Decorated Ex-Army Officer, Charity Fundraiser, Motivational Speaker & Amateur Adventurer

From humble beginnings in South Yorkshire, England, as the son of an immigrant from South Asia, Ibrar (Ibi) has gone on to have a successful military career, raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity and overcome adversity in dealing with life changing injuries sustained during his military career. It was whilst deployed on his first operational tour of duty to Iraq in February 2007 that Ibi was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, which seriously wounded 2 other soldiers and fatally wounded another. Having had his right hand amputated by the blast and sustaining injuries to his left hand and right leg, he continued to lead his men and was awarded the Military Cross for his leadership in the face of the enemy. Life changing injury did not stop Ibi from continuing his military career and just 18 months later in Oct 2008, he was back out in Iraq commanding men on frontline duty in both Basrah and Baghdad. He then deployed on his third and final tour in April to Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

Charity Fundraising

Having completed a successful military career in August 2013, Ibi then set his mind to working with Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) to help raise funds to better enable other injured servicemen and women to deal with life after their time in the military. He did this by undertaking a successful climb of Mount Kilimanjaro which then led onto the well publicised WWTW expedition which saw HRH Prince Harry and 12 injured service personnel from the UK, Canada, US and Australia ski over 200 miles to the South Pole. Ibi has subsequently gone on to run numerous marathons and also completed the much vaunted ‘Toughest footrace on Earth’ the Marathon des Sables in 2015.

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Ibi’s love of travelling and adventure were brought to the fore during his military career with overseas exercises that visited France, Germany, Kenya, Canada, Belize and the Falkland Islands. This sense of adventure has continued into his everyday life with trips that have included climbing Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountain range (Morocco), husky sledding in the frozen tundra of Northern Sweden and snowboarding in Colorado. Further trips are always being planned and currently plans are afoot to visit the North Pole and to climb the Via Ferrata in the Dolomites in Italy.


Throughout his life, sport and fitness have played a big role and this has led to Ibi doing some amazing events, made the more remarkable by him completing most of them post-amputation! As well as winning bronze medals at the 400m and 1500m at the Invictus Games in Orlando 2016 he has run a personal best London marathon in 3 hours and 37 minutes and in 2017 completed 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.


Blending in-depth knowledge with a great sense of humour, Ibi is a great public speaker who is comfortable in any environment whether that be after dinner speaking at a charity event, being the keynote speaker at a corporate conference or within an educational environment speaking to young children about the value of a good education. Ibi is able to use his life experiences as a means to motivate and inspire those around him especially when discussing his rapid recovery from serious injury and the mental fortitude required to make the most of his ‘new normal’.


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