Oli France

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.

Oli’s adventures have taken him through deserts, jungles, mountains, and war-torn regions across over 75 countries. He has led teams through countless high-risk situations, 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. Over the last decade, Oli has guided hundreds of clients 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.

In 2016, Oli completed an 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 has faced spies, interrogators, minefields and arrest, as well as avalanches, earthquakes, meningitis and severe dehydration, either alone or while leading a team. Oli's experience has shown that even in the bleakest situations, we can find untold beauty and unshakable strength if we allow ourselves to see it. Oli shares insights on unlocking true self-confidence, developing resilience, effective leadership under pressure, and shifting perspectives towards what we think is possible.