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Elia’s speaking engagements and keynote presentations are a journey like no other. He brings not only his intense passion for climbing and adventure to the stage, but offers up his personal quest in high definition—bringing the audience to the most beautiful and treacherous places in the world. Each presentation is adapted to suit the audience and is rich with extraordinary humanity, inspiring messages, practical wisdom and jaw-dropping personal accounts. Elia is represented by Speakers’ Spotlight.

With more than 16 high-altitude expeditions under his belt, including two summits to Mt. Everest, Elia has proven time and time again that he has the determination, stamina, resourcefulness and vision to meet the greatest of challenges. Being empowered by uncertainty, exploring the unknown and adapting to that which you cannot control are concepts that he communicates through real-life experiences on some of the world’s tallest mountains. Where most struggle to place one foot in front of the other, Elia climbs, shoots, broadcasts and communicates in real time to thousands during his expeditions.

Through powerful imagery and video captured on his adventures, Elia takes us around the world to some of the most remote destinations, from the tallest peaks on Earth to the hidden secrets of the Amazon jungle, bringing to life lessons of failure, success and the strategies required to reach incredible heights. World-class expeditions require proper planning, training, teamwork, calculated risks, resilience and the ability to remain optimistic while all odds are stacked against you. Elia illustrates these lessons in a dramatic, colourful and emotionally engaging fashion, leaving the audience inspired, empowered and moved to action.

Elia’s Keynote Presentations

Elia Saikaly tells an incredible story of challenge, courage, compassion, and taking huge risks in life in order to achieve one’s higher purpose. His underlying messages encourage awareness of the challenges and adversities we face, and help inspire an understanding of how they lead us to become who we were born to be.

Elia’s story takes his audience on an emotional, unforgettable and inspiring journey. From growing up as ‘punk-rock’ rebel, out of school and living on the streets, to breaking a world record at the young age of 17 through goal setting techniques and visualization. Elia tells the extraordinary tale about how he went from the lowest point in his life, to soaring high above the clouds at the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, to honour the death of his mentor, who died during an Everest climb. Elia, at that time, had never even slept in a tent!

Elia’s delivers a jaw-dropping multi-media presentation that transports us into the world above 8000 metres, commonly referred to as the “Death Zone”. Using props, HD video and compelling soundtracks, Saikaly literally brings Everest to life. He introduces audiences to the most remote environments filled with incredible life stories, and shares lessons of success and failure during his adventure to the top.

His presentation often leaves audiences in tears and moved to action. While most struggle to place one foot in front of the other, Saikaly climbs, shoots, broadcasts and communicates to thousands during his expeditions.

Fitness, wellness, goal setting, teamwork, courage, calculated risks, resilience, believing in oneself, and the incredible rewards that come along with giving back to society are all explored through this rich presentation.

With over 16 high-altitude expeditions under his belt, including two summits of Mt. Everest, Elia has proven time and time again that he has the determination, stamina, resourcefulness and vision required to meet the greatest of challenges. While most struggle to place one foot in front of the other, Elia shoots, climbs and broadcasts his journeys in ‘real-time’.

In this visually jaw dropping and content rich presentation, Elia takes us around the world from the summits of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mt. Everest, to the hidden secrets of the Amazon jungle bringing to life lessons of failure, success and the strategies required to reach incredible heights. World-class expeditions require proper planning, training, teamwork, calculated risks and the ability to remain optimistic while all odds are stacked against you. Through the use of powerful imagery and video captured on his adventures, Elia illustrates these lessons in a dramatic, colorful and emotionally engaging fashion.

Being empowered by uncertainty, exploring the unknown and adapting to that which you cannot control are concepts that Elia communicates through real-life experienceson some of the world’s tallest mountains.

In this presentation, Elia recounts how his fateful journey on the slopes of Mt. Everest, where he set out to honour the life of his fallen mentor by carrying his spirit to the top of the world, propelled him onto a path of purpose and fulfillment. He connects immediately with his audience as he had never even slept in a tent! Through repeated failed attempts and the hidden lessons behind them, optimism, strategic planning and resilience, he transcends his strategies for success and communicates them with his audience leaving them inspired, empowered and ready to attain incredible heights.

Elia takes us on an incredible journey and shares his vision of FindingLife – an organization that combines adventure, education, technology and charitable initiatives to inspire youth to create positive change. From summiting the World’s tallest peaks, to building classrooms in Kenya for disadvantaged communities, FindingLife transports students on interactive journeys all across the world. Audiences are empowered and encouraged to take action offline to make a tangible difference in the world. Saikaly’s interactive adventure-based expedition’s help students discover who they are.

FindingLife utilizes modern social media technology to captivate youth. Elia takes audiences to the summit of Everest, sharing how he interactively shot, edited, blogged and GEO mapped his team’s adventure while literally hanging off the side of a Mountain 26,000 ft. above sea level. His relentless pursuit of reaching the summit of Everest alone is enough to leave us inspired; but the real driving force is the story of how 20,000 students followed along daily and raised funds to support an international charity.

Throughout his presentation, he illustrates how high school students summited Africa’s 2nd highest peak while building classrooms in a remote region in Kenya. He takes us through an interactive Soccer tournament that brought technology to hundreds of children in a community who had never even seen computers!

The magic of FindingLife is that it is all broadcast in real-time, enabling school children to interact, learn and contribute to their neighbouring global communities. While some can travel physically, others can now travel virtually and connect with people all across the world.

Using an eye-catching, multi-media presentation, Elia leverages his film-making skills and manages to literally transport us into his world. He shares his innovative use of technology in remote and often inhospitable environments on Earth to move, affect, enable and inspire young people. His courage, vision, creativity and determination has not only contributed to a successful organization, but has inspired tangible change in our youth and in communities across the world. Audiences are inspired and are filled with endless creative ideas of how to use technology to engage on-line communities. “Through vision and commitment, using today’s technology, we create lasting effective campaigns that inspire global change