Amar Latif is a blind traveller, entrepreneur and TV personality with an astonishing track record of facing up to major challenges. Due to an incurable eye condition, Amar lost 95% of his sight by the age of 19. Through sheer determination he has managed to turn an unpromising tale of loss, into one of truly inspirational achievement.
Amar became known to millions through the groundbreaking BBC2 reality series, Beyond Boundaries (series 1), a jungle endurance expedition across Central America. Screened worldwide, this was a gruelling 220-mile trek on foot across the rugged interior of Nicaragua, from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast. Amar had to ford swollen rivers, cut through dense jungle, cross waterfalls, climb a 5,000 ft. active volcano and navigate the second largest lake in Latin America.
In 2004, Amar founded Traveleyes, the world’s first commercial tour operator to specialise in holidays for blind as well as sighted travellers. Traveleyes has opened the holiday travel industry to millions of blind and partially sighted people around the world, giving them the opportunity to walk with lions in Africa, sail the Ionian Sea and ski down Europe’s highest mountains. Amar continues to lead many of these group explorations himself; uncovering the countless wonders that world travel offers the senses.
For his entrepreneurial achievements, Amar received The Outstanding Young Person of the World accolade (Business / Entrepreneurial category) from the Chamber of Commerce International (JCI) and the prestigious Stelios Disabled Entrepreneur Award, presented by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou.
As well as directing documentary films, including work for UK’s Channel 4TV (Sightseeing Blind, featured at the British Film Institute), Amar has appeared in a number of TV productions both as a presenter and actor.
Amar is best known for his work on: How to get fit fast, The Last Leg Down Under and Beyond Boundries. Amar has also recently presented the BBC program ‘River Walks: The Nidd’ and BBC prime-time program ‘Can’t see, will travel’.
Amar is very rarely in one place for long, but when he isn’t travelling, he is often giving his time to charity. Amar is on the board of trustees for the UK charity, Guide Dogs and is a regular fundraiser/supporter of other blind-related charities including Sightsavers and the RNIB.
Amar also works with schools around the world taking students on a wide range of travel adventures whilst having them describe the sights to other blind travellers. By broadening the mindset of young people today, Amar hopes to create a more accessible world for those with vision impairment in the future.
Amar is represented by Tatty Black, who can be contacted at [email protected]