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An Interview with Marc Koska

One of the most impressive and inspirational entrepreneurs in the world, Marc Koska OBE faced and broke down bureaucratic barriers to fight AIDS, with his non-retractable syringe.

Marc Koska

What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?

Well I hope to get across that not all success has to be instant and to bring light (and a balance) to a developing world issue and how a big difference can be made! I suppose that my story has covered most aspects of innovation and business, and, make sure that I focus on the particular interests of the client.

How did the corporate speaking begin?

I was invited to talk at TED in 2009, which I had barely heard of, and things kicked off from there.

Which event has been your favourite and why?

I loved talking at Google Zeitgeist in Arizona in 2010. Can’t explain why really, other than the generosity of the Google team combined with very high calibre attendees.

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Can I say Wembley Stadium?! Well I have a full house now of all the conferences such as TED, World Economic Forum, etc.

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Anousheh Ansari or Scott Parazynski. I have met both of these astronauts and there is something in their eyes that comes with the determination of getting UP there. Special people!

What are your most frequently requested speaking topics?

Well I think the story of my syringe journey is popular, but I get great feedback from including tips on how to “find better solutions from problems”.

What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?

Ah, well I have two secrets: I was taught how to present by Nancy Duarte, the best presentation coach anywhere, and, I pay attention to what the client wants to get across from the talk.

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