Stephen McGown

  • Travels From: Johannesburg, SA
  • Fees: On Request

Stephen McGown is from Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his degree in Finance and worked in some of the large South African banks. In order to expand his career, Stephen went across to the UK and worked in London for 7 years. While in London, Stephen met his wife, Catherine, who shared the same desire to return […]

Stephen McGown is from Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his degree in Finance and worked in some of the large South African banks. In order to expand his career, Stephen went across to the UK and worked in London for 7 years.

While in London, Stephen met his wife, Catherine, who shared the same desire to return to South Africa; start a family and manage his family’s farming business.

It was this farming business that inspired a passion for the outdoors and planted the seed in Stephen for adventure from a young age. 

At the age of 11 he learnt to ride a small motorcycle on the farm. The freedom he felt from riding in the eastern Free State, near Lesotho, ignited his desire to ride a motorcycle through Africa, with home being the final destination.

An unexpected turn of events crushed his life long dream. En route home, Stephen was abducted by Al Qaeda and held hostage in Mali for almost 6 years.

Stephen McGown | Epic Inspiring Speaker

Stephen McGown was kidnapped from Timbuktu, along with a Dutch and Swedish national on 25 November 2011.

He was 36 at the time of the kidnapping.

During Stephen McGown abduction, he was kept far from civilisation, deep in the Sahara, away from the searching eyes of French surveillance planes and drones. He was allowed limited communication with his family in the first six months of his captivity.

However, when the French Military Forces arrived in Mali, this ceased altogether. Stephen was cut off from all familiar ways of life.

Living outdoors in harsh conditions meant that he had to acquire a variety of new skills including how to protect himself from the elements as well as how to communicate across language and cultural boundaries. 

But most of all he learnt how to stay alive; remain positive and be present when everything was stacked against him.

Uncertain as to whether he would ever be released or die in the expanse of the Sahara, he made a decision to not let his situation get the better of him. He decided to rather hold onto hope and take control of his attitude.

Expert On:

Companies that connected with Stephen
Stephen has spoken to a range of corporates at team building events, conferences, town halls, as well as to fund managers, small businesses, schools, forums and at fundraising events within South Africa and Internationally.

Some of these organisations include: KPMG, Deloitte, Discovery, Spar, Shoprite Checkers, ABSA, RMB, iTOO Insurance, Exxaro, Van Loverens Wine Farm, Bidvest, Wilderness Safaris, St Mary’s High School for Girls, Kingsmead High School, St Stithians College, St John’s College, The Entrepreneur’s Organisation and The Highveld Forum.

Booking Requirements

Stephen’s talk is a story about resilience and overcoming adversity amidst harsh weather conditions, a different culture, language and religion.

He talks about making important decisions, about the importance of acceptance and communication. Stephen McGown shares a concept that Freedom is an attitude.

Contact Us at WeSpeak Global and follow us on Twitter

For Meeting Planners

This PowerPoint slide above is designed for meeting planners.

Register for FREE and simply click the URL link for automatic download of the PPTX slide.

We have created a simple “ABOUT” single slide which you can instantly insert into your pitch deck when submitting speaker proposals.

Features:

  • video links,
  • short concise bio
  • Book images and
  • topic list.

Author Books | Magazine Covers

Send an enquiry to Stephen McGown

Enquiry Form
  • Base price ({{ repeatDayCount }} {{ config.calendar.range_mode === 'nights' ? "nights" : "days" }})

    {{ priceFormat( pricing.base_price ) }}

  • Total

    {{ priceFormat( pricing.total ) }}

Additional information

Latest status updates from Stephen McGown, if you want to have all latest news then click the "LIKE" button. You can then view all updates for your Newsfeed through your Dashboard.

Similar Speakers for consideration

Steve Barnett
Steve Barnett

Steve Barnett

The Silent Conductor

  • Johannesburg, SA
  • 14

6

Reviews
Rob Caskie - We can travel again
Rob Caskie - We can travel again

Rob Caskie

Inspirational Storyteller

  • Cape Town, SA
  • 9

4

Reviews
Quinton Coetzee
Quinton Coetzee

Quinton Coetzee

Business Strategy

  • Mbombela, SA
  • 23

4

Reviews
Dr. Justin Cohen
Dr. Justin Cohen

Dr. Justin Cohen

Human Transformation

  • Johannesburg, SA
  • 15

4

Reviews
Victor Vermeulen
Victor Vermeulen

Victor Vermeulen

Authentic Inspiration

  • Johannesburg, SA
  • 9

4

Reviews
paddy upton | Lessons From The Worlds Best
paddy upton | Lessons From The Worlds Best

Paddy Upton

Motivational Speaker

  • Johannesburg, SA
  • 18

4

Reviews
Rusty Labuschagne Cape Town
Rusty Labuschagne Cape Town

Rusty Labuschagne

Inspirational Speaker

  • Cape Town, SA
  • 17

4

Reviews
Peter van Kets - Engulfing Magnificence
Peter van Kets - Engulfing Magnificence

Peter van Kets

Motivational Adventurer

  • East London, EC
  • 11

4

Reviews
Harry Sideropoulos
Harry Sideropoulos

Harry Sideropoulos

Motivational Entertainer

  • Johannesburg, SA
  • 8

1

Reviews
Verity Price
Verity Price

Verity Price

Creative Innovation

  • Cape Town, SA
  • 5
Phumzile Chifunyise
Phumzile Chifunyise

Phumzile Chifunyise

Motivational Speaker

  • Johannesburg, SA
  • 8
Mark Grobbelaar - difference between life and death
Mark Grobbelaar - difference between life and death

Mark Grobbelaar

Personal Security

  • Johannesburg, SA
The profiles and images embedded on these pages are from various keynote speakers and talent.

These remain the property of its owner and are not affiliated with or endorsed by WeSpeak Global.

Fee ranges where listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only.

We are actively working to have our profiles current with Keynote Speech titles, and Summaries.

Some Speakers do not have a set title or summary for their topic lists. Instead they customize for each. Other speakers only do moderated conversations.

If you do not see content here, please contact us.

We also have ample information off line that we can share as some do not want to have visible profiles and as such these are hidden pages. Or in the event we do not have the information, we can contact the speaker to provide and share.

ENQUIRE HERE

© All rights reserved 2024. Created by Hesketh Media LLC

1902 Wright Place, Carlsbad, CA, 92008