Rob & Paul Forkan

Founders of Gandys Foundation & Orphans For Orphans Initiative

Motivational speakers and business experts, Rob and Paul Forkan, are two brothers who changed the landscape of retail forever. Inspired by their personal experience of loss and grief, the entrepreneurs built a charity business entitled Gandys. Due to their unique experience of business, Rob and Paul’s story is far from run of the mill, making them the ideal motivational speakers for business events.

In 2001, the brothers’ parents sold their house and moved halfway across the world, taking their children with them. Though taking four children out of school may seem unusual, the education the siblings gained from living in Sri Lanka set the foundation for Rob and Paul’s business. Three years after they moved, in 2004, a tsunami hit the country and changed the family’s lives forever – Rob and Paul’s parents passed away.

The event tragically impacted the family, but also inspired Rob and Paul to honour their parents. Having been brought up to value travelling, culture and adventure, the unfortunate event sparked their desire to create something incredible. From 2004 to 2011, the brothers travelled the world, volunteering with different Indian charities along the way. While on their adventure, they brainstormed products that would help travellers like them, that didn’t exist yet.

A year after they returned, Rob and Paul decided to put their research into practice, and Gandy was created. Alongside the brand, the brothers dedicated 10% of their business’ profits to the charity Orphans for Orphans, which helps children who were affected by the Tsunami. To honour the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy, Rob and Paul opened a children’s home for Indian orphans, where they could learn, play and live safely. The brand started with flip flops before expanding to swimming shorts, and even opened their own store in 2016. From waterproof jackets to accessories, the brothers built a brand for travellers.

As business, retail and management speakers, the brothers can offer a unique perspective on building a company. Perfect for industry events, they have developed professional skills in negotiating and organisation, as well as personal skills in overcoming grief and self-belief.

To book Rob & Paul Forkan as the inspirational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Rob & Paul are known to cover the following topics:

  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion
  • Sustainability
  • Travel
  • Education