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Alex Harris - Facing your own Everest

Everest - Athlete - Motivational Speaker - Keynote Speaker - Track Cycling -

Facing your own Everest – How do you overcome the greatest obstacle in your life, whatever that may be…with Passion, Perseverance, and Purpose.


Alex Harris is an athlete whose interests are as varied as they are unique. He has been climbing mountains for three decades and has led more than 40 expeditions to some of the furthest corners of the planet.

In 1996, Alex Harris resigned from a career in sales and followed his passion for exploration. Within the year he led his first expedition to Mount Everest. Alex Harris has climbed the seven summits, the highest mountains on all seven continents, and has led expeditions to both the north and the south side of Everest.


Alex Harris is also a multiple South African Track cycling champion and in 2006 won a silver medal at the World Masters Track cycling champs. On the 17th of January 2008, Alex Harris became the first African to walk unsupported to the South Pole, a journey that took 65 days and covered almost 1200km.

Alex Harris draws from over 30 years of cutting edge experience in remote locations with high-performance teams to extract the best in us. Facing your own Everest – How do you overcome the greatest obstacle in your life, whatever that may be…with Passion, Perseverance, and Purpose.



“Absa was fortunate enough to sponsor Alex earlier this year to cross the empty quarter. Alex was very professional to deal with and has gone out of his way to meet his contractual obligations in a most flexible manner to suit our requirements. He has now given a number of motivational and leadership talks to various divisions, various client groups and some of our executives. The feedback from these talks has been extremely positive with a number of repeats being requested. As a result, we are in discussions with Alex for the next phase of sponsorship. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.”

Stephen van Coller, Barclays Africa, and Absa

“Alex will enthrall any audience with his stories of conquering challenges. His integrity and authenticity make him all the more captivating. Most definitely the best motivational speaker I have ever encountered. You are in for a treat – but then I am an unashamed “Alex Harris” groupie.”

Bernard Swanepoel, CEO Harmony Gold

“I find your story both compelling and inspiring. This is the second Team that I have seen you present to and I have discovered that the parallels with your struggles on your unassisted journey to the south pole and the challenges of Business Life quite remarkable. Thank you sharing your story and I look forward to seeing and hearing from you again.”

Glen Sullivan, CEO Novartis South Africa

“Alex Harris was extremely professional, passionate about his experiences and very motivational in his presentation. Our members found him interesting to listen to and were very impressed with his attitude towards the achieving of success.”

Richard Saxby, Murray, and Roberts Civils

“Your presentation was the perfect opener for our Alumni function…they found it very exciting and inspirational.”

Andrew Waller, Deloitte & Touche