Riley Elliott


Shark Expert, Marine Biologist, Speaker

After a decade of eye-opening adventure in pursuit of the world's most feared underwater species, Riley Elliot has had some experiences that only very few can relate to. Swimming in the open ocean with sharks is by no means for the faint of heart, however Riley has dedicated his life to the conservation of the ocean's most formidable predator and is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Auckland in Marine Biology. His undying passion for sharks has also seen him write his own book titled, Shark Man, speak at over fifty public events, appear in a number of TV, radio, magazine, and newspaper articles, and film a 10-part TV documentary. His stories are thrillingly vivid, which was reflected in his speech at the TEDX event in Auckland, 2014.


Auckland, New Zealand


After Dinner Speaker, Debator, Keynote Speaker, Speech Writer


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Testimonials (5)

SEA SHEPHERD AUSTRALIA - KEYNOTE SPEAKER - As managing director of Sea Shepard Australia I have seen battles before, from high seas to parliamentary offices but never have I seen an approach quite like Riley’s – one that has been globally successful at educating, inspiring and ultimately protecting not only our oceans, but also the air we literally breathe.

Riley is an inspiring speaker, a storyteller that talks with first hand experiences to captivate every audience. He tells the story of our sharks, but not just about them. He speaks of them as examples of how life lessons have been implemented, how passion has been followed and how success has resulted from such a pure and unfortunately uncommon approach. Riley is more than a speaker for sharks, he is a voice for our children not even born yet, ones that need healthy oceans, and healthy oceans, need sharks. - Jeff Hansen, Managing Director Sea Shepherd Australia