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Mark Wales

Mark Wales dedicates his life to educating others on leadership, strategy and peak performance while under stress. He says: “I review the importance of strategy, execution and agility in any competitive system, drawing lessons from warfighting in Afghanistan, giving the audience usable lessons on how to apply this from today."

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Mark Wales Travels from VIC
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Mark Wales's Biography

As a former SAS Troop Commander, Mark Wales carries an impeccable military career that took him to Afghanistan on multiple tours, leading elite teams in the toughest and most stressful environments imaginable. Beyond his years of service, Mark attended a top business school, joined a global consulting firm and established a startup company, applying the same skills and strategy in business as on the battlefield. Mark now dedicates his life to educating others on leadership, strategy and peak performance while under stress. He says: “I review the importance of strategy, execution and agility in any competitive system, drawing lessons from warfighting in Afghanistan, giving the audience useable lessons on how to apply this from today."  Mark is a fresh and impressive speaker right from the opening line, delivering his message in a clear and engaging way that leaves his audience empowered.

 

Mark Wales grew up in the red dirt of West Australian mining towns in the Pilbara. After deciding he wanted to join the SAS in high school, Mark embarked on a career in the Australian military that would eventually lead him to the battlefields of Afghanistan. As a Troop Commander in charge of 30 elite soldiers, Mark’s role was to lead combat missions against senior enemy commanders, deep behind enemy lines. Through this unique and harsh environment, Mark developed his skills in leadership, teamwork and high performance.

 

Like many in his situation, Mark battled depression and stress disorders after warfighting in Afghanistan. He tackled recovery with the same intensity he applied to Special Ops training. He rigorously researched the fundamentals of neurobiological science and the benefit of skill development. This approach underpinned a strong recovery, and drove personal growth far beyond his previous abilities.

 

Mark’s successful recovery and growth led him to embark on a high profile career in business. With four attempts of the GMAT, he was accepted into an Ivy League college in the U.S.A, and after graduation he joined McKinsey & Company, a respected consulting outfit also known as ‘The Firm’. He founded a fashion startup Kill_Kaptur, a tough-luxury ecommerce brand. He was a competitor in Australian Survivor 2017, the world’s #1 reality TV show.

 

An avid surfer, boxer, and cook, Mark stays active and keeps his experiences as varied as possible. He believes that past experience should never be a limitation to embarking and excelling in something new.


Mark loves to reveal the common threads that run through human competition in all arenas, and the importance of a growth-mindset to overcoming mental illness and drive success in future endeavours.