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Published on 14 Jun 2011 | over 7 years ago

Sarmad Tariq speaks at TEDxKarachi 2011 on Living Beyond the Finish Line Agaisnt the Odds

27th May 2011 : Making the Impossible Possible

About the Speaker: Sarmad Tariq is a life coach, motivational speaker and a writer with the aim to highlight the importance of human potential. He helps others realize the positive significance of limitations at organizational and personal level.

He holds an MBA & majored in marketing and human resource management. He brings with him diverse working experience of more than ten years. While working for LMK Resources as team leader human resource department. He looked after recruitment and selection and contributed his thoughts to HR policy related matters. He is a certified support group facilitator from "Cheryl Watkins Institute of Chemical Awareness, USA. And co-author of Navitus's first published e-book titled A to Z of success. He regularly contributes content to Blue Chip Magazine, and on his personal blog.

As a speaker/trainer he has worked with organizations such as Novartis, Merck, Procter & Gamble, Telenor, Standard Chartered Bank, Unilever, Pakistan Tobacco Company, Lakson Tobacco, Glaxo Smith Kline Pakistan Ltd., Pepsi & Nokia Siemens Network Pakistan. He is also on the board of trustees of not for profit organizations such as Hashoo Foundation.

On March 26, 2004 he drove a distance of 1,847 km nonstop from Khyber to Karachi in his hand controlled car. He covered the distance in 33 hours and made a world record by being the first ever quadriplegic to cover the distance in such short time. The objective of his drive was to raise awareness about the latent potential of physically challenged. He is also the first ever Pakistani wheelchair bound athlete to complete a full marathon distance of 42.192 kilometers in Standard Chartered Lahore Marathon on January 30, 2005. And was the only wheelchair athlete to represent Pakistan and complete the New York City Marathon in November 2005. As an athlete his adventures continue.

Sarmad is a quadriplegic (paralyzed shoulder down), on a wheelchair for the past 21 years. He is married, and lives in Islamabad.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

The TEDxKarachi is event is operated under license from TED.
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