Amar Latif OBE is a blind traveller, entrepreneur and presenter with an amazing track record of facing up to significant challenges.
Due to an incurable eye condition, Amar lost 95% of his sight by the age of 18.
However, through sheer determination, he has managed to turn an unpromising tale of loss, into one of inspirational achievement.
“This has been the most inspiring and touching presentation I have ever experienced in my 25 years of working in this company.”
HR Director, BT
Amar Latif became known to millions through the groundbreaking BBC2 reality series, Beyond Boundaries, a jungle endurance expedition across Central America.
Screened worldwide, Beyond Boundaries was a gruelling 220-mile trek across Nicaragua, from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast. Amar had to ford swollen rivers, cut through dense jungle, cross waterfalls, climb an active volcano and navigate the second largest lake in Latin America.
2019 saw him team up with comedian Sara Pascoe in Travelling Blind to lead this BBC documentary through some of Turkey’s most famous attractions, all in the name of showing Sara (and the viewers) how much can be gained by stepping out of your comfort zone and opening yourself up to new ways of seeing the world.
More recently, Amar took part in Celebrity MasterChef. He was the first blind contestant and reached the final six of the competition.
Amar Latif – Traveleyes
In 2004, Amar founded Traveleyes, the world’s first commercial tour operator to specialise in holidays for the blind and also sighted travellers.
Amar’s business has opened the holiday travel industry to millions of blind and partially sighted people around the world, allowing them to walk with lions in Africa, sail the Ionian Sea and ski down Europe’s highest mountains.
As an entrepreneur, Amar received The Outstanding Young Person of the World accolade from the Chamber of Commerce International. Furthermore, he is the recipient of the prestigious Stelios Disabled Entrepreneur Award.
Amar works with schools around the world, taking students on a wide range of travel adventures whilst having them describe the sights to other blind travellers.
By broadening the mindset of young people today, Amar hopes to create a more accessible world for those with vision impairment in the future.
As a keynote speaker, Amar discusses that determination and the right attitude can take you far in life.
Amar’s presentations cover a range of topics, including:
- Motivation and Inspiration
- Inclusive Design
- World Travel
- Equality and Diversity
All of Amar’s entertaining speeches are relatable, fast-paced and supplemented with photos and videos of his exploits and adventures.
Amar’s motivational speeches are tailored to specific audiences and organisations. As a result, audiences will be engaged, motivated and inspired to move forward in both their personal and professional lives.
He has spoken for audiences from around the world, from Goldman Sachs and Lloyds Banking to the United Nations.