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Saroo Brierley

Saroo Brierley

CEO

Saroo Brierley is an Indian-born Australian businessman and author who, at age five, was accidentally separated from his biological mother. He was adopted by an Australian couple and, 25 years later, reunited with his biological mother. His story is recounted in his #1 international bestselling autobiography, A Long Way Home. The film Lion, based on his autobiography was nominated for four Golden Globe and six Academy Awards.

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Thursday, 15 November, 2018 04:45 PM|Thursday, 15 November, 2018 05:30 PM

Guest Keynote: Lion — A Long Way From Home

Saroo Brierley will bring to life the six time academy award nominated film LION that is based on his real life story. A five year old Saroo who gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from his home and family. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. This keynote will be an inspirational journey that will draw parallels on leadership traits, the power of belief and persistence that will arouse your curiosity and heighten your connection to humanity.

About the Speaker

Saroo Brierley was born in a small Indian town. In 1986, aged only 5, he lost all contact with his family when he was separated from his brother at a train station. He never saw his brother again. After living on the streets of Calcutta for 3 weeks by himself, Saroo was placed in a local orphanage before being adopted by an Australian family. He grew up with his new parents in Hobart, Tasmania for the next 25 years. But he was unable, and unwilling, to forget the land of his childhood. Determined to rediscover his past, he embarked on a virtual odyssey of his homeland and, after many hours poring over Google Earth, armed only the images etched into his memories as a 5 year old, he managed to recognize his home town - and track down his mother. Their reunion in 2012 made headlines across the world, and his full story is recounted in his #1 international bestselling autobiography, A Long Way Home. The film Lion, based on his autobiography was released in November 2016 and nominated for four Golden Globe and six Academy Awards. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. Saroo’s journey is a remarkable and touching story of survival and sheer determination.

Hear it first at Symposium/ITxpo.