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As a modern-day nomad, keynote speaker Bruno Baumann has uncovered the far corners of the world. His travels have brought him great insight and unforgettable experiences, which he shares with audiences during enticing keynotes. His travels have brought him across desserts, through valleys and into the arms of foreign cultures, and these findings make for unique stories of ancient culture, that before have been unknown to mankind.

Bruno Baumann lives and works as a writer, filmmaker and photojournalist in Munich, Germany. His travels and adventures take him to remote regions of the world. He wanders the world and the vast expanses of nature in search of new encounters and to establish dialog with other cultures.

In his books, films and lectures he skilfully weaves personal experience and in-depth knowledge into suspense-filled tales of real-life adventure. For Baumann, it’s not so much about thrill-seeking and setting records, but rather his own intellectual curiosity that drives him to explore the secrets our world holds in his quest to find answers to the fundamental questions of life.

Bruno Baumann’s travels have taken him to nearly every corner of the world. But his wanderlust has always been focused on Tibet and the deserts of Asia. In 1989, he trekked through the Taklamakan, a vast sea of sand in western China known as the dreaded “Desert of Death”. Here he encountered remainders of the ancient culture of the Silk Road dating back over a thousand years.

Baumann is recognized as authority in Tibet and the Himalayan region. His book classics, The Gods Will Triumph and Mustang – The Hidden Kingdom in the Himalayas, portray not only the rich spiritual heritage of these highly advanced cultures, but also present the current political situation and its consequences.

One of his most challenging projects was the 1993 expedition into the Tibesti mountains, a region of profound isolation in northern Chad. Apart from exploring spectacular natural wonders such as giant craters and lake regions, he was also the first to successfully scale peaks in the Sahara’s highest mountain range. The return journey across Sudan and Egypt turned into a dramatic desert odyssey.

In 1994, he led a team of 15 men and 30 camels on the first expedition to successfully cross the heart of the Gobi Desert on foot. Accompanied by a camera crew and reporter from the German news magazine “Der Spiegel,” the expedition was conduced as an official UNESCO research project to explore the Silk Road culture.

In the fall of 1996, Bruno Baumann returned to the Gobi to make a daring attempt to cross its 300-mile heartland alone on foot. His highly publicized solo attempt ended in failure after just 4 days and 75 miles, when he ran out of water and nearly died of thirst.

In 2000, Baumann became the second man in over a century to trek across the infamous Taklamakan desert in Central Asia, when he re-created the ill-fated 1895 expedition of the famous Swedish explorer Sven Hedin. Baumann uncovered startling new findings about Hedin’s legendary expedition, but nearly paid for it with his life when his own caravan met a similar disaster.

In October 2003, he made history by being the first man who crossed the sandy heart of the Gobi desert solo on foot. This one-man expedition marked the ultimate step in his desert quests.

During the project called “In Search of Shangri-La” he found in May 2004 relics of the ancient Kingdom of Shang Shung, which so far has been believed to be solely legendary. He also became the first man ever to raft the Sutley gorge in far western Tibet

In 2010, the long-term project Roads of Dialogue – Silkroad experiences was started. The goal is still to bring to life the vision of a New Silk Road by a spectacular modern cultural caravan.

In regards to Bruno’s personal life he was born in Leibnitz (Austria), and is now currently living in Munich. After graduating from high school he studied history and ethnology at the universities of Graz and Munich. Since 1985 Bruno Baumann has been living in Munich and travelling the vast regions of the world.

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    Keynote by Speaker Bruno Baumann

    Beyond Limits

    • By challenging the seemingly impossible we increase our possibilities.
    • To be innovative means to move into the challenging zone, however there are also risk.
    • Therefore it is necessary to balance the triangle of safety-risk-innovation.


    Keynote by Speaker Bruno Baumann

    Teamwork – The Key to Success

    • This keynote demonstrates how important high quality teamwork is in modern economy.
    • It is no longer the qualifications of individuals that determine business success, but it is the quality of teamwork.


    Keynote by Speaker Bruno Baumann

    Vision Quest

    • Whoever demands achievements, needs to provide a vision.
    • It is the vision that defines the goal and generates the motivation to reach it.
    • A vision promotes the common acceptance of the goal in a team.


    Keynote by Speaker Bruno Baumann

    Insight China

    • China is not the sleeping dragon anymore. Instead, it plays a significant role in global politics and the global economy.
    • Within only a few decades, the country was vaulted into modern times by a rapid process of development.
    • Nevertheless, the clocks run differently in China. In order to be successful on the Chinese market, knowing these rules and regulations is an essential tool.

Interview with Bruno Baumann

What makes your keynotes unique?

The fact, that they are based on unique experiences. So far nobody has ventured into the challenging zone of the desert, crossed limits and set new standards. Vision and motivation were important factors, but not enough in order to achieve my goals. Certain qualities and strategies similar to key factors facilitating success in modern global economy also became relevant. My keynotes provide transfers from my own experiences to the challenges of entrepreneurs and leadership.

How do you prepare for a keynote?

First of all I invest in my experiences that take me from known into unknown, from the comfort zone into the challenging zone. The goal is to balance the triangle of safety, risk and innovation. In a keynote I communicate those experiences. I use the story telling mode to offer an emotional impulse for the audience. However, at every relevant point I provide transfers and examples that can be applied to solve challenges in a dynamic global economy.

What message do you hope audiences walk away with?

My keynotes offer several messages to the audience. For instance, it is essential to realize that we have so much more potential than we usually believe. I explain:

  • How we can learn to access and make the best use of our resources.
  • How to approach and see change as an opportunity and overcome fear of losing control.
  • How to recognize the importance of teamwork, and learn how a team can reach the top level of performance.

The audience will also learn about the importance of having a clear vision in order to achieve a defined goal. In addition, I will illustrate how to make use of our emotional wisdom to be able to recognize even weak signals from the market.

Do you have a favorite experience from your speaking career?

I remember a keynote speech I gave at the Volkswagen event in Dubai. The location was a big tent in the middle of a sand desert. This was a perfect setting for my impulse based on extreme desert experiences, and everybody in the audience could emotionally feel what it means to be exposed to such a challenging zone par excellence.

How do you connect with audiences and inspire them with your enticing stories from foreign regions of the world?

This is not a difficult task for me, for in my keynotes I rely on my personal experiences. I tune into these experiences and get emotionally connected. Being on this level it is easy to reach out and touch the audience. However, I make my listeners aware that these are not just breathtaking stories for entertainment. It is important for them to understand that learning the lessons and facing consequences bring value and relevance to their own daily challenges in their personal and professional life.

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