Speakers Profile - Luke Baylis

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Luke Baylis is lucky to be alive.

Many years ago, snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains, he got lost in the snow. The cold was so intense that Baylis passed out in the snow, remaining there unconscious for eight hours as temperatures plummeted below -40 degrees.

Eventually Baylis' half-frozen body was found just before a snowstorm was about to hit. "Half an hour later and I would have been buried for the whole season" he says.

Baylis spent the next six months undergoing hyperbaric treatment for the most severe frostbite his doctors had ever seen. Somehow he exceeded all medical expectations to make a full recovery without losing any of his limbs.

"That experience changed me profoundly" he says. "After that, I just wanted to live and get more out of life."

It's fair to say that Baylis has emphatically delivered on that promise. In 2003, he opened the first SumoSalad, a store dedicated to providing fast, healthy food at an accessible price. Since then, he's expanded the brand to more than 100 stores in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil.

"It's turned into a business where we're serving more than 8 million salads a year and having a huge impact on the way people consume healthy food."