Keynote Speaker

Welcome, George Kourounis to Parafest 2015!

Parafest is pleased to welcome George Kourounis to join us in Reno-Tahoe on October 14, 2015. Kourounis is a storm-chaser and the host of Angry Planet, his own adventure TV program which has been broadcast in over 100 countries. With his camera rolling, he travels to the most dangerous, remote, and inhospitable places on earth to document the extremes of nature. He was the first person ever to film inside three of the world's most fearsome forces: a tornado, the eye of a hurricane, and an active volcano. Kourounis is a member of the Explorers Club, the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, and was nominated for a Gemini award for his work on Angry Planet.




Some consider George Kourounis to be fearless, but nothing could be further from the truth. It takes a certain kind of person to drive into the eye of a hurricane, to dangle from a rope over a steaming volcano or to jump into a pond with thousands of hungry piranhas, and although Kourounis has done all these things (and much more), he was not without fear. While the adventures you experience at Parafest are less life threatening, your adrenaline may still run high: perhaps you're presenting a session for the first time, or back at the office you're undertaking an upgrade or implementing a new add-on. By understanding why we are afraid to do something and by analyzing the possible outcomes, Kourounis shows that fear is not only something that can be managed & controlled, it is a vital element to accomplishing anything worthwhile. Whether in business, personal challenges or extreme exploration, fear is what gives us an edge. Kourounis teaches your team how to harness their fear, and use it to their advantage.

Join George Kourounis on Wednesday, October 14 during the Opening Keynote Session from 8:00 am - 9:15 am in the Reno Convention Center Hall 3.

Click here learn more about George Kourounis. Watch the video below from TEDx Toronto, where he delivered his speech, "Why Being Afraid Makes You Live Longer."