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  Khoo Swee Chiow, Adventure Consultant & Motivational Speaker

Img0017_2.jpg (64394 bytes) Khoo Swee Chiow climbed Mt Everest in 1998. In 1999, he skied to the South Pole, covering a distance of 1,125km in 57 days. In 2000, he completed the Seven Summits and became the 1st South East Asian to achieve this feat. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents in the world. In 2001, he climbed Shishapangma (8027 meters) in Tibet without oxygen aid.
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Having worked for Singapore Airlines in the IT division for 6 years, Swee Chiow quit his job in January 2001 to attempt skiing to the North Pole. But he had to abort the mission after 9 days due to some frostbite injuries. Not one to give up easily, he made a 2nd attempt the following year. After 45 days, he reached the North Pole. He is now the 1st South East Asian and the 4th person in the world to complete The Adventure Grand Slam, that is, the South Pole, the North Pole and the Seven Summits.

Besides planning, organizing and training for expeditions, Swee Chiow gives motivational talks to a wide range of audience from schools to corporations. He is also in the process of writing a book on his adventure journeys. The title is called “Dare To Dream”.

He has been called Singapore's very first professional adventurer. However, he is happier to simply let people know that he is merely chasing his dreams. One of his powerful messages is "If I can climb Mt Everest, so can you."

Mr Khoo Swee Chiow

Adventurer, Author & Motivational Speaker

“Khoo’s overwhelming positive nature is one crucial factor that we had a successful and safe quest to Mt. Everest in 2006. His thoughts, words, and actions personify this character throughout our expedition and he radiates a strong sense of assurance to the team that nothing is insurmountable. He is a role model to those who seek accomplishments beyond their dreams.”

Datuk Vincent Loh, Executive Chairman & CEO & Everest Summiter, LKT Industrial Berhad.

Mr Khoo has given more than 220 talks to organizations ranging from kindergartens to MNCs, from CEOs to frontline staff.

He uses his powerful first hand experiences from organizing high-risk expeditions to surviving in the most remote and hostile parts of the world to speak on topics such as:


“Believing in what others consider impossible.” 


“There is no shortcut to hard work.” 

Life-long learning

“Why did I climb Mt Everest? Because I have never done it before.” 

Performing under pressure

“It’s not about skills. It’s how calm and clear-headed you are.”


“The future belongs to those who take risks.” 

Fear of failure

“You don’t set out to fail. But if you dare not try, you have already failed.” 

Peak performance

“A state of mind and body where one overcomes the challenge in an effortless manner.” 


“The fuel of life that propels one into achieving excellence.” 


“The good news is, everyone can learn to overcome his or her fear.”


“A leader sees the vision, takes risks and acts with deep conviction.” 


“The magical power greater than the sum of each individual.”


·         Microsoft

·         Motorola

·         IBM

·         HP

·         Seagate

·         DHL

·         Discovery Networks Asia

·         Disney Television

·         F&N Coca-Cola

·         OCBC Bank

·         Standard Chartered Bank

·         DBS Bank

·         Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts

·         Procter & Gamble

·         Keppel Offshore & Marine

·         Gillette

·         Nu Skin

·         Hitachi Asia

·         Young Presidents Organization

·         Norwegian Embassy & Norwegian Business Club

·         Montessori Kindergarten

·         Singapore Management University

·         National University of Singapore

·         Ministry of Education

·         Defence Science Technology Agency


"Swee Chiow is an excellent living example of daring to dream. He has the
guts, grit and gumption to pursue his dream, overcoming all odds and moving
on to new challenges. He is an example of the CAN-DO spirit."
Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman & CEO, Keppel Offshore & Marine

"Swee Chiow is very inspiring. He shares his experience and paints a vivid picture on how he achieves his dreams. It's a story of leadership, commitment and teamwork. Success is taking one step at a time to reach the goal. Nothing beats hearing the story from a local boy who has reached top of the world literally.”

See Chin Teik, VP, Personal Systems Group, Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific 

“Your session was inspiring and provided our leaders a different
perspective of team work, leadership and passion for achievement. It offers
useful lessons which can help them achieve their business objectives and

Satish Khatu, General Manager, IBM ASEAN/South Asia Region 

“Your messages were very succinct and relevant and you were able to convey
that through sharing your experiences which really made the messages come
alive. You have the ability to connect with the audience, no easy task given the fact that we're all from many different countries throughout Asia and the US. Your casual,
easy and personal style resonates well. You were able to be "one of us",
and not just another speaker on stage, and that makes your delivery come
across so much more impact.”
Teh Ban Seng, VP & MD, Asia Pacific Sales and Marketing, Seagate 

“Our delegates very much enjoyed your dynamic and highly inspirational presentation and are still talking about it. They specially like the video highlighting core values of teamwork, positive attitude and efficient execution through your experiences.”

Brad Levitt, Group Head Capital Markets, Standard Chartered Bank 

“For an individual who has scaled great heights and challenged the limits, Swee Chiow is an unassuming and amiable person and a very engaging speaker. His insights into the key ingredients for success draw many parallels with the business world and he delivers his message in a very simple yet effective manner. Many of the things he said struck a chord with the audience and everyone felt uplifted after his presentation. Definitely one of the best speakers we have ever engaged for our workshops.”

Madhu Rao, Chief Financial Officer, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts 

"Swee Chiow's energetic and enliven accounts of his life as an adventure certainly puts many of us to ponder and wish we had lived that part of his life. It takes great courage, strong determination, and high Adversity Quotient (AQ) to do what he had decided for his life. He shared on mind over matter and learning new skills. Certainly, we see the applications in our business world - our mind is what limit us, our skills if not sharpened or re-learned also limit us, if we do not focus on important things at critical time, it also limit or may even kill the business. Surely, Swee Chiow has lived up to his passion and we must learn from him on how to build that passion in our lives."

Koh Ching Hong, Managing Director, Fuji Xerox Singapore

“The talk was tremendously inspiring to our staff - even to those of us who were hearing you for the second time. The business situation we are facing as a team is very much like your Everest ascent - full of ups and downs, and we are in it for the long haul. So it was very apt and well tailored to our context."

Nayantara Bali, General Manager, Procter & Gamble, ASEAN/Australasia/India 

“Swee Chiow's determination, courage, focus and passion shine through in his journey to achieve his dreams. His talk was highly captivating, realistic and truly an inspiration to many for the challenges to come."

Peter Jhaveri, Managing Director, Tetra Pak, Malaysia 

"Mr Khoo's life experience was both touching and inspiring. His courage reflects what the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation is all about: to serve as an inspiration to others, to encourage us to dare to dream and leave our comfort zones and to help make a difference in other peoples lives. In so doing, we get to live our short life to its fullest potential."

Charlene Chiang, President, Nu Skin Enterprises Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei 

“Your talk helped us convey the essence of our conference to the sales management team from a very different perspective. It was a fascinating and inspirational experience for all of us. You have set the standard for our future conferences.”

Glenn Havener, VP, Sales & Marketing, FCI ASIA 

“Listening to you was like a journey to the limits of human capabilities in defiance of all fears and dangers. Your achievements and your attitude single you out as an extraordinary hero of our time.”

Aldo Margoni, Executive Sales Director, AMC Asia Pacific 

'Swee Chiow sets lofty goals for himself, and achieved them through careful planning, sheer determination and lots of hard work. He has inspired us to believe that each one of us can also similarly achieve the goals in life we set for ourselves.'
Moses Lee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health 

“Mr. Khoo proved a most engaging speaker for our 900+ high school student body. Students and faculty were not only impressed by his achievements but also inspired by the lessons Swee Chiow has learned from his experiences.”

Paul Chmelik, Principal, Singapore American School


·         AXN – 7 Summits (24 minutes), aired January 2001

·         NHK – Asia Who’s Who series “An Adventurer From Singapore” (24   minutes), aired January 2003 


·         Brand Ambassador for Royal Umbrella Rice (2003 - 2005)

·         Brand Ambassador for Ball Watches (2005 - 2007) 


·         Singapore National Youth Award 1998 (Sports & Adventure. Team)

·         Excellence Award by Totalisator Board 1998 (Team)

·         SPORTSCITY’s Personality Award 2001

·         Singapore National Youth Award 2002  (Sports & Adventure. Individual)


Author of “Journeys to the Ends of the Earth”, published August 2003.


In year 2000, Khoo assisted Springfield Secondary School in training for their mountaineering expedition to Nepal. He also went to Mt Kinabalu with students from Hai Sing Catholic School. 

In 2001, as part of the North Pole expedition, he collaborated with Marine Parade Community Development Centre to raise funds for the intellectually disabled children and the tetraplegics. The mission is called Extreme North Charity Mission. The total amount raised was $255,000.00. 

In June 2001, he participated in Riding For Life to raise funds for Action For Aids. The project raised $50,000. 

In July 2001, he joined an international team of 7 Everest climbers to climb Mt Ararat in Turkey and raised funds for AKUT (Turkey Search and Rescue Association). 

Volunteer with NYAAC (National Youth Achievement Award Council) and CARE (Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association). 

In 2006, he collaborated with Hougang Primary School and Edgefield Primary School on educational projects about Mt Everest. 

Member of School Advisory Committee for Innova Junior College

Khoo Swee Chiow veteran climber, Everest Summiter, author and motivational speaker. To book Swee e-mail  
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