e are excited about the calibre of speakers at this year's event, and over the coming weeks will give you a taste of who is delivering mind-opening ideas to the TEDxSydney community on Saturday, 4 May, 2013.

First up is Damien Mander, 33, CEO of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation.

Where do you currently reside? Zimbabwe and South Africa.

What’s your definition of adventure? Waking up in the morning is always the beginning of a new adventure.

When or where did you learn the most? The Clearance Diver Acceptance Test (CDAT) was 12 days of hell. This is where I learnt the most - about myself.

What inspires you? Being told 'no'.

What is your definition of perfect happiness? In the wilderness with family, friends & cold beer.

What is your current state of mind? Focused, determined & sharp.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement? Being open enough to discover a purpose in life that matters.

When did you first stumble across TED? Peter Gwin, a National Geographic Magazine staff writer introduced me to TED whilst writing "Rhino Wars" with us in Zimbabwe in 2011.

How’s your work/ life balance working out for you? There is no separation between who I am and what I do.

What most excites you about speaking at TEDxSydney 2013? The opportunity to speak my mind to a room full of people who are perhaps willing to learn a little more about conservation.

What is most important to you in life? My work and my family.

What is your motto? Big sky, little bullet.

Member Comments
John Mander ~ 14 Mar 2013 3:40 AM

I am extremely proud of Damien and his achievements.Hopefully TEDx will help futher his cause.Good luck son-love you heaps