Craig Challen
Guest keynote

Craig Challen

Cave Explorer, Rescue Diver and 2019 Australian of the Year
Dr. Craig Challen is an Australian cave explorer, notable for his efforts in saving a soccer team of 12 boys and their coach in the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue in Thailand. One of Australia's leading technical divers, he is a member of the Wet Mules, a diving group that takes on some of the world's deepest caves. After commencing cave diving in the 1990s he was an early adopter of closed-circuit mixed gas rebreathers. Notable explorations include the extension of Cocklebiddy Cave on the Nullarbor Plain of Australia in 2008 and the Pearse Resurgence in New Zealand over the last 10 years. He has additionally explored caves throughout Australia, New Zealand, China, Thailand, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands. Craig also has an avid interest in shipwreck diving and has explored sites over the last 15 years in the South China Sea, Solomon Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. A veterinary surgeon by profession, now retired, Craig is also an enthusiastic helicopter and airplane pilot.
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Thursday, 31 October, 2019 09:00 AM|Thursday, 31 October, 2019 09:45 AM
Guest Keynote Q+A: Leadership Lessons from Thai Cave Rescue Dive: Resilience, Stakeholder Management, Leadership, Pressure and Teamwork

Craig Challen is notable for his participation in the rescue of a soccer team of 12 boys and their coach in the Thailand’s Tham Luang cave in 2018. In this keynote, he will share details of the rescue mission and reflect on key learnings for leaders. Understand how to manage highly complex situations, lead rapidly iterating plans, and maintain composure under pressure.

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