Survivor, Volunteer, CEO & Inspirational Speaker
“Andy gave a presentation to our team and we were blown away by his storytelling ability and the lessons we could take from it both in our working and personal lives. As a former HR Director, I know how challenging it can be to find an inspiring speaker for team development days who can help the team to really reflect while giving relevant and insightful learning points that resonate. Andy can adapt his talk to meet the development needs of your team. His story is powerful and human, it has many layers and flavours, and can be blended to fit your development menu. I would thoroughly recommend that you hire him. You won’t regret the decision.”
Having sat in a few inspirational talks over the last year, I can say hands down that Andy Chaggar was one of the best we’ve had come in at IMG. Having gone through such a traumatic experience, which had such huge media coverage, one may have assumptions on how an individual can deliver their story whilst holding it together. But Andy didn’t disappoint. He had a story to tell with no self-pity which really gets you thinking. He kept his audience engaged throughout whilst they felt compassion, empathy and most importantly inspired. It was so well received that people walked away from the session wanting to get involved and help a good cause.
Andy Chaggar spoke to our Crisis Support Officers (CSO’s) who are a team of individuals who train to respond to major incidents. We asked Andy to help them understand the impacts of living through major emergencies so that they can help others caught up in an event. Andy was professional, warm, courageous and yes… inspirational! He very eloquently told us about the sequence of events before, during and after the Tsunami which cost him dearly and we are grateful that he found the courage to help others through his charity work. Our CSO’s gained a great deal from Andy’s talk and we would be very happy to recommend him as an inspirational speaker to others.
- Fee Range: £1k - £3k
In 2004 Andy Chaggar lost his partner, and almost his life, when the tsunami slammed into Thailand. The disaster changed his life forever.
Andy’s subsequent volunteer and charitable work has raised almost £1 million pounds and has helped over 23,000 of his fellow disaster survivors in five countries, including Thailand where he first returned to volunteer after the tsunami.
After volunteering again in Peru after an earthquake, Andy went on to co-found a new UK charity in 2008. Through this charity, and his earlier volunteering, Andy has also inspired and helped empower thousands of other people to volunteer their time, energy and skills to help disaster survivors.
Andy’s powerful story of resilience and growth has been featured in a wide range of international, national and local media, in print, and on radio and television. He is now available to share his story face to face.
Andy can tailor his talk to meet your precise needs, while describing his personal and professional journey from survivor to CEO. His clients can vouch for his ability to inspire, motivate and engage your audience from beginning to end, by sharing his story with honesty, humour and humility.
Whether it’s for a staff “wellness” session, a motivational “lunch & learn” or as an after dinner speaker, Andy already comes highly recommended.
Key messages include:
Resilience and determination
Processing and dealing with change
Teamwork and effective communication
The importance and power of perspective