- After Dinner & Business Speaker
- Diversity & Inclusion Speaker
- Mental Health Speaker
Raj Adgopul is a professional storyteller and inspirational speaker who uses his own experience to help other people on their own journey.
Born in the village of Solapur in central India, Raj had a difficult childhood. His father was an alcoholic and took his own life when Raj was just two years old. His mother remarried, and Raj was raised by her and her new husband, both of whom abused him throughout his childhood. His mother would go on to take her own life from a self-inflicted insulin overdose in 2018. He suffered sexual, emotional and physical abuse by both their hands, as well as severe neglect throughout his youth.
Due to the pre-verbal years of abuse and neglect he suffered, Raj formed a disorganised attachment style, known as the worse combination of Anxious and Avoidant Attachment behaviour. He would then go on to be diagnosed with a range of personality disorders, including Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Emotional Unstable Personality and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Despite this difficult start to life, Raj Adgopul left his village, moved to Mumbai and completed his nursing training. But even that was fraught with difficulties. At one time, he lived in a room with 23 other people, his own personal space in the room being just a six foot by three foot piece of floor, with no bed. His terrible experience as a child, plus this difficult period of life, gained him unshakeable resilience.
Raj moved to England in 2002, with just £5 in his pockets and the will to survive and to thrive. He got a place at the University of Plymouth and completed a degree and postgraduate degree in Early Years Child Psychology. He also started a family, and in 2019 stood on the O2 stage in London and gave a talk on appreciation.
He uses his experiences as a child in Solapur, an adolescent in Mumbai, and an adult in the UK to inspire others and help them on whatever journey they find themselves on.
If you are interested in Raj speaking at your Conference, Dinner or Event, please contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 3500 3331 to discuss your requirements