2010 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: Singapore

Khoo Swee Chiow
Singapore, Born 1964

A passionate adventurer, Singaporean Khoo Swee Chiow has demonstrated extraordinary courage and perseverance to follow his dreams, breaking records as he conquers nature and challenges the limits.

Khoo, who overcame his childhood fear of heights with great determination, initially gained recognition in 1998 as a member of Singapore’s first Mount Everest expedition. The following year, he skied to the South Pole as the leader of his country’s first Antarctica expedition, and, in 2000, gave up his job as a systems analyst to pursue his enthusiasm for adventure full-time.

Among his many daring accomplishments over a decade, Khoo is the first South-east Asian and the fourth person in the world to complete the “Adventure Grand Slam”: South Pole, North Pole and the Seven Summits. He has also performed cycling and swimming feats, and achieved two Guinness World Records, for scuba-diving and long-distance skating.

The author of three inspirational books, Khoo regularly gives workshops and motivational talks at schools and businesses on subjects including “adventure and leadership”, and takes groups on expeditions to foster team spirit and self-confidence. “The future belongs to those who take risks,” he advises his young audiences. “’Dare to dream. Dare to make it a reality. That’s my motto.”

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