as he now produces and presents successful television series and write books which have sold around the world.

He analyses similarities between extreme expeditions and the real-life challenges faced by businesses, in particular, startups, and individuals: how to respond to novelty, how to adapt to change and how to work as a team in resolving conflicts and difficult situations to reach a common goal.


Listed amongst the world’s top 20 most seasoned travelers, Reza Pakravan is an explorer, filmmaker and author. His documentaries and books combine epic journeys with social and environmental issues, and they have taken him to some of the most

beautiful, dangerous and remote regions of the world. His T.V series have been broadcast in 14 countries worldwide, on networks such as the BBC, Channel 4, Fox, Aljazeera, CBC and SRF.

Originally from Iran, the former financier’s thirst for living life on the edge has earned him the world record for crossing the Sahara Desert by bicycle. Reza has also

cycled the length of the planet from Norway to South Africa (detailed in his book and TV series Kapp to Cape), cycled the Annapurna Circuit in the Nepalese Himalayas, and walked the Patagonia desert. His most recent TV series, Transamazonica, saw him travel the length of the Amazon rainforest, highlighting the environmental destruction so prevalent in the area, and how it has affected the lives of the indigenous people and uncontacted tribes who call it home.

He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has received a prestigious Lloyd’s Charity Award for his work building six schools in Madagascar. Reza is an engaging speaker and has spoken all over the world most notably at three TED conferences.



April 16, 2018

9:30 am - 10:45 am


1st Floor, Lounge, Factory Berlin Mitte


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