Ed Stafford attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and left the military in 2002 as a captain. Ed used his leadership and outdoor skills as an expedition leader on community and conservation expeditions in the jungles of Belize, Guatemala and Borneo. After serving in Afghanistan as a UN contractor, Ed became Director of an expedition company in Patagonia Argentina carrying out scientific research projects and Northern Ice Cap traverses in Chile.
Prior to his world-first trek along the length of the Amazon, Ed worked for the BBC’s Natural History Unit setting up a film-production base camp in the heart of the Guyanese rainforest and managing the camp’s logistics once the film crew for ‘Lost Land of the Jaguar’ arrived on location.
After his epic world-first trek from the source of the Amazon to the Atlantic ocean (completed in August 2010), Ed has continued to push his limits and take on new challenges filming himself surviving in and exploring tough environments for ‘Naked and Marooned’, ‘Into the Unknown’, and two subsequent series of ‘Marooned’ – all highly successful series with the Discovery Channel. ‘Left for Dead’ premiered on Discovery UK in the Autumn of 2017. In 2019 he appeared in the Discover Channel’s First Man Out.
Ed has written two books: ‘Walking the Amazon’ and ‘Naked and Marooned’.
Ed Stafford has given talks in New York, London, Sydney, Istanbul, Barcelona, Geneva and many other cities worldwide. He is fast becoming the inspirational adventure speaker to book. He is honest and real and has a no-nonsense way of imparting the lessons he learned along his mammoth journey.
Corporate talks can include themes such as “humour in the face of adversity”, “determination to achieve targets”, and “riding out tough times”. Ed can skew his talk to be environmental, human, or goals oriented. Despite being very touching in his delivery, with Ed, everything is delivered with a large dose of self-deprecating humour.
'You think you've heard all the motivational speeches there are to hear, then someone like Ed Stafford proves you wrong. Hearing his tale of determination put any challenging experiences we'd ever had in the workplace into perspective
A fantastic end to our Annual Conference, Ed Stafford provided a gripping account of his adventures and of the challenges he overcame. Providing insight into overcoming adversity, his speech resonated with the audience and was well received
As for Ed Stafford - the feedback was brilliant. His session really lifted the afternoon and the feedback was fantastic. His down to earth approach and the story he told was well received. I think he gained a few “fans” on the day and our guests left on quite a buzz
Ed was fantastic last night - all of The Condé Nast Traveller team and our readers absolutely loved hearing his Tales. He was world class and such a lovely man
Your talk was a true hit with everybody at the event. It was truly inspirational, heartfelt, expertly delivered and closed out our conference on a perfect note
Having Ed Stafford brought a real sense of occasion - the number of internationally well-known adventurers is very small, the number of those who have achieved a genuine world first is even smaller. Better still, given his pedigree, is that he was so willing to poke fun at himself, making for a session that was full of laughs as well as being impressive and inspiring
'Ed was fantastic and I think a large part of this was due to his warm and engaging style... Taking time to understand the audience and our goals before the event, Ed delivered a fantastic session for the Waitrose Personnel Conference. His warm and relaxed style instantly engaged the audience and his inspiring story left the team on a complete high. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Ed Stafford to anyone looking for an inspirational and motivational speaker
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