Stuart P. Sharpless

Group Director

After moving to Hong Kong from the UK in 1995, Stuart has become one of the leaders and pioneers in Asia’s outdoor at learning / training education and adventure sport industries. Explorer, corporate facilitator, adventure athlete, film-maker, and entrepreneur, Stuart has followed his passion and helped build APA Group together with friend and teammate Ryan S. Blair.

Having worked in the industry for over 35 years. Stuart is one of the most technically experienced and qualified outdoor educators in Asia. He holds international qualifications and examiner certificates in mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, avalanche operations, mountain rescue, white water rescue, white-water kayaking and canoeing, technical diving, and wilderness first aid, amongst others. Stuart has consulted for many companies (including National Geographic, Action Asia, AXN/Sony, and IMG) on safety and technical aspects for many international outdoor events throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Stuart has also been a part of the development of drone technology in Asia, having been involved prior to its growing awareness in the main stream market.  He was the first internationally qualified UAV pilot in Hong Kong and has worked closely with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department to develop and refine industry standards.  In addition, he as also drone-filmed on many international productions ranging from Hollywood feature films to National Geographic’s “One strange Rock.”

Stuart also helped found The North Face Adventure team after winning numerous regional adventure races, along with qualifying and competing in two World Championships.

Stuart’s corporate facilitation work spans over 25 years and has ranged from leadership development, team-building to creative recruitment. Today, he is called upon by many multi-national corporations to help shape and guide their leaders of the future.