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Ash Dykes

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Explorer, extreme athlete, motivational speaker, and author

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Speaker Ash Dykes is a 3x World First Record Holder, Explorer, Extreme Athlete, Motivational Speaker and Author of Mission Possible. FHM “One is the worlds most fearless outdoorsman”.    

Why you should book speaker Ash Dykes:

  • Speaker Ash Dykes is an extraordinary adventurer who has taken a variation of expeditions throughout the world. Ash now bestows his lessons learned throughout some of the most treacherous conditions and how these lessons can optimize your company.
  • He shows the nonconventional way of succeeding. Ash shares with audience members the many different ideas on how to optimize and grow your team through his keynotes of goal setting, teamwork, and dedication. He pulls from his experiences gained throughout world-travel.
  • He has become his best self through travel. Ash has progressively learned different skills and trades through other cultures. Ash will share some insights he has learned from the accumulation of thoughts, ideas, and practices, as well as some of his own.


In August 2019, Ash headlined global news by becoming the first person to hike the entire length of the Yangtze River in China. This Guinness approved World First was a 4,000-mile journey which taken him 352 days to complete; facing bears, altitude, wolves, landslides, and blizzards. During the expedition, Ash was occasionally joined for a short while by different team members at various locations. This alone was challenging as throughout the entirety of the journey, 10 of 16 team members couldn’t cope with their short stint on the trek and had to leave prematurely due to altitude sickness, fear of wildlife, and/or injury.

Ash partnered with many organizations: WWF, Yibin Fishery Department, Water-To-Go, the British Consulate General, and the Green Development Foundation. In doing so, he was able to share positive news of all the great work being done to help protect and preserve the natural environment on a global scale.

In 2016, Ash achieved his second world-first record, by becoming the first person to walk the entire length of Madagascar’s interior, while summiting its eight highest Mountains. An expedition of over 1,600 miles, taking 155 days to complete and facing multiple challenges, from being held up by the military, avoiding bandits, contracting the deadliest form of Malaria, crossing crocodile-infested rivers, hacking through near impenetrable jungle during the cyclone season to name a few.

Speaker Ash Dykes was invited back to Madagascar and named as the UK Ambassador for Madagascar Tourism; his promotion of the island reached over 350,000,000 people worldwide. Ash also became Special Ambassador of Malaria No More UK, an organization working to eradicate Malaria within our lifetime, an organization also supported by David Beckham and Sir Andy Murray.

2014 was Ash’s first significant expedition achieving a world-first record, walking across Mongolia solo and unsupported, covering over 1,500 miles in 78 days. He trekked over the Altai Mountains, through the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppe while pulling a wheeled trailer weighing 120kg, carrying everything he needed to survive. Sir Ranulph Fiennes described it as being “an example of great determination, to achieve something that’s becoming harder all the time, and adventuring’ first,’ which would have proved both physically and mentally challenging.”

Ash has taken two speaking tours across the UK and toured across Asia, speaking in Singapore, Myanmar, Korea, and across China. Ash has delivered three TEDx Talks, as well as presented in schools, colleges, universities, and spoken in parliament alongside Annie Lennox.

Speaker Ash Dykes’ book, Mission Possible, is an Amazon Best Seller and is sold in every English-speaking market around the world, it has also been translated into Mandarin and Vietnamese.

Ash Dykes still pursues his adventurous journey as he is a keynote speaker today. He enlightens audience members on different techniques that can be used within the workplace for employee’s advancement and individualized motivation. Ash showcases all the lessons he has learned during his adventures and teaches audiences how teams can use such techniques for excellence. Ash shares his experiences and journeys as an accomplished author, presenter, and speaker.

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Conception to Inception

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You can’t always be motivated but you can be disciplined.

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Social responsibility


“Ash’s speech at the Conwy Sports Awards 2016 was a hypnotising mix of mental strength, personal endeavour and survival. His story is guaranteed to captivate audiences of all ages, who will be inspired by his energy and enthusiasm.

Conwy Sports Awards

“At one of the busiest evening events hosted by London’s Science Museum – a special Science Lates in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Ash spoke to a full house about his travels, adventures and own experience of getting malaria. With standing room only, Ash’s talk was a chance for a new audience to hear about malaria, a disease that still kills a child every two minutes.”

Science Lates, Science Museum

“Ash captivated the students, recalling exciting tales of his adventures while explaining the many valuable lessons he learned along the way. The students learned about the importance of planning and organisation and how to break down seemingly impossible tasks into smaller, achievable ones.”

Dulwich College Seoul

“We were delighted to host Ash at our customer event in Athens this winter. His talk on walking the Yangtze brought a real dose of adventure to proceedings and our audience were thrilled to hear about his remarkable accomplishments. I can highly recommend him as an inspiration to all, especially to young people who are looking to push the boundaries of what they can do, be the best and never quit."

Dimitris, (CEO) of Navarino
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