Oli France guides teams through the world’s wildest places.
Whether speaking to small teams, hundreds of delegates, or virtually, to remote audiences, Oli’s mission is quite simple: To guide the audience on a journey, bringing empowering new perspectives on resilience, self-confidence, leadership and how we can fulfil our boldest life goals.
For over a decade, Oli’s adventures have taken him through deserts, jungles, mountains, and war-torn regions across over 75 countries. Oli has personally guided hundreds of people from across the globe, including industry-leading business figures, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, former CIA officers, terminal cancer patients and young people embarking on their very first adventure.
Along the way, he has faced spies, interrogators, minefields and arrest, along with avalanches, earthquakes, meningitis and severe dehydration, all while attempting to complete challenging journeys in remote corners of the world, alone or while leading a team.
What Oli has learned, however, is that in some of the darkest places and the bleakest situations, we can encounter untold beauty and unshakable strength, if we allow ourselves to find it. Oli illuminates how we can unlock true self-confidence, develop our resilience, and shift our perspectives on what we think is possible.
Oli has guided teams through countless high-risk situations across the globe, from the highest mountain in Iraq, to the militia-filled jungles of the Congo, to the backstreets of Aleppo, Syria. The pressures and perils of expedition life mean that quickly developing high-functioning teams is vital.
Oli shares his leadership lessons from these demanding environments, where calm decision-making, intensive planning, open communication and understanding the human factor within our teams is critical.
Oli’s passion for adventure began after spending his teens and early twenties on countless misadventures, dodging bombings in Beirut and searching for lions with Army Generals in Uganda. Since then, he has climbed hundreds of mountains across dozens of countries, from Tibet to Congo to Kyrgyzstan. In 2016, Oli completed a bold 8000-mile solo winter journey across the mountainous spine of Asia. This became the basis for his first book, the Trail of the Mountain Folk. More recently, he has guided one of the first tourist groups through Syria since the start of the civil war, and completed a solo 405-mile crossing of the world’s biggest frozen lake in Siberia.
Oli is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, holds a degree in Outdoor Leadership and is a qualified Winter Mountain Leader.
'WOW - Oli was brilliant. He understood his target audience and put in a significant amount of effort to tailor his content accordingly. Inspirational, motivational, uplifting and challenging all in equal measures. Whatever your audience, if your requirements are any of the above, then I am sure he will fulfil the criteria perfectly.'
Campbell Watt, NHS Scotland
'Oli was incredible, he wowed my boss and executive team. Our chairman loved him and the feedback from the team is that he was the best part of the event. His speech was amazing and he was also an extremely talented MC who carried the event despite many last minute changes and deviations. He took my brief to heart and made the keynote really focussed on what we as a business are trying to achieve and people were very engaged.'
Kristina Flickinger, VP Marketing, Halfords
'Oli recently spoke at our annual Business Network Live event. His presentation was inspirational, fun and informative and Oli was a pleasure to work with. I would definitely recommend him.'
Alison Hargreaves, Head of Education, Wella
'Thank you very much Oli for your flexibility and this amazing speech! It was truly awesome to hear your story and our team has been able to find so many useful takeaways.'
Maria Altamirano, Director Business Operations, Celonis
'Oli is the epitome of desire and determination to succeed.'
Mike Hurn, Head of Education, Wigan Athletic F.C.