#ThePowerOfX Speaker: Meet Paddy Upton

Paddy Upton takes to the TEDxCapeTown stage in 2021.

Paddy Upton is a professor at the Business and Law Faculty of Deakin University based in Melbourne, Australia and has obtained various degrees from four different universities including two Master’s degrees. 

During his 25 years of experience working in high-performing teams in business and sport, Paddy served as the Indian national cricket team's Mental Conditioning and Strategic Leadership coach, assisting them in winning the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time in 28 years and becoming the World's No. 1 Test Team for the first time. He then helped guide the South African cricket team to become the first to hold the World No. 1 rating in all three formats of the game, as their Performance Director. 

Paddy, author of ‘The Barefoot Coach’, is taking to the TEDxCapeTown stage to share better ways of harnessing collective intelligence of a team/ group which he’s learned and applied to see his teams to victory. 

We asked Paddy Upton a couple of questions to help you get to know him, before he takes the TEDxCapeTown stage. 

What's your favourite snack? 


What's your favourite non-alcoholic drink? 

Peanut and banana smoothie.

Your number one reason for wanting to give a TEDx talk this year. 

To 'inspire' leaders, managers, coaches, teachers, parents to be even more effective in helping others learn, grow, and develop.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

To learn, and help others learn.

What's your X? AKA: What's something you're really great at?

Surfing a wave on a longboard in a head stand.