Mark Evans, MBE, FRGS.
Based in Muscat, Oman, Mark Evans is an experienced desert and polar explorer and guide, writer, speaker and wilderness advocate.
He acts as a consultant in the fields of expedition logistics, risk mitigation and fund-raising. Twenty two years spent living and travelling extensively in Arabia, backed up by 80 day camel expeditions, a 49 day crossing of the Rub Al Khali, a 55 day 1,700 km solo kayak journey from UAE to Yemen, and remote 4×4 journeys throughout Saudi Arabia and Oman, give Mark an unrivalled knowledge of the area.
Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit has seen him play a leading role in raising more than 30 million GBP funding from corporate and government sectors in the past twelve years for exploration and education. He is currently the Executive Director of Outward Bound Oman, the first Outward Bound school to be established in an Arabic speaking country.
A gifted communicator, Mark has written four books, and delivers thought-provoking, entertaining and engaging lectures to both public and corporate audiences all over the world; he speaks with passion and insight, whilst connecting bush to boardroom. His latest book, ‘Crossing the Empty Quarter’, with a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales, was published in December 2016
His creativity in the field of outdoor education and youth development saw Mark recognised as a Pioneer to the Life of the Nation at Buckingham Palace in 2003. In 2004, to address the polarisation of cultures, Mark established the Connecting Cultures initiative, later recognised by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations as one of the world’s leading civil society initiatives.
A fellow of The Explorers Club in New York, Mark is a proud Patron of The Andrew Croft Memorial Fund. In 2011 he received an MBE for services to intercultural understanding, and in 2018 was made an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Scottish Geographical Society. In 2019 Mark was awarded The Geographical Award by The Royal Geographical Society, and The Rawabi Prize by The Saudi British Society.
Whilst Muscat starts to warm up, sunrise at 7,700ft on Jebel Akdhar this morning was a crisp 2.5 degrees C …. @AngloOmaniSOC @UKinOman @IASArabia @MBIFoundation @OmanEmbassyUK
The prestigious @cosmos_dc is hosting a @heartofarabia_ expedition lecture this coming Tuesday evening. Details of more US, UK and Saudi lectures will be posted here shortly once finalised @SaudiBritishSoc @SaudiEmbassyUK @SaudiEmbassyUSA @RGS_IBG @RoyalScotGeoSoc @ExplorersClub
Snowflake or outlier? Resilience is evolving; listen to expert @joleadguru speak on the latest @heartofarabia_ podcast that goes live 0900 GMT tomorrow. Listen at https://t.co/jqeKd2uJGM @SaudiBritishSoc @UKinSaudiArabia @RoyalScotGeoSoc @RGS_IBG @ExplorersClub @AngloOmaniSOC
Shackleton and Philby epitomise resilience; are we less resilient today? Our third @heartofarabia_ podcast is out this Thursday March 23rd. Hear what the experts have to say-on Spotify, Apple and other platforms @RGS_IBG @RoyalScotGeoSoc @joleadguru @IASArabia @UKinSaudiArabia
Opened by HM Sultan Haitham in March 2018 the @OutwardBoundO desert training centre is 5 years old today. From UN peace-builders to Omani young people seeking to develop their skillset, 5,300 people have passed through the doors so far @OutwardBound @UKinOman @AngloOmaniSOC
Working with 5,000 people per year @OutwardBoundO has a key role to play in helping nurture a sustainable mindset amongst future leaders and decision makers. Join us on March 15th at the @omansustainabi1 week talks @OutwardBound @UKinOman @AngloOmaniSOC @RoyalScotGeoSoc @RGS_IBG
At 0900 GMT Thursday search for the @heartofarabia_ expedition launch podcast on Spotify or Apple to hear our Patron Princess Anne speak about journeying with purpose @AdventurousAud1 @UKinSaudiArabia @AngloOmaniSOC @PrepGrammar @SaudiBritishSoc @RGS_IBG @RoyalScotGeoSoc
Tomorrow sees the end of Q2 for @OutwardBoundO … with 100 courses the most successful quarter in our 14 year history, all driven by incredibly hard working Omani talent such as these 4 amazing young people @OutwardBound @UKinOman @AngloOmaniSOC