David Lim

David Lim, CSP, Global Speaking Fellow, is best known for leading the 1st Singapore Everest Expedition in 1998. Partially disabled from a paralysing nerve disorder since that expedition, he bounced back, and has developed and delivered leadership and motivational outcomes in 34 countries and 83 cities.

Clients include Linkedin, Google, Walmart, AIA, Citibank, UBS., Pratt & Whitney and Fortune 500 companies. For over a decade, David, as a leading Singapore motivational speaker, and has also been an adjunct lecturer for INSEAD business school’s leadership programmes – engaging leaders on self and team leadership. The most common response he gets from his clients is that he excels in helping people believe they can be more than just ordinary.

David has authored of four books since 1999, including "Lessons from the Edge" in 2023 . Check out testimonials and Recommendations on his Linkedin page, as well as preview videos ( scroll down, on the right)

"I wanted to let you know immediately that everyone I spoke to (from CEO down) gave extremely positive feedback. It was everything I had hoped for and more. The timing and the message were spot on at this point in our company’s evolution"

Tim Yeates, Managing Director-
Axcoinfo ( UK)

"I thought your presentation in Bangkok was a real “show-stopper”…glad I went first! The crowd was really taken by your presentation…standing ovation…inspired. Ben said, “We will never forget David’s presentation!”

Jim Kelso
Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific
International Planning Group

"We had the pleasure to have David joining one of our Asia leadership meetings. What makes David unique is the authenticity of his message, to the point that he is the message himself. An inspiring life full of curiosity, passion and drive shared with humility and willingness to engage. I thoroughly recommend him."

Carlos Barrasa
Europe & Asia Pacific Sales Director at British Petroleum

"There is a very big difference in a speaker who entertains and one who truly motivates. David is by every measure the true motivator. His ability to share his own experiences in way which personalises it for every person in the audience is unique and will ensure that his impact on us is long term."

Paul Henaghan
Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan at ACI Worldwide

Latest Articles


Lessons from China’s mysterious mountains – by David Lim, Singapore motivational speaker

Published on 12/19/2016 under Adventurers, Leadership, Peak Performance

Lessons from Qinghai’s Mystery Mountain by David Lim Sometimes you have to leave the comforts of home to find out what you are made of. And thus began the adventure this year to seek the group of mysterious mountains situated in remote southwest China in Qinghai.  From outerspace, they look just like a smear of […]


The ‘hero’s journey’ is your journey – by David Lim, Singapore motivational speaker

Published on 12/15/2016 under Motivation, Peak Performance, Personal Development,

The Hero’s Journey is your journey On a very normal Saturday at 912am tiny island state of Singapore, a young man created history. By being the first Singaporean to win an Olympic gold medal. Joseph Schooling not only won the men’s 100-metres butterfly stroke swimming event, he beat  his childhood hero and most be-medalled Olympian […]


36 hours in the life of a leadership speaker – by David Lim, Singapore motivational speaker

Published on 06/22/2016 under Leadership

Originally published in  CFO Magazine, Nov 2014 I thought I would share for the first, and possibly only time here, a peek into 36 hours in the life of a professional speaker/expert; and then share some self-leadership lessons I have learnt along the way. The following day is a typical day or so, when I […]


Playing a Bigger Game – by David Lim, Singapore motivational speaker

Published on 05/18/2016 under Leadership, Organisation Development, Team Building

In the game of professional football in the toughest league on Earth; you are 2-0 down to one of Europe’s best club sides in just 38 minutes.  Their side has player’s worth 100s of millions of dollars, and who are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a week. Your highest paid player gets less than […]


Lessons from China's mysterious mountains - by David Lim, Singapore motivational speaker